Articles tagged with: undetectable viral load

People with HIV have impaired respiratory health, even when viral load is undetectable

published: June, 08, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, General Health, Health, International , Smoking Cessation , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap, Michael Carter reports on a study that explores the relationship between HIV infection and respiratory health in the modern ART era.

People with HIV have impaired respiratory health, even when viral load is undetectable

HIV-positive people have impaired respiratory health, even when they have viral suppression with antiretroviral therapy (ART), investigators from London report in HIV Medicine. Respiratory health was compared between HIV-positive and HIV-negative outpatients. Individuals with HIV had poorer respiratory health and were more likely to report breathlessness than HIV-negative participants, findings which remained unchanged when analysis focused on ART-treated HIV-positive people with an undetec

Daily cannabis use has no negative Impact on HIV treatment

published: April, 04, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Alternative Therapies, Research, Health, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From Culture Magazine, this report on the ACCESS study, which monitored cannabis use among HIV patients.

Daily cannabis use has no negative Impact on HIV treatment

This article previously appeared at Culture Magazine, here. Daily cannabis use has little or no impact on HIV clinical outcomes, according to new research. A study was published in The International Journal of Drug Policy which suggests that heavy cannabis use does not pose a threat to those who are on HIV medications. Data was derived from the ACCESS study, which monitored drug use among HIV patients. Between 2005 and 2015, 874 HIV positive patients in Vancouver, Canada were observed b

Getting to 90-90-90 requires attention to mental health

published: February, 17, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, CATIE, Mental Health, Research, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

CATIE: Studies have found that mental health conditions, including depression and problematic substance use, can, in some cases, increase the risk for non-adherence to ART.

Getting to 90-90-90 requires attention to mental health

Une version française est disponible ici. The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) has established goals for countries trying to achieve progress in the prevention, care and treatment of HIV infection. Countries and regions are encouraged to strive to meet these goals by the year 2020. The goals can be summarized in the phrase 90-90-90, which stands for the following: 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV

U = U gains an important ally..Human Rights Campaign Partners With Prevention Access Campaign to Correct Misinformation About HIV

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

Enter an accuracy watchdog to address inaccuracies about undetectable viral load. From TheBody.com, Noël Gordon interviews Prevention Access Campaign co-founder Bruce Richman

U  = U gains an important ally..Human Rights Campaign Partners With Prevention Access Campaign to Correct Misinformation About HIV

People living with HIV deserve accuracy Today, HRC announced a partnership with the Prevention Access Campaign (PAC) to correct misinformation about HIV in the news media through a new joint initiative called the Accuracy Watchdog. PAC is one of a growing number of organizations, including HRC, to champion the fact that people living with HIV cannot transmit the virus to a partner if they've consistently taken their medication and achieved an "undetectable viral load." This means the a

Going beyond current ideas about the cascade of HIV care

published: January, 03, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, International , Treatment, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

CATIE reports on the effects of ART and the need for further measurement as a possible impediment to reaching UNAIDS 90-90-90- targets.

Going beyond current ideas about the cascade of HIV care

Une version française est disponible ici.   When initiated and taken every day exactly as prescribed and directed, HIV treatment(ART) can greatly reduce the amount of HIV in the blood (viral load), allowing the immune system to begin the process of gradually repairing itself. As the use of ART continues, the amount of HIV in the blood eventually falls very low—below the level at which it can accurately be counted with routine tests. This low level is commonly called undetectable. Conti

The science-based U=U message is everywhere - but some aren’t biting.

published: December, 12, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Activism, Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Current Affairs, Features and Interviews, Health, International , Treatment, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy: Are organizations passing up on the chance to end HIV stigma and inform people living with HIV who are durably undetectable that they can’t transmit the virus? What people are saying

The science-based U=U message is everywhere - but some aren’t biting.

The images accompanying this article are from campaigns around the world informing people living with HIV that if their viral load is durably suppressed, they can not transmit the virus to others. There were no Canadian images used because no such campaigns exist in Canada.  It’s getting heated People living with HIV have never played a greater part in designing and implementing prevention messaging. In just a few months, the U = U message from the Prevention Access Campaign, arguably the

CATIE statement on the use of antiretroviral treatment (ART) to maintain an undetectable viral load to prevent the sexual transmission of HIV.

published: December, 09, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

From CATIE, these statements were developed to help service providers in Canada adapt their programs and incorporate this evidence into their messaging.

CATIE statement on the use of antiretroviral treatment (ART) to maintain an undetectable viral load to prevent the sexual transmission of HIV.

Une version française est disponible ici.    Over the past several years the HIV prevention toolbox has expanded significantly. This is due to a rapid growth in our knowledge of effective approaches that help prevent the transmission of HIV. However, to maximize the impact on the HIV epidemic, we must effectively increase awareness, uptake and proper use of these approaches. The CATIE statements summarize the best available evidence on the effectiveness of three approaches to help pre

The "epidemic" of misunderstanding about HIV

published: December, 02, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Hep B and C, CATIE, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Treatment, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

Laurie Edmiston of CATIE shares some thoughts about where we are in the fight against HIV.

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Many Canadians likely think of HIV as a challenge experienced by other parts of the world, such as Sub-Saharan Africa. And they're correct. But it's also true Canada faces its own HIV epidemic-- a reality to be reminded of on World AIDS Day (December 1) and throughout the year. The most visible face of our HIV epidemic is the 75,000 Canadians living with the virus. Less visible, but perhaps equally significant, is the widespread lack of knowledge about new advances in HIV prevention. If more o

An exclusive interview with Health Minister Jane Philpott

published: December, 01, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Hep B and C, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Features and Interviews, Health, Treatment, Legal, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

In an exclusive interview for PositiveLite.com for World AIDS Day, Rob Easton talks with federal Health Minister Jane Philpott about Canada’s 90-90-90 achievements, a renewed federal initiative on HIV, criminalization of non-disclosure and more.

An exclusive interview with Health Minister Jane Philpott

Photo: Motswari Mofokeng Rob Easton: Minister Philpott, thank you for taking the time for this interview with PositiveLite.com. Jane Philpott: My pleasure. You’ve had a very busy few weeks with health accords and a number of different announcements. How challenging is it to get HIV on the list of priorities, both within your ministry, and also around the cabinet table? I think it would be fair to say that HIV and other sexually transmitted and blood born infections have not b

U=U: HIV Undetectable = Untransmittable = Unifectious

published: November, 01, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Women, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

People with HIV are speaking out loud and clear. Now The Body.com has just posted a great new video from the Prevention Access Campaign (PAC), where community members share what U=U means to them.

U=U: HIV Undetectable = Untransmittable = Unifectious

This article previously appeared at The Body.com, where you can also watch the video. Research shows that people with HIV who are on effective treatment cannot pass on the virus to their partners. People with HIV and our allies are working together to ensure that message is shared -- loud and clear! Stay on treatment. Stay undetectable. Stay uninfectious. Thank you to Linus Ignatius for all your work and creativity in producing this video. #UequalsU #FactsNotFear #ScienceNotStigma For m

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