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Stopping stigma in you will stop stigma against you!

published: February, 22, 2018 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Kimutai Kemboi, General Health, Mental Health, Health, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

From Kenya, Kimutai Kemboi writes on the importance of self-acceptance.

Stopping stigma in you will stop stigma against you!

I have experienced a great change in my life since I accepted my status and decided to move on. Unlike my past, when I used to live without peace and my heart full of guilt and pain. Things drastically changed when I acknowledged that I was HIV-positive and decided to lead a positive life. Now I can smile, make fun and interact with people freely, without fear of victimization nor stigmatisation because the guilt is no longer part of me. I used to fear issues to do with stigma but I came to

HIV and AIDS activism in Africa

published: February, 22, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

From Posterity Media, Morenike Oluwatoyin Folayan and Morolake Odetoyinbo report on two inspiring case studies in HIV activism.

HIV and AIDS activism in Africa

 A Treatment Action Campaign protest  At the just-concluded 2018 Partners Forum that held from February 13 -15, 2018 at the Crowne Plaza, Johannesburg, South Africa, participants were taken through an Advocacy 001 class. The lecture sounded very much like what advocacy should be – planned, with timelines and targets, adequately funded with measureable targets. Sadly, the history of HIV and AIDS activism in Africa was not such structured campaigns. HIV and AIDS activism evolved out of a d

The evolution of my religion

published: February, 21, 2018 Written by // Daniel Uy Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Spirituality, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Daniel Uy

Daniel Uy: "... perhaps there existed some ‘God’ that loves me as I am, with no conditions or restrictions on that love..."

The evolution of my religion

My Filipino father wasn’t always a practicing Catholic but it was important that these ideals were ingrained in us as children. Later in life, while I was a teenager my mother changed faiths and married someone of a similar belief and we attended more Pentecostal and Evangelical church services. Through this time of transition I was coming of age and starting to realize a latent attraction towards other males. I was very afraid of getting caught or being found out. I knew what I believed to

N.S. court overturns sexual-assault convictions of HIV-positive man who didn’t disclose condition

published: February, 21, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Legal, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

"The sole issue in this case is whether psychological harm said to have been caused by non-disclosure of HIV status vitiates consent to sexual activity. The short answer is no, it does not." The Globe and Mail reports.

N.S. court overturns sexual-assault convictions of HIV-positive man who didn’t disclose condition

Wesley Vandinter/Getty Images To read the complete article, visit the Globe and Mail, here. HALIFAX (CP)  -- Nova Scotia's highest court has overturned the sexual-assault convictions of an HIV-positive former boxer who slept with two women, saying their consent wasn't diminished by the man not disclosing his condition. Claude Thompson was found guilty of sexual-assault causing bodily harm of two women in Antigonish, N.S., and sentenced to 30 months in jail. In a written ruling released Th

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 , Revolving Door, Treatment, Lifestyle, 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

“Mom, I’m HIV-positive.”

published: February, 15, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Youth, Women, International , Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

A poem by guest author, Janice S. Urbsaitis.

“Mom, I’m HIV-positive.”

“Mom, I’m HIV-positive.” When I hear those words, I want to grab all the best experts and latest practices, to advocate for human rights and access to care, and to reject HIV criminalization. But most of all, I want to hold you close in a big hug. I want you to know that you are loved no less than you have always been but more! Your strengths can’t be taken from you-- You flash with energy even while standing still. You excel in languages, and in your studies. What are yo

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, Health, Research, 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 // Social Media, Dating, 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 // Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, 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 // Social Media, Alternative Therapies, Aging, Mental Health, Health, Research, Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

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 // Social Media, Aging, 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, Research, Health, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

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

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