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Shifting landscapes, changing realities

published: March, 31, 2018 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Social Media, Aging, Activism, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Pets, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Rob Olver - Editor

Rob Olver on a labour of love: "Thank you PositiveLite.com. It's been a stellar ride and the lessons learned will go to good use."

Shifting landscapes, changing realities

"All your so-hard facts, painted thinly on the void; Why were you not more pleasantly employed?" -- "Puppet Song", The Incredible String Band,. At this point, the news about PositiveLite.com has been out for a few days and as you might imagine, it’s been a bit of an emotional time here at the palatial PositiveLite Editing Suite. For a long time I’ve had various ideas about how I might want to write my final blog post here, but now that the time has come, I find myself not wanting to

A post-script and an exclamation point!

published: March, 31, 2018 Written by // Jeff Potts Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Jeff Potts

Jeff Potts: "...borrowing words from Dr. Seuss, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

A post-script and an exclamation point!

I thought that that my last piece for PositiveLite.com would fly off the fingers. It didn’t. I stared at my keyboard more than I clicked at its keys, and with each passing minute I worried that I would fail to meet my final submission deadline. I sincerely hope that ain’t the case. Like many folks, I am certain, I read the words, “PositiveLite.com will cease publishing on March 31” at least a few times before their immediate meaning truly stuck in this mushy brain of mine. At first, I

PositiveLite.com to end publishing March 31

published: March, 28, 2018 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Aging, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy on the history of a unique Canadian website by and for people living with HIV – and why it has run its course

PositiveLite.com to end publishing March 31

I need to share with you that PositiveLite.com will cease publishing on March 31. As its publisher I’m not sad but proud, because its nine year history has been one of a series of successes. And I don’t feel the least bit defeated now but rather going out on a high note and ending our run on our own terms. This has been in the works for some time. It’s been a struggle to keep it a secret. The reasons for closing our doors are essentially twofold. First, the people who bring you Positiv

UNAIDS calls for bold action to end TB and AIDS

published: March, 26, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Current Affairs, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

UNAIDS press statement released ahead of World TB Day, 2018: "TB is the leading cause of death among people living with HIV."

UNAIDS calls for bold action to end TB and AIDS

Credit: MSF/Luca Sola GENEVA, 23 March 2018—Ahead of World TB Day 2018, UNAIDS is calling on all partners to take unprecedented and bold action to advance efforts to end tuberculosis (TB) and AIDS by 2030. TB continues to be the top infectious killer worldwide, claiming more than 4500 lives a day. TB is also the leading cause of death among people living with HIV, causing one in three AIDS-related deaths. In 2016, 1.7 million people died from TB, including around 374 000 people living wi

New toolkit supports advocates in using media to fight for HIV justice

published: March, 21, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Events, Women, Upcoming Events, International , Legal, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

From HIV Justice Worldwide: "...an important step towards realizing a world where people living with HIV are not singled out by the criminal justice system simply for having a virus.“

New toolkit supports advocates in using media to fight for HIV justice

When it comes to the widely misunderstood, complex issue of HIV criminalisation, media can be a powerful tool–or a blunt-force weapon. And so today, as people around the world living with HIV continue to be criminalised and convicted at alarming rates, HIV JUSTICE WORLDWIDE has released “Making Media Work for HIV Justice: An introduction to media engagement for advocates opposing HIV criminalisation.” The new resource is the latest addition to the HIV JUSTICE Toolkit, which provides

New South Wales puts 9000 people on PrEP, achieves a one-third decline in new HIV infections

published: March, 20, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

Successful appeal to state government got ‘cap’ lifted on PrEP demo trial. From AIDSmap, Gus Cairns reports.

New South Wales puts 9000 people on PrEP, achieves a one-third decline in new HIV infections

The state of New South Wales in Australia has seen a fall of one-third in diagnoses of recent HIV infection since it started its pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) implementation project, EPIC-NSW (Expanded PrEP Implementation in the Community), the 25th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2018) heard last week. Andrew Grulich of the Kirby Institute of the University of New South Wales told the conference that only two people who entered EPIC-NSW had been diagnosed wi

My life with anal pre-cancer

published: March, 19, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Health, International , Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Media

From FS Magazine, Paul Collier: "In some patients, like myself, the disease is stubborn and continues to develop. This wears me down and particularly affects me psychologically and emotionally."

My life with anal pre-cancer

Photo © GMFA The human papilloma virus (HPV), of which there are over a hundred strains can, in some people cause either warts or pre-cancer (strains 16 and 18 are the worst). Most sexually active people have, at some point evidence of HPV in their system, though are unaffected. In a very small proportion of people it causes problems (anal, cervical, penile, or throat pre-cancer/cancer). Living with HIV has been shown to increase the risk of acquiring anal pre-cancer for men who have unpr

Fear of stigma perpetuates stigma.

published: March, 15, 2018 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Activism, Kimutai Kemboi, Youth, Mental Health, Health, International , Opinion Pieces

From Kenya, Kimutai Kemboi on self stigma and the healthy benefits of disclosure

Fear of stigma perpetuates stigma.

As people living with HIV, we go through a series of challenges, one after the other. Testing positive is a big issue and as we try to cope with the situation another life threatening issue arises; stigma. Stigma sounds like a simple word but it is intense enough to take someone's life. It is an 'opportunistic infection' on its own that can only heal on bold people or those people who can take the bull by its own horns. The weak souls will find it hard to fight. As we know, stigma comes in t

IAS names San Francisco and Oakland hosts of AIDS 2020

published: March, 14, 2018 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // International AIDS Conference , Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, International , Media, Rob Olver - Editor

Over 50 Bay Area, US & Global Orgs representing key populations oppose AIDS 2020 in San Francisco. Rob Olver reports.

IAS names San Francisco and Oakland hosts of AIDS 2020

13 March 2018  – The International AIDS Society (IAS) has announced that San Francisco, California, in partnership with nearby Oakland, will host the 23rd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2020) but that decision has already drawn fire. While the decision was hailed by Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi as “fitting and deeply inspiring”, a letter released today by every major national network of people living with HIV in the U.S., along with other organizations and individuals calls

HIV doesn’t define a parent’s power to love

published: March, 14, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, Research, International , Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Media, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

People living with HIV often feel cut off from society and judged by their decision to become parents. From FS Magazine, Mark Mesiti reports on an initiative to help end the stigma.

HIV doesn’t define a parent’s power to love

Photo © Shutterstock.com / WaveBreakMedia Despite significant medical advances, increased awareness and the ability to live a full life with HIV, a social stigma still exists around people with HIV having a family. This stigma does not just affect the LGBT community; it is very much a mainstream issue. Does a stigma exist? With almost 50% of HIV-positive respondents in a recent European study commissioned by Gilead Sciences stating that they felt having HIV would be a barrier to them ha

Patients with HIV six times as likely to have schizophrenia

published: March, 13, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Mental Health, Health, International , Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

"... researchers indicated that time from schizophrenia diagnoses to death was significantly short for those with HIV than those without." From MD Mag, Kevin Kunzmann reports.

Patients with HIV six times as likely to have schizophrenia

There is a six-fold prevalence of schizophrenia in people with HIV than that of the population without the virus, according to the results of a Vancouver, BC, Canada-based study. The study, presented at the 25th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Boston, MA, this week, found a distinct association between the mental disorder and HIV — a relationship sparsely analyzed before. Researchers from the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS in Vancouver,

How much "PrEP-resistant" HIV is out there?

published: March, 12, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // International AIDS Conference , Social Media, Conferences, Gay Men, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

From AIDSmap, Gus Cairns reports from the recent 25th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2018).

How much

A study presented at the recent 25th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2018) aims to quantify how many people with HIV there might be in the community who both have a detectable HIV viral load and also have significant resistance to tenofovir and emtricitabine, the two drugs currently used in pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). The researchers, from the University of Washington in Seattle, found that in King County, which contains Seattle, no more than 0.3% of the l

Celebrating International Women's Day with inspiring dolls

published: March, 09, 2018 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Aging, Social Media, Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Women, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Félix Garmendía

Barbie released dolls celebrating diverse leaders for International Women’s Day and New York guy Félix Garmendía says the idea is "absolutely brilliant."

Celebrating International Women's Day with inspiring dolls

I heard yesterday about the new Barbie collection. I am not particularly a toy enthusiast but a friend posted this new Barbie collection on my Facebook page. The reason why my friend posted it on my page is because this new collection, consists of 17 inspiring women. From all the inspiring women chosen, Frida Kahlo, my favorite artist, is one of them. Frida Kahlo and her doll The posting produced a few comments from some of my friends. Very interesting observations that raised questions

Undetectable viral load: further talks with Sammy

published: March, 08, 2018 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Kimutai Kemboi, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Treatment, Media, Opinion Pieces

From Kenya, Kimutai Kemboi on the many benefits of adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART).

Undetectable viral load: further talks with Sammy

I must say having a talk with Sammy (as I said, not his real name) was one of the most interesting discussion I have ever had with anyone. His questions were endless, as each response gave rise to more questions but I was happy coz everything he asked was very relevant. Sammy: This is very interesting. So you mean an undetectable person can be in an intimate relationship with a negative person without posing a threat to him or her? Kemboi: (looking at my cup of tea) Just a minute Sammy, my t

New HIV infections halved after scale-up of HIV treatment, circumcision, in Uganda's hardest-hit district

published: March, 08, 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 , Treatment, Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap, Michael Carter and Keith Alcorn report on the Rakai Community Cohort Study.

New HIV infections halved after scale-up of HIV treatment, circumcision, in Uganda's hardest-hit district

The rate of new HIV infections has halved since 2011 in a Ugandan community following large increases in male circumcision, antiretroviral treatment and viral suppression, Frank Kagaayi of the Rakai Health Sciences Program told the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Boston on Tuesday. Dr Kagaayi was presenting results from the Rakai Community Cohort Study, focusing on repeat surveys of one fishing village with a very high prevalence and incidence of HIV infection. The

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