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The science-based U=U message is everywhere - but some aren’t biting.

published: December, 12, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Features and Interviews, Health, International , Treatment, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy: Are organizations passing up on the chance to end HIV stigma and inform people living with HIV who are durably undetectable that they can’t transmit the virus? What people are saying

The science-based U=U message is everywhere - but some aren’t biting.

The images accompanying this article are from campaigns around the world informing people living with HIV that if their viral load is durably suppressed, they can not transmit the virus to others. There were no Canadian images used because no such campaigns exist in Canada.  It’s getting heated People living with HIV have never played a greater part in designing and implementing prevention messaging. In just a few months, the U = U message from the Prevention Access Campaign, arguably the

World AIDS Day 2016 in Ottawa: a personal account of a momentous and moving occasion

published: December, 06, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, Activism, Current Affairs, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Guest author Gord Asmus sees history in the making as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau raises the Red Ribbon flag on Parliament Hill on WAD 2016

World AIDS Day 2016 in Ottawa: a personal account of a momentous and moving occasion

Photo by Gustavo Hannecke History was made on Dec 1, 2016 as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau raised the Red Ribbon flag on Parliament Hill for the first time. This story begins in Nov 2015. At that time I was in the position of Past Board Chair” of the AIDS Committee of Ottawa (ACO). Khaled Salam, ACO’s Executive Director, had convinced City Hall and our Mayor, Jim Watson, that the Red Ribbon Flag should be raised at City Hall. This did come to pass on Dec 1 2015. Also, on that day ACO

Commentary: HIV and human rights organizations welcome federal government's interest in ending unjust HIV criminalization

published: December, 06, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Women, Legal, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO) respond to World Aids Day statement by Canadian Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould

Commentary: HIV and human rights organizations welcome federal government's interest in ending unjust HIV criminalization

Toronto, December 1, 2016 – The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO) welcomed today's statement by Canadian Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould recognizing the ongoing problem of overly-broad, unjust criminalization of people living with HIV. Today, fittingly for World AIDS Day, the federal government has signaled its intent to address a critical issue that has long been of concern to people living with HIV and human rights advocates across

Justice Minister Wilson-Raybould Issues groundbreaking statement on World AIDS Day about HIV criminalization

published: December, 05, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Current Affairs, Legal, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould: "Still, the over-criminalization of HIV non-disclosure discourages many individuals from being tested and seeking treatment, and further stigmatizes those living with HIV or AIDS."

Justice Minister Wilson-Raybould Issues groundbreaking statement on World AIDS Day about HIV criminalization

December 01, 2016 (Ottawa, ON) – Department of Justice Canada The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today issued the following statement: World AIDS Day is a time to reflect on the impact that HIV/AIDS has had on Canadians and t give thanks to the many dedicated people who work to prevent this disease and help people get the care and support they need. It is also a time to recognize the tremendous medical advances thatt have been made sin

"Callous, cold and deliberately duplicitous": calling out racism in Canadian newspaper coverage of HIV non-disclosure cases 1989-2015

published: November, 30, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Current Affairs, Research, Legal, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Report issued by Canadian university researchers calls for fairness and accuracy in the newsroom and an end to coverage that stigmatizes people with HIV.

For the entire report go here. Toronto, Canada – A pioneering study of Canadian media, focusing on the newspaper coverage of HIV non-disclosure and transmission cases has identified a clear pattern of racism towards Black men in Canadian mainstream newspaper articles from 1989 through 2015. These startling findings dovetail with the theme of World AIDS Day 2016 (December 1, 2016): “HIV Stigma: Not Retro, Just Wrong.” The just-released report, “Callous, Cold and Deliberately Duplicit

Show your support: Sign the Canadian Consensus Statement

published: November, 30, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Activism, Hep B and C, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Sexual Health, Health, Treatment, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

CATIE's Laurie Edmiston: "We, the organizing committee – CATIE, CTAC and PositiveLite.com – consulted various communities across Canada over a 20-month period for their input. The resultant Statement reflects those insights."

Show your support: Sign the Canadian Consensus Statement

A message from Laurie Edmiston, executive director, CATIE: As we head into World AIDS Day, I am today asking for your assistance in taking a step that could help to greatly enhance our country’s response to HIV. You may have heard about the Canadian Consensus Statement on the Health and Prevention Benefits of HIV Antiretroviral Medications and HIV Testing. Essentially, the Canadian Consensus Statement, or CCS (for short), declares the importance of certain principles and app

UN raps Canada's knuckles over criminalization record and more

published: November, 28, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Current Affairs, Women, Legal, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network reports UN forcefully calls into question Canada’s status as a world leader in gender equality

UN raps Canada's knuckles over criminalization record and more

GENEVA, November 18, 2016 — The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women issued its Concluding Observations today following its review of Canada’s compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. This is the first time the Committee reviewed women’s rights in Canada since 2008.The UN experts forcefully called into question the country’s status as a world leader in gender equality and confirmed that wo

Bracing for impact: key populations and HIV activists respond to the U.S election results

published: November, 25, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, General Health, Current Affairs, Health, International , Living with HIV, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

GNP+ reports global key population networks stand in solidarity with U.S. activists

Bracing for impact: key populations and HIV activists respond to the U.S election results

We, the Bridging the Gaps alliance of global key population constituency networks, represented by the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC), the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP), the International Network of People Who Use Drugs (INPUD) and the Global Forum on Men Who Have Sex With Men and HIV (MSMGF), recognize that we are at a pivotal moment in our fight for the human rights of key populations and people living wi

Sleeping with President Donald Trump

published: November, 23, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Mark S. King

"Our new president is smirking at his inauguration." Mark S. King on the nightmare that won't go away.

Sleeping with President Donald Trump

I am on my feet at the Thanksgiving table, and my fists are slamming into the linen napkins. Silverware is quaking, pottery is rattling. The force of a particularly hard blow to the tabletop sends a dinner roll catapulting from the bread basket. My screams are borrowed from post-election protest marches. They are deafening and unending. Fight him. Reject hate. Protect ourselves. Surrounding the table are members of my family, some red and some blue. They pay me no attention. They are chattin

Why are HIV groups charging Gilead with bad behavior in new PrEP trial

published: November, 22, 2016 Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Activism, Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Current Affairs, Research, Health, International , Treatment

Anna Forbes and Marc-André LeBlanc are among a coalition of HIV activists and organizations from Europe and North America calling Gilead out on their bad corporate behavior. Here they present the story so far.

Why are HIV groups charging Gilead with bad behavior in new PrEP trial

This article originally appeared at TheBody.com, here. Gilead is not following the accepted standard for community engagement in its new pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) trial, and we are among a coalition of HIV activists and organizations from Europe and North America calling them out on their bad corporate behavior. We root our criticism in the Good Participatory Practice (GPP) guidelines that were inspired, in part, by controversies in earlier PrEP trials. Truvada (FTC/TDF) is approve

Legal Network welcomes Canada's commitment to redress discrimination against LGBTQI people.

published: November, 22, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Legal

Government also urged to repeal discriminatory sex work, HIV criminalization laws

 Legal Network welcomes Canada's commitment to redress discrimination against LGBTQI people.

Liberal MP Randy Boissonnault will work with advocacy groups to promote equality for lesbians, gays, bisexual, transgender, queer and two-spirited people.  (Adrian Wyld / THE CANADIAN PRESS)  TORONTO, November 15, 2016 — The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network welcomes Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s announcement today to appoint a Special Advisor on LGBTQ2 issues who will work with Egale Canada Human Rights Trust and other stakeholders to address the urgent human rights and public health

NHS England loses appeal – it must consider providing PrEP

published: November, 18, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Activism, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Nonetheless NHS England may still try to put obstacles in the way of NHS provision of PrEP, as AIDSmap.com's Roger Pebody reports.

NHS England loses appeal – it must consider providing PrEP

Not all the UK press has been enthusiastic At the Court of Appeal in London, three judges just now confirmed that NHS England is responsible for providing PrEP. Key to the case is the fact that NHS England already commissions post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) which is not substantially different to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). Nonetheless NHS England may still try to put obstacles in the way of NHS provision of PrEP. As Lord Justice Underhill wrote, the judgement “does not mean tha

Smoking more harmful than HIV for people taking effective treatment, US study suggests

published: November, 17, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Current Affairs

Dr Rochelle Walensky: "It is time to recognise that smoking is now the primary killer of people with HIV who are receiving treatment." For AIDSmap, Keith Alcorn reports.

  Smoking more harmful than HIV for people taking effective treatment, US study suggests

Smoking has the potential to shorten the life of a person taking HIV treatment by an average of six years, and is far more harmful to the life expectancy of people living with HIV than well-managed HIV infection itself, a US study reports this month in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. The study found that stopping smoking improved life expectancy, with the greatest gain in life expectancy seen when smoking was stopped by the age of 40. Dr Rochelle Walensky of the Massachusetts General Ho

Respected Canadian community advocate Ron Rosenes on the radio

published: November, 15, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Features and Interviews, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Ron Rosenes interviewed about the Patient Zero myth by Anna Maria Tremonti for cbc radio's The Current

Respected Canadian community advocate Ron Rosenes on the radio

Listen to the whole program on cbc radio's The Current, here. Anna Maria Tremonti: I have Ron Rosenes with me now. He's a community activist and a researcher living with HIV since the early eighties. Many of those diagnosed with HIV in the eighties, including Gaétan Dugas, have died. Medical advances mean that many others survived. Those still living with HIV from that era can relate to the stigma that was attached and what was going on and how Gaétan Dugas’ name was used. Ron Rosenes, he

Canadian Health Minister rethinks AIDS funding cuts – a little

published: November, 10, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Hep B and C, Current Affairs, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Minister Jane Philpott announces a slight reprieve – a delay of one year in cuts for some plus transition funding for others

Canadian Health Minister rethinks AIDS funding cuts – a little

Statement by the Honourable Jane Philpott on the HIV and Hepatitis C Community Action Fund Ottawa - The fight to eliminate HIV, Hepatitis C and other sexually transmitted or blood borne infections is a priority for our government. Achieving our goals requires a comprehensive approach that includes a strong focus on vulnerable populations, with investment in interventions that have the greatest potential impact. Recently, the Public Health Agency of Canada announced its decisions related to f

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