Articles tagged with: PEP

How effective are HIV prevention methods

published: October, 29, 2015 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, As Prevention , CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Treatment, Opinion Pieces

From the CATIE blog “new prevention options are welcome news for both HIV-positive and HIV-negative people, but they have created dilemmas for HIV educators.”

How effective are HIV prevention methods

This article by Laurel Challacombe first appeared in the CATIE blog here.   Une version française est disponible ici.  Three decades of awareness campaigns have instilled a very clear and consistent message to the public: condoms are the most effective way to prevent an HIV infection. So what happens when a new prevention method emerges – and it is also highly effective? In recent years, multiple studies have confirmed that maintaining an undetectable viral load through the consisten

“HIV transmission risk within serodiscordant couples can be reduced to very low, even negligible levels.”

published: April, 06, 2015 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, As Prevention , Research, Sexual Health, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Living with HIV

We hear from CATIE on HIV prevention within serodiscordant couples: a changing paradigm

“HIV transmission risk within serodiscordant couples can be reduced to very low, even negligible levels.”

This article by James Wilton first appeared in Prevention in Focus, a publication of CATIE, here.  Une version française est disponible ici.  Serodiscordant couples (where one partner is HIV negative and the other is HIV positive) are often thought to be at “high risk” of HIV transmission. However, new understandings of the biology of HIV transmission and the emergence of new HIV prevention options mean that the HIV transmission risk within these couples can be reduced to very low, ev

All this great news is making me angry!

published: March, 23, 2015 Categories // Activism, As Prevention , Sexual Health, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Our Marc-André LeBlanc says recent good news about transmission risk and treatment benefits points to how little Canada is taking advantage of this knowledge and points to inertia, resistance to change and even outright hostility as the culprits

All this great news is making me angry!

It's raining good news There was tons of good news coming out of the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) last month. And it really pissed me off!  True, there was some bad news, but in general it was really good news. PositiveLite.com covered a lot of it including news about just how powerful ARVs can be for both treatment and prevention. There was news about the benefits of early treatment for the health of people living with HIV (Temprano), about treatment-as-pr

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

The Atlanta Principles – words worth noting

published: June, 17, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, As Prevention , Sexual Health, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy reviews a new document from activists led by ACTUP NY which sets out a detailed framework for HIV prevention that highlights the need for biomedical solutions like Tasp, PeP and PrEP to prominently figure in the fight to stem the epidemic.

The Atlanta Principles – words worth noting

A perceptive analysis of what needs to be done to put a dint in the epidemic has just been released by a collation of US activists led by ACTUP NY. Called the Atlanta Principles it mirrors the resolve of 1983’s much revered Denver Principles  to change the way we think about HIV, or in this case, HIV prevention.  Not heard of the Denver Principles?. Coming from the people living with HIV in the early days of the epidemic their importance in part lies with their message of empowerment of p

Having a sex party? Call Kontak

published: June, 11, 2014 Categories // Gay Men

If you’re in Montreal that is. Bob Leahy talks to AIDS Community Care Montreal’s Daniel-Jonathan Laroche (D-J) who does novel HIV outreach that invites you to pig out on wholesale priced sex party supplies delivered right to your door

Having a sex party? Call Kontak

Bob Leahy: Hi D-J. Thanks for agreeing to talk to PositiveLite.com about Kontak. We’ve never heard of prevention programming before aimed specifically at gay men’s sex parties quite in the way you are doing it.  Do you want to talk about how you identified the need for this kind of programming?  D-J. Sure. Kontak was established by AIDS Community Care Montreal before I was hired to re-launch the program last December, but with all my years on the scene, I’ve noticed that people like t

The PEP experience — Raj’s story

published: April, 01, 2014 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Gay Men, As Prevention , Features and Interviews, Sexual Health, Health, Treatment, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

In part two of our three-part series on PEP, we hear from Raj Singh, a forty-something Toronto gay guy who was potentially exposed to HIV at a sex party.

The PEP experience — Raj’s story

This week, PositiveLite.com is focusing on Post-exposure Prophylaxis, or PEP — medication that can help prevent HIV after a possible exposure. Yesterday, I sat down with Duncan MacLachlan, the Director of Community Health Programs at the AIDS Committee of Toronto, to talk about PEP, its effectiveness and its availability. Join me today, as I have a conversation with Raj Singh, a Toronto gay man, who took PEP a year ago after a potential exposure to HIV.  John McCullagh: Raj, thank

Condoms: Tried, tested and true?

published: March, 14, 2013 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, Sexual Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Sex and Sexuality

From CATIE. Are condoms the most effective strategy available? How do they compare to other strategies? This article explores the evidence on how effectively condoms prevent HIV transmission and the implications for HIV prevention messaging.

Condoms: Tried, tested and true?

This important article by James Wilton first appeared in Prevention in Focus on the CATE website here. Une version française est disponible ici.  Since the beginning of the HIV epidemic, condoms have been a cornerstone of our HIV prevention efforts—often promoted as the most effective way to prevent the sexual transmission of the virus. However, in the past few years the number of HIV prevention options has increased and some people are interested in, or are already using, newer strate

High infection rates in men who have previously used PEP

published: February, 10, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors

Aidsmap report suggests those using post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) may be better off on Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)

High infection rates in men who have previously used PEP

This article fIrst appeared on aidsmap.com here.  A study from Amsterdam found that gay men who had used post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) in the past were four times more likely than non-users to subsequently become infected with HIV. PEP failure does not appear to be the cause of their HIV infection, but rather ongoing risk behaviour following a course of PEP. Self-reported adherence to the PEP regimen was high, at 94%. The investigators compared HIV infection rates between 2000 and 2009 i

Control over our bodies: women’s health options after rape

published: January, 17, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Women, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific

A guest post from Positive Women’s Network examines the promise and reality of post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for women who experience sexual assault

Control over our bodies: women’s health options after rape

This article was originally posted December 14, 2012 on the blog of Positive Women’s Network here.   Last week was Canada’s official day to remember and take action on violence against women. Did you hear anything about HIV? Likely not. The connections between HIV and gender-based violence are discussed mainly by women engaged in HIV work and rarely by anyone outside the field. Yet the connections are strong. More than one study has shown that personal histories of trauma increase the

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