Articles tagged with: TasP

Advocating for a louder voice for treatment as prevention

published: October, 06, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, As Prevention , Features and Interviews, Sexual Health, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy speaks to Noel Gordon Jr, a young activist who at the recent US Conference on AIDS made a plea for more attention to treatment as prevention, suggesting it’s been "left in the closet" due in part to the "sexiness" of PrEP

 Advocating for a louder voice for treatment as prevention

Bob Leahy: Hi Noel. If I can paraphrase what I hear the topic of your talk was, I think you felt that the attention being given to promotion and advocacy for PrEP is not being matched by our enthusiasm for treatment as prevention. But tell me how you came to this conclusion. Noel Gordon Jr:  Yes. I’ve been a PrEP user for the past three years and I started PrEP because as a young black gay man living in Washington D.C. which has one of the highest incidence rates of HIV in the country

Canada’s health minister weighs in with more cash for global HIV work: backs B.C.s prevention approach

published: August, 01, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // International AIDS Conference , Activism, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Health, Treatment, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Canada’s health minister weighs in with more cash for global HIV work: backs B.C.s prevention approach

Canada’s health minister weighs in with more cash for global HIV work: backs B.C.s prevention approach

More money – but not yet for Canada “Canada can do more” said Canada’s likeable new Health Minister Jane Philpott in a recent Globe and Mail interview. She’s right of course. So why aren’t we doing more? Opinions may vary. Certainly after just coming back from from South Africa and hearing how other countries far less wealthy than Canada are beating us in PrEP, treatment coverage, testing options, surveillance (tracking and number crunching) and even on  more progressive crimina

Treatment as prevention success in Denmark

published: June, 03, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Gay Men, Research, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

From aidsmap, news of a Danish study shows clearest evidence yet that treatment as preventioin works

Treatment as prevention success in Denmark

This article by Gus Cairns first appeared on aidsmap.com here. Denmark shows first clear evidence of the success of treatment as prevention in gay men in a high income country  Very high diagnosis, treatment and viral suppression rates needed, say researchers   A study by the University of California, Los Angeles, and Copenhagen University Hospital provides the first unambiguous evidence of a link between high rates of viral suppression in gay men and falling HIV incidence (the proportio

Dumbing down HIV treatment hurts everybody

published: February, 10, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Alternative Therapies, Activism, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy says there is so much faulty information on what being on treatment means and when to start that it is hurting us all. But there are solutions which can successfully balance patient rights with the benefits of starting treatment early

Dumbing down HIV treatment hurts everybody

Balancing act There has always been a balancing act between what science or even common sense suggests what’s best for us and our right to freedom of choice, to do what we think is right for our bodies. That applies to both prevention and treatment decisions. Sometimes we have got it right like saying “give people relevant and accessible information to make them feel in control of their sexual health“.  Sometimes we get it wrong, like the highly prescriptive, but once popular “use a

A brave new world

published: October, 28, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // International AIDS Conference , Activism, As Prevention , Conferences, Sexual Health, Health, Treatment, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Changing prevention landscape, changing attitudes. Bob Leahy on how the Canadian HIV community is in a more progressive mood these days than ever before

A brave new world

“...reality, however utopian, is something from which people feel the need of taking pretty frequent holidays....” ― Aldous Huxley, Brave New World  There is no doubt that here in Canada we are in a state of flux. Call it a fulcrum, a turning point or even teetering on the edge of achieving greatness, but that’s where we are. We are coming from what seems like a bad place. I don’t think I need to reiterate that Canada is performing poorly on the world stage HIV-wise. CATIE res

Treatment as prevention is transforming lives

published: October, 02, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Research, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

Aidsmap reports on research that says awareness of treatment’s impact on transmission is transforming the lives of couples of mixed HIV status

Treatment as prevention is transforming lives

This article by Roger Pebody first appeared on aidsmap.com here.  Treatment as prevention counters stigma and enhances sexuality A greater understanding of the impact of HIV treatment on prevention is changing the experience of being in a relationship with a partner of a different HIV status, according to a qualitative Australian study published last week in the Sociology of Health and Illness. A biomedical intervention appears to be having unexpected effects – loosening the association o

B.C.s Julio Montaner pushing for consensus on 90-90-90 in Canada

published: September, 29, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

Montaner pens open letter to the Prime Minister of Canada calling for endorsement of HIV/AIDS global target

B.C.s Julio Montaner pushing for consensus on 90-90-90 in Canada

                      September 2015 Dear Prime Minister, It gives me great pleasure to report that our 90-­‐90-­‐90 Target will be further considered as the strategy to end AIDS by 2030. This will be part of the agenda on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) this September 27th, at a Special Session within the 2015 UN General Assembly (UNGASS) in New York City. The 90-90-90 Target, based on the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS-pioneered Treatment as Preventi

HIVnow campaign will change the conversation during Toronto Pride

published: June, 18, 2015 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, Pride, Social Media, Community Events, As Prevention , Research, Sexual Health, Health, Legal, Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

What is #HIVnow? It’s the HIV awareness campaign Toronto Pride deserves.

HIVnow campaign will change the conversation during Toronto Pride

John Maxwell, executive director, ACT (left) Christopher Thomas, communications coordinator, ACT (right)     Ryan Lisk, manager of community health programs, ACT (left) Mason McColl, gay men's online strategy and resource coordinator, ACT (right)     Ty Best, graphic designer of the posters The AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) has just launched a bold, new multimedia campaign, HIVnow, that is intended to raise awareness around HIV because the times

All this great news is making me angry!

published: March, 23, 2015 Categories // Activism, As Prevention , Sexual Health, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Our Marc-André LeBlanc says recent good news about transmission risk and treatment benefits points to how little Canada is taking advantage of this knowledge and points to inertia, resistance to change and even outright hostility as the culprits

All this great news is making me angry!

It's raining good news There was tons of good news coming out of the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) last month. And it really pissed me off!  True, there was some bad news, but in general it was really good news. PositiveLite.com covered a lot of it including news about just how powerful ARVs can be for both treatment and prevention. There was news about the benefits of early treatment for the health of people living with HIV (Temprano), about treatment-as-pr

Changing the narrative: Why HIV prevention work in Canada needs to embrace HIV treatment

published: February, 09, 2015 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Activism, As Prevention , CATIE, Sexual Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

CATIE says "communities need to know about the health and prevention benefits of early HIV treatment and be empowered to act on this knowledge."

 Changing the narrative: Why HIV prevention work in Canada needs to embrace HIV treatment

This article by Tim Rogers first appeared on the CATIE website here. Une version française est disponible ici.  In 2014, UNAIDS proposed an ambitious set of targets for the global scale-up of HIV treatment.1 This approach to the HIV response is based on research showing that early, life-long HIV treatment can dramatically improve the health of people living with HIV and can also dramatically reduce HIV transmission. The new UNAIDS strategy emphasizes that the tremendous potential of HIV t

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