Professor Kirby from Australia loudly noted several times during a session at the International AIDS Conference that it was “time to get real.” It is time to press forward and hold politicians, legislative bodies and fellow community members accountable to the tenets of human rights and health equity.
Today I presented on our Twitter research showcasing the double-edged sword of the twitterverse. It may very well decrease overt acts of stigmatization but it also allows a substantial space (that is used) to be angry at those very vulnerable populations that need our support if we are to reach a world without AIDS. Twitter can damp down stigmatization and it can also heighten stigma’s reach. Hashtag activism is huge and can have real-world consequences such as Arab Spring yet it can lead to a lot of noise about a subject with no substantial real-world impact such as the #bringbackourgirls twitter campaign. Just this very morning a new twitter campaign was begun called #bringthemhome to urge that the bodies of those that died on the downed Malaysian flight be brought back home. This is the equivalent to “taking it to the virtual highway”. Continue reading