Current Affairs

Meaningful engagement

published: August, 11, 2017 Written by // Jeff Potts Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Research, Living with HIV, Jeff Potts, Media

Jeff Potts of the Canadian Positive People Network (CPPN) calls for unity among HIV peers as together we plot CPPN's 5-year course. Complete the survey here and help to set CPPN’s future direction.

Meaningful engagement

Like so many, and always with appreciation, humility, and just a little bit of shock (sometimes), I lived well beyond my ‘best before date’. These many years later, I celebrate my life with HIV and my life – period – every single day, trying not to take its extraordinary complexities for granted. I also spend a whole lot of time reflecting on the incredible efforts of the community-based movement which has, over too many decades and in countless ways, made it possible for me, and for s

August 2017 update: Proposed changes in viral load test reporting remain alarming

published: August, 09, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, Current Affairs, Health, Legal, Living with HIV, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Community cries foul to the news that Public Health Ontario wants to send your viral load test results to your local health unit.. Bob Leahy updates the story.

August 2017 update: Proposed changes in viral load test reporting remain alarming

August 9, 2017 Update: this isn't going away. . . . Here is what we heard this week from HALCO (HIV/AIDS Legal Clinic of Ontario). By the way, don't you just love the title of the report - "Public Health Approach to Case Management" that none in our community have even seen? That's us the report is talking about - and how our viral loads are to be managed by local Public Health offices. No thanks, says PositiveLite.com. And GIPA this is not! From HALCO . .  The Ministry of Health and Long-

Have your say about HIV criminalization: complete online survey by Aug 31.

published: August, 08, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, Current Affairs, Research, Legal, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

The Canadian Coalition to Reform HIV Criminalization (CCRHC) seeks your input towards creating a Community Consensus Statement

Have your say about HIV criminalization: complete online survey by Aug 31.

(La version française se trouve ci-dessous.) The Canadian Coalition to Reform HIV Criminalization (CCRHC), which officially launched in October 2016, was founded by a group of Canadians and representatives of Canadian organizations compelled to join forces at a national level to progressively reform discriminatory and unjust criminal and public health laws and practices that criminalize and regulate people living with HIV in relation to HIV exposure, transmission and non-disclosure in Canada

In Venezuela, a once-leading AIDS program lies in ruins

published: August, 02, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Current Affairs, General Health, Health, International , Treatment, Media, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

More than a decade ago, the country was lauded for its treatment program. Now, Venezuela is years into a political and economic crisis. From The Globe and Mail, Alejandro Cegarra reports

In Venezuela, a once-leading AIDS program lies in ruins

Juan Coronel had HIV for years, he told me, but by the time he was sick enough to need anti-retrovirals, Venezuela’s HIV/AIDS program was chronically short of medications. He died on June 19.  Photo: Alejandro Cegarra To read the complete article by Alejandro Cegarra, visit The Globe and Mail, here. Juan Coronel was so thin that his kneecaps jutted out like tent poles in his sweatpants. He was 39 when I met him a few weeks ago, with reddish-brown hair that clung to his scalp like a

International study of gay couples reports no transmissions from an HIV-positive partner on treatment

published: July, 27, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, International AIDS Conference , As Prevention , Activism, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Research, Sexual Health, Health, Treatment, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap, Gus Cairns reports on evidence from the Opposites Attract study that was presented this week at #IAS2017 in Paris.

International study of gay couples reports no transmissions from an HIV-positive partner on treatment

Image from Opposites Attract study: www.oppositesattract.net.au A study of 343 gay couples, where one partner had HIV and the other did not, has not found a single case of HIV transmission in 16,889 acts of condomless anal sex, the 9th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2017) in Paris, France, was told today. The Opposites Attract study looked at whether HIV is transmitted between gay male couples of different HIV status when the HIV positive partner is on treatment

A Canada-led international Indigenous initiative towards global HIV, TB and Hep C targets

published: July, 27, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Social Media, Conferences, Activism, Current Affairs, Features and Interviews, International , Legal, Living with HIV, Media, Population Specific , Rob Olver - Editor

Rob Olver in conversation with Ken Clement, CEO of the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN)

A Canada-led international Indigenous initiative towards global HIV, TB and Hep C targets

At AIDS2016, in Durban, South Africa, Canadian Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott made a commitment to strengthen the consultative process with Canada’s marginalized indigenous communities. As a result of that promise, on July 10-12 of this year the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) brought together indigenous leaders and stakeholders from 14 countries to to share promising practices that highlight progress towards achieving global HIV, TB, and hepatitis C targets in Indigenous com

African Union endorses major new initiatives to end AIDS.

published: July, 26, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Current Affairs, Sexual Health, Health, International , Smoking Cessation , Media, Population Specific , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Western and Central Africa catch-up plan and the community health worker initiative hailed as important next steps in halting the spread of HIV in Africa. From UNAIDS, this report.

African Union endorses major new initiatives to end AIDS.

Geneva, Addis Ababa, 3 July 2017—African heads of state have endorsed two major new initiatives to help end AIDS by 2030. The community health workers initiative aims to recruit, train and deploy 2 million community health workers across Africa by 2020. The western and central Africa catch-up plan aims to rapidly accelerate access to HIV treatment in the region and close the gap in access between African regions. The initiatives were endorsed at the AIDS Watch Africa Heads of State and Gov

World on track to reach the 90-90-90 targets for HIV treatment by 2020

published: July, 25, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Current Affairs, Mental Health, Research, Sexual Health, Health, International , Treatment, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

The world has passed a tipping point in progress towards the 90-90-90 targets, according to UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé. From AIDSmap, Keith Alcorn reports.

World on track to reach the 90-90-90 targets for HIV treatment by 2020

The world is on track to reach to reach global targets for reducing AIDS deaths and HIV treatment access by 2020, but some regions of the world risk falling further behind due to lack of political commitment, UNAIDS announced in the run-up to the 9th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science, which opened today in Paris. More than half of all people living with HIV (53%) now have access to HIV treatment and AIDS-related deaths have almost halved since 2005, UNAIDS reports in Endi

Us and them

published: July, 21, 2017 Written by // Michael Yoder Categories // Social Media, Aging, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Mental Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Media, Michael Yoder

Michael Yoder: "Unfortunately, we're all too human and we're all too convinced that we are separate from each other and everything else in the Universe."

Us and them

"If you understand, things are just as they are... If you do not understand, things are just as they are..."  Anonymous Something's been bothering me for a while now and I wanted to write about it, but couldn't put my finger on it until just the other day. What's been bothering me is how factions are appearing everywhere - Black Lives Matter, U=U, Politics and Pride parades, anger at just about everything and separation from each other. My little "aha" moment was that all this is about dual

U=U

published: July, 20, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Youth, General Health, Current Affairs, Mental Health, Women, Treatment, Media, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

From CATIE's Positive Side: It means different things to different people but the science is clear and it's reason to celebrate.

U=U

The evidence is in: If you are HIV+, take treatment and maintain an undetectable viral load, you can have sex knowing that you won’t pass HIV to your sex partner. In short, when HIV is undetectable, it’s untransmittable. How can I make this work for me? You can make this HIV prevention strategy work for you by taking your HIV treatment as prescribed and seeing your healthcare provider regularly. Your ongoing healthcare should include blood tests to check your viral load and ensure that

US: advocates launch consensus statement on HIV “Treatment as Prevention” in criminal law reform

published: July, 20, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Women, International , Legal, Media, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From the HIV Justice Network, this report on how the ‘Undetectable = Untransmittable’ campaign might best be understood to impact HIV criminalization advocacy.

US: advocates launch consensus statement on HIV “Treatment as Prevention” in criminal law reform

Yesterday saw the launch of a Consensus Statement on HIV “Treatment as Prevention” in Criminal Law Reform, to provide guidance for efforts to reform or “modernize” HIV-specific laws across the United States. The concern, as highlighted by Charles King, President and Chief Executive Officer, Housing Works, Inc, is that if HIV criminalisation reform focuses soley on changing laws so that those who are virally suppressed are not considered ‘a risk’ that this approach will not addres

Embracing a broader population, not erasing AIDS: government official, living with HIV, reflects on the name change to 'HIV.gov'

published: July, 19, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, International , Media, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From TheBody.com, JD Davids interviews Richard Wolitski, Ph.D., director of the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Embracing a broader population, not erasing AIDS: government official, living with HIV, reflects on the name change to 'HIV.gov'

To read the complete article by J. D. Davids visit TheBody.com, here. Last year, eight million people went to AIDS.gov to find information about, well, HIV/AIDS. But from this point forward, those millions and more will instead find themselves at HIV.gov. After years of planning, the central United States government website on HIV/AIDS has changed its name to reflect the changes of the fourth decade of the epidemic, when people with HIV who receive effective treatment can expect a near-nor

When will justice department announce new approach to prosecuting cases of HIV non-disclosure?

published: July, 17, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Current Affairs, Women, Legal, Media, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Critics say that recent conviction of Indigenous woman is further proof that the use of sexual assault laws in cases of HIV non-disclosure continue to criminalize marginalized people and women of colour

When will justice department announce new approach to prosecuting cases of HIV non-disclosure?

Tanja-Tiziana This article by Alex McClelland previously appeared in NOW Magazine, here. An Indigenous woman with HIV has had her appeal on an aggravated sexual assault conviction dismissed by the Manitoba Court of Appeal. The decision handed down on June 29 comes as a blow to the growing movement of lawyers and human rights advocates pushing to change laws that they say criminalize people with HIV, in particular vulnerable women.  Activists have been calling for a moratorium on all n

What's at stake

published: July, 14, 2017 Written by // Michael Bouldin Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Health, International , Legal, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Michael Bouldin

"What will be considerably more difficult to restore is something ineffable, intangible, that rests at the heart of America not as a place but as an idea." From NYC, Michael Bouldin on the potential impact of the Trump debacle.

What's at stake

The U.S. Capitol – the People's House Forget for a moment, if you can, about the daily assault on our civil rights as Americans. Forget, if you can, that this administration wants to take healthcare away from twenty-four million of our fellow Americans. Forget, if you can, the trillion dollar tax cut giveaway to the richest and most powerful among us.  Because these things we can claw back in time, in fact, I’m certain we will, and that is provided many of these atrocities even become l

Ontario proposes creation of OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare Program.

published: July, 14, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Youth, General Health, Current Affairs, Mental Health, Sexual Health, Health, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Proposed Amendments to Ontario Regulation 201/96 made under the Ontario Drug Benefit Act

Ontario proposes creation of OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare Program.

Ontario's Regulatory Registry Regulation - LGIC Proposed Amendments to Ontario Regulation 201/96 made under the Ontario Drug Benefit Act Regulation Number(s): O. Reg. 201/96 Bill or Act: Ontario Drug Benefit Act  Summary of Proposal: As part of the 2017 Budget and the government's ongoing commitment to provide better and faster access to high-quality health services, Ontario is proposing to create OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare Program. Under the program, the province would, as

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