Articles tagged with: HAART

The Evolution of HIV Treatment

published: February, 24, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

From CATIE’s The Positive Side, a history of HIV treatment from ART to the present. Bottom line? We know that the best time to start is as soon as possible.

The Evolution of HIV Treatment

This article by Sean Hosein first appeared in The Positive Side, a publication of CATIE, here.   Une version française est disponible ici.  The arrival of the AIDS epidemic in Canada and other countries was scary on so many levels. We watched in shock as previously healthy young men became ill and were robbed of their vitality and eventually their lives. In the early ’80s, scientists had few answers to many of the questions that people and the media posed about AIDS. Perhaps most chill

The Promise and Risk of ‘Flushing’ Treatments

published: December, 27, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Research, Health, Living with HIV, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Guest writer Jim Fox on research in to eradicating HIV from those reservoirs in our bodies where the virus hides

The Promise and Risk of ‘Flushing’ Treatments

Recent advances in a number of research fields, particularly the antiretrovirals (ARVs) have largely transformed HIV/AIDS from a painful death sentence to a manageable illness. And additional advances in peripheral fields like gene therapy, vaccines, cellular manipulation, etc., actually have immunologists and researches using the word “cure” without fear of being tagged as irresponsible pipe-dreamers. However, so far the hypothetical end-product of most of these research paths have been q

Understanding Risk: A Conversation

published: March, 20, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // As Prevention , Research, Features and Interviews, Sexual Health, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Editor Bob Leahy interviews CATIE’s James Wilton about the tricky topic of communicating risk in the age of undetectable viral load

Understanding Risk: A Conversation

Bob Leahy: James, you gave a presentation at the Gay Men’s Sexual Health Summit in Toronto last week on Understanding and Communicating Risk: Viral Load and HIV Transmission. That’s a topic that fascinates us here, and one we’ve been following on PositiveLite.com for some time. Clearly it’s important for people living with HIV to have the best possible understanding of this too.  With this in mind, thank you for agreeing to talk to PositiveLite.com and helping us understand more. I g

Undetectable – Big Deal or No Deal? Take two.

published: February, 21, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , John McCullagh

“The status of being ‘undetectable’ ”, writes John McCullagh, “gives me a sense of positive self-esteem and emotional well-being. I’m not diseased. What I have is a well-managed, chronic illness. It’s unfortunate, but it’s nothing to be ashamed of."

Undetectable – Big Deal or No Deal?  Take two.

This is the second of three articles by PositiveLite.com writers on “what undetectable means to me.” Read Bob Leahy’s earlier take on this topic here.  Wayne Bristow will follow later this week. Three months after I started anti-retroviral therapy (ART), I got a call from my doctor. Even though my next appointment with him was still a week away, he phoned me because he wanted to give me the good news right away. My lab results had just come back showing that my HIV viral load had reach

A closer clue to understanding why HIV cures have been ineffective

published: November, 03, 2010 Categories // Health, Treatment

My interest lies in learning of the eradication of HIV from the human body or on the purging of contaminated HIV cells. Hence any research that looks at elimination of HIV holds my interest.

 As we know the current anti-HIV medication, do not kill HIV but only block the replication of the virus.   However the onslaught of living with a chronic virus and the ongoing inflammation in the immune system is not easy on the body.  At infection, HIV spreads through the human body after the viral DNA of HIV is incorporated into the genome of human cells. I do not get excited on how many new HART drugs are being churned out by the pharmaceuticals because it does the same

The Coles Notes: Age Predicts T4 cell response to HAART

published: October, 19, 2010 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Health, Brian Finch

"Immunologic response decreased with increasing age and the estimates were statistically significant....

"Immunologic response decreased with increasing age and the estimates were statistically significant.....the immunologic outcome did not differ by regimen class, but was clearly impacted by age with older individuals less likely to have an increase in of at least 100 cells/μl.....our observation that older individuals are less likely to have a robust immunologic response suggest that the optimal time to start HAART might differ by age......Our data did not show improved virologic response in

Should drug users be of concern? Yes, but not for the reasons of this study.

published: August, 25, 2010 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Health, Brian Finch

Sexual risk behaviour by injecting drug users doesn’t increase once they have started HIV treatment, a study from Canada has found.

Sexual risk behaviour by injecting drug users doesn’t increase once they have started HIV treatment, a study from Canada has found. HIV treatment can both dramatically increase people’s life expectancy and reduce the chances that they will pass on the virus through sexual transmission. But there have been some concerns that injecting drug users may have difficulty taking their treatment properly (‘adherence’), and also that people might take more risks in their sexual behaviour once th