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Media reports of a British HIV cure 'breakthrough' are premature

published: October, 11, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Newly Diagnosed, Research, Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors

From AIDSmap.com, Keith Alcorn reports on the RIVER study and yesterday's clarification.

Media reports of a British HIV cure 'breakthrough' are premature

The Sunday Times yesterday reported that HIV had become undetectable in the blood of one man taking part in the RIVER study, a trial of an intensive treatment regimen designed to test whether it is possible to reduce levels of HIV-infected cells in the bodies of people recently infected with HIV. The researchers hope that the treatment may eradicate HIV infection altogether. The Sunday Times reported that British scientists are on the “brink of an HIV cure”. In fact, the study is

CPPN reacts to controversial PHAC funding changes

published: October, 07, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

In an open letter to the community, the Canadian Positive People’s Network outlines it concerns about the lack of transparency in recently announced funding decisions, the impact of which is still not clear

CPPN reacts to controversial PHAC funding changes

OPEN LETTER In February of this year, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) invited Letters of Intent (LOI) for the HIV and Hepatitis C Community Action Fund (the Fund). PHAC was clear that a total of $26.4 million is available to support the community based response to HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, and related sexually transmitted and blood borne infections (STBBI); projects that are aligned with the priorities and eligibility criteria of the Fund. PHAC was also clear that the process would be

Reports of cuts to funding alarm the Canadian HIV Community

published: October, 06, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, Current Affairs, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

But has the AIDS budget really been cut? And if not, who wins and who loses? Bob Leahy puts the recent announcements regarding funding of HIV and related diseases in focus

Reports of cuts to funding alarm the Canadian HIV Community

Here’s what we know Information has been drifting out in dribs and drabs all week as individual agencies received responses to their letters of intent to apply for funding under a $26.4 million fund falling under federal jurisdiction. The word was that there had been massive cuts to AiDS funding in Canada.  The reality is far more complicated. First here’s what everyone was waiting for. Last night the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), a division of Health Canada, shared this on the

My experience working at this year’s Pride parade in Toronto

published: September, 22, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Pride, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Events, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Guest author Miguel Torres' experience volunteering at Toronto Pride 2016 lays bare the many racial and cultural divides our community suffers, as well as the need for bridges.

My experience working at this year’s Pride parade in Toronto

Please note that this piece was written during September 17 and 18 and is not a response to Toronto Pride's statement of September 20. "In a large number of societies, being brown still means occupying that middle space, on the cusp of whiteness and on the edge of blackness." Kamal Al-Solaylee, Brown. Lead up to the parade I signed up as a volunteer for the recent Pride parade in Toronto two days after the massacre in Orlando. News reports had come out that there were some who feared joinin

Religion + gay sex = guilt?

published: September, 21, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Youth, Current Affairs, Mental Health, Sexual Health, International , Spirituality, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

"Religion has a part to play in society, of that I’m sure. But the relationship between religion and the LGBT community needs to be examined," says FS Magazine's Mark Reed

Religion + gay sex = guilt?

This article by Mark Reed originally appeared in FS Magazine, a publication of GMFA, here.  “As a devout Roman Catholic I know I’m committing a mortal sin which must be confessed. It's difficult to square that with the concept that God made me who I am, what I am, have a divine purpose, and more importantly, isn’t answering my prayers to be free from this sexual self or give this former husband and father a more acceptable outlet.” - Randy, USA via FS porn survey 2016 Last year, th

NASTAD joins global HIV experts: people living with HIV on effective treatment cannot transmit HIV

published: September, 19, 2016 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, Legal, Treatment, Guest Authors

U=U campaign's Bruce Richman: "Until now, there hasn’t been anyone ensuring this life-changing information is communicated clearly and meaningfully to people living with HIV,”

NASTAD joins global HIV experts: people living with HIV on effective treatment cannot transmit HIV

Washington, D.C. Sept 15, 2016: At the United States Conference on AIDS (USCA) this week, NASTAD (National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors) announced its commitment to communicating one of the most ground-breaking developments in the last two decades of the epidemic: people living with HIV on effective antiretroviral therapy (ART) cannot transmit HIV. The announcement, as a sign-on to the Prevention Access Campaign’s consensus statement, reinforces the belief that many h

Common Drug Review recommends public drug plans in Canada reimburse PrEP

published: September, 14, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors

Glenn Betteridge with a PrEP update on another chapter in the promise and perils of Truvada for HIV prevention in Canada

Common Drug Review recommends public drug plans in Canada reimburse PrEP

Background On 26 August 2016, Canada’s national health technology assessment body published its Final Recommendation for Truvada as HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).1 The Canadian Drug Expert Committee (CDEC) recommended that Truvada for HIV PrEP be reimbursed under public drug plans in Canada, subject to two conditions. Truvada, marketed in Canada by Gilead Sciences, is safe and highly effective at preventing HIV-negative people from getting HIV when taken daily, and has been approved

CPPN joins PositiveLite.com in endorsing Prevention Access Campaign’s Undetectable = Uninfectious message

published: September, 13, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Social Media, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, International , Legal, Treatment, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy writes about the growing support in Canada for a science-based grass roots movement which has the potential to empower people living with HIV like never before, reduce stigma and contribute to the fight against criminalization

CPPN joins PositiveLite.com in endorsing Prevention Access Campaign’s Undetectable = Uninfectious message

Call it uninfectious, call it untransmittable. Bottom line is that HIV is not what it used to be. If you maintain an undetectable viral load you are not putting anyone else at risk. You cannot transmit the virus. That science-based conclusion is unusual in that its messenger is, this time, not conventionally funded AIDS organizations but those most affected - people living with HIV, like New York City’s Bruce Richman, a poz gay man whom I interviewed for PositiveLite.com here. He’s the c

Scotiabank AIDS Walk Toronto 2016

published: September, 11, 2016 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // AIDS Walk for Life, Social Media, Community Events, Gay Men, Fundraisers, Current Affairs, Events, John McCullagh

This annual fundraiser took place on Sunday, September 11, 2016, to benefit ACT. Here are some photos of the event.

Scotiabank AIDS Walk Toronto 2016

The ACT team prepare to lead off the Walk In Toronto, 19,000 people are living with HIV, and one person in the city is newly diagnosed every day. The good news, however, is that new diagnoses are going down. The other good news is that treatment advances, new knowledge about the factors that lead to transmission and new prevention technologies allow us to envision a future without HIV. In the meantime, however, care, prevention and support services are still required for those living with, af

Important Change to HIV Testing and Reporting in Ontario

published: September, 09, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Current Affairs, Newly Diagnosed, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors

From HIV and AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO), a bulletin about HIV testing anonymously

 Important Change to HIV Testing and Reporting in Ontario

The reporting regulation under the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA) has changed: the names and contact information of people who test positive for HIV at anonymous testing clinics may not have to be reported to Public Health in Ontario. If you have your initial HIV test at an anonymous testing clinic you may be able to use your positive anonymous HIV test code to have anonymous HIV viral load testing. For more information please visit our website. Anonymous HIV tests are free in O

Canadian civil society groups call for immediate action on opioid over dose crisis

published: September, 08, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Current Affairs, Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network says Canada’s governments must address rising number of overdose deaths

Canadian civil society groups call for immediate action on opioid over dose crisis

August 31, 2016 — On International Overdose Awareness Day, over 70 Canadian civil society organizations have endorsed an urgent call to action addressed to all levels of government, urging politicians to immediately implement five recommendations that will serve as initial steps of a nationwide crisis response to reduce opioid overdose fatalities and injuries across the country. For months, Canadians have been hearing about the rising numbers of deaths resulting from opioid overdose. In Ont

Porn. Sex. XXX - is porn affecting our health?

published: September, 02, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Current Affairs, Youth, Research, Sexual Health, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

With sex education off the classroom agenda, many gay teenagers may have no choice but to learn about sex through porn, but is porn helpful or harmful when it comes to learning about sex by watching porn. For FS Magazine, Stuart Haggas reports.

Porn. Sex. XXX - is porn affecting our health?

This article by Stewart Haggas originally appeared in FS Magazine, a publication of GMFA, here.  It’s perhaps to be expected that previous generations of gay men, when homosexuality was legislated against, had to look beyond obvious channels for information about gay sex and relationships – but what about the gay youth of today? Recently, the Government announced that it wouldn’t be requiring schools to provide Sex and Relationships Education (SRE), despite widespread support for the

Gay activist files federal human rights complaint over blood-donation wait period

published: September, 01, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, General Health, Health, Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors, Media

"If you're going to have a one-year wait, just apply it across the board to everybody or get rid of it entirely."- James Hill, paralegal for Christopher Karas

Gay activist files federal human rights complaint over blood-donation wait period

This article by Shanifa Nasser originally appeared at cbc.ca where you can read the entire piece. A young Toronto-area gay-rights activist has filed a federal human rights complaint challenging Canada's policy requiring gay men to observe a waiting period between having sex and donating blood — just two months after Health Canada reduced the wait from five years to one. The complaint, filed with the Canadian Human Rights Commission by Brampton resident Christopher Karas, 20, says the new

Out in the Cold: The Insurance Reality for People Living with HIV and/or Other Episodic Disabilities - Snapshot of A Roundtable Hosted by CWGHR

published: August, 31, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Conferences, Current Affairs, General Health, Research, Health, Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors

The Episodic Disabilities and Insurance Roundtable, hosted by CWGHR, gave attendees an opportunity to discuss the issues facing people with episodic disabilities in accessing insurance.

Out in the Cold: The Insurance Reality for People Living with HIV and/or Other Episodic Disabilities - Snapshot of A Roundtable Hosted by CWGHR

Picture this typical scenario: Eric works as an account manager for a large Canadian bank, and has been living with HIV for about eight years. For the most part, his health is stable but sometimes, there are periods when he has to take time off from work to recover. Eric has been on and off disability insurance multiple times over the years and it seems like every time he goes back on, he has to go through the exact same process, and get medical forms from his doctor, even though his time off

'That's criminal to me': How Canada is failing to end HIV/AIDS at home

published: August, 30, 2016 Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Youth, Women, Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors, Media

Stigma remains a major problem that discourages people from getting tested. From CBC News, Rob Easton reports.

'That's criminal to me': How Canada is failing to end HIV/AIDS at home

This article by Rob Easton previously appeared at cbc.ca. Read the whole thing here. Two studies released last month show the tools exist to potentially end the more than three-decades-old scourge of HIV/AIDS, but activists and front-line public health workers in Canada say we simply aren't using them effectively. The first study found it's nearly impossible for an HIV-positive person to transmit the virus if they're undergoing effective antiretroviral therapy (ART). The other showed the

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