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Social determinants of health linked to HIV mortality rates

published: March, 27, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, General Health, Mental Health, Research, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

People with HIV in Ontario still dying at higher rates than the general population.

Social determinants of health linked to HIV mortality rates

 Courtesy of St. Michael's Hospital Dr. Sean Rourke, a neuropsychologist at St. Michael's Hospital and scientist at its Centre for Urban Health Solutions,  TORONTO, March 19, 2018 -- People who are living with HIV in Ontario have access to good health care and medications, yet they are still dying younger and at substantially higher rates than the rest of the population, according to a new study published today. The findings suggest that the overall well-being of these people is being neg

Free Public Legal Education Workshops at HALCO

published: March, 26, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Community Events, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Upcoming Events, Women, Legal, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

Workshops are held in person at the Specialty Legal Clinic Co-op, 55 University Avenue, 15th Floor Room C2, Toronto (just south of King Street West and the fully accessible St. Andrew subway station):

Free Public Legal Education Workshops at HALCO

The HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO) is pleased to announce our next series of free Public Legal Education Workshops taking place in person at our office in May and June 2018. Everyone is welcome to attend any of these general interest workshops but space is limited so Registration is required.  How to Register:  Please include your name, your contact information, your organization (if any), and the titles of the workshop(s) that you would like to attend: – Email to T

UNAIDS calls for bold action to end TB and AIDS

published: March, 26, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Current Affairs, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

UNAIDS press statement released ahead of World TB Day, 2018: "TB is the leading cause of death among people living with HIV."

UNAIDS calls for bold action to end TB and AIDS

Credit: MSF/Luca Sola GENEVA, 23 March 2018—Ahead of World TB Day 2018, UNAIDS is calling on all partners to take unprecedented and bold action to advance efforts to end tuberculosis (TB) and AIDS by 2030. TB continues to be the top infectious killer worldwide, claiming more than 4500 lives a day. TB is also the leading cause of death among people living with HIV, causing one in three AIDS-related deaths. In 2016, 1.7 million people died from TB, including around 374 000 people living wi

Grants awarded to 13 Canadian initiatives to help advance the goal of eliminating chronic Hepatitis C infection in high-risk populations

published: March, 22, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Hep B and C, Current Affairs, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

Gilead Canada supports community leaders with local Hepatitis C micro-elimination efforts.

Grants awarded to 13 Canadian initiatives to help advance the goal of eliminating chronic Hepatitis C infection in high-risk populations

Mississauga, ON, March 14, 2018 – In support of Canada’s commitment to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) goal of eliminating chronic hepatitis C infection by 2030, Gilead Sciences Canada, Inc. (Gilead Canada) today announced a series of grants to support screening and linkage to care projects across Canada. These initiatives will focus on hepatitis C screening within high-risk patient populations and linking diagnosed patients to care. In total, 13 Hepatitis C Micro-Elimination Gran

New toolkit supports advocates in using media to fight for HIV justice

published: March, 21, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Events, Women, Upcoming Events, International , Legal, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

From HIV Justice Worldwide: "...an important step towards realizing a world where people living with HIV are not singled out by the criminal justice system simply for having a virus.“

New toolkit supports advocates in using media to fight for HIV justice

When it comes to the widely misunderstood, complex issue of HIV criminalisation, media can be a powerful tool–or a blunt-force weapon. And so today, as people around the world living with HIV continue to be criminalised and convicted at alarming rates, HIV JUSTICE WORLDWIDE has released “Making Media Work for HIV Justice: An introduction to media engagement for advocates opposing HIV criminalisation.” The new resource is the latest addition to the HIV JUSTICE Toolkit, which provides

Unsure about that online date? A new service can check in and make sure you're OK afterwards

published: March, 21, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

The service is a response to the ongoing Bruce McArthur investigation, creators say

Unsure about that online date? A new service can check in and make sure you're OK afterwards

Haran Vijayanathan says the program will be useful 'whether it’s a hookup or a date or somebody who you’re meeting for the first time.' (Nick Boisvert/CBC) A Toronto-based community health organization has launched a new service that can confirm someone's whereabouts and well-being after a date with a stranger. The creators of the Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention's (ASAAP) SAFE program say it will be particularly useful to LGBT people from marginalized communities. "When we sa

New South Wales puts 9000 people on PrEP, achieves a one-third decline in new HIV infections

published: March, 20, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

Successful appeal to state government got ‘cap’ lifted on PrEP demo trial. From AIDSmap, Gus Cairns reports.

New South Wales puts 9000 people on PrEP, achieves a one-third decline in new HIV infections

The state of New South Wales in Australia has seen a fall of one-third in diagnoses of recent HIV infection since it started its pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) implementation project, EPIC-NSW (Expanded PrEP Implementation in the Community), the 25th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2018) heard last week. Andrew Grulich of the Kirby Institute of the University of New South Wales told the conference that only two people who entered EPIC-NSW had been diagnosed wi

My life with anal pre-cancer

published: March, 19, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Health, International , Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Media

From FS Magazine, Paul Collier: "In some patients, like myself, the disease is stubborn and continues to develop. This wears me down and particularly affects me psychologically and emotionally."

My life with anal pre-cancer

Photo © GMFA The human papilloma virus (HPV), of which there are over a hundred strains can, in some people cause either warts or pre-cancer (strains 16 and 18 are the worst). Most sexually active people have, at some point evidence of HPV in their system, though are unaffected. In a very small proportion of people it causes problems (anal, cervical, penile, or throat pre-cancer/cancer). Living with HIV has been shown to increase the risk of acquiring anal pre-cancer for men who have unpr

HIV doesn’t define a parent’s power to love

published: March, 14, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, Research, International , Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Media, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

People living with HIV often feel cut off from society and judged by their decision to become parents. From FS Magazine, Mark Mesiti reports on an initiative to help end the stigma.

HIV doesn’t define a parent’s power to love

Photo © Shutterstock.com / WaveBreakMedia Despite significant medical advances, increased awareness and the ability to live a full life with HIV, a social stigma still exists around people with HIV having a family. This stigma does not just affect the LGBT community; it is very much a mainstream issue. Does a stigma exist? With almost 50% of HIV-positive respondents in a recent European study commissioned by Gilead Sciences stating that they felt having HIV would be a barrier to them ha

Patients with HIV six times as likely to have schizophrenia

published: March, 13, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Mental Health, Health, International , Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

"... researchers indicated that time from schizophrenia diagnoses to death was significantly short for those with HIV than those without." From MD Mag, Kevin Kunzmann reports.

Patients with HIV six times as likely to have schizophrenia

There is a six-fold prevalence of schizophrenia in people with HIV than that of the population without the virus, according to the results of a Vancouver, BC, Canada-based study. The study, presented at the 25th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Boston, MA, this week, found a distinct association between the mental disorder and HIV — a relationship sparsely analyzed before. Researchers from the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS in Vancouver,

How much "PrEP-resistant" HIV is out there?

published: March, 12, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // International AIDS Conference , Social Media, Conferences, Gay Men, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

From AIDSmap, Gus Cairns reports from the recent 25th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2018).

How much

A study presented at the recent 25th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2018) aims to quantify how many people with HIV there might be in the community who both have a detectable HIV viral load and also have significant resistance to tenofovir and emtricitabine, the two drugs currently used in pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). The researchers, from the University of Washington in Seattle, found that in King County, which contains Seattle, no more than 0.3% of the l

New HIV infections halved after scale-up of HIV treatment, circumcision, in Uganda's hardest-hit district

published: March, 08, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap, Michael Carter and Keith Alcorn report on the Rakai Community Cohort Study.

New HIV infections halved after scale-up of HIV treatment, circumcision, in Uganda's hardest-hit district

The rate of new HIV infections has halved since 2011 in a Ugandan community following large increases in male circumcision, antiretroviral treatment and viral suppression, Frank Kagaayi of the Rakai Health Sciences Program told the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Boston on Tuesday. Dr Kagaayi was presenting results from the Rakai Community Cohort Study, focusing on repeat surveys of one fishing village with a very high prevalence and incidence of HIV infection. The

Experimental antibody plus TLR7 agonist maintains viral suppression in monkeys

published: March, 07, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // International AIDS Conference , Social Media, Conferences, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Research, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

Five of eleven treated animals still remained virally suppressed at six months. From AIDSmap, Liz Highleyman reports.

Experimental antibody plus TLR7 agonist maintains viral suppression in monkeys

Dan Barouch presenting at CROI 2018. Photo by Liz Highleyman Treatment with a broadly neutralising antibody plus an immune-stimulating drug led to long-term viral remission after interrupting antiretroviral therapy in a monkey study, according to data presented at the 25th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2018) this week in Boston. Monkeys that received both the antibody, known as PGT121, and the TLR7 agonist GS-9620 maintained an undetectable viral load withou

Ontario expands patient access to chronic Hepatitis C therapies on public drug plan.

published: March, 06, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Hep B and C, Current Affairs, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

Good news for those infected or co-infected with Hepatitis C in Ontario

Ontario expands patient access to chronic Hepatitis C therapies on public drug plan.

- Gilead applauds Ontario’s Ministry of Health for expanding access to curative hepatitis C therapies to all diagnosed patients, regardless of severity of illness - Ontario’s expanded access includes EPCLUSA®, a 12 week treatment for patients with chronic hepatitis C across all six genotypes - Gilead’s new product, VOSEVI™ is now available under the Ontario Drug Benefit Program - The removal of the fibrosis level criterion for access furthers Canada’s commitment to the World Heal

US studies underline importance of primary care physicians for people with HIV

published: March, 05, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, General Health, Health, Research, International , Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap, Keith Alcorn reports on two studies assessing the influence of provider type on outcomes of chronic co-morbidities in HIV.

US studies underline importance of primary care physicians for people with HIV

People with HIV who have other medical conditions such as high blood pressure or high lipids appear to do better if they have a primary care physician as well as an HIV physician, according to a study of people receiving care through UCLA Center for Clinical AIDS Research and Education, researchers report in The Journal of Infectious Diseases. A second study, looking at chronic medical conditions, or co-morbidities, in a large sample of people with HIV in the United States found that high b

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