Articles tagged with: treatment

US on course to end its HIV epidemic – eventually

published: May, 19, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

Aidsmap reports, "Fall in new infections only achieves half of 2010 target"

US on course to end its HIV epidemic – eventually

This article by Gus Cairns first appeared on aidsmap.com here. If current trends continue, the US may eventually end its HIV epidemic, a mathematical model recently published in AIDS & Behavior shows. In 2009, the average number of people each person with HIV would infect during their lifetime fell below one, and has now declined to 0.75, the model shows. This means the number of people with HIV will eventually start to shrink, as more in the ageing HIV-positive population start to die

Dumbing down treatment decisions, part two

published: March, 01, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // As Prevention , Mental Health, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy say there are wrong decisions made - both regarding treatment and prevention - all the time. But how do we help our most vulnerable who face barriers to good decision-making avoid them?

Dumbing down treatment decisions, part two

Sometimes we hear “there are no bad answers, no bad decisions”. It’s a warm and fuzzy concept that fits with the non-judgmental services we as a community provide. Trouble is it's wrong. Undeniably bad decisions are being made all the time.  (You likely made one last time you ate.) On the treatment front, for example, Charlie Sheen made a bad decision. And then there is this from an earnest HIVer on Facebook “When to start treatment? It's best to wait until there is a patch, a spray

Women and HIV: same treatment, different care

published: November, 06, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Women, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

From TheBody.com, "Women with HIV should receive not only the same antiretroviral therapy (ART) as men, but also clinical care tailored to their specific risk factors and health care goals"

Women and HIV: same treatment, different care

This article by Sony Salzman first appeared in TheBodyPRO.com here.  Women with HIV should receive not only the same antiretroviral therapy (ART) as men, but also clinical care tailored to their specific risk factors and health care goals, according to Kathleen Squires, M.D., director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Thomas Jefferson University. Squires, speaking at IDWeek 2015 in San Diego, California, explained that while medication guidelines are the same for both genders, treat

The lonely journey/looking back on my diagnosis

published: April, 30, 2015 Categories // Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Josh from ThePlusSideofLifeblog.com is chronicling life with HIV since being diagnosed last year. In a new pair of posts from his own blog he talks about feeling alone, starting treatment and on wanting to live, not die.

The lonely journey/looking back on my diagnosis

The lonely journey I’ve neglected to update this blog with any regularity. Some of that comes from the fact that, to be honest, writing about HIV and what I’m going through isn’t always easy. There’s still a part of me that doesn’t want to face the reality that is my life.  That stems from the fact that, despite the best efforts of doctors and others with this disease, there still exists a stigma. I know I feel it, and it’s why the circle of people who know about my status is sm

Forward/Good days and bad days

published: April, 23, 2015 Categories // Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Josh from ThePlusSideofLifeblog.com is chronicling life with HIV since being diagnosed last year. He talks about a few early bumps in the road in this pair of posts from his own blog

Forward/Good days and bad days

Forward I chose to title this post forward, because it’s time for me to move forward. With life, with managing my HIV and with doing what’s best for me.  One of the things that has been frustrating about this ordeal is some people telling me what I need to do, how I need to do it and when I need to do it. Obviously, my doctor’s advice plays a prominent role in things; but unless you have M.D. after your name, you’re not an expert in my health. So, the first step forward today was m

Where the journey began

published: April, 16, 2015 Categories // Newly Diagnosed, Living with HIV, Population Specific

New writer Josh from ThePlusSideofLifeblog.com is a 26-year old Toronto man. In June of 2014, he tested positive for HIV. He is chronicling the life of a newly diagnosed person. The journey starts here.

Where the journey began

I’m not an advocate. I’m not an expert. I’m a guy who had his life change forever on June 9, 2014, when I found out that I was HIV positive.  Writing that fact down still seems weird. Partly because there are people in my life who don’t know, yet here I sit behind a computer screen anonymously telling my story in pretty deep detail. I don’t remember much about the day I was diagnosed. It came as a complete shock to me. I never engaged in unsafe or risky behaviour, I was monogamous

Free access to HIV and other meds for all Canadians who need them a possibility?

published: April, 16, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

Troy Media asks “Time ripe for a national drug plan in Canada? Any perceived barriers appear to be unjustified.”

Free access to HIV and other meds for all Canadians who need them a possibility?

By Livio Di Matteo, Expert Advisor,  EvidenceNetwork.ca  THUNDER BAY, ON/ Troy Media/ - A new study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal with health economist Steve Morgan as lead author argues a national universal care drug program would not result in substantial tax increases. Indeed, such a plan reduces public and private spending on prescription drugs by $7.3 billion annually - or by 32 per cent. According to Morgan and his co-authors, the private sector would save $8.2 billion

Positive results

published: March, 11, 2014 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Gay Men, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow took stock of the symptoms and side effects of his medications and felt the time had come to make a change. Was he right?

Positive results

I’m glad I didn’t give into the negative stories on Atripla. It’s not for everybody but it’s working for me - for now. When I announced that I asked to go on a one pill a day regime and then told everyone what I would be taking, I began to hear all the horror stories and they asked, “why Atripla?” It seemed that every other story included someone talking about the scary and vivid dreams caused by the Sustiva component. I did remember hearing some positive stories as well but not a

Time for a change

published: January, 03, 2014 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Wayne Bristow

Changing gears. Wayne Bristow says “New year, new doctor, new treatment…..why not switch?”

Time for a change

I just thought “take charge and be involved in my own treatment”. Last summer my doctor of 10 years announced he would no longer be coming to Guelph to see patients. If I wished to continue seeing him I would have to travel to Cambridge to his office there. As I don’t drive anymore, it would take the better part of a day and approximately $30 to make the trip by bus and transit so I agreed to see one of the other doctors at the centre (one doctor is totally new to the office, to us all

Videos we like

published: August, 02, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Dating, Social Media, Youth, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Two new short films made for youth by HIV+adolescents pack a punch with calls for understanding of the importance of treatment and the challenges posed by disclosure

Videos we like

Happily ever after Key messages: Don’t give up; happiness is easier to swallow The closest thing to living without HIV is the treatmnet that gives us a happily ever after Spread the word, not the virus Description: The advances in treatment of HIV allows positive people to live normal lives full of all that life has to offer including love, children, quality of life and hope. A group of HIV+ adolescents made this video to encourage other HIV+ people to consider the value of taking t

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