Articles tagged with: MSM

When PrEP educators don't like PrEP

published: January, 08, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

From AVAC. “To all of the people responsible for implementing and educating communities about PrEP who don’t like PrEP, I say, “It’s not about you.” Your questions have been asked and answered. PrEP works…. Get out of the way.”

When PrEP educators don't like PrEP

Minister Rob Newells' message to naysayers at the 2015 National HIV Prevention Conference in Atlanta  What do you do when the people responsible for implementing PrEP education programs don’t trust the science? What if the outreach workers and HIV test counselors believe they’re required to “push” PrEP at the expense of behavioral interventions that have been the focus of prevention programs for years? These are people in prime positions to provide PrEP education to key populations,

Breaking news 3: Ipergay study of oral PrEP “on demand”

published: March, 03, 2015 Categories // Gay Men, As Prevention , Conferences, Research, Sexual Health, Health, International , Treatment, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Marc-André LeBlanc is looking at the news from CROI for the latest in HIV prevention. Part three - ”a very significant reduction in HIV risk. And what an incredible coincidence that both PROUD and Ipergay showed the exact same reduction in risk.”

Breaking news 3: Ipergay study of oral PrEP “on demand”

Background Ipergay is a double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial measuring the efficacy of oral PrEP “on demand”. There were over 350 participants in France and 53 participants in Montreal. All participants received a standard prevention package that included STI testing and treatment, vaccination against Hepatitis A and B, condoms and lube, risk reduction counselling, and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP). Participants were randomised to receive either Truvada or placebo pills. The

Breaking news 2: PROUD study of daily oral PrEP

published: March, 02, 2015 Categories // As Prevention , Conferences, Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, International , Treatment, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Marc-André LeBlanc is looking at the news from CROI for the latest in HIV prevention Part two - ” “Holy crap! That is the highest effectiveness rate of any PrEP study to date,”

Breaking news 2: PROUD study of daily oral PrEP

Background PROUD was meant to be a pilot study, exploring the feasibility of conducting a full-scale trial to measure the effectiveness of oral PrEP among gay men, other men who have sex with men (MSM), and transwomen in the UK. It was attempting to test how well PrEP might work in a “real world” setting as opposed to a clinical trial setting. For example, instead of going in for visits to a research site every month, participants went in to a clinic every three months as is recommended

HIV rates coming down in Toronto two years in a row

published: January, 22, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Current Affairs, Sexual Health, Health, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

You sometimes hear the gossip that new HIV infection rates are on the rise. But are they? Bob Leahy on Toronto’s recent success in curbing new infection rates

HIV rates coming down in Toronto two years in a row

Good news: In Canada’s largest city, new infection rates are finally on the way down, although not uniformly.  Let me set the stage. For those that are fuzzy about Canadian geography, Ontario is Canada’s most populous province and Toronto by far its largest city. With a population pegged at about 2.6 million, or twice that if you include the greater metropolitan area, it has a significant population of gay and bisexual men living downtown whose number is hard to measure. However, it’s

Measure for measure

published: October, 27, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Health, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

How do we define success in both fighting HIV and in supporting people who live with it? How do we measure success and can those tools we have at our disposal provide the kind of accountability we should expect? Bob Leahy reports

 Measure for measure

Question period If words like accountability, surveillance. epidemiology. evaluation and the like don’t sound too exciting, you might be forgiven for thinking that they need be of no concern to you. But think of them as ways in which we measure success in the HIV world. So much of that relates to those of us living with HIV living that perhaps we should be interested in how they work and whether they work well.  So today we are measuring how we are measured.  Question is what exactly is

Choosing to love poz guys

published: October, 01, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Dating, As Prevention , Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

From The San Francisco AiDS Foundation’s beta mag, Jake Sobo on why poz guys who have an undetectable viral load are a good catch for neg guys

Choosing to love poz guys

I met James (1) on Grindr. Well, not exactly – he was a friend of a friend, who also happened to be a fan of my writing. We had connected years ago and intended to meet up, but we never found the time. So when James pinged me on Grindr, my interest was piqued. He was gorgeous, successful, and hung like a fucking horse. I thought to myself, “okay, what’s the catch?” We made plans to spend a weekend in his hometown, a two hour drive from me.  But before I got in my car and made the sc

HIV/AIDS in the lives of gay and bisexual men In the United States

published: September, 30, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, As Prevention , Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Disturbing lack of knowledge about HIV amongst gay and bisexual men shows up in new report that begs the question “Is Canada any better?”

HIV/AIDS in the lives of gay and bisexual men In the United States

This article by Liz Hamel, Jamie Firth, Tina Hoff, Jennifer Kates, Sarah Levine  and  Lindsey Dawson  first apopeared in The Kaiser Report, a pubblication of The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, here.   From the earliest days of the HIV epidemic, gay and bisexual men have been among the hardest-hit groups in the United States. While gay men make up just 2 percent of the U.S. population, they account for two thirds (66 percent) of new HIV infections, a majority (56 percent) of people li

What is safe sex?

published: September, 23, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Progressive Australian AIDS Service Organization ACON redefines what is "safe" sex for gay and bi men – and it’s not just about condoms!

What is safe sex?

This new position statement appears on the website of ACON,   originally the AIDS Council of NSW, here. Read the PostiveLite.com review from Editor Bob Leahy following the statement, ACON Position Statement - What is Safe Sex?   The HIV prevention landscape has changed considerably in recent years. Condoms, used together with lubricant, remain the most effective barrier against the transmission of HIV, though they are no longer the only option. Additional biomedical technologies and ne

More research on the effectiveness of condoms

New Canadian research on HIV transmission rates due to condom failure among men who have sex with men

More research on the effectiveness of condoms

PositiveLite.com says: an understanding of the effectiveness of condoms in preventing HIV transmission in normal use is very important both for people who use them and the HIV prevention specialists who deals daily in discussing risk of transmission. The full text of this article should be read carefully, though, to avoid misunderstanding its conclusions and implications for prevention messaging and as the authors do, to situate condom use among different options, including PrEP and treatment

Jabberwocky - the world of AIDS jargon

published: June, 17, 2014 Written by // Michael Yoder Categories // Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Michael Yoder

Michael Yoder says AIDS jargon, like “undetectable” or “serodiscordant”, is insider language than few outside - and many inside - the HIV community won’t understand but can be useful if it doesn’t diminish our humanity.

Jabberwocky - the world of AIDS jargon

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe: All mimsy were the borogoves, And the mome raths outgrabe.  Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass  It being some time now following my sero-conversion, I need to consider not only about my sero-status, but also how I will relate to others. Shall I sero-sort or sero-position? Should I enter into a sero-discordant or a sero-harmonic relationship? Will other MSM understand that my sero-status being undetectable and my

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