Alternative Therapies

I made an HIV prevention video for guys who hate condoms. Here’s why (NSFW)

published: July, 18, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Alternative Therapies, African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, General Health, Youth, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

“I thought that we needed something bolder, something sexier, and something that reflected the realities of gay sex...”

I made an HIV prevention video for guys who hate condoms. Here’s why (NSFW)

Mr. Leather LA 2014 and LA County HIV Commission member Eric Paul Leue    Photo: John Kiffmeyer To read the complete article by Chris Tipton-King visit Huffington Post, here. If you weren’t aware that Gilead recently started running Truvada for PrEP ads, I wouldn’t blame you: they’re exactly the sort of vanilla, stock-photo-and-fine-print yawners that you might expect from a pharmaceutical company. For a prevention strategy meant for men who enjoy dicks in butts au-natural, most

Daily cannabis use has no negative Impact on HIV treatment

published: April, 04, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Alternative Therapies, Social Media, Research, Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors

From Culture Magazine, this report on the ACCESS study, which monitored cannabis use among HIV patients.

Daily cannabis use has no negative Impact on HIV treatment

This article previously appeared at Culture Magazine, here. Daily cannabis use has little or no impact on HIV clinical outcomes, according to new research. A study was published in The International Journal of Drug Policy which suggests that heavy cannabis use does not pose a threat to those who are on HIV medications. Data was derived from the ACCESS study, which monitored drug use among HIV patients. Between 2005 and 2015, 874 HIV positive patients in Vancouver, Canada were observed b

Music therapy

published: March, 28, 2017 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Social Media, Alternative Therapies, Aging, Gay Men, Mental Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Wayne Bristow

"There is definitely something to this," says Wayne Bristow.

Music therapy

Note to self: “Just when you tell yourself to slow down, you sign up for something more. But I have to hand it to you, this one might be good for you”. A couple of weeks ago I signed up for a workshop on ‘music therapy’. I had attended a previous session last fall and enjoyed it. I thought it might be a little hokey but it turned out to not be that bad, so I agreed to sign up if they brought it back. The workshop format started with a check in and introducing ourselves. Sitting in a

Could cannabis treat HIV?

published: February, 15, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Alternative Therapies, General Health, Research, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors

Jeannie Wraight and Mariel Selbovitz: More and more studies are surfacing that show just how important cannabis may be for the treatment of HIV.

Could cannabis treat HIV?

To read the entire article by Jeannie Wraight and Mariel Selbovitz, visit Plus, here. Support for medicinal marijuana has reached an all-time high in the United States. with over 70 percent of Americans in favor of the use of cannabis to lessen the effects of a large number of chronic medical conditions. People with HIV have long realized that cannabis can ease many HIV-related conditions, including nausea, loss of appetite, depression, weight loss, and neuropathic pain. In addition to trea

Gates Foundation Invests Up to $140M in Implant That Prevents HIV

published: January, 06, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Alternative Therapies, Social Media, As Prevention , Research, Health, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Intarcia Therapeutics develops tiny implants that release meds. Here’s why they may be better than daily pills.

Gates Foundation Invests Up to $140M in Implant That Prevents HIV

To read the full version of this article, go to POZ.com, here. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is investing as much as $140 million in Intarcia Therapeutics Inc. so the company can develop an implant that could prevent HIV, Bloomberg reports. Gates will provide $50 million upfront so that Intarcia can use its proprietary implant technology called the Medici Drug Delivery System to develop an HIV prevention that could be administered once or twice a year. If Intarcia’s research on

Charlie Sheen says his new injectable HIV med has no side effects

published: November, 10, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Alternative Therapies, Social Media, Current Affairs, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

From POZ magazine, Charlie Sheen has updated the world on his HIV treatment, telling The Hollywood Reporter that he experiences no side effects from the experimental injectable PRO 140.

Charlie Sheen says his new injectable HIV med has no side effects

Read the whole article at POZ.com, here. PRO 140 isn’t a bogus experimental treatment (unlike that cure based on goat milk that Sheen traveled to Mexico for). Instead, PRO 140 is a monoclonal antibody manufactured by CytoDyn and currently being studied as a weekly injectable treatment for HIV. Between stories about baseball and his hit movie Major League, Sheen discussed HIV with The Hollywood Reporter. The actor said he is part of a 24-week study by the Food and Drug Administration. The

Free Public Legal Education Workshops October and November 2016

published: October, 12, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Alternative Therapies, Social Media, Gay Men, Events, Upcoming Events, Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors

Complete your legal tool kit for living with HIV

Free Public Legal Education Workshops  October and November 2016

Our free workshops are held in person at the HALCO office/Specialty Legal Clinic Co-op, 55 University Avenue, 15th Floor, Toronto. (just south of King Street West and the fully accessible St. Andrew subway station): HIV Disclosure and the Law: Criminal and Public Health Issues workshop, on Thursday October 27, 2016, from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Presenter Ryan Peck (HALCO Executive Director and Lawyer) Canadian Immigration: Sponsoring Your Family workshop, on Tuesday November 8 from 1

LHIVE Healthy is looking for study participants

published: August, 09, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Yoga, Alternative Therapies, Aging, Social Media, General Health, Food, Nutrition and Recipes, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Fitness and Exercise, Research, Health, Sexual Health, Smoking Cessation , Revolving Door, Treatment, Lifestyle, Vitamins - Supplements, Guest Authors

The LHIVE Healthy study is currently looking for 750 adults living with HIV across Canada to participate in the study.

LHIVE Healthy is looking for study participants

People living with HIV are living longer – but are also disproportionately affected by diabetes, heart disease and smoking-related illness. These ailments are not only a result of HIV, but rather are usually the result of lifestyle choices and risks factors such as tobacco use, low physical activity and poor diet. “One of the real challenges today for people living with HIV is to grow old in an healthy way,” said Dr. Jose Côté, principal investigator of the LHIVE Healthy study. It is i

Medical marijuana activism in NYC

published: May, 26, 2016 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Activism, Alternative Therapies, Gay Men, Mental Health, Health, International , Treatment, Lifestyle, Population Specific , Félix Garmendía

Our NYC guy Felix Garmendia recalls with affection and pride his days with the NYC Buyers' Club

Medical marijuana activism in NYC

"I wouldn’t say the weed made me HIGH, but it did manage to wrap me in an aura of relaxation, comfort and serenity. My mind drifted to a peaceful place, far from the horrors of working in a putrid system that just doesn’t work." I have used the “herb” for decades now. It was introduced to me by my “paraprofessional” (teacher’s helper) when I was a New York City school teacher, working in the Bronx in the early 1990s.  One Friday afternoon Miss Rodriguez saw me resting my head

Eating to be well

published: April, 19, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Alternative Therapies, Food, Nutrition and Recipes, Health, Treatment, Vitamins - Supplements, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks to Peterborough’s Rick Schack about how changing to a healthy diet can help ward off medication side effects and lead to a longer and better quality of life

Eating to be well

Bob Leahy: I know you have a passion for health and nutrition. I wanted to ask you where does that come from and how does it relate to your own journey with HIV.  Rick Schack: Well, when I got my diagnosis in 1996 they said I had four to seven years to live . .  So you started paying attention.  No, for the first three years I partied my butt off, I went to raves, I did lots of drugs. If I was going to die I wanted to live.  So what changed things?  Well three years in, I went and g

Dumbing down HIV treatment hurts everybody

published: February, 10, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Alternative Therapies, 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

Do vitamins give ad men orgasms?

published: June, 24, 2014 Categories // Alternative Therapies, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Dave R says “It’s a multi-billion dollar industry across the world and we all buy into it but is vitamin supplementation necessary, or are we just pissing our pay cheques away?”

Do vitamins give ad men orgasms?

“To all my little Hulkamaniacs, say your prayers, take your vitamins and you will never go wrong.”  Hulk Hogan As a confirmed supplement taker, it struck me some time ago that I should really make more effort to understand what I'm taking and why and whether I'm doing it in such a way that my body gains maximum benefit. I always suspected that swallowing a handful of vitamins and minerals with the orange juice every morning was possibly swallowing a whole lot of advertising propaganda

Healing touch

published: April, 19, 2014 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Alternative Therapies, Yoga, CATIE, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Spirituality, Treatment, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

From CATIE, Gordon Waselnuk gets a feel for how nurturing touch can melt stress, take the edge off pain and work wonders for the mind and body.

Healing touch

This article previously appeared in The Positive Side, a publication of CATIE, here.   Une version française est disponible ici,  From the hug that comforts a crying child to the hand that steadies the shoulder of an anxious friend, touch can be a powerful tonic. As a long-term survivor of 24 years and counting, I am constantly exploring ways to Healing touchenhance my physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. And what I’ve found is that touch and physical intimacy can be powerful

A vitamin a day

published: February, 19, 2014 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Alternative Therapies, CATIE, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Treatment, Vitamins - Supplements, Living with HIV

CATIE’s Chatty CATIE column asked four people with HIV to tell them which supplements they swear by.

A vitamin a day

This article previously appeared in The Positive Side, a publication of CATIE, here.  Une version française est disponible ici.  Iris Budd, 67 Guelph, Ontario HIV+: 8 years Volunteer at AIDS Committee of Guelph and Wellington County I am a firm believer in supplements and I know they work for me because of the positive effects they have on my overall health. (Also, I research everything.) I used to take more supplements, but I had to cut back severely for financial reasons, so now I d

Take complementary and alternative medicines?

published: December, 11, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Alternative Therapies, Research, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

A survey is looking for people living with HIV in Ontario to investigate the usage of complementary and alternative medicine. Want to help?

Take complementary and alternative medicines?

If you are a person living with HIV who takes complementary and alternative medicine, then your experience and opinion is important to a research study. To be eligible to participate, you must: Be on anti-HIV medication for more than 6 months Have undetectable viral load Be taking/ using some form of complementary and alternative medicine for more than 3 months Be at least 18 years of age Be able and willing to sign a consent form Not be pregnant Not be Hep C positive The

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