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Preventative medication will protect people at risk of HIV

published: December, 29, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

PrEP will be available through the BC Centre for Excellence’s HIV Drug Treatment program. From B.C. Gov News, this report.

Preventative medication will protect people at risk of HIV

Effective Jan. 1, 2018, British Columbians at high risk of HIV infection will be able to receive pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a daily oral antiretroviral medication that prevents new HIV infection, at no cost. “Our government is committed to helping fight the spread of HIV/AIDS and supporting people as they take action to protect themselves from this virus,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “Making this medication free for people will prevent new HIV infections, remove barriers

Inflammation-related illness among HIV-positive people

published: December, 28, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, General Health, Research, Health, International , CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Living with HIV, Media

Researchers assess two studies to understand the impact of chronic inflammation on major clinical events—heart attack, stroke, cancer, other serious complications and the risk of death. From CATIE, Sean R. Hosein reports.

Inflammation-related illness among HIV-positive people

Chronic HIV infection is associated with increased levels of inflammation. Researchers suspect that over the long-term this inflammation may be associated with an increased risk of health problems. To explore this idea, rather than launch a new and expensive clinical trial, researchers in Europe and the U.S. re-analysed data from two large, well-designed studies of the cytokine IL-2 (interleukin-2) in people with HIV. Specifically, researchers sought to assess the impact of chronic inflammati

An update from Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi

published: December, 27, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, Current Affairs, Legal, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Media

Attorney General Naqvi: "We join the Canadian Coalition to Reform HIV Criminalization in their request that the federal government examine potential law reform in this area..."

An update from Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi

Our Reference #:  MC-2017-7062 Thank you for your correspondence regarding criminal law and HIV. I would like to provide you with an update on recent developments. As so many do on World AIDS Day, it is important to pause and remember all those who have lost their lives to HIV/AIDS and those living with it. We stand in solidarity with everyone impacted by this virus across Ontario and the world.  We would like to recognize the dedicated individuals and organizations whose courageous work o

Happy holidays from all of us at PositiveLite.com!

published: December, 23, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Activism, Social Media, Living with HIV, Media, Rob Olver - Editor

Rob Olver: "Our best wishes and thanks go out to you all."

Happy holidays from all of us at PositiveLite.com!

The holidays are nearly here! I love this time of year, but like a lot of people, I often de-emphasize the “Christmasy” side of it when speaking because I don't want to inadvertently alienate anyone. Still, this time of year is undeniably special, at least in this part of the world. The lights, the cold and the smell of evergreen – I love it. The ritual tit-for-tat of usual daily abuse doesn’t stop but it does slow down and even seems to pause and for a little while people really do s

Year In Review 2017: Criminalizing people with HIV

published: December, 21, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Legal, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Media

After years of inaction, governments finally seem open to changes in prosecuting cases of HIV non-disclosure, but it’s not happening fast enough for those who end up behind bars. From NOW Magazine,

Year In Review 2017: Criminalizing people with HIV

Alexander McClelland says there should be a moratorium on the prosecution of cases of HIV non-disclosure. This article by Alexander McClelland originally appeared at NOW Magazine, here. For those of us working to change Canada’s laws for people living with HIV, 2017 has been a wild year. After years of bleak inaction and international condemnation – Canada is currently among the top five countries when it comes to criminalizing and incarcerating people living with HIV – the decisio

A step towards ending unjust HIV criminalization

published: December, 21, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Legal, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

The HIV community should be heartened by recent events—developments that are very much welcome, but nowhere near enough. Here's a chance to make your voice heard

A step towards ending unjust HIV criminalization

On World AIDS Day, after years of advocacy by community organizations, both the federal and Ontario governments recognized the need to limit the “overcriminalization of HIV” in Canada. Both took a first step toward by recognizing that criminal prosecution for alleged HIV non-disclosure is not warranted in the case where a person living with HIV had a “suppressed viral load,” because this is at odds with the science. The federal Justice Minister released her department’s report, C

Criminalizing HIV Non-Disclosure, Exposure, and Transmission

published: December, 20, 2017 Written by // Isaac D. Joseph Categories // Activism, Social Media, Isaac D. Joseph, International , Legal, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Isaac D. Joseph gives his assessment of the current state of HIV criminalization in the United States.

Criminalizing HIV Non-Disclosure, Exposure, and Transmission

Imagine going on an interview, a date, or just meeting someone for the first time and you introduce yourself as such, “Hello, my name is Isaac Joseph and I am HIV positive.” That would be a pretty awkward way to start off a conversation, wouldn’t you think? Today in the world of HIV, disclosure is a topic that has been on the lips of many people living with and without HIV, especially with the heightened celebrity scandals involving HIV disclosure in recent years. Some people believe th

Ontario lifts financial burden off families in need with OHIP+

published: December, 20, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Youth, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Media, Guest Authors

Province helping Ontario families stay healthy with free prescription medication for everyone age 24 and under.

Ontario lifts financial burden off families in need with OHIP+

Toronto, December 19, 2017-- Ontario is helping families afford the care they need to stay healthy by making prescription medications free for everyone age 24 and under.  Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, met with young mothers at Massey Centre in Toronto today, where he launched OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare. In just under two weeks, children and youth will be able to get their medications at no cost by simply showing their Ontario health card number an

People with high viral load most likely to report sex that could pass on HIV

published: December, 19, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

Half of those most likely to pass on HIV were not on treatment, despite guidelines From AIDSmap, Keith Alcorn reports

People with high viral load most likely to report sex that could pass on HIV

People with HIV who had high viral load were more likely to report vaginal or anal sex without a condom with a partner of unknown or different HIV status, a US study of people with detectable viral load has found. Viral loads tended to be lower among those people with a detectable viral load who reported always using condoms, or who reported condomless sex only with other people with HIV. The findings are published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections by a research team led by Dr

Why can’t Saskatchewan solve its HIV crisis?

published: December, 19, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Health, Sexual Health, Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

Soaring infection rates over the past decade aren’t going down, leaving doctors to wonder: What’s the province waiting for? From Maclean's, Kyle Edwards reports.

Why can’t Saskatchewan solve its HIV crisis?

Blood vials for HIV testing (Hoberman Collection/UIG/Getty Images) In the mid-1990s, Saskatchewan had the lowest incidence of both HIV and AIDS in the country. To put it mildly, things have changed. The rise in the number of new cases since the early 2000s has been dramatic—catapulting from 26 in 2002 to 200 seven years later. Last year Saskatchewan physicians called on the provincial government to declare a public health state of emergency over the high number of people diagnosed with HIV,

No shame in being hIV-positive. Shame is naive!

published: December, 18, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, As Prevention , Youth, Kimutai Kemboi, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

From Kenya, Kimutai Kemboi de-stigmatizes taking medication: "I need to tame HIV and be healthy and strong just like you."

No shame in being hIV-positive. Shame is naive!

“Shame on you for having flu!' This is a statement that would shut me up. I would stop talking simply because it would be shameful. Now, flu is an infection and so is HIV but no one has ever condemned a person with flu as compared to persons living with HIV! I’m not saying we should get infected with HIV but we should stop being naive and talking ill about people living with HIV any more than we do when people have other infections! I am happy not for having HIV but for knowing I am HI

CDC gets list of forbidden words: fetus, transgender, diversity

published: December, 18, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media, Population Specific

The ban is related to the budget and supporting materials that are to be given to the CDC’s partners and to Congress. From the Washington Post, Lena H. Sun and Juliet Eilperin report.

CDC gets list of forbidden words: fetus, transgender, diversity

The Trump administration is prohibiting officials at the nation’s top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases — including “fetus” and “transgender” — in any official documents being prepared for next year’s budget. Policy analysts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta were told of the list of forbidden words at a meeting Thursday with senior CDC officials who oversee the budget, according to an analyst who took part in the 90-m

The news on the Canadian criminalization front explained – part two

published: December, 15, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Current Affairs, Legal, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Last week Bob Leahy explained the impact of the ground-breaking December 1 announcements that sought to ease the laws surrounding non-disclosure of HIV. Today he looks at the mixed community reaction to those announcements

The news on the Canadian criminalization front explained – part two

Go here to read part one. Background: The announcements last week required careful messaging, walking a tightrope between acknowledging progress while recognizing they fell well short of what community activists had asked for. The Federal Justice Minister had, after all, talked about the “over criminalization” of HIV. The Department had also paid homage to the science. “The criminal law should not apply to persons living with HIV who have engaged in sexual activity without disclosing

Paternalism in medicine, social work and HIV care

published: December, 14, 2017 Written by // T.J. Miller Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, As Prevention , T.J. Miller, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Health, International , Treatment, Media, Opinion Pieces

T.J. Miller: "... things are drastically different this time. There is an anger that I haven’t seen since the early days of the AIDS crisis..."

Paternalism in medicine, social work and HIV care

By definition, paternalism is an action performed with the intent of promoting the good of others, but occurring against their will or without their consent. In medicine, it refers to acts of authority by the physician in directing care and distribution of resources to patients (definition courtesy of the American Medical Association-Journal of Medical Ethics, July 2012 edition). In the setting of Social Work, the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics states the following:

India bans condom adverts during primetime TV

published: December, 14, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

Move is aimed at protecting children but campaigner warns it could undo decades of progress on sexual health. From The Guardian, Michael Safi reports.

India bans condom adverts during primetime TV

India’s estimated 900 TV channels have been ordered to restrict condom commercials to between 10pm and 6am. Photograph: Franckreporter/Getty Images/iStockphoto To read the complete article by Michael Safi, visit The Guardian, here. India has banned television adverts for condoms during primetime hours, citing rules against content that “endangers the safety of children” and promotes “unhealthy practices”. The information and broadcasting ministry ordered the country’s estimat

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