VIDEO: Post-Truth Politics, Fake News, and the Generational Divide

What does ‘post-truth’ actually mean?

Despite it being declared word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries, there is still a lot of confusion.

Young people reflect on the way that the media shaped political events in 2016, and the divisions that have been created among people, e.g. those based on age.

With thanks to Keshvi Radia, Maurice Lange, Cameron Alexander, Seán Ó Néill, Florence Kettle, Holly Metcalf, and Jenna Christiansen for featuring.

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BREXIT: Young People Speak on Britain Leaving the EU

The #MarchforEurope on Saturday showed that many still have hope despite being devastated by the EU referendum result. We spoke to a few young people, a demographic often branded as disengaged, to hear their thoughts.

AIDS – A Crisis for Us All: Lessons from the History of Gonorrhoea and Syphilis

By Anthony O’Driscoll

Anthony is a postgraduate Law student, with a background in Human Sciences. He writes on Policy, Bioethics, Medicine, Public Health and society. 


Can history inform our views and subsequently our approach to problems brought forward by the AIDS Epidemic?

This question poses no certain answer, not least because there is no clear consensus on the construction of disease history. Societal responses to disease are guided by values routed in cultural, social and moral institutional precepts. This is perhaps most evident in AIDS, where our understanding has been warped by structures of identity, oppression, subversion and fear. Far from figurative, the fabrication of our perceptions have terribly important consequences – not only for the way we frame, approach and conceptualise disease policy – but also for the way in which social actors build a risk narrative in relation to their own proximity to morbid outcomes. Venereal disease is often unique in that the victims are seen as the cause and the embodiment of the disease. This builds a narrative of – ‘them and us’ – where there is a tendency to disengage from the pertinent problems at hand. In searching for groups to blame, do we pervert policy with ineffective social and cultural frames that hinder progression? In response let us consider three ages of venereal disease.

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HIV Stigma is Institutional; Simply Raising Awareness Won’t Help

As part of World AIDS Day, Pills and Policies attended a panel discussion on HIV stigma at the University of Oxford. This was organised by Sexpression, Oxford LGBTQ Society, Terrence Higgins Trust and Oxford University Student Union (OUSU).


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From left to right, the experts: Ant Babajee, Dr Catherine Dodds, Marija Pantelic, Professor Sarah Rowland-Jones, and Tom Gardiner 


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Vulnerable young people in custody need better mental health support, including safer and more inclusive places for treatment

The life experiences of young offenders in custody are undeniably diverse. This includes diversity in socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. Various risk factors that may increase the likelihood of deviant behaviours and involvement in crime overlap those similar to mental health – ranging from living in poverty, child abuse, family breakdown to history of drug abuse and truancy. This however, does not fully explain why 95% of imprisoned young offenders have mental health disorders. There is more that can be done within the system to prevent such a statistic.

In this particular post, Pills and Policies explores the mental health concerns and needs of young offenders from ethnic minority backgrounds in custody.

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Pills and Policies takes on Jeremy Corbyn’s London Rally

Corbyn for a better NHS?

Corbyn for a better NHS?

Monday night marked the arrival of the Corbyn rally to Camden in North London, after the rally occurred in Birmingham and Liverpool over the weekend. An overwhelming crowd spilled from the main hall to the streets outside the Camden venue- with cheers of hope and excitement as the labour leadership contest continues to press on.

Pills and Polices were at the venue to join more than 1,500 supporters and engage in the ‘Corbynmania’ that has swept the nation’s interests by storm – particularly that of young people.

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