Articles tagged with: Africa

Faith and herbs versus anitretroviral treatment

published: September, 14, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Activism, Kimutai Kemboi, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Kenyan HIV activist Kimutai Kemboi: " Let no one deceive you that you are healed and should stop taking medication, because of claims of divine interventions."

Faith and herbs versus anitretroviral treatment

The information below is adapted from an African context, Kenya being a part. As days go by, they turn to weeks, months, years, decades and then centuries; but at the rate we're going, the century will be a nightmare simply because this era is filled with deceit. People are easily confused and  filled with doubt. Many people living with HIV are falling to such deceits. Their condition makes them very desperate, to such an extent that they are moved easily by what people say and easily believ

Kenya at the forefront in tackling HIV

published: September, 13, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Activism, Kimutai Kemboi, As Prevention , Youth, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

From Kenya, HIV activist and stigma fighter Kimutai Kemboi on the initiatives the Kenyan government has taken together with other stakeholders in the struggle against HIV.

Kenya at the forefront in tackling HIV

Kenya, as a developing country, is among the African countries on the forefront in tackling HIV as well as investing personnel and resources. The government and the stake holders have done a lot though more needs to be done. The Kenyan government has given a favourable environment to stakeholders who wish to partake in this battle. Many organizations have set up facilities that offer HIV related services to people from the marginalised classes of life such as rural and slum populations. The s

No one should be stigmatized whatsoever! Embrace respect and consider rehabilitation for decent living!

published: September, 04, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Kimutai Kemboi, Women, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Kenyan HIV activist Kimutai Kemboi shares the story of one of his Facebook friends who is a reformed sex worker.

No one should be stigmatized whatsoever! Embrace respect and consider rehabilitation for decent living!

This evening I was privileged to have a conversation with one of my Facebook friends who is a reformed sex worker. We discussed several issues at length and when I asked her if I could share her sentiments. She agreed but requested anonymity, to which I agreed. She said she has been one of my followers but had not found courage to interact with me or share her experience with me. That only lasted till this evening when she got the courage to share with me about her life. This is how the conve

World on track to reach the 90-90-90 targets for HIV treatment by 2020

published: July, 25, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Current Affairs, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Research, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

The world has passed a tipping point in progress towards the 90-90-90 targets, according to UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé. From AIDSmap, Keith Alcorn reports.

World on track to reach the 90-90-90 targets for HIV treatment by 2020

The world is on track to reach to reach global targets for reducing AIDS deaths and HIV treatment access by 2020, but some regions of the world risk falling further behind due to lack of political commitment, UNAIDS announced in the run-up to the 9th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science, which opened today in Paris. More than half of all people living with HIV (53%) now have access to HIV treatment and AIDS-related deaths have almost halved since 2005, UNAIDS reports in Endi

Zambian activists launch ‘Team No Shame About HIV+’ campaign

published: July, 11, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Activism, Current Affairs, Mental Health, Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media

Activists adapt Kevin Maloney's "No Shame About Being HIV+" campaign to raise HIV awareness in Zambia. From The Zambian Analyst, Paul Shalala reports

Zambian activists launch ‘Team No Shame About HIV+’ campaign

Some of the activists who are part of the campaign   -Photos by Rise Up To HIV Over a dozen Zambian youths living with HIV and those who are passionate about fighting the spread of the virus have taken to social media to launch a campaign dubbed ‘Team No Shame About HIV+.’ The youths aim to raise awareness about their HIV status and inspire others to come out in the open and live positive lives. In a country where being HIV positive is sometimes associated with bad behaviour, these ac

HIV diagnosis in Nairobi, Kenya, a personal account.

published: April, 03, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Kimutai Kemboi, International , Living with HIV, Media

Kimutai Kemboi shares the story of his HIV journey, from diagnosis up to now.

HIV diagnosis in Nairobi, Kenya, a personal account.

It was in November 2015, a day which will remain memorable in my life as long as I am on this earth. At around 11am, as I stepped out of a friend's house, heading to where I was staying, I heard loud music coming out from a big roadshow truck next to the stage where I was to board a matatu. I had to retreat for a while to see what the soothing music was all about.  As the truck approached, the music sounded louder and louder as the Dj did the mixes from one song to another. I was obsessed to

HIV criminalization on the rise, especially in sub-Saharan Africa

published: July, 27, 2016 Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, International , Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors

From aidsmap, Lesley Odendal reports on the state of HIV criminalization in 101 jurisdictions.

HIV criminalization on the rise, especially in sub-Saharan Africa

Globally, 72 countries have adopted laws that specifically allow for HIV criminalization, either because the law is specific to HIV, or because it names HIV as one (or more) of the diseases covered by a broader law. This total increases to 101 jurisdictions when the HIV criminalization laws in 30 of the states that make up the United States are counted individually. Prosecutions for HIV non-disclosure, potential or perceived exposure and/or unintentional transmission have now been reported in

Breaking news 1: FACTS 001 study of a vaginal microbicide gel

published: February, 27, 2015 Categories // Conferences, Events, Women, Research, Sexual Health, Health, International , Population Specific

Marc-André LeBlanc is looking at the news from CROI 2015 for the latest in HIV prevention. Part one – disappointing findings that suggest a vaginal microbicide gel is not going to be a workable HIV prevention option, especially for young African women.

Breaking news 1: FACTS 001 study of a vaginal microbicide gel

Background In 2010, the CAPRISA 004 clinical trial demonstrated that a gel containing an antiretroviral (tenofovir) could be used vaginally around the time of sex to reduce the risk of HIV and HSV-2. This provided proof of concept that a vaginal microbicide could work. In fact, it was the first trial to show that ARVs could reduce the risk of HIV—even before the string of oral PrEP trial results, and before the treatment-as-prevention trial results (HPTN 052, PARTNER). It was an incredibly

Cut to fit

published: October, 12, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Research, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors

Major studies support circumcision as prevention in Africa but a small yet vocal group argues the science is flawed. Can circumcision lower U.S. HIV rates, asks a POZ magazine story?

This article by Benjamin Ryan first appeared in POZ magazine here. Circumcision The evidence appeared overwhelming. Dozens of smaller studies conducted from the late 1980s onward suggested that circumcised men in sub-Saharan Africa were at reduced risk of acquiring HIV.  Some of the research had conflicting results, but meta-analyses supported the hypothesis that removing the male foreskin protected against HIV transmission. Eventually, there was enough data to justify three randomized con

Denver, Larry and David

published: June, 14, 2013 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Performances, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Mark S. King on how the Denver Principles changed HIV/AIDS — and healthcare — forever. Plus a nod to the work of PositiveLite.com’s own David Phillips.

Denver, Larry and David

You must know this, because it matters. Because it has already changed your life, no matter who you are, and you may not even realize it. Because as we search for a new national voice for people living with HIV (since the ugly demise of The National Association of People with AIDS), and as LGBT community leaders pledge to re-commit themselves to HIV issues, the voice of people with HIV matters more than ever.  That isn’t about a vague concept. It began at a very real meeting, which gave bi

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