Articles tagged with: arguments against treatment as prevention

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

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

When PrEP educators don't like PrEP

published: January, 08, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

From AVAC. “To all of the people responsible for implementing and educating communities about PrEP who don’t like PrEP, I say, “It’s not about you.” Your questions have been asked and answered. PrEP works…. Get out of the way.”

When PrEP educators don't like PrEP

Minister Rob Newells' message to naysayers at the 2015 National HIV Prevention Conference in Atlanta  What do you do when the people responsible for implementing PrEP education programs don’t trust the science? What if the outreach workers and HIV test counselors believe they’re required to “push” PrEP at the expense of behavioral interventions that have been the focus of prevention programs for years? These are people in prime positions to provide PrEP education to key populations,

CATIE, 90-90-90 and the case for early treatment

published: February, 10, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // CATIE, As Prevention , Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy on what CATIE has described as the crucial role HIV prevention work can play and the call for a “new narrative on HIV treatment.” And, says Bob, the case for starting treatment early has never been made clearer.

CATIE, 90-90-90 and the case for early treatment

CATIE throws out the challenge Hidden away in the pages of the Spring 2015 edition of CATIE’s Prevention in Focus, a series of articles intended to inform the work of service providers, comes a document that is staggeringly important for all to read. "Changing the Narrative: Why HIV prevention work in Canada needs to embrace HIV treatment"  is also exactly right for the times. Meticulously researched by CATIE’s Tim Rogers, it not only sets out the case for including treatment as part of

No to treating our way out of the epidemic, say South African experts

published: October, 26, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Consensus lacking on TasP? Some experts take a swing at treatment as prevention as a way to end the epidemic on a global scale

No to treating our way out of the epidemic, say South African experts

This article by Lesley Odendal first appeared on aidmsap.com here. No, we cannot treat our way out of the HIV epidemic, was the resounding sentiment of a panel of expert clinicians and the audience, at a debate held at the 2014 Southern African HIV Clinicians Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, last month. Professor Richard Chaisson of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine argued that antiretroviral therpay (ART) is essential to decrease the size of the HIV epidemic. He argued

Why disclosure and condoms have no utility in modern HIV prevention

published: July, 02, 2013 Categories // As Prevention , Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Josh Kruger says condom-based HIV prevention just isn’t working for gay men anymore and says the future lies in treatment and prevention.

Despite traditional prevention efforts, HIV infections in the gay male population are rising dramatically. According to the CDC, new HIV infections increased in the MSM population by 12% from 2008 to 2010 with young men under 25 experiencing a dramatic 22% increase in rate of infection. Basically, this means that young gay men are no longer affected by decades-old HIV prevention efforts, particularly condom-based campaigns. Tiresome narratives of the sexiness of condoms, a fantasy akin to the

Changing my mind on treatment as prevention

published: March, 11, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, As Prevention , Research, Sexual Health, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Editor Bob Leahy used to be a strong opponent of treatment as prevention and all it stood for. But times change and there has been a sea change in his view. Now he’s a treatment as prevention supporter. Find out what it was that changed his mind.

Changing my mind on treatment as prevention

One hundred and eighty degree turns happen in a variety of ways. Sometimes we seize the steering wheel of our lives and in one fell swoop travel along an opposite path.  Other times, we take the turn slowly, one degree at a time, gradually realizing the path we are on leads nowhere and we need to go off in radically new directions. That’s been the case with my realizing that most of my once fervently held objections to treatment as prevention, in 2013, make much less sense than they once di

Treatment Benefits For All?

published: June, 27, 2012 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, As Prevention , CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV

CATIE’s James Wilton explores the use of HIV treatment to reduce the risk of HIV transmission. Do the personal and public health benefits coincide or clash?

Treatment Benefits For All?

This article by James Wilton first appeared in The Positive Side, a publication of CATIE. Une version française est disponible ici.   The journal Science named it the breakthrough of 2011 and Time magazine ranked it among its Top 10 medical breakthroughs of the year, so you may have heard of the term “treatment as prevention” by now. If not, we can fill you in. It has at its core the idea that HIV treatment can reduce the risk of HIV transmission, and it is set to mark a historic shif

Final thoughts about the IAS 2011 Rome Conference

published: August, 06, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // International AIDS Conference , Conferences, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

It was a coronation of sorts, but a memorable conference nevertheless which may just go down in the history books as one of the most significant ever.

Final thoughts about the IAS 2011 Rome Conference

PositiveLite was in Rome for the 2011 International AIDS Conference last month. But Brian’s coverage was plagued by technical difficulties, notably lack of an internet connection at anywhere other than the conference venue itself. Though most reporters have moved on, there is still room to reflect on what went down in Rome. Because I truly think it was one of THE most memorable AIDS conferences ever. First some background. The IAS holds an international AIDS conference every year. They alter

Statements as Pretension (SASP)

published: July, 22, 2011 Categories // International AIDS Conference , As Prevention

Ken Monteith and what he thinks about the big story to come out of IAS2011 in Rome last week, treatment as prevention.

Statements as Pretension (SASP)

So the big 'news' coming out of the IAS meeting in Rome has been all about Treatment as Prevention. I have some problems with this public health approach that I want to explore with you (or rant into the ether at any rate). I'm not going to pretend that I'm doing something scientific here, or even thorough — I'll leave that for work. I just want to articulate my own concerns. The other thing I don't want anyone to come away thinking is that I am questioning in any way the effectiveness of an