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."
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
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."
"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
The CPPN's Jeff Potts: "Honestly, our best intentions are not enough… especially now. So… let’s be resilient… let’s work together to live the lessons we learned; let’s focus on the “by us” and make it happen."
I want to write about my own journey in recent months, but also the future path of the organization of which I am now Executive Director. That path recently was made more inviting, courtesy of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).
First some history.
PHAC made its announcements revealing which organizations it invited to submit Letters of Intent for consideration of funding under the new Community Action Fund. The Canadian Positive People Network (CPPN) was not among them and it appeare
WHO's new five-year Global Action Plan calls on all countries and partners to join efforts to prevent, monitor and respond to HIV drug resistance and to protect the ongoing progress towards the Sustainable Development Goal of ending the AIDS epidemic by
20 JULY 2017 | GENEVA - WHO alerts countries to the increasing trend of resistance to HIV drugs detailed in a report based on national surveys conducted in several countries. The Organization warns that this growing threat could undermine global progress in treating and preventing HIV infection if early and effective action is not taken.
The WHO HIV drug resistance report 2017 shows that in 6 of the 11 countries surveyed in Africa, Asia and Latin America, over 10% of people sta
The OAN recovers after last year’s stumble to announce a full slate of worthy candidates. Bob Leahy reports
Late last week we heard that The Ontario AIDS Network Board of Directors announced the 2017 Honour Roll Award Recipients. They are:
. Adrian Betts and Christian Hui, The Person with HIV/AIDS Leadership Award
. Anthony Mohamed and Maureen Owino, The Caring Hands Award
. Richard Elliott and Ryan Peck, Social Justice in HIV/AIDS Award
Here’s why we are excited. Last year we and others were fiercely critical of the OAN for not recognizing any person living with HIV – there are many who wou
From AsiaSociety.org, Heather Clydesdale reports on the Chinese govenments slow and secretive response to HIV and other pandemics.
China's officials are now leading a more open campaign against infectious diseases. (2dogs/Flickr)
China, with its state-controlled media and strong government presence, has traditionally tried to keep news of a pandemic under wraps. An outbreak of an illness can weaken public confidence and scare away tourists, business travelers, and investors. But as China has discovered, this strategy in fact can help deadly diseases boil over and become epidemics.
The Chinese government’s slow and sec
Megan DePutter reflects on some of the high points as she prepares to go on maternity leave.
I’ve spent the last 1.5 years delivering training on HIV and related topics in Scotland. The audience has been diverse – it’s included nurses, GP’s, infant feeding advisors, midwives, therapists, social workers, addictions and criminal justice workers, dieticians and occupational therapists, psychologists, early childcare workers, people who work with vulnerable adults, students and people in a wide variety of other roles! During this period I’ve delivered training for nearly 550 peo
"It removes the requirement to take daily treatment and the need to maintain high levels of treatment adherence." From AIDSmap, Michael Carter reports.
Approximately a third of gay and bisexual men who are currently taking oral (tenofovir/emtricitabine) pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) would prefer long-acting injectable PrEP should it become available, investigators report in AIDS and Behavior. Individuals were less likely to prefer injectable PrEP if they had concerns about the level of protection it provided against HIV and/or about its durability.
“About one-third of GBM [gay and bisexual men] currently taking oral PrEP would prefer LA
Kenya's Kimutai Kemboi interviews "Janet", a sex worker based in River Road, Nairobi.
"Mr. Kimboi or whoever you call yourself, I demand some respect. I have human dignity as you do and deserve to be treated with decency. I do what I do because I am passionate of, this is my source of livelihood as well as my profession. And by the way you need to apologize if you are still interested in getting what you came for!" Janet fumed! I had no option but to be submissive and apologize though I also had to correct her: I am not Kimboi but Kemboi. She felt offended when I innocently re
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.."
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
From Church Times, Hattie Williams reports on Positive Faith, a new online resource exploring the relationship between HIV and faith.
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
"The results of the researchers’ simulations show that PrEP should be considered as a package of interventions, of which STI screening and treatment are an important part. From Catie, Sean R. Hosein reports.
The use of medicines to prevent a person from becoming infected with HIV is called pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). PrEP consists of two anti-HIV drugs—tenofovir DF and FTC—in one pill.
In clinical trials with gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM), PrEP has been highly effective in preventing the spread of HIV. According to a team of U.S. researchers who analysed data from several clinical trials, the consistent use of PrEP can reduce the risk of HIV infection “by more
"Russia is virtually the only developed country where the number of new HIV infections and the number of AIDS-related deaths is on the rise." From Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty, this report by Robert Coalson and Anastasia Kuzina.
When the Russian government's system for purchasing and distributing the vital drugs needed to combat the virus that causes AIDS breaks down, patients use social-media networks to give one another medicine and hope. (file photo)
MOSCOW -- Many of the posts on the website Pereboi.ru -- a chat room for Russians diagnosed with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS -- are alarming. "Today my husband went to the clinic and they told him that they gave out all the medicine on Monday," wrote Nelli from U
Mark S. King reviews the new documentary by David France.
Marsha P. Johnson, in a photo from the new documentary.
Victoria Cruz, a dogged crime-victim advocate in New York City, has taken on one last case before retirement. She wants to solve the mysterious 1992 death of Marsha P. Johnson — a trans woman like Cruz herself — who’s body was pulled from the Hudson river after disappearing the evening before.
The cause of death had been ruled a suicide, but that doesn’t wash with Marsha’s friends or with much of the LGBT population of New Yor
What is the impact of PrEP on quality of life? From HIV i-Base, Simon Collins reports
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