Mental Health

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 , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Mental Health, Research, Health, Treatment, Media, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

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

Dying in silence!!

published: October, 18, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Kimutai Kemboi, Health, International , Treatment, Media, Opinion Pieces

From Kenya, Kimutai Kemboi: "John (not his real name) is a barber in one of the estates in Nairobi. He hails from a family where stigma is bred! He is among the many people for whom disclosure is a hell because stigma is their immediate sorounding."

Dying in silence!!

"I tested positive seven years ago and up to date no member from my immediate family knows about and I am not ready to disclose to them soon. I just vowed to live with my condition in silence than taking the risk of looking for worst by revealing my status. I saw what my aunt went through before she passed on and I can't imagine of going through the same hell." This is what John, a barber in an estate within Nairobi, told me as he shaved me. We came to be friends after I went to his shop to g

HIV and mental health: The elephant in the room

published: October, 11, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Aging, Mental Health, Living with HIV, Media, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

From CATIE Blog, Tammy c. Yates of Realize: "it is critical for HIV and mental health workers to strategize together to ensure that the mental health needs of people living with HIV are being addressed.."

HIV and mental health: The elephant in the room

In his famous poem “The Blind Men and the Elephant”, John Godfrey Saxe retells an Indian parable about three blind men who went to see an elephant. Of course, being blind, they could only ‘see’ the elephant by touching it. When asked to describe the elephant, one grabbed it by its trunk and said, “An elephant is like a snake!” The second man took his turn to touch it, pulled it by the leg, and confidently determined, “No, an elephant is like a tree trunk!” The third and final p

Films open up the lives of Christians affected by HIV

published: October, 11, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Mental Health, Spirituality, International , Living with HIV, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From Church Times, Hattie Williams reports on Positive Faith, a new online resource exploring the relationship between HIV and faith.

Films open up the lives of Christians affected by HIV

Talking about faith: a Christian with HIV, Horcelie Sinda Wa Mbongo (currently Miss Congo UK), and Vida Boateng, in one of the videos in the resource A NEW government-funded video series produced by Christians living with, or affected by, HIV has been praised by church leaders and health professionals. The online resource, Positive Faith, explores the relationship between HIV and faith. It is due to be launched in London next Thursday, 12 October, by the charity Catholics for A

Psychological impact of PrEP: beyond efficacy and cost-effectiveness

published: October, 09, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, International , Treatment, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

What is the impact of PrEP on quality of life? From HIV i-Base, Simon Collins reports

Psychological impact of PrEP: beyond efficacy and cost-effectiveness

The impact of PrEP on quality of life in reducing HIV-related anxiety and more dynamic and fulfilled sex lives is potentially as important as hard endpoints for reduced HIV infections. Mitzy Gafos presented experiences from using PrEP as part of the UK PROUD study, based on semi-structured interviews with 41 participants. In addition to reporting behavioural changes, the results gave insight into psychological impact of PrEP. Many of these imply significant changes in outlooks and approach

Appropriations committees in U.S. Congress vote to maintain funding for Global Fund and PEPFAR

published: October, 05, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Current Affairs, General Health, Mental Health, Research, Sexual Health, Health, Treatment, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

President Trump had proposed cuts to both. From Aidspan, David Garmaise reports.

Appropriations committees in U.S. Congress vote to maintain funding for Global Fund and PEPFAR

To read the complete article by David Garmaise, visit Aidspan, here. The appropriations committees in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have approved funding for global health programs for the fiscal year 2018 at about the same levels as the previous year. In so doing, the committees ignored the budget proposed by President Donald Trump which called for cuts of $2.5 billion overall, including $225 million less for the Global Fund and $1 billion less for PEPFAR. The U.S. 2018

A note to bisexual men in the closet

published: October, 03, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, International , Media, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Lewis Oakley is a bisexual activist. To mark Bi Visibility Day, Oakley wrote for PinkNews about standing in the face of biphobia in 2017.

A note to bisexual men in the closet

This article by Lewis Oakley previously appeared at Pink News, here Hey lads, Today is an important day and I wanted to send you a message. As Twitter and some decent news sites erupt in a blue, pink and purple celebration of Bi Visibility, I know you can’t show your support for fear someone may find out. Mates that would never accept bisexuality and insist you must be a gay man now. A girlfriend that will be embarrassed and worried your relationship will be seen as a joke by everyone. Fa

Say goodbye to "risk."

published: September, 27, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

"Watch your words. Lose the labels if you want to prevent HIV." Enid Vázquez

Say goodbye to

Risky business. Risk taker. High risk. That’s not how people want to be seen when it comes to HIV. In the epidemic, the word “risk” is associated with the notion of “doing something wrong.” So using the words “at risk” becomes risky in itself. It runs the risk of turning people off, and away from prevention messages. People may not avail themselves of condoms or PrEP (the HIV prevention pill) if they don’t identify with risk. If they don’t identify with HIV ris

My road map to wellness

published: September, 26, 2017 Written by // Jason Cole Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, Health, Living with HIV, Jason Cole

Jason Cole returns to PositiveLite.com with this brief encapsulation of his coming to terms with PTSD, substance use, depression, lonliness, stigma and yes, HIV.

My road map to wellness

Ever since I was a child, I knew I related to the world differently than those around me. I was always the kid on the outside fringes, being bullied and yearning for acceptance from the common crowd. A problem child, as my parents would remark. I remember being full of anger and defiant. I felt as though I had little control over my mood. Self-regulation was something that escaped me. While in school, I went through the process of a psycho-educational assessment with the goal of providing sup

Setting our minds to it! Attending the Realize 2017 Forum on HIV and Mental Health

published: September, 22, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Social Media, Aging, Activism, Gay Men, General Health, Mental Health, Research, Health, Spirituality, Living with HIV, Media, Rob Olver - Editor

Rob Olver picks up a few shots of inspiration at Realize Forum 2017.

Setting our minds to it! Attending the Realize 2017 Forum on HIV and Mental Health

“Today, by examining from the personal perspective of PLWHIV we want to zero in on what has worked... in terms of accessing services; what needs to be improved, and by listening to people who developed and implemented programs that are innovative, what they think can be adapted elsewhere, plus find out how they did what they did and finally where can these services go next.” – Tammy C. Yates, Opening Remarks to Realize Forum 2017 Realize is the only national organization that has worked

Bill Gates: Don’t expect charities to pick up the bill for Trump’s sweeping aid cuts

published: September, 18, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Current Affairs, Mental Health, Research, Women, Sexual Health, Health, International , Treatment, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Head of world’s largest philanthropic organization speaks out as report shows progress on reducing extreme poverty under threat.

Bill Gates: Don’t expect charities to pick up the bill for Trump’s sweeping aid cuts

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation spends just over $3bn a year on development assistance: ‘There’s no way to balance a cut in a rich country’s generosity.’ Photograph: Edgar Su/Reuters To read the complete article by Kate Hodal, visit The Guardian, here. Bill Gates has warned that organisations like his are “absolutely not” prepared to plug the yawning gaps in development aid that will result from funding cuts, including those proposed by President Trump. Speaking to the

Frailty, nerve injury and falls in middle-aged and older HIV-positive people

published: September, 15, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Aging, CATIE, General Health, Mental Health, Research, International , Living with HIV, Media, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

From CATIE, Sean R. Hosein reports on a U.S. study that links such things as grip strength and gait speed with increased risk of falling.

Frailty, nerve injury and falls in middle-aged and older HIV-positive people

More HIV-positive people are living longer thanks to the use of potent combination anti-HIV therapy (ART). As HIV-positive people enter their middle age and senior years, they will have to grapple with one or more aging-related issues. One issue that can have a large impact on the health and quality of life of older people is falling. Older people who fall can injure themselves, and according to U.S. researchers, such injuries can make pre-existing problems, such as physical inactivity or weak

Seeking and finding unconditional love

published: September, 11, 2017 Written by // Patrick Italo Ettenes Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Mental Health, Pets, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Patrick Italo Ettenes

Patrick Ettenes on the healing power of the love between a person and their pet.

Seeking and finding unconditional love

Many of you might have been wondering where I disappeared to in the last few months. Truth be told, after my best friend's death I wasn’t really in the right place. I also gave up TV production to concentrate on my new diagnosis, my early onset dementia. Like a trooper I pushed forward, accomplishing more in four months than I ever did for the entire year. And I still am, but I’ll let you into a few personal secrets, so sit down. I felt like I’d done enough with HIV work; I was tired of

Fall trend report

published: September, 08, 2017 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Philip Minaker

PositiveLite.com style advisor Philip Minaker: "The major trend of this season is indeed the seventies and all they had to offfer."

Fall trend report

Fashion designers draw inspiration for their collections from a variety of subject matter: - A trip abroad or for the love of their homeland. - A work of art, a movie or a story that moves them. - A vision of the future or of a bygone era. - Or perhaps…what’s currently going on in the world. Whether it’s a fantasy or interpretation of reality, making fashion relevant and appealing is a tough task. The challenge, season after season, is to make fashion reflect the times in which we l

Harm reduction saves lives -- please consider supporting PASAN.

published: September, 07, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Hep B and C, As Prevention , Activism, Fundraisers, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Events, Mental Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

PASAN has started a critical fundraising campaign.

Harm reduction saves lives -- please consider supporting PASAN.

PASAN is the only community-based organization in Canada providing HIV, AIDS and hepatitis C prevention, education and support services exclusively to prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families.  PASAN works with prisoners in provincial and federal corrections facilities throughout the province of Ontario, but faces tremendous constraints in doing this work. It’s become increasingly difficult for PASAN staff to be able to access prisons to conduct educational programming about harm redu

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