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HIV treatment is not only a life giver but a life saver.

published: February, 16, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Lifestyle, Treatment, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Media, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

From Uganda, Matovu William's first article as a regular contributor to PositiveLite.com discusses the many benefits of antiretroviral theraoy (ART).

HIV treatment is not only a life giver but a life saver.

According to UNAIDS, there were approximately 36.7 million people worldwide living with HIV/AIDS at the end of 2016. Of these, 2.1 million were children (<15 years old). As of July 2017, 20.9 million people living with HIV were accessing antiretroviral therapy (ART) globally, up from 15.8 million in June 2015, 7.5 million in 2010, and less than one million in 2000. HIV treatment known as Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) is medication which is given to HIV positive people to treat HIV but it do

Love Positive Women: why a fulfilling sexual life with HIV matters

published: February, 15, 2018 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Activism, CATIE, Events, Women, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality

From CATIE Blog, Allison Carter, Jessica Whitbread and Angela Kaida: "Only by elevating HIV-positive women’s sexual pleasure to a higher status can we truly support their access to full sexual health and rights."

Love Positive Women: why a fulfilling sexual life with HIV matters

“I went through a long period, seems like ancient history now, but I remember when I was first diagnosed, I felt so dirty. Like everything about me was, I suppose, unsafe and unclean and my blood was just full of crap. Just the whole thing was very internalized… For the most part now, I feel loveable. I feel good about myself. I just feel like I’ve still got a lot to offer and give and that I can be part of a strong, healthy relationship, despite the difficulties, I suppose.” —Anony

Add your voice and endorse our call to eliminate hepatitis C in Canada at ctac.ca/EliminateHepC

published: February, 14, 2018 Categories // Social Media, Community Events, Hep B and C, Events, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

Add your voice and endorse our call to eliminate hepatitis C in Canada at ctac.ca/EliminateHepC

Add your voice and endorse our call to Eliminate hepatitis C in Canada at ctac.ca/EliminateHepC Did you know that an estimated 220,000 – 245,000 Canadians are infected with hepatitis C and that around 44% of those individuals are unaware of their status? Hepatitis C is curable, and although Canada has signed up to the World Health Organisation’s target to eliminate viral hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030, we aren't on course to achieve it. That's why CTAC needs your help! Vis

Will de-simplification of HIV treatment become common in high-income countries?

published: February, 14, 2018 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Media

From CATIE, Sean R. Hosein reports on a study exploring de-simplification as a cost-cutting measure.

Will de-simplification of HIV treatment become common in high-income countries?

- As more people start HIV treatment, researchers are exploring ways to cut costs - Single tablets can be replaced by a few pills comprising cheaper generic drugs - Alberta clinic projects $4.3 million saved by “de-simplifying” one treatment regimen Initiating and staying on HIV treatment (ART) results in most people having very low levels of HIV in their blood. Such low levels are commonly called undetectable and result in improved measures of health and projections of near-normal life

High prevalence of hypertension among HIV-positive patients in the US with 'missed opportunities' for its diagnosis and control

published: February, 14, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, General Health, Mental Health, Research, Health, International , Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

“We found that about 1 in 8 patients has undiagnosed and untreated hypertension,” write the researchers. From AIDSmap, Michael Carter reports.

High prevalence of hypertension among HIV-positive patients in the US with 'missed opportunities' for its diagnosis and control

  There is a high prevalence of hypertension among HIV-positive patients in the United States and many of these individuals are not receiving hypertensive therapy, investigators report in Clinical Infectious Diseases. Overall, 42% of patients were classified as hypertensive and 13% of these patients were undiagnosed with a further 26% with uncontrolled high blood pressure despite therapy. “We found that about 1 in 8 patients has undiagnosed and untreated hypertension,” write the researc

Are gay clubs toxic?

published: February, 13, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Dating, Social Media, Gay Men, International , Lifestyle, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Media, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

From FS Magazine, Mark Reed: "The pressure and expectation we put on these night outs isn’t healthy."

Are gay clubs toxic?

Photo: © pixabay.com/STVIOD I can still remember the heady heights of my first few nights out at a gay club. It was like having the run of a sweet shop at night. There were goodies all around and boy did I want to sample them all. I’d get ready to go out, meet my friends for pre-drinks (the favoured choice of poor students), head out to a club, make eyes at the cute guy across the dance floor and dance to the hypnotic beat of Rihanna’s Umbrella-ella-ella-ella-eh-eh-eh (oh hey Summer of

GNP+ signs on to U=U, gets warm reaction

published: February, 12, 2018 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Health, International , Treatment, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Fences were being mended as the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) announced last week its full endorsement of the “Undetectable equals Untransmittable” (U=U) campaign. Bob Leahy speaks to the principals.

GNP+ signs on to U=U, gets warm reaction

There have been many milestones in the two year history of U=U. In Canada, think of when CATIE came on board. Elsewhere, think of when U=U burst onto the world stage, quite literally, at IAS2017 in Paris. Or when the CDC embraced the science and said this, "people who take ART daily as prescribed and achieve and maintain an undetectable viral load have effectively no risk of sexually transmitting the virus to an HIV-negative partner." Or when leading U.S. scientist Anthony Fauci said this: "Fr

Marijuana may help HIV patients keep mental stamina longer

published: February, 12, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Alternative Therapies, Aging, Social Media, Mental Health, Research, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

Marijuana may help HIV patients keep mental stamina longer

A chemical found in marijuana, known as tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, has been found to potentially slow the process in which mental decline can occur in up to 50 percent of HIV patients, says a new Michigan State University study. “It’s believed that cognitive function decreases in many of those with HIV partly due to chronic inflammation that occurs in the brain,” said Norbert Kaminski, lead author of the study, now published in the journal AIDS. “This happens because the immune sys

The Pierrot necklace

published: February, 08, 2018 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Aging, Social Media, Gay Men, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Félix Garmendía

New York guy Félix Garmendía: "Thanks to Pierrot, I am reminded that there is STILL beauty and blessings in my life, here in this wonderful and magical place called New York City."

The Pierrot necklace

When I started studying my undergraduate degree in theater at the University of Puerto Rico, I fell in love with a sad character from 17th century France. I ran into my first “Pierrot,” one day taking a leisurely walk on the historic Old San Juan. Jewelry has always fascinated me, as a child I remember playing with my parent’s rings. It was a lazy balmy afternoon in 1980, when I decided to take the bus to the historic Old San Juan area. Once there, I went into a very pretty jewelry/ a

Generic drugs for HIV treatment may save money, but barriers to prescription make savings elusive

published: February, 08, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Research, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

Scepticism among healthcare providers, patients and pharmacists about the safety and efficacy of generic medications is an important barrier. From AIDSmap, Keith Alcorn reports.

Generic drugs for HIV treatment may save money, but barriers to prescription make savings elusive

The potential savings from prescribing generic antiretrovirals predicted by economic models may be overstated and numerous barriers need to be overcome to bring down the cost of HIV treatment in higher-income countries, according to the findings of several recently-published analyses. Switching to cheaper generic versions of some antiretrovirals has been proposed as a means of freeing up money to treat more people with HIV in the United States and other higher-income countries where generics

Indigenizing research: the Wise Practices conference

published: February, 07, 2018 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , CATIE, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Media, Opinion Pieces

From CATIE Blog, Laurie Edmiston: "...while CAAN and the AHA Centre are trying to conduct community research while honouring Indigenous people’s processes, some of us are still trying to impose our own standards and measures on Indigenous communities."

Indigenizing research: the Wise Practices conference

This past year the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) held its annual gathering, on the theme of “transforming wholistic approaches to Indigenous health.” It’s a gathering of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people, combining a business meeting, a gathering of Aboriginal people with HIV/AIDS, and the ‘Wise Practices’ research conference. But more importantly, it is a gathering of colleagues who have become friends, clients who have become peers, people with HIV who have become

The “village elders” of the HIV community: what’s their role?

published: February, 06, 2018 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, Aging, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Getting old when living with HIV doesn’t always mean early retirement – or even retirement at all - if you can juggle self-care, health and giving back to the community. Bob Leahy reports.

The “village elders” of the HIV community: what’s their role?

What are village elders? In many cultures, the concept of village leaders is well known. Unless one comes from an indigenous community it is a path less well travelled in the HIV community. That’s surprising. Collectively, we have seen a lot of energy devoted to the subject of HIV and aging. Much of that discourse though centres around the impact of HIV and /or HIV treatment and/or the toll of advancing years on our bodies. The dialogue has been less fulsome about the concerns of the elde

Disruptions in PrEP adherence provide insights into intimate partner violence

published: February, 06, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Research, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

Study finds strong links between PrEP disruptions and intimate partner violence in Kenya and Uganda. Combined interventions could be key to improving adherence and linking victims to support services. From Avert.org, Francesca Harrington-Edmans reports.

Disruptions in PrEP adherence provide insights into intimate partner violence

Photo credit: istock/znm People who experience intimate partner violence (IPV) are more likely to miss doses of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), in Kenya and Uganda, according to new findings published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (JAIDS).                                                             The study, which recruited participants from four sites across Uganda and Kenya where PrEP was being offered

Ed Wolf's Journal of the Trump years for February: am I waiting for nothing?

published: February, 05, 2018 Written by // Ed Wolf Categories // Social Media, Aging, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Mental Health, International , Living with HIV, Ed Wolf, Media, Opinion Pieces

Ed Wolf: "I’m so over all the hoopla about Trump's first 100 days; I’d rather celebrate and acknowledge more important events..."

Ed Wolf's Journal of the Trump years for February: am I waiting for nothing?

Photo of hospital bed from the internet Day 149.  The Big Bed There were times on the AIDS ward, during the worst days of the epidemic, when several patients died on the same day. Broken-hearted lovers and friends and family members would circle the bed and weep as their beloveds departed. There were other days when everyone was well enough to be discharged and live another day. As soon as the bed was available, someone else would be admitted. Sometimes, when there was an empty bed, a docto

It’s time to stop linking ‘loose morals’ to immigrants with HIV

published: February, 05, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Activism, Current Affairs, Women, Legal, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Media, Opinion Pieces

From The Conversation, guest author Laura Bisaillon on rampant HIV discrimination through the immigration process.

It’s time to stop linking ‘loose morals’ to immigrants with HIV

Are you kidding me? With nearly four decades under our collective belts of global experience working on HIV and AIDS, we are past considering it acceptable to link someone’s health status with their perceived sexual “moral values.” Such were my thoughts after reading and reflecting on an article in The Toronto Star this month: “Decision-maker slammed as ‘Moral Police’ for refusing immigration to HIV-positive man.” I have researched medical inadmissibility decision-making and

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