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How much "PrEP-resistant" HIV is out there?

published: March, 12, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // International AIDS Conference , Social Media, Conferences, Gay Men, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

From AIDSmap, Gus Cairns reports from the recent 25th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2018).

How much

A study presented at the recent 25th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2018) aims to quantify how many people with HIV there might be in the community who both have a detectable HIV viral load and also have significant resistance to tenofovir and emtricitabine, the two drugs currently used in pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). The researchers, from the University of Washington in Seattle, found that in King County, which contains Seattle, no more than 0.3% of the l

Celebrating International Women's Day with inspiring dolls

published: March, 09, 2018 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Aging, Social Media, Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Women, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Félix Garmendía

Barbie released dolls celebrating diverse leaders for International Women’s Day and New York guy Félix Garmendía says the idea is "absolutely brilliant."

Celebrating International Women's Day with inspiring dolls

I heard yesterday about the new Barbie collection. I am not particularly a toy enthusiast but a friend posted this new Barbie collection on my Facebook page. The reason why my friend posted it on my page is because this new collection, consists of 17 inspiring women. From all the inspiring women chosen, Frida Kahlo, my favorite artist, is one of them. Frida Kahlo and her doll The posting produced a few comments from some of my friends. Very interesting observations that raised questions

Undetectable viral load: further talks with Sammy

published: March, 08, 2018 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Kimutai Kemboi, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Treatment, Media, Opinion Pieces

From Kenya, Kimutai Kemboi on the many benefits of adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART).

Undetectable viral load: further talks with Sammy

I must say having a talk with Sammy (as I said, not his real name) was one of the most interesting discussion I have ever had with anyone. His questions were endless, as each response gave rise to more questions but I was happy coz everything he asked was very relevant. Sammy: This is very interesting. So you mean an undetectable person can be in an intimate relationship with a negative person without posing a threat to him or her? Kemboi: (looking at my cup of tea) Just a minute Sammy, my t

New HIV infections halved after scale-up of HIV treatment, circumcision, in Uganda's hardest-hit district

published: March, 08, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap, Michael Carter and Keith Alcorn report on the Rakai Community Cohort Study.

New HIV infections halved after scale-up of HIV treatment, circumcision, in Uganda's hardest-hit district

The rate of new HIV infections has halved since 2011 in a Ugandan community following large increases in male circumcision, antiretroviral treatment and viral suppression, Frank Kagaayi of the Rakai Health Sciences Program told the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Boston on Tuesday. Dr Kagaayi was presenting results from the Rakai Community Cohort Study, focusing on repeat surveys of one fishing village with a very high prevalence and incidence of HIV infection. The

Sad, sad tears of a clown pt. one

published: March, 07, 2018 Written by // Isaac D. Joseph Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, Youth, Isaac D. Joseph, Mental Health, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Isaac D. Joseph on living with HIV and depression.

Sad, sad tears of a clown pt. one

“Now if there's a smile on my face it's only there trying to fool the public…But don't let my glad expression give you the wrong impression… Like a clown I appear to be glad…But ain't too much sadder than the tears of a clown when there's no one around – Smokey Robinson The saddest kind of sad is when your tears can’t even fall and you feel nothing. Your world has ended, you don’t cry, you don’t speak, you don’t hear, you don’t see. You just stay there sunken and hollow an

Experimental antibody plus TLR7 agonist maintains viral suppression in monkeys

published: March, 07, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // International AIDS Conference , Social Media, Conferences, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Research, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

Five of eleven treated animals still remained virally suppressed at six months. From AIDSmap, Liz Highleyman reports.

Experimental antibody plus TLR7 agonist maintains viral suppression in monkeys

Dan Barouch presenting at CROI 2018. Photo by Liz Highleyman Treatment with a broadly neutralising antibody plus an immune-stimulating drug led to long-term viral remission after interrupting antiretroviral therapy in a monkey study, according to data presented at the 25th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2018) this week in Boston. Monkeys that received both the antibody, known as PGT121, and the TLR7 agonist GS-9620 maintained an undetectable viral load withou

Some Canadians spending less on food, heating because of prescription drug costs

published: March, 06, 2018 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Current Affairs, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Media

From CATIE, Sean R Hosein reports on a study that examines how the social determinants of health are affectIng patient adherence and outcomes.

Some Canadians spending less on food, heating because of prescription drug costs

- Researchers find 22% of prescription drug spending in Canada is out of pocket - Cost of drugs leaves many Canadians cutting back on medication and essentials - Cost-related non-adherence increases health complications and healthcare burden Canadian public health insurance plans pay for hospital and physician services that are considered medically necessary. However, prescription drugs are another matter. According to a team of researchers at universities in British Columbia and Ontario, t

Ontario expands patient access to chronic Hepatitis C therapies on public drug plan.

published: March, 06, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Hep B and C, Current Affairs, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

Good news for those infected or co-infected with Hepatitis C in Ontario

Ontario expands patient access to chronic Hepatitis C therapies on public drug plan.

- Gilead applauds Ontario’s Ministry of Health for expanding access to curative hepatitis C therapies to all diagnosed patients, regardless of severity of illness - Ontario’s expanded access includes EPCLUSA®, a 12 week treatment for patients with chronic hepatitis C across all six genotypes - Gilead’s new product, VOSEVI™ is now available under the Ontario Drug Benefit Program - The removal of the fibrosis level criterion for access furthers Canada’s commitment to the World Heal

Undetectable viral load is a milestone in this journey.

published: March, 05, 2018 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Kimutai Kemboi, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media

From Kenya, Kimutai Kemboi spreads the word that undetectable equals untransmittable

Undetectable viral load is a milestone in this journey.

I had a conversation with this guy, Sammy (not his real name) and I feel I should share it so that other people learn the facts. Sammy: Hi Kim? (the short name of Kimutai) Kemboi: Hi to you bro, how is the going? Sammy: All is well, how about you? Kemboi: Everything is perfect, just up and down as a routine. Sammy: There is something that has been disturbing my mind for a while now and I have tried asking and researching but I am not convinced by the responses. That is why I thought of a

US studies underline importance of primary care physicians for people with HIV

published: March, 05, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, General Health, Health, Research, International , Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap, Keith Alcorn reports on two studies assessing the influence of provider type on outcomes of chronic co-morbidities in HIV.

US studies underline importance of primary care physicians for people with HIV

People with HIV who have other medical conditions such as high blood pressure or high lipids appear to do better if they have a primary care physician as well as an HIV physician, according to a study of people receiving care through UCLA Center for Clinical AIDS Research and Education, researchers report in The Journal of Infectious Diseases. A second study, looking at chronic medical conditions, or co-morbidities, in a large sample of people with HIV in the United States found that high b

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for March: anchoring for what's coming next.

published: March, 02, 2018 Written by // Ed Wolf Categories // Social Media, Activism, Aging, Gay Men, Current Affairs, International , Ed Wolf, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Ed Wolf asks, "How do we reunite with such hatred, persecution and division occurring across the land?"

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for March: anchoring for what's coming next.

Day 180. Fantasy Potluck On May 9 1865, 152 years ago today, President Andrew Johnson officially declared that the Civil War had ended. By then, well over 700,000 Americans had lost their lives. This morning I’m thinking of the Trump voters in my life and wondering how we’re going to come back together, call a truce, practice amnesty, cross the aisle. How do we reunite with such hatred, persecution and division occurring across the land? Continued accusations and mean-spirited interaction

Researchers study the impact of co-infection with hepatitis viruses on pregnant women with HIV

published: March, 01, 2018 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Hep B and C, CATIE, Women, Research, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Media, Population Specific

From CATIE, Sean R. Hosein reports on a study designed to find out more about the impact of these viruses on pregnancy and birth outcomes in co-infected women.

Researchers study the impact of co-infection with hepatitis viruses on pregnant women with HIV

- Hepatitis C co-infection increases risk of pregnancy complications for women with HIV - Women co-infected with hepatitis C had higher HIV viral loads when giving birth - Researchers suggest screening women with HIV for hepatitis C before pregnancy Due to shared routes of infection, co-infection with hepatitis-causing viruses, particularly hepatitis B-virus (HBV) and/or hepatitis C virus (HCV), is relatively common among some people with HIV. To find out more about the impact of these viru

Chronic depression leads to poorer engagement with key stages of HIV care continuum, say US researchers

published: February, 28, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Mental Health, Health, Research, International , Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap, Michael Carter reports on a study designed to examine the association between chronic depression and clinical outcomes.

Chronic depression leads to poorer engagement with key stages of HIV care continuum, say US researchers

Increased time spent living with depression is associated with poorer engagement with the HIV care continuum, investigators from the United States report in JAMA Psychiatry. Chronic depression was associated with missing appointments, a detectable viral load and an increased mortality risk. “We found that a greater proportion of time spent with depression increased the risk of missed primary care appointments and lack of viral suppression in a dose-response manner,” comment the autho

HIV pre-exposure drug approved for funding in B.C., but barriers remain

published: February, 28, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

From the Globe and Mail, Holly McKenzie-Sutter

HIV pre-exposure drug approved for funding in B.C., but barriers remain

ISTOCKPHOTO Oren Adamson received a prescription for pre-exposure prophylaxis treatment in July of last year. Also known as PrEP, the once daily pill is believed to reduce the risk of contracting HIV by more than 90 per cent. Health Canada approved PrEP in the form of the drug Truvada last year, but it has remained too expensive for many patients at $1,000 month. It's considerably cheaper – $70 – in the United States, prompting Mr. Adamson to drive from his home in Vancouver across the bo

Mindfulness, The Frog and The Scorpion Too.

published: February, 27, 2018 Written by // Matt Levine Categories // Aging, Social Media, Gay Men, Food, Nutrition and Recipes, Health, Living with HIV, Vitamins - Supplements, Media, Opinion Pieces, Matt Levine

Matt Levine: "So as the new year unfolds, I’m taking this look back, less a review, more an emotional detox..."

Mindfulness, The Frog and The Scorpion Too.

Part 1:  The frog   These days my emotional orbit seems to range wider than the Voyager 1 Space probe. True, that’s overly dramatic and quantifiably false, but cosmic exaggeration aside, there does seem to be some distant, vast and dark void between my moods. Last year was tough. Somewhere between a doozy and a mind-fuck, a roller coaster and a road trip with people you hate. But that assessment makes me wince. How can frustration coexist with thirty years of living well with HIV?  Surv

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