Sexual Health

Is the end of HIV in sight? Yes! And no.

published: March, 27, 2018 Written by // Jeff Potts Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Sexual Health, Treatment, Media, Opinion Pieces, Jeff Potts

In which Jeff Potts checks in and introduces a brilliant article, "Is the End of HIV In Sight? Yes! And No" by his brother, David.

Is the end of HIV in sight? Yes! And no.

Several weeks of intensely meaningful engagement, and then this… by Jeff Potts I muse, as I tidy up this third and final draft, that it is a bit odd for a guy who lives with HIV and who works in the HIV sector (almost always has) to reflect on and write about a few weeks of full-on HIV engagement immersion.  But, that’s the truth of it.  I’m a bit weary this Monday morning as we near the end of March (and fiscal year-end).  It’s a good weary though.  A weary that reminds me tha

Syphilis cases on the rise among HIV-positive people in Calgary

published: March, 27, 2018 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, CATIE, Health, Research, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Sexual Health, Media

"The Calgary study underscores the need for regular, perhaps even frequent, screening for syphilis among sexually active HIV-positive people." From CATIE, Sean R. Hosein reports.

Syphilis cases on the rise among HIV-positive people in Calgary

- Calgary doctors noticed a three-fold increase in syphilis among patients with HIV - Syphilis was more common among people with HIV not taking treatment - More than half of cases had no symptoms, highlighting the need for screening Syphilis cases decreased in the 1990s but began to increase in Canada and other high-income countries around the year 2000. This increase has disproportionally affected gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM), including those who are HIV positive

Social determinants of health linked to HIV mortality rates

published: March, 27, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, General Health, Mental Health, Research, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

People with HIV in Ontario still dying at higher rates than the general population.

Social determinants of health linked to HIV mortality rates

 Courtesy of St. Michael's Hospital Dr. Sean Rourke, a neuropsychologist at St. Michael's Hospital and scientist at its Centre for Urban Health Solutions,  TORONTO, March 19, 2018 -- People who are living with HIV in Ontario have access to good health care and medications, yet they are still dying younger and at substantially higher rates than the rest of the population, according to a new study published today. The findings suggest that the overall well-being of these people is being neg

Syphilis cases on the rise among HIV-positive people in Calgary

published: March, 25, 2018 Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, CATIE, Health, Research, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Sexual Health, Media

From CATIE, Sean R. Hosein reports

- Calgary doctors noticed a three-fold increase in syphilis among patients with HIV - Syphilis was more common among people with HIV not taking treatment - More than half of cases had no symptoms, highlighting the need for screening Syphilis cases decreased in the 1990s but began to increase in Canada and other high-income countries around the year 2000. This increase has disproportionally affected gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM), including those who are HIV positive

Beyond stigma: challenging STBBI stigma in the classroom

published: March, 13, 2018 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Youth, Mental Health, Health, Research, Sexual Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Media

From CATIE blog, Brittany Neron and Makeda Zook blog about "Beyond the Basics", a sex ed curriculum companion resource that doesn't use fear- and risk-based messaging

Beyond stigma: challenging STBBI stigma in the classroom

Sex education is a largely stigmatized and often politically volatile subject, even though access to comprehensive sexuality education is enshrined in international law as a human right. The standard of sex ed that is taught across Canada is uneven, and even when it is scientifically accurate, it is often delivered in a risk- and fear-based way, particularly when it comes to teaching young people about safer sex and sexual transmitted and blood borne infections (STBBIs). Fear- and risk-base

4 out of 5 gay, bi and men who have sex with men are aware of HIV prevention drug, PrEP

published: February, 01, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

Indigenous, Latino, bisexual and single men less likely to be aware of newly publicly-funded HIV prevention medication

4 out of 5 gay, bi and men who have sex with men are aware of HIV prevention drug, PrEP

(Vancouver, January 31, 2018) A new study shows most of gay, bi, men who have sex with men (MSM) and other MSM, are aware of PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) - an HIV prevention drug recently made available at no charge to British Columbians at risk of HIV - according to the Momentum Health Study at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. “Gay, bisexual, MSM and other MSM in Canada accounted for 56.8% of all new cases of HIV in Canada,” says research scientist, Nathan Lachowsky. “Incre

600 people a week turned away from oversubscribed sexual health clinics at one London NHS trust

published: January, 31, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Newly Diagnosed, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Health, Sexual Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

Closures have taken place across central London and remaining clinics across the capital are facing unmanageable demands. From the Evening Standard, Eleanor Rose reports.

600 people a week turned away from oversubscribed sexual health clinics at one London NHS trust

Testing: Digital services will allow people to carry out tests at home, but the rollout has been delayed. To read the complete story by Eleanor Rose, visit The Evening Standard, here. Up to 600 people per week are being turned away from oversubscribed sexual health clinics at one of London’s NHS trusts, an expert has warned. Dr Mark Lawton of the British Association of Sexual Health and HIV said the data showing hundreds of people are being turned away from clinic at Guy’s and St Tho

PrEP’s social impact on the lives of some gay men in Toronto

published: January, 23, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Dating, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Gay Men, Youth, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Sexual Health, Lifestyle, Treatment, Living with HIV

Researchers in Toronto conducted a PrEP demonstration project to assess its acceptability, use and effectiveness. From CATIE, Sean R. Hosein reports.

PrEP’s social impact on the lives of some gay men in Toronto

- Researchers interviewed early adopters of PrEP in Toronto about their experience. - Participants reported that their use of PrEP left them feeling “proud” and “liberated.” - Stigma and judgment related to PrEP also led some participants to conceal their use of it. PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) involves taking two anti-HIV medicines in one pill, usually daily, to reduce the chance of getting HIV. PrEP is meant to be used in combination with other HIV prevention approaches, such a

So you tested positive for HIV

published: January, 19, 2018 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , Kimutai Kemboi, Newly Diagnosed, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Mental Health, Health, Sexual Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Kimutai Kemboi of Kenya offers his best advice for those newly diagnosed with HIV.

So you tested positive for HIV

So you tested for HIV a few hours, days, weeks, months or years ago and you found out that you are HIV-positive. I know that was the last thing you expected, yet you must have been worried since that day you messed up somewhere or unwillingly/unknowingly got involved in a mess. Don't even burden yourself with thinking of that; it is absolutely not important. What is important is what you do after getting the facts. Immediately you saw two lines appearing in that testing kit, your mind went i

Attitudes towards men who ‘bareback’ are a barrier to wider use of PrEP

published: January, 16, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Mental Health, Research, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Media

From NAM AIDSmap, Roger Pebody reports on two Toronto studies that shed light on how PrEP stigma is affecting PrEP uptake.

Attitudes towards men who ‘bareback’ are a barrier to wider use of PrEP

Two new qualitative studies from Toronto shed light on how stigma affects the uptake of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and the experience of taking it. In the first, young gay men acknowledged that they did not always use condoms but did not see themselves as the kind of ‘barebacker’ for whom they thought PrEP was intended. “PrEP embodies the notion of bareback sex, which traditionally has been associated with negative elements, and it is quite clear that the young gay men in this re

Brexit: Fears of disruption to flow of medicines means UK must stay under EU regulation, say government figures

published: January, 10, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Current Affairs, General Health, Health, Sexual Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

Britain to push to remain under Brussels supervision - after warning that tens of millions will have to be diverted from developing new drugs to cope with Brexit

Brexit: Fears of disruption to flow of medicines means UK must stay under EU regulation, say government figures

Drug giants have warned of 'significant disruption to the supply chain for medicines' NHS Photo Library Looming disruption to the flow of medicines after Brexit means Britain must seek to stay under EU regulation, senior Government figures have conceded. Ministers are already pushing for the chemicals and aviation industries to remain under Brussels supervision – despite it clashing with Theresa May’s pledge to end oversight by the European Court of Justice (ECJ). Now three leading

I have just found out I am HIV-positive: what do I do now?

published: January, 09, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Newly Diagnosed, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Media

From the UK, guest author Ant Babajee asks: "What would I tell my newly diagnosed self if I knew on 2 January 2007 what I know now?"

I have just found out I am HIV-positive: what do I do now?

I have been living with HIV for more than 10 years — you might say I am a bit of an HIV old-timer. As I have just celebrated another year living with HIV, I thought it was a good time to put together some pointers for people who have recently got their news. What would I tell my newly diagnosed self if I knew on 2 January 2007 what I know now? The first thing I want to say is: DON’T PANIC! Since my diagnosis in 2007, so much has changed in terms of our knowledge about how to preve

Why can’t Saskatchewan solve its HIV crisis?

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

Soaring infection rates over the past decade aren’t going down, leaving doctors to wonder: What’s the province waiting for? From Maclean's, Kyle Edwards reports.

Why can’t Saskatchewan solve its HIV crisis?

Blood vials for HIV testing (Hoberman Collection/UIG/Getty Images) In the mid-1990s, Saskatchewan had the lowest incidence of both HIV and AIDS in the country. To put it mildly, things have changed. The rise in the number of new cases since the early 2000s has been dramatic—catapulting from 26 in 2002 to 200 seven years later. Last year Saskatchewan physicians called on the provincial government to declare a public health state of emergency over the high number of people diagnosed with HIV,

Canada’s top doctors say Undetectable = Untransmittable

published: December, 04, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Research, Sexual Health, Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

CATIE Executive Director Laurie Edmiston on the November 30 joint statement from Canada’s chief public health officer and the chief medical officers of health of all Canadian provinces and territories.

Canada’s top doctors say Undetectable = Untransmittable

It’s official! The Government of Canada supports U=U, the consensus statement that a person living with HIV does not transmit the virus sexually if they take treatment and maintain an undetectable viral load (“undetectable = untransmittable”). The news came on November 30 in a joint statement from Canada’s chief public health officer and the chief medical officers of health of all Canadian provinces and territories. “We have known for some time that ART [antiretroviral therapy] i

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, Health, Research, International , Sexual Health, Lifestyle, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, 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

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