Articles tagged with: HIV positive

When to start HIV treatment

published: March, 06, 2014 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Conferences, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Events, Features and Interviews, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, John McCullagh

In a video interview, publisher John McCullagh talks with Toronto HIV primary care physician Colin Kovacs about the vexed question as to when to start treatment.

When to start HIV treatment

When to start HIV treatment? It seems there’s no consensus and, as far as most of Canada is concerned, no guidelines either. It used to be - and often still is - that starting treatment was recommended only when our CD4 cell counts had fallen to a certain level — 200, or 350 or 500. Yet those numbers keep changing and vary between jurisdictions. The Americans have tended to be more aggressive about recommending treatment at higher CD4 numbers, while the Europeans have, for the most part, b

The AIDS Generation — Stories of Survival and Resilience

published: March, 04, 2014 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Aging, OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Activism, Conferences, Gay Men, Events, Features and Interviews, Health, Living with HIV, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

Lest the world forget, Perry Halkitis tells the stories of pain, suffering, survival and resilience of his generation of gay men — the AIDS generation.

The AIDS Generation — Stories of Survival and Resilience

Last fall, at the annual Ontario HIV Treatment Network research conference, New York psychologist Perry Halkitis read excerpts from his recently published book The AIDS Generation — Stories of Survival and Resilience. In it he tells the stories of 15 gay men living with HIV. All are long-term survivors who lived through the dark years of the 1980s and 1990s and are now in middle age. As Halkitis writes:  Each of these men are very much part of the aging HIV cohort, despite a lifetime of ne

HIV,disclosure and trust

published: July, 25, 2013 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow has been bitten before and as a result, he says, he has trust issues. Disclosure doesn’t always work well but he isn’t going to rule out dating negative gay men.

HIV,disclosure and trust

“We don’t choose the person who falls in love with us, they do, but we do have to trust them and ourselves.” When I was first diagnosed, and after I had a chance to say to myself, “I’m positive”, I thought  about who could I safely tell. I knew there were many reasons not to tell, but I felt I could trust some of my friends.  So I selected a few of them to tell because I had been struggling in the dating department and now my diagnosis was going to have a huge impact on how I ap

HIV prevention research: what’s next

published: March, 14, 2013 Categories // Gay Men, Conferences, Health, Sexual Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Roy Kilpatrick with a conference report that provides a useful guide for action, including scaling up – and mending holes - in treatment as prevention efforts.

Report of the 20th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) of a presentation by Susan Buchbinder .  Reports of the HIV ‘cure’ of a baby in the USA have attracted global attention. My guess is that although this provides further support for the concept of cure, and will add momentum to research, it will make no immediate difference to mothers and their babies. Once more information emerges from the conference, I might return to this topic. Reading other conference

Anything For Comedy! (Well... Almost)

published: February, 12, 2012 Categories // Activism, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

Guest writer Jim Swimm: “I could get angry, ranting and raving at every offensive reference to HIV/AIDS, or find another approach. Is it possible to keep my sense of humor while trying to educate and raise awareness".

Anything For Comedy! (Well... Almost)

There are few issues about which I feel more strongly than HIV/AIDS awareness and I take my advocacy/activism quite seriously, for a variety of reasons both globally-effective and intimately personal. I've found Twitter to be a fantastic resource for me in finding individuals, charity organizations, and hospitals/research centers to educate myself, lend support, and a million other uses when it comes to the disease. I cannot recommend it enough in this regard. But...there's a downside, of cou

We all just stopped talking about it

published: February, 02, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Guest writer Jim Swimm from New York City attends a panel discussion about the early years of the AIDS epidemic and hears some survivors of those days say that they’ve “just stopped talking about it”. But Jim hasn’t and he’s upset.

We all just stopped talking about it

I recently attended a screening of scenes from How to Survive a Plague, a documentary about the people on the front lines in the fight against AIDS in the early years of the epidemic, namely the members/founders of ACT UP. Along with the film's screening, there was a panel discussion of not only the film but the subject matter -- the state of HIV/AIDS activism, both then and now. There were people on the panel and in the audience who are featured in the film. It was an exceptionally interest

One Blood: Youth Linked in Action

published: January, 09, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, International , Living with HIV, John McCullagh

Capturing the voices of youth in Jamaica and the Caribbean Diaspora in Canada, a powerful 20-minute documentary takes you into the hearts, minds, experiences and struggles of those living with and affected by HIV

One Blood: Youth Linked in Action

Youth in the Caribbean and the Caribbean Diaspora in Canada face many similar issues with respect to the risk of contracting HIV. An international project that linked youth from Jamaica and Ontario to address these issues resulted in a powerful 20-minute video documentary that takes you into the hearts, experiences and struggles of those living with and affected by HIV. You can see the video here. You can also read more about the issues facing these youth on the website of the Interagency Co

Sex, risk, viral load and HIV criminalization

published: January, 04, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Health, Sexual Health, Legal, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

A new year’s update: John McCullagh reports on two positive developments that move forward the debate about sex, risk, undetectable viral load and the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure.

Sex, risk, viral load and HIV criminalization

The year 2011, just ended, marked the thirtieth anniversary of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Much has been achieved in those three decades, most notably advances in treatment that have changed the face of HIV for those who have access to antiretroviral (ARV) medication from a terminal illness to a chronic yet manageable disease. But of late there’s been other good news to celebrate. Just last month, for example, researchers from the University of Western Ontario announced that clinical trials are

Sex and party drugs

published: December, 23, 2011 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Gay Men, Health, Sexual Health, Population Specific , John McCullagh

John McCullagh reports on a new sex-positive, drug user-positive harm reduction-based peer support group for gay and bisexual guys who use drugs and alcohol and who want to explore in depth their drug use and sexual health

Sex and party drugs

PositiveLite.com’s editor Bob Leahy recently talked with Duncan MacLaughlin, the manager of community health programs at the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT), about the evolution in promoting gay men’s health that’s moving away from focusing on our weaknesses and vulnerabilities and more towards emphasizing our resilience and strengths. This interview, which you can read here, was specifically about a new ACT initiative TheSexYouWant.ca, which goes beyond the basics to tackle mo

Let's talk about HIV and senior citizens

published: December, 20, 2011 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Aging, Health, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

In Canada and other high-income countries, access to treatment has improved the likelihood of HIVers surviving into old age. John McCullagh reports on recently published studies that have made recommendations for caring for older people living with HIV.

Let's talk about HIV and senior citizens

The Canadian population is aging. It’s estimated that the percentage of seniors will almost double within the next 25 years, when one quarter of the population will be aged 65 or older. Canadians living with HIV are also aging. However, HIV and seniors aren’t something that we often talk about in the same sentence. But, given the facts, we should. It’s estimated that today 12% of the close to 70,000 Canadians who have an HIV diagnosis are aged 50 and older and that this is expected to i

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