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Bone health in HIV: long-term health is important to discuss.

published: December, 05, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Aging, General Health, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media

Dr. Gordon Arbess: "... as people age with HIV we now face other health risks that often mirror aging in uninfected people."

Bone health in HIV: long-term health is important to discuss.

Dr. Gordon Arbess is a staff physician with the Department of Family and Community Medicine and St. Michael’s Academic Family Health Team in Toronto. He specializes in HIV Primary Care. ***** As a physician in the treatment and care of HIV, I see people living and thriving with HIV. Today, with early diagnosis and effective treatments, a 20-year old HIV-positive person can expect to live into his/her early 70s. In fact, the majority of people with HIV are now over the age of 50, and within

Our World AIDS Day message is celebratory

published: December, 01, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , Gay Men, General Health, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Publisher Bob Leahy says World AIDS Day tributes take many forms, but PositiveLite.com is saying World AIDS Day 2017 is a time to celebrate – and, with the Government of Canada now on board, names 2017 as the year of U=U.

Our World AIDS Day message is celebratory

Those charged with writing world AIDS day messages have a surprising array of options. They can honour our fallen – that’s important. Paying tribute to those living with HIV is also a worthy goal. Our messages can be reflective of the past, taking stock of where we are now, or aspirational. Inspirational too. All these topics I’ve addressed in the past. I’ve never done a celebratory World AIDS Day message before. But then 2017 has been no ordinary year. It has been a year of personal

It’s time to retire Canada’s AIDS epidemic

published: December, 01, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, CATIE, As Prevention , General Health, Mental Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media, Opinion Pieces

For World AIDS Day 2017, PositiveLite.com is proud to present this guest editorial by CATIE Executive Director, Laurie Edmiston.

It’s time to retire Canada’s AIDS epidemic

Having turned 60 two months ago, I know there’s nothing quite like a milestone birthday to force you to get serious about your priorities and your future. The HIV response is facing our own wake-up call this December 1 as we mark the 30thWorld AIDS Day – a milestone I never imagined we would reach when I started working in HIV, 30 years ago. I have spent more than half of my life working in the HIV response, and while our goals have remained unchanged – reducing HIV infections and kee

Big win for U=U! Canada’s Chief Medical Officers of Health say “effectively no risk’ of HIV transmission via sex if viral load suppressed.

published: December, 01, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , General Health, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Research, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

PHAC World AIDS Day statement praises the Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U) campaign and Indigenous Know Your Status program

Big win for U=U! Canada’s Chief Medical Officers of Health say “effectively no risk’ of HIV transmission via sex if viral load suppressed.

Statement on behalf of the Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health Statements From Public Health Agency of Canada November 30, 2017 Ottawa, ON Government of Canada Every year on December 1st, we come together to mark World AIDS Day and the start of Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week.  There was a time not long ago when many lives were lost to AIDS in Canada. Thanks to advances in treatment, the situation today is vastly different. With timely interventions and supports, people living wit

Review identifies aspects of healthcare most valued by people with HIV

published: November, 21, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, General Health, Research, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Media

Relationship with healthcare providers cited in 83% of studies reviewed. From CATIE, Erica Lee reports.

Review identifies aspects of healthcare most valued by people with HIV

- Systematic review identifies the healthcare factors most valued by people living with HIV. - Relationship with healthcare providers cited in 83% of studies reviewed, and treatment information and support in 63%. - People with HIV place value on provider’s expertise, confidentiality and coordination, and on ease of access and active participation as a client. It is important to understand what people with HIV value most in their healthcare experience to deliver services that best respond

Being on the same page – and scrapping paternalism!

published: November, 20, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , General Health, Youth, Current Affairs, Newly Diagnosed, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Women, Sexual Health, Health, Treatment, Media, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy on the confluence of voices that is saying paternalism towards people living with HIV doesn’t serve us well – and asks how we challenge it

Being on the same page – and scrapping paternalism!

The issue of paternalism – agencies who think or assume they are working in the best interests of their clients and make decisions for them – is in the news this week A word about us: PositiveLite.com has always been a bit of an “alt-left” voice when it comes to HIV. We don’t rely for our continued existence on government funders so that gives us a bit more freedom to report on what we – and often others - are feeling. So what’s the mood? Big Picture? The mood is of optimism,

World AIDS Day: Clients can handle the truth

published: November, 16, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, CATIE, Gay Men, As Prevention , Current Affairs, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Women, Research, Health, Sexual Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Media

CATIE: "Whether we are talking about U=U, PrEP or HIV self-testing, we must provide all the information and options to our clients, and trust them to make the best decisions for their own health."

World AIDS Day: Clients can handle the truth

Thousands of HIV organizations around the world are adding a new message to their World AIDS Day campaigns this year, and it is turning decades of HIV prevention messaging on its head. We can now say conclusively that a person living with HIV who takes treatment and maintains an undetectable viral load does not transmit the virus to their sexual partners. The evidence was solidified last year with the final results of PARTNER and HPTN 052, two large studies confirming zero cases of HIV transm

Barriers to healthcare impenetrable for LGBT+ in Zambia

published: November, 09, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Gay Men, General Health, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media

From a railway clinic, educating the community on LGBT+ health issues is as challenging as ever. From Key Correspondents, this report.

Barriers to healthcare impenetrable for LGBT+ in Zambia

Zambia is on the path to achieving control of the HIV epidemic thanks to focused political commitment implemented over a decade. The key factors to epidemic control are numerous, including universal testing of high-risk groups, timely referral, access to quality prevention and treatment services, and linkage to and long-term retention in care. Achieving final epidemic control requires a coordinated and targeted approach that integrates the expected adoption of new World Health Organisation (WH

Starting ART immediately after HIV diagnosis cuts mortality risk by two-thirds for people with high CD4 cell counts

published: November, 08, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

Over 12 months of follow-up, individuals who started antiretrovirals within 30 days of their diagnosis had a 63% reduction in their mortality risk compared to people who remained antiretroviral-naïve. From AIDSmap, Michael Carrter reports.

Starting ART immediately after HIV diagnosis cuts mortality risk by two-thirds for people with high CD4 cell counts

People with a high CD4 cell count who start antiretroviral therapy (ART) immediately after diagnosis with HIV cut their 12-month mortality risk by two-thirds, according to research conducted in China and published in Clinical Infectious Diseases. The retrospective study involved over 35,000 people who were newly diagnosed with HIV between 2012 and 2014. All had a CD4 cell count above 500 cells/mm3. Over 12 months of follow-up, individuals who started antiretrovirals within 30 days of their d

Investigating where patients go when they leave HIV care

published: November, 06, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , CATIE, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Sexual Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media

From CATIE, Sean R. Hosein reports on research that begins to paint a picture of what happens when people living with HIV are "lost to follow-up."

Investigating where patients go when they leave HIV care

- Previous research has found HIV-positive Canadians stop attending follow-up HIV appointments at rates between 11% and 24%. - Alberta researchers find that many patients “lost to follow-up” are seeking healthcare outside HIV services, often in hospital emergency rooms. - This research has implications for programs that seek to re-engage patients in HIV care. Potent combination anti-HIV therapy (ART) can reduce levels of HIV in the blood (viral load) to very low levels that cannot be de

To hell with the money!!

published: October, 30, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, As Prevention , Kimutai Kemboi, General Health, Mental Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Features and Interviews, Sexual Health, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media

Kenyan HIV activist Kimutai Kemboi interviews "Eve", a former Nairobi sex worker.

To hell with the money!!

"Over the years, my needs came before my health. Risk of getting sexually related infections never came to my mind. I could sleep with whoever offered to pay my rent, buy food, meet other bills and ensure my beauty was maintained." Eve said. "I could sleep with any man irrespective of his physical outfit or age, what mattered to me was how much he could cover. The amount he could give decided how much his demands were honoured. Using protection was not my option but his wish; to be sincere. I

An open letter to Dr.. Elizabeth M. Clark (Price), M.D.

published: October, 23, 2017 Written by // T.J. Miller Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, As Prevention , T.J. Miller, General Health, Youth, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Women, Health, Sexual Health, International , Legal, Treatment, Media

T.J. Miller invites Dr. Elizabeth M. Clark to an open dialogue to bring her (and Georgia) up to speed on HIV.

An open letter to Dr.. Elizabeth M. Clark (Price), M.D.

Dr. Clark, I choose to address you using this name, as this is the name that you are licensed under by the State of Georgia in the United States of America under the auspices of the Composite State Board of Medical Examiners under medical license #024915 first issued on June 14, 1983 which expires on August 31, 2019. Besides being a board certified Anesthesiologist who trained at McGill University (Class of 1980) in Montreal, Quebec Canada, you also are a Georgia State Legislator from their 4

Backlash from civil society as PEPFAR announces three-year strategy

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

The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is to accelerate efforts in just 13 countries under its news strategy. But critics say this narrowed focus could lead to a resurgence of the HIV epidemic..

Backlash from civil society as PEPFAR announces three-year strategy

PEPFAR's new three-year strategy, which was announced at the UN General Assembly in September, focuses efforts on 13 countries with high HIV prevalence that are nearing epidemic control – the point at which there are more annual AIDS-related deaths than there are new HIV infections. Under PEPFAR’s 2017-2021 strategy, Botswana, Côte d’Ivoire, Haiti, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Rwanda, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe will see PEPFAR-funded programmes renewed and ex

Connected patients, connected providers: Delivering comprehensive, coordinated, team-based care to people living with HIV in Canada

published: October, 18, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Research, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Media

Dr. Claire Kendall and Katie Ablett: "... the complex health and social care needs of people living with HIV can be met –and, in fact, are being met –by various care models, settings and teams working in HIV clinics across Canada."

Connected patients, connected providers: Delivering comprehensive, coordinated, team-based care to people living with HIV in Canada

Thanks to effective anti-HIV treatment, HIV has evolved into a chronic illness. However, people living with HIV often today also live with other physical and mental health conditions, which can be difficult to cope with, especially for those also coping with difficult socio-economic circumstances. To provide quality care to people living with HIV and other long-term medical and social conditions, health-care providers not only need to ensure  that people living with HIV are engaged in qualit

What I've learned through training

published: October, 13, 2017 Written by // Megan DePutter Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Megan DePutter, Opinion Pieces

Megan DePutter reflects on some of the high points as she prepares to go on maternity leave.

What I've learned through training

I’ve spent the last 1.5 years delivering training on HIV and related topics in Scotland. The audience has been diverse – it’s included nurses, GP’s, infant feeding advisors, midwives, therapists, social workers, addictions and criminal justice workers, dieticians and occupational therapists, psychologists, early childcare workers, people who work with vulnerable adults, students and people in a wide variety of other roles! During this period I’ve delivered training for nearly 550 peo

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