Current Affairs

What’s next for long-acting HIV drugs?

published: November, 22, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment

Two phase III trials are underway with long-acting (LA) formulations of HIV drugs. From CATIE, Sean R. Hosein reports.

What’s next for long-acting HIV drugs?

Two phase III trials are underway with long-acting (LA) formulations of HIV drugs. These trials will explore the safety and effectiveness of LA formulations in people new to HIV treatment (Flair) and in people who are treatment experienced (Atlas). The interim results from these two pivotal studies should be available in the latter half of 2018. If the results from Flair and Atlas are favourable, the manufacturer of the LA drugs, Viiv Healthcare, will submit a dossier of the data to regulator

Being on the same page – and scrapping paternalism!

published: November, 20, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, As Prevention , Youth, General Health, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Newly Diagnosed, Mental Health, Women, Health, Sexual Health, Treatment, Media, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy on the confluence of voices that is saying paternalism towards people living with HIV doesn’t serve us well – and asks how we challenge it

Being on the same page – and scrapping paternalism!

The issue of paternalism – agencies who think or assume they are working in the best interests of their clients and make decisions for them – is in the news this week A word about us: PositiveLite.com has always been a bit of an “alt-left” voice when it comes to HIV. We don’t rely for our continued existence on government funders so that gives us a bit more freedom to report on what we – and often others - are feeling. So what’s the mood? Big Picture? The mood is of optimism,

World AIDS Day: Clients can handle the truth

published: November, 16, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Activism, Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, CATIE, Gay Men, As Prevention , General Health, Current Affairs, Mental Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Women, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Sexual Health, Treatment, Media

CATIE: "Whether we are talking about U=U, PrEP or HIV self-testing, we must provide all the information and options to our clients, and trust them to make the best decisions for their own health."

World AIDS Day: Clients can handle the truth

Thousands of HIV organizations around the world are adding a new message to their World AIDS Day campaigns this year, and it is turning decades of HIV prevention messaging on its head. We can now say conclusively that a person living with HIV who takes treatment and maintains an undetectable viral load does not transmit the virus to their sexual partners. The evidence was solidified last year with the final results of PARTNER and HPTN 052, two large studies confirming zero cases of HIV transm

HIV in West and Central Africa – the state of an epidemic left behind

published: November, 16, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Current Affairs, Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Media

The UNAIDS, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and African Union 18-month catch-up plan aims to increase treatment access and reduce mortality in West and Central Africa. From Avert.org, Caitlin Mahon reports.

HIV in West and Central Africa – the state of an epidemic left behind

Children play football during a rain storm in the village of Yongoro, near to Freetown, Sierra Leone. With just 42% of the 6.1 million people living with HIV across West and Central Africa aware of their HIV status, the region has fallen far behind their neighbours, and indeed the rest of the world, in their efforts to bring an end to the HIV epidemic.   West and Central Africa contains around 7% of the global population, but is home to 17% of the world’s population living with HIV and 30

The man that got it right

published: November, 14, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Features and Interviews, Health, International , Treatment, Media, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

PositiveLite.com publisher Bob Leahy in conversation with Dr. Pietro Vernazza, famous author of the once-scorned Swiss Statement which predated U=U by ten years.

The man that got it right

Dr. Pietro Vernazza being interviewed  in the studio with Bruce Richman in Paris at !AS2017 About the Swiss Statement: Source aidsmap http://www.aidsmap.com/The-Swiss-Statement-and-its-repercussions/page/1746478/ “There is evidence of some groups of gay men knowing, from the late 1990s onwards, that people with an undetectable HIV viral load were much less infectious, and were using this knowledge in sexual decision-making. Public discussion of this became much more high profile after a p

BC just lost its last two excuses not to cover the pill that prevents HIV

published: November, 14, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Revolving Door, Legal, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

New proposal would cover 5,000 PrEP prescriptions by 2019. From Daily Xtra.com, Niko Bell reports.

BC just lost its last two excuses not to cover the pill that prevents HIV

Rob Higgins from the Community Based Research Centre and William Flett from YouthCO give out flyers in front of Vancouver-West End MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert's office Nov 10, 2017, pushing for provincial coverage for PrEP drugs. Credit: Niko Bell/Xtra To read the complete story by Niko Bell, visit Daily Xtra.com, here. One of the province’s most respected HIV/AIDS specialists has publicly announced that coverage for an effective HIV-prevention drug doesn’t have to cost BC taxpayers a

New report from OHESI shows numbers of new HIV infections in Ontario continue to rise - but some good news as Toronto’s continue to fall.

published: November, 10, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Research, Health, Treatment, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy on the mixed bag of numbers which shows a province struggling to match impressive gains elsewhere. Where is this all heading?

New report from OHESI shows numbers of new HIV infections in Ontario continue to rise - but some good news as Toronto’s continue to fall.

PositiveLite.com previewed the numbers before, but now the preliminary report  is out and it’s a mixed bag. One thing is clear though. Ontario is being left behind by some of its competition. The province’s epidemiology unit, OHESI, housed at the OHTN, confirms that new HIV infections, although down from ten years ago, have been on the rise the last three years. The increase in that time period is fortunately not large but contrasts sharply with good news from other countries, notabl

Barriers to healthcare impenetrable for LGBT+ in Zambia

published: November, 09, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Gay Men, General Health, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media

From a railway clinic, educating the community on LGBT+ health issues is as challenging as ever. From Key Correspondents, this report.

Barriers to healthcare impenetrable for LGBT+ in Zambia

Zambia is on the path to achieving control of the HIV epidemic thanks to focused political commitment implemented over a decade. The key factors to epidemic control are numerous, including universal testing of high-risk groups, timely referral, access to quality prevention and treatment services, and linkage to and long-term retention in care. Achieving final epidemic control requires a coordinated and targeted approach that integrates the expected adoption of new World Health Organisation (WH

The C-word? ‘Condom’ reportedly too graphic for Russian Education Ministry to be used in HIV lesson

published: November, 07, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Youth, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

From RT.com: "The Russian Education Ministry says the word is inappropriate for kids and wants to avoid using it,"

The C-word? ‘Condom’ reportedly too graphic for Russian Education Ministry to be used in HIV lesson

Preparations for a nationwide online lesson on HIV have been halted because of… condoms! The Russian Education Ministry says the word is inappropriate for kids and wants to avoid using it, Russian media reported, citing a contractor. An online lesson on HIV prevention is scheduled to take place in schools across Russia on World AIDS Day, December 1. The event was launched in 2015 by Russia’s Ministry of Education and Science, but this year, discussion of the lesson came to a premature end

U=U unites with ITPC to improve the lives of people living with HIV.

published: November, 03, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

A critical and timely partnership has formed to share U=U knowledge worldwide.

U=U unites with ITPC to improve the lives of people living with HIV.

GABORONE, Botswana – Nov 1, 2017 – The International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC) and Prevention Access Campaign (PAC) announced today a groundbreaking partnership that will amplify the Undetectable=Untransmittable (U=U) message among communities of people living with HIV worldwide. U=U reinforces the public health benefits of antiretroviral therapy (ART), affirming that a person living with HIV on ART with an undetectable viral load cannot sexually transmit HIV. The growing

Trump policy harming Kenya, Uganda health services

published: November, 02, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Youth, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

Expanded "Mexico City" policy causing cuts in HIV, reproductive care. Human Rights Watch reports.

Trump policy harming Kenya, Uganda health services

Early effects of United States restrictions to global health aid include cuts to essential health services in Kenya and Uganda, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that was released today. The changes have resulted in a loss of training and equipment from nongovernmental groups for government health clinics, and widespread confusion about implementation. Human Rights Watch sent its findings in advance of a six-month review by the State Department of t

Another chance to hear Bruce Richman in Toronto

published: November, 02, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Youth, Current Affairs, Events, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Upcoming Events, Health, Treatment, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

A November 22 community Forum brings New York City’s Bruce Richman back to Toronto for a don’t-miss community forum on U=U (Undetectable equals Untransmittable)=

Another chance to hear Bruce Richman in Toronto

He’s a colleague and a friend so I’m hardly impartial. but I’ve been doing this work for a very long time, and honestly, I’ve never met anyone quite like the Prevention Access Campaign’s Bruce Richman. We first met in Toronto one year ago when PositiveLite.com brought him to Toronto for a community forum in Toronto on what was then a lesser known concept. He preached, with the full weight of science behind him, that people who are virally suppressed – that means on treatment and

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for November: expect the unexpected

published: November, 01, 2017 Written by // Ed Wolf Categories // Social Media, Activism, Aging, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Ed Wolf, Spirituality, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

HIV activist Ed Wolf copes with Trumpism as the malaise continues.

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for November: expect the unexpected

 Day 94.  Expect the Unexpected As some of you know, I had the great honor to be included in David Weissman’s award-winning documentary, “We Were Here,” and occasionally receive messages from people who’ve seen it. The following arrived a few days ago, a perfect reminder to all of us, in these polarized times, to continue to do our work, stay committed to our beliefs, and tell our stories. Hearts and minds can and do change. “Hi Ed. I just watched the movie in which you are feat

Talking about HIV and U=U in Russian

published: October, 27, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Features and Interviews, Health, International , Treatment, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy interviews the Switzerland HIV non-profit organization director Dr. Alex Schneider, an expert on the troubling HIV epidemic in Russia, the largest in the world

Talking about HIV and U=U in Russian

Bob Leahy: Hi Alex, thank you for agreeing to talk to PositiveLite.com. Tell me a little about yourself. You live in Switzerland? Alex Schneider: Yes, I have lived in Switzerland for three years, not far from Zurich. I live here because of my husband and his job. I moved here from Germany. Before that I lived in Russia and USSR (the Ukraine). I’m 38 years old. I’ve been HIV-positive for five-six years and I’m undetectable. How would you describe your profession, because I know you have

Facing prosecution for challenging HIV policies in Tanzania

published: October, 25, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Health, Revolving Door, International , Events, Media, Population Specific

Lawyers arrested under pretext of ‘promoting homosexuality.' From Human Rights Watch, Wendy Isaack has this report.

Facing prosecution for challenging HIV policies in Tanzania

When Sibongile Ndashe, a South African feminist lawyer, got on a plane to travel to Tanzania to convene a meeting of human rights lawyers and activists, she knew she might come under the scrutiny of Tanzanian authorities. But what she did not expect was for Tanzanian police to raid the October 17 workshop at the Peacock Hotel and arrest her and 12 of her colleagues for “promoting homosexuality.” The 13 were hauled to a police station, where an officer granted them bail without laying

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