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Good news from CATIE: what people need to know about Undetectable viral load and HIV sexual transmission

published: February, 08, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Activism, Social Media, CATIE, As Prevention , Current Affairs, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Research, Sexual Health, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment

CATIE says "people who are engaged in regular healthcare, are on treatment and have an ongoing undetectable viral load do not pass HIV to their sexual partners".

Good news from  CATIE: what people need to know about Undetectable viral load and HIV sexual transmission

This article previously appeared on the CATIE website here. Une version française est disponible ici. Studies have shown that HIV-positive people who are engaged in regular healthcare, are on treatment and have an ongoing undetectable viral load do not pass HIV to their sexual partners. This is great news! If I am HIV-positive how can I make this work for me? Talk to your doctor about treatment and an undetectable viral load as a prevention strategy. Before depending on this strategy,

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years, part two: organize, sympathize, realize, mobilize, neutralize, reorganize, criticize. It’s exhausting.

published: February, 06, 2017 Written by // Ed Wolf Categories // Social Media, Activism, Aging, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Health, Ed Wolf, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Respected activist Ed Wolf offers ways to channel the wisdom gained from past campaigns.

Ed Wolf's  journal of the Trump years, part two: organize, sympathize, realize, mobilize, neutralize, reorganize, criticize. It’s exhausting.

Day 12. Praise every bridge. When I worked on the AIDS ward at San Francisco General in the mid-80s I was asked to go up to the locked unit on the seventh floor, where patients with mental health issues were admitted. As I approached the patient’s room, I saw a sitter outside, which meant the patient had recently tried to hurt himself. When I entered the room, I met Roy. He had a cast on his arm and he immediately started telling me his story, how he’d been kicked out by his Texas famil

Many older people living with HIV in the UK worried about poverty, loneliness and social care

published: February, 03, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Aging, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, General Health, Mental Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Living with HIV

From AIDSmap, Roger Pebody examines what Terrence Higgins Trust is calling a "social care time bomb."

Many older people living with HIV in the UK worried about poverty, loneliness and social care

People over the age of 50 now represent one third of all people living with HIV, but the social care, healthcare and welfare systems aren’t ready for this growing cohort, according to research published by the Terrence Higgins Trust today. They describe the situation as a ‘social care timebomb’. A significant proportion of the older people living with HIV who took part in Terrence Higgins Trust’s research project were living below the poverty line and were socially isolated. Anxieti

Accuracy Watchdog Eyes Media for Mistakes in HIV Transmission Risk

published: February, 03, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, As Prevention , Current Affairs, General Health, Mental Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors

On getting U=U and PrEP facts right .POZ reports on this joint initiative of Human Rights Campaign and Prevention Access Campaign.

Accuracy Watchdog Eyes Media for Mistakes in HIV Transmission Risk

This article previously appeared at POZ, here. A new initiative called Accuracy Watchdog aims to correct erroneous reporting about HIV transmission risks. A partnership between LGBT advocacy group Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Prevention Access Campaign (PAC), Accuracy Watchdog launched this month. The joint initiative will, for example, correct scientific misinformation pertaining to people living with HIV who are on treatment and maintain an undetectable viral load—a concept known as

How the Obamacare repeal will impact HIV-positive people

published: February, 02, 2017 Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, As Prevention , Hep B and C, General Health, Youth, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Research, Women, Health, International , Revolving Door, Legal, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media, Opinion Pieces

For The Advocate, Carl Schmid provides an analysis of the likely effects of the Trump administration's repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

How the Obamacare repeal will impact HIV-positive people

This article previously appeared at The Advocate, here. A lot is happening these days that most of us are finding, frankly, pretty hard to believe. But it is not a dream. Donald Trump, who ran on repealing the Affordable Care Act, is now our president, and Republicans, who control the entire Congress, wasted no time and have already set in motion the process to repeal parts of health care reform. As someone who has advocated for years to ensure that people living with HIV have access to qual

Doubleplusgood in the land of alternative facts

published: January, 30, 2017 Written by // Michael Yoder Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , Current Affairs, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Sexual Health, International , Treatment, Legal, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Michael Yoder

Big Brother is watching... America does not end at its borders. Michael Yoder foresees carnage and offers some resistance tips.

Doubleplusgood in the land of alternative facts

"And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?"  Genesis 4:9 The world is different now and we should all be afraid. The new President of the United States is passing so many Executive Orders, it's surprising he doesn't get carpal tunnel syndrome from all those majestic strokes of the pen. His administration is not concerned with facts or with people, rather the man and his minions are concerned with looking good to a handful of f

Three reasons why CATIE supports U=U for sexual transmission

published: January, 25, 2017 Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Gay Men, As Prevention , CATIE, Current Affairs, Youth, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Newly Diagnosed, Mental Health, Women, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, International , Treatment

From CATIE, Camille Arkell with three reasons why this revolutionary message is so important

Three reasons why CATIE supports U=U for sexual transmission

This article by Camille Arkell previously apperared at CATIE blog, here. Une version française est disponible ici. CATIE recently endorsed the Consensus Statement of the Prevention Access Campaign, celebrating the fact that “undetectable equals untransmittable.” This revolutionary statement, pushed forward by a dedicated group of people living with HIV, has prompted CATIE to reflect on our sexual HIV prevention messaging. The research on treatment as prevention has been slowly ac

Lots to be thankful for and lots to challenge us as 2017 opens.

published: January, 25, 2017 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Community Events, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Pets, Health, Photography, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Louis "Kengi" Carr

Our L.A. guy Kengi says 2017 is sure to be a challenging year.

Lots to be thankful for and lots to challenge us as 2017 opens.

As I sit down to write this entry I do so with a heavy heart, but a spirit that is encouraged. I say this because my Great Aunt is still not doing well and last night I received word that one of her daughters, my cousin, has suffered a stroke. They both are recovering in separate hospitals. Your good thoughts, affirmations and prayers are greatly appreciated. I’m encouraged and even comforted because I know God, my creator, will provide what is best for them both. So, I guess I should say H

Remember, people with HIV invented safe sex.

published: January, 19, 2017 Written by // Megan DePutter Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , General Health, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Sexual Health, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Megan DePutter, Opinion Pieces

Megan DePutter debunks the logic that it is people who are aware of their HIV status who are responsible for spreading HIV and the ethics of withholding the information that U=U.

Remember, people with HIV invented safe sex.

"Withholding information on the assumption that it will be misused is not only misguided, it is unethical." Like most PositiveLite.com readers, I’ve been following the undetectable = untransmittable saga with interest. I was thrilled to read about the new statement from CATIE, which endorses this clear message. This ground-breaking change comes directly from the efforts of people living with HIV themselves. It represents a fine example of the profound work of people living with HIV and illu

Government walks away from talks on critical harm reduction measure in Canadian prisons.

published: January, 19, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, Hep B and C, Current Affairs, Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network says last-minute about face means prisoners remain at risk of HIV and hepatitis C

Government walks away from talks on critical harm reduction measure in Canadian prisons.

TORONTO, January 17, 2017 - In a profoundly disappointing move by a government that claims to support harm reduction and "evidence-based policies," the Government of Canada has withdrawn from a planned mediation, preferring to waste more money on lawyers to fight evidence-based harm reduction services in prisons. Meanwhile, prisoners will continue to needlessly contract preventable infections, at serious cost to both Canadian public health efforts and the public purse. This developmen

Guide to prosecuting HIV cases ‘undermining’ public health, critics say

published: January, 18, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors, Media

An Ontario court has rejected the Ministry of the Attorney General’s attempt to keep secret a “practical guide” to prosecuting HIV exposure and transmission cases. For the Toronto Star, Jacques Gallant reports.

Guide to prosecuting HIV cases ‘undermining’ public health, critics say

To read the full article by Jacques Gallant, visit The Star.com, here. After fighting for years to keep it secret, the Ministry of the Attorney General has finally been forced to turn over a “practical guide” that has been distributed to Crown attorneys on how to prosecute HIV exposure and transmission cases. The document, prepared by Hamilton Crown attorney Karen Shea, was obtained by Toronto lawyer Marcus McCann, who first asked for it through a freedom of information request in 2012,

PrEP, discrimination and HIV stigma

published: January, 17, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

The UK's FS magazine says: "When it comes to HIV, stigmatisation and discrimination are rife in gay-land, now more than ever."

PrEP, discrimination and HIV stigma

This article by Mario | @Londondiaries2 previously apperared at FS, here. Every day in the UK, about ten gay/bisexual men are diagnosed with HIV. About 11% of HIV-positive gay men are on meds but not undetectable. You would think that these figures alone would help the NHS gods see the light and work towards an end to the PrEP saga. Unless you’ve been living in isolation for the past year, by now you will know that there is a pill out there which, if taken daily, within seven days can p

Nearly two-thirds of European HIV cases are now in Russia

published: January, 16, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors

AIDSmap.com: Static picture in other countries conceals local change, especially in gay men. Gus Cairns reports.

Nearly two-thirds of European HIV cases are now in Russia

The annual number of new cases of HIV increased by at least 8% in 2015 in the whole of the World Health Organization (WHO) European region, and by 60% in the last decade, according to last month’s annual surveillance report by the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) and WHO Europe. A continued increase in new diagnoses in Russia was responsible for most of the increase. The previous year, as aidsmap.com reported, 60% of European-region new cases were in Russia. In 2015 this increase

French U=U campaign posters attacked as "pornography", charges may be laid.

published: January, 13, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

French poster campaign promoting U = U message is met with vandalism, complaints and possible prosecution. Based on a report in Marianne by Thomas Vampouille, which was translated by Denis LeBlanc

French U=U campaign posters attacked as

The campaign, designed by TBWA\Paris, uses black and white visuals, photographed by Mathieu César. - Aides Aides, the French association fighting HIV, was summoned to the police station after the public prosecutor of Laval (a town in western France) found that three complaints were admissible. The complaints denounced the "broadcasting of a violent or pornographic message" on the posters of its latest prevention campaign, according to a January 10 report by Thomas Vampouille on the French ne

Undetectable=Untransmittable – CATIE signs on

published: January, 13, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Activism, CATIE, As Prevention , Current Affairs, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Read this amazing blog post from CATIE's Excective Director Laurie Edmiston

Undetectable=Untransmittable – CATIE signs on

This article originally appeared on the CATIE blog here  Une version française est disponible ici.   All of us here at CATIE, and indeed around the world, are celebrating the most significant development in the HIV world since the advent of effective combination therapy 20 years ago – people living with HIV with sustained undetectable viral loads can confidently declare to their sexual partners “I’m not infectious!” The “fabulousness” of this news cannot be overstated. With or

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