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HIV and the Older Patient

published: April, 04, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // General Health, Newly Diagnosed, Health, Treatment, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

New US HIV Treatment Guidelines which discuss when to start antiretroviral therapy also include an important new section on HIV and the older patient.

HIV and the Older Patient

Editor’s note:  The most eye-catching piece of information here – and this is new - is the statement that if you’re living with HIV, over 50 years of age and haven’t yet started antiretroviral (ARV) therapy, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services now recommend HIV treatment, regardless of your CD4 cell count. PositiveLite.com discussed the guidelines relating to the general  HIV-positive population here. Today we focus specifically on the section relating to HIV and aging

Life in Japan. Part 12 - It's Raining Friends.

published: April, 04, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, International , Lifestyle, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Media, Opinion Pieces

Brian the Shochusucker’s tale of Living with HIV in Japan. In this installment he describes how twitter enabled him to make new real-life friends and join “Gaijin Heroes". .

Life in Japan. Part 12 -  It's Raining Friends.

A to B is a short line. But in my first year with HIV, I feel as if I went through the whole alphabet to get to where I am today. And you know what? No regrets and I wouldn't change a thing. I am the man I am today because of the people I've met since my diagnoses. Here through PositiveLite.com, twitter, family, and God. It was the morning of the narration workshop and I was up early and excited, becauseI was going to meet new some people, face to face, that I had met through Twitter.  I ar

"I’m HIV-positive and Going to Hell, Huh?"

published: April, 01, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

What was his former youth pastor thinking sending hate mail to a recently infected and diagnosed HIV-positive gay man like our guest writer Josh Robbins. Read Josh's response.

Open letter to the author of this email from Josh – imstilljosh.com Dear <name withheld>, I ask you to never send another email of this topic, subject or nature to me again because out of everything I've experienced in my life and everyone I have come into contact, I find this email toxic, misplaced, and very untimely. And quite frankly, I considerably disagree with what you are saying. Contracting HIV is not a punishment from God for being homosexual. Why then do heterosexuals also

Recently infected individuals: A priority for HIV prevention

published: March, 31, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // CATIE, Newly Diagnosed, Health, Sexual Health, Treatment, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

In this article, CATIE explores why recently infected individuals are more likely to transmit HIV to others and how we can help prevent these transmissions from occurring.

Recently infected individuals: A priority for HIV prevention

"Recently infected individuals: A priority for HIV prevention" by James Wilton first appeared in Prevention in Focus, Fall Issue 2011, a publication of CATIE. A French language version is available here.  People living with HIV can potentially transmit HIV to others through unprotected sex at any time during their life. However, emerging research suggests that a disproportionate number of HIV transmissions—perhaps more than half—may originate from people during the first few months aft

The Needle Exchange

published: March, 30, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Hep B and C, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

Matt Smith from AIDS New Brunswick explains why they do it....

The Needle Exchange

This article first appeared in the website of AIDS New Brunswick here. For the past several years there has been a move afoot to initiate a Needle Exchange in the Miramichi area. Thanks to the tireless work of invested community members, we are now on the cusp of opening one. My last blog about the Needle Exchange explained ‘How We Do’ or how we operate, but focused less upon why we operate. Since I have been spending some time lately talking about the virtues of Needle Exchanges, I have

Not Alone!

published: March, 29, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Guest writer Phillip Fournier writes about getting diagnozed with HIV, his life as a positive young half-black gay man and what he feels others like him need to overcome the adversity in their lives.

Not Alone!

Bio: My name is Phillip Jeffrey Fournier. Activist name Fox Silver or Foxy. Born and raised in Toronto. I live life by living not just by breathing. Only child of a white mother who loved and supports me ever since I disclosed my sexuality, and now through disclosing my HIV-positive status. I have always fought haters and oppressors because this world is for everyone and that's what i believe and will continue to believe. I am an Activist and I act because the next generation is worth it, just

Daniel’s story

published: March, 27, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Youth, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

In the first of three stories by graduates of Vancouver’s Totally Outright leadership program for young gay men, Daniel McGraw reflects on how the program gave purpose and meaning to his life and strengthened his resolve to positively impact his community

Daniel’s story

There have been few single experiences that have so powerfully transformed my life as participating in Totally Outright in 2009. When I applied to participate, I had no idea that it would have such an impact, an impact that I did not even fully comprehend in the weeks and months that followed. Looking back at how my life has changed over the past three years, much of that change can be traced directly back to Totally Outright. It’s something that has been on my mind often over the past co

Keith’s story

published: March, 27, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Youth, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

“The experiences, friendships, and role models that I’ve gained from participating in Totally Outright have changed...my life”, says Keith Reynolds in the second of three stories by graduates of Vancouver’s Totally Outright program for young gay men.

Keith’s story

In order to understand the profound influence that Totally Outright  had on me, I should first explain my motivation for taking it. It was a distraction. The end of university was looming and I knew that while graduating wouldn’t be a problem with the courses I was taking, I was scared to death of what came next. Like many at university, I didn’t know how to function in the real world. While my degree in Engineering might more easily translate into employment than many of my friends

Darren’s story

published: March, 27, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Youth, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific

In the third of three stories by graduates of Vancouver’s Totally Outright program, Darren Ho writes about how the program motivated him to start Our City of Colours, a project that promotes the visibility of LGBTQ people in ethnic communities.

Darren’s story

Growing up with a Chinese-Canadian background, I’ve often been frustrated by the fact that there have been very few materials and resources about gay life produced in a way that my Chinese-literate parents can understand. Yes, there are some fantastic and brilliant gay-themed movies and literature produced in Hong Kong for the Chinese audience, but how often do these hit the international scene for the Chinese audience in the West? Not that I doubt the pirating ability of any computer user i

New Study Highlights Condom Use in the U.S. among Gay and Bisexual Men Ages 18-87

published: March, 26, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Large sample study says one in three acts of anal intercourse between men are condom protected in the U.S.

New Study Highlights Condom Use in the U.S. among Gay and Bisexual Men Ages 18-87

Originally published in George Mason University News, Fairfax, Virginia  A new study by researchers at George Mason University and Indiana University provides a large-scale assessment of condom use during the most recent anal intercourse among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in the United States. Findings from this study highlight diversity in condom use behaviors and demonstrate varying degrees of potential risk for HIV and other STIs, regardless of sexual orientati

HIV Prevention for Women – the Path Ahead.

published: March, 25, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Women, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Guest author Cheryl Bloemendal from the Ontario’s Women’s HIV/AIDS Initiative reviews a report on the status of HIV/AIDS Prevention for Women in Canada.

HIV Prevention for Women – the Path Ahead.

In my line of work, addressing women’s HIV prevention needs and advocating for increased access to HIV specific information for women throughout my community is my aim. It is also the aim of the 18 other Women’s Community Development Coordinators working in AIDS Service Organizations across the province. Collectively, we make up the Women’s HIV/AIDS Initiative, funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Our Initiative is a response to the growing rates of HIV among wome

Words of a Child

published: March, 24, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

Guest author and PositiveLite.com follower Joe Lethbridge is not HIV-positive, but he likes our message. He sent us this story of his young child’s reaction to people living with HIV. We loved it

Words of a Child

In 1992 when my son was just two years old, he and I took part in a live auction called Chairs for Charity for our local AIDS organization, the AIDS Committee of Cambriridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and Area.  It was at the Rotunda Gallery in Kitchener City Hall . As everyone settled into their chairs and silence filled the room, my son turned to me in his chair beside me in the audience and uttered these words "Daddy I know something worser than AIDS " "Really ! " I remarked; wondering what he

Positive Parenting

published: March, 22, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Women, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Brittany was 20 years old and 36 weeks pregnant when a doctor told her that she had contracted HIV. She tells us her story.

Positive Parenting

This article first appeared in PARN Perspective the newsletter of PARN, Your Community AIDS Resource.  Republished with permission. “I am going to die.” It was the first thought that flew through Brittany Cameron’s mind as the doctor on the other end of the phone told her that she was HIV-positive. The circumstances were unusual – medical professionals prefer to not share this type of life-altering news over the telephone – but it was the only option. Brittany was 20 yea

Undetectable viral load, condoms and infectiousness – the debate continues.

published: March, 19, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Conferences, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Will treatment as prevention make a difference to the UK epidemic? Health promoters respond.

Undetectable viral load, condoms and infectiousness – the debate continues.

By Roger Pebody  First Published 01 March 2012 in aidsmap. Republished with permission.  Whereas in previous years, delegates at the CHAPS conference of gay men’s health promoters have demonstrated a certain scepticism with respect to ‘treatment as prevention’, the topic took centre stage in Bristol this week. At a panel discussion on the impact the approach will have in the UK, Cary James of the Terrence Higgins Trust and other speakers argued that treatment as prevention will be pa

Not All Redemption Songs

published: March, 18, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, As Prevention , Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Health, Sexual Health, Treatment, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Activists Alex McClelland and Mikiki talk sex, irresponsibility and accountability.

Not All Redemption Songs

As part of the ongoing AIDS ACTION NOW! POSTER/virus project, which will continue with a new series of posters in 2012, Alex McClelland of AIDS ACTION NOW! and Mikiki, the artist (in collaboration with Scott Donald) behind the provocative:  “I Party, I Bareback, I’m Positive, I’m Responsible”  poster, sat down to chat about the HIV community’s response to the project, and examined together what being ‘responsible’ really means for people living with HIV 30 years into the epide

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