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What’s next for long-acting HIV drugs?

published: November, 22, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment

Two phase III trials are underway with long-acting (LA) formulations of HIV drugs. From CATIE, Sean R. Hosein reports.

What’s next for long-acting HIV drugs?

Two phase III trials are underway with long-acting (LA) formulations of HIV drugs. These trials will explore the safety and effectiveness of LA formulations in people new to HIV treatment (Flair) and in people who are treatment experienced (Atlas). The interim results from these two pivotal studies should be available in the latter half of 2018. If the results from Flair and Atlas are favourable, the manufacturer of the LA drugs, Viiv Healthcare, will submit a dossier of the data to regulator

Riding the great white way

published: November, 21, 2017 Written by // Isaac D. Joseph Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Gay Men, Isaac D. Joseph, Mental Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Isaac D. Joseph on how he got free of cocaine and on what he thinks makes for a successful intervention.

Riding the great white way

“Did you try to live on your own, when you burned down the house and home, did you stand too close to the fire like a liar looking for forgiveness from a stone?” – Green Day, 21 Guns For years the LGBT community has been plagued with substance abuse issues. Studies have shown that, when compared with the general population, gay and bisexual men, lesbian, and transgender individuals are more likely to use alcohol and drugs at much higher rates than the general population. For many indiv

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

Gay men’s stories of monogamy and non-monogamy: change, flexibility and tensions

published: November, 20, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, Research, Sexual Health, Health, International , Revolving Door, Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media

From AIDSmap, Roger Pebody reports on an Australian qualitative study exploring relationship dynamics among gay men.

Gay men’s stories of monogamy and non-monogamy: change, flexibility and tensions

Although some gay men idealise monogamy, particularly in the early stages of a relationship, couples often become non-monogamous over time, Australian researchers report in an article published online ahead of print in Culture, Health and Sexuality. Men often saw non-monogamy as realistic in gay relationships, due to social and cultural norms in gay communities. But shifting the ground rules of relationships could be challenging for some couples, especially when the partners had different

Being on the same page – and scrapping paternalism!

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

HIV in West and Central Africa – the state of an epidemic left behind

published: November, 16, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Current Affairs, Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Media

The UNAIDS, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and African Union 18-month catch-up plan aims to increase treatment access and reduce mortality in West and Central Africa. From Avert.org, Caitlin Mahon reports.

HIV in West and Central Africa – the state of an epidemic left behind

Children play football during a rain storm in the village of Yongoro, near to Freetown, Sierra Leone. With just 42% of the 6.1 million people living with HIV across West and Central Africa aware of their HIV status, the region has fallen far behind their neighbours, and indeed the rest of the world, in their efforts to bring an end to the HIV epidemic.   West and Central Africa contains around 7% of the global population, but is home to 17% of the world’s population living with HIV and 30

Stag me to hell: socialising with straight men

published: November, 15, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Lifestyle, Media, Opinion Pieces

From FS Magazine, Mark Reed on gay-straight socializing: "Maybe if we tried to integrate more, we could break down prejudices held on both sides."

Stag me to hell: socialising with straight men

I have straight male friends who I hang out with one on one, but I don’t have groups of straight male pals who I hang out with on a regular basis. I don’t consciously seek to avoid these kinds of social situations, it’s more because, by and large, I feel more comfortable in the company of gay men (more on that later). This was going to be an all-straight affair, and I didn’t know half of the group at all.I was recently invited on a stag do – a first for me. I signed up quite readily,

The man that got it right

published: November, 14, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Features and Interviews, Health, International , Treatment, Media, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

PositiveLite.com publisher Bob Leahy in conversation with Dr. Pietro Vernazza, famous author of the once-scorned Swiss Statement which predated U=U by ten years.

The man that got it right

Dr. Pietro Vernazza being interviewed  in the studio with Bruce Richman in Paris at !AS2017 About the Swiss Statement: Source aidsmap http://www.aidsmap.com/The-Swiss-Statement-and-its-repercussions/page/1746478/ “There is evidence of some groups of gay men knowing, from the late 1990s onwards, that people with an undetectable HIV viral load were much less infectious, and were using this knowledge in sexual decision-making. Public discussion of this became much more high profile after a p

BC just lost its last two excuses not to cover the pill that prevents HIV

published: November, 14, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Revolving Door, Legal, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

New proposal would cover 5,000 PrEP prescriptions by 2019. From Daily Xtra.com, Niko Bell reports.

BC just lost its last two excuses not to cover the pill that prevents HIV

Rob Higgins from the Community Based Research Centre and William Flett from YouthCO give out flyers in front of Vancouver-West End MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert's office Nov 10, 2017, pushing for provincial coverage for PrEP drugs. Credit: Niko Bell/Xtra To read the complete story by Niko Bell, visit Daily Xtra.com, here. One of the province’s most respected HIV/AIDS specialists has publicly announced that coverage for an effective HIV-prevention drug doesn’t have to cost BC taxpayers a

Tenda sema nenda zako (Do good and go your way)

published: November, 13, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Kimutai Kemboi, Health, International , Treatment, Media, Opinion Pieces

Kimutai Kemboi: "Associating or sharing things with someone living with HIV cannot make you contract the virus, so be friendly and generous as you would to any other person."

Tenda sema nenda zako (Do good and go your way)

It is so ironic to find many people even in this 21st century still taking themselves back to the dark ages despite all the information that has been made available almost everywhere concerning HIV. People living with HIV still go through hell, even in their families. I find it painful that those who should be always there to support those who are sick are taking the forefront to curse them. One thing I wish people should know is that being HIV positive is an option but this can change in a m

New report from OHESI shows numbers of new HIV infections in Ontario continue to rise - but some good news as Toronto’s continue to fall.

published: November, 10, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Research, Health, Treatment, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy on the mixed bag of numbers which shows a province struggling to match impressive gains elsewhere. Where is this all heading?

New report from OHESI shows numbers of new HIV infections in Ontario continue to rise - but some good news as Toronto’s continue to fall.

PositiveLite.com previewed the numbers before, but now the preliminary report  is out and it’s a mixed bag. One thing is clear though. Ontario is being left behind by some of its competition. The province’s epidemiology unit, OHESI, housed at the OHTN, confirms that new HIV infections, although down from ten years ago, have been on the rise the last three years. The increase in that time period is fortunately not large but contrasts sharply with good news from other countries, notabl

Where demons hide

published: November, 09, 2017 Written by // Isaac D. Joseph Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, Youth, Isaac D. Joseph, Mental Health, Health, Living with HIV, Media

Isaac D. Joseph: "As of today, I have been sober for 30 days after a relapse period of four months."

Where demons hide

When the days are cold, and the cards all fold, and the saints we see are all made of gold…when you feel my heat look into my eyes it’s where my demons hide…don’t get too close, it’s dark inside, it’s where my demons hide – Imagine Dragons, "Demons" Remember when you were a child and you and your friends would play hide and seek. There was always one person that you knew would be found first, the few that would always make it to the base, and one that you would never find. The h

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, International , Revolving Door, 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

Why your best partner on your HIV health care team is your HIV specialty pharmacist

published: November, 08, 2017 Written by // T.J. Miller Categories // Social Media, T.J. Miller, Health, International , Living with HIV, Media

T.J. Miller reports on two studies that explore the patient-pharmacist relationship.

Why your best partner on your HIV health care team is your HIV specialty pharmacist

Many of us who are HIV-positive focus on finding the perfect doctor; someone that we feel comfortable with, form a good working relationship with and develop a sense of trust with over time. Butr how many patients have taken the time to develop that same relationship with their HIV pharmacist? A new study out of Michigan along with several other studies have found that the pharmacist-patient relationship might just be the most important relationship within the healthcare chain, even more impo

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