Current Affairs

Patterns of substance use associated with fentanyl exposure in Vancouver

published: March, 12, 2018 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Current Affairs, Health, Research, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Media

From CATIE, Sean R. Hosein reports on a Vancouver study aiming to find out about the degree of exposure to fentanyl among people who use street drugs.

Patterns of substance use associated with fentanyl exposure in Vancouver

- British Columbia researchers analyzed urine samples of 669 people who used street drugs - 15% of all participants had been exposed to the extremely powerful opioid fentanyl - Exposure to fentanyl was higher among those who inject drugs In the past several years, deaths from opioid overdose have increased in Canada and the U.S. In Canada the increase in deaths was initially reported in British Columbia and then spread to neighbouring Alberta and other parts of Canada. British

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

Celebrating International Women's Day with inspiring dolls

published: March, 09, 2018 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Aging, Social Media, Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Women, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Félix Garmendía

Barbie released dolls celebrating diverse leaders for International Women’s Day and New York guy Félix Garmendía says the idea is "absolutely brilliant."

Celebrating International Women's Day with inspiring dolls

I heard yesterday about the new Barbie collection. I am not particularly a toy enthusiast but a friend posted this new Barbie collection on my Facebook page. The reason why my friend posted it on my page is because this new collection, consists of 17 inspiring women. From all the inspiring women chosen, Frida Kahlo, my favorite artist, is one of them. Frida Kahlo and her doll The posting produced a few comments from some of my friends. Very interesting observations that raised questions

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

Some Canadians spending less on food, heating because of prescription drug costs

published: March, 06, 2018 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Current Affairs, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Media

From CATIE, Sean R Hosein reports on a study that examines how the social determinants of health are affectIng patient adherence and outcomes.

Some Canadians spending less on food, heating because of prescription drug costs

- Researchers find 22% of prescription drug spending in Canada is out of pocket - Cost of drugs leaves many Canadians cutting back on medication and essentials - Cost-related non-adherence increases health complications and healthcare burden Canadian public health insurance plans pay for hospital and physician services that are considered medically necessary. However, prescription drugs are another matter. According to a team of researchers at universities in British Columbia and Ontario, t

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

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for March: anchoring for what's coming next.

published: March, 02, 2018 Written by // Ed Wolf Categories // Social Media, Activism, Aging, Gay Men, Current Affairs, International , Ed Wolf, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Ed Wolf asks, "How do we reunite with such hatred, persecution and division occurring across the land?"

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for March: anchoring for what's coming next.

Day 180. Fantasy Potluck On May 9 1865, 152 years ago today, President Andrew Johnson officially declared that the Civil War had ended. By then, well over 700,000 Americans had lost their lives. This morning I’m thinking of the Trump voters in my life and wondering how we’re going to come back together, call a truce, practice amnesty, cross the aisle. How do we reunite with such hatred, persecution and division occurring across the land? Continued accusations and mean-spirited interaction

Beyond donor dollars for health care: how Uganda is thinking outside the box

published: February, 27, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors

From The Conversation, Henry Zakumumpa reports on how Uganda is closing its funding gap for the scale-up of antiretroviral treatment and service delivery

Beyond donor dollars for health care: how Uganda is thinking outside the box

Over the last 15 years, there’s been a rapid increase in the number of patients receiving HIV treatment in sub-Saharan Africa. This has largely depended on foreign aid, particularly from global aid organisations such as the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and The Global Fund. Millions of lives have been saved and the quality of life of those living with HIV has been improved dramatically. In recent years there have been persistent reports of a decline in the amou

Moving in new directions

published: February, 26, 2018 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Media, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Exclusive: the Ontario AIDS Network and its ED Paul Lapierre are parting ways. Bob Leahy asks the OAN “what happened?”

Moving in new directions

The Ontario AIDS Network (OAN) board announced February 22 that Paul Lapierre is no longer the Executive Director of the OAN as “it is now time to move in a new direction”. The announcement followed a period of intense criticism from OAN member organizations, social media and the poz community in particular. Some of that criticism, which PositiveLite.com reported on here, involved omission of U=U messaging from the OAN’s World AIDS Day campaign in favour of more generic messaging. It

HIV prevention: It’s time to stop accepting the status quo, PrEP Summit concludes

published: February, 26, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, International AIDS Conference , As Prevention , Conferences, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Media, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

From AIDSmap, Gus Cairns reports on the PrEP In Europe Summit 2018

HIV prevention: It’s time to stop accepting the status quo, PrEP Summit concludes

The biggest barrier to HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) becoming more available and more widely used is not cost so much as widespread acceptance of the status quo in HIV prevention, the first-ever European PrEP Summit, held in Amsterdam ten days ago, heard. Ignorance – among politicians, among healthcare workers, and among potential users of PrEP – was the main reason Europe lags far behind the USA in PrEP provision, despite there being a possibly more favourable climate in terms of p

HIV and AIDS activism in Africa

published: February, 22, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Health, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

From Posterity Media, Morenike Oluwatoyin Folayan and Morolake Odetoyinbo report on two inspiring case studies in HIV activism.

HIV and AIDS activism in Africa

 A Treatment Action Campaign protest  At the just-concluded 2018 Partners Forum that held from February 13 -15, 2018 at the Crowne Plaza, Johannesburg, South Africa, participants were taken through an Advocacy 001 class. The lecture sounded very much like what advocacy should be – planned, with timelines and targets, adequately funded with measureable targets. Sadly, the history of HIV and AIDS activism in Africa was not such structured campaigns. HIV and AIDS activism evolved out of a d

N.S. court overturns sexual-assault convictions of HIV-positive man who didn’t disclose condition

published: February, 21, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Legal, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

"The sole issue in this case is whether psychological harm said to have been caused by non-disclosure of HIV status vitiates consent to sexual activity. The short answer is no, it does not." The Globe and Mail reports.

N.S. court overturns sexual-assault convictions of HIV-positive man who didn’t disclose condition

Wesley Vandinter/Getty Images To read the complete article, visit the Globe and Mail, here. HALIFAX (CP)  -- Nova Scotia's highest court has overturned the sexual-assault convictions of an HIV-positive former boxer who slept with two women, saying their consent wasn't diminished by the man not disclosing his condition. Claude Thompson was found guilty of sexual-assault causing bodily harm of two women in Antigonish, N.S., and sentenced to 30 months in jail. In a written ruling released Th

Age 60 or over and living with HIV? Have your say!

published: February, 20, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Aging, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Events, Women, Upcoming Events, Health, Research, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

Championing Healthy Public Policy for Older Adults Living with HIV in Canada.

Age 60 or over and living with HIV? Have your say!

Please consider joining Realize for one of three upcoming online consultations on Championing Healthy Public Policy for Older Adults Living with HIV in Canada.  These online consultations are open to people living with HIV, service providers, health professionals, researchers, policy makers and others with a shared interest in these issues. Please consider joining Realize for one of three upcoming online consultations on Championing Healthy Public Policy for Older Adults Living with

HIV treatment is not only a life giver but a life saver.

published: February, 16, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Media, Opinion Pieces

From Uganda, Matovu William's first article as a regular contributor to PositiveLite.com discusses the many benefits of antiretroviral theraoy (ART).

HIV treatment is not only a life giver but a life saver.

According to UNAIDS, there were approximately 36.7 million people worldwide living with HIV/AIDS at the end of 2016. Of these, 2.1 million were children (<15 years old). As of July 2017, 20.9 million people living with HIV were accessing antiretroviral therapy (ART) globally, up from 15.8 million in June 2015, 7.5 million in 2010, and less than one million in 2000. HIV treatment known as Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) is medication which is given to HIV positive people to treat HIV but it do

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