Current Affairs

The joyful struggle

published: February, 13, 2018 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, As Prevention , Youth, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Features and Interviews, Health, Spirituality, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Rob Olver - Editor

William Matovu of Uganda’s Love to Love Organization in conversation with Rob Olver

The joyful struggle

It was not much more than a year ago that I first wrote about Love to Love Organization for PositiveLite.com, having been introduced to their work by my Facebook friend, William Matovu, a young HIV activist working there as an HIV educator and peer advocate.. Suddenly one day there he was on Face Book, with: “This is how it's gonna be... responding to the development of youths and who are less advantaged and orphans by promoting their God given talents."  I liked the attitude and I wanted

GNP+ signs on to U=U, gets warm reaction

published: February, 12, 2018 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Health, International , Treatment, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Fences were being mended as the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) announced last week its full endorsement of the “Undetectable equals Untransmittable” (U=U) campaign. Bob Leahy speaks to the principals.

GNP+ signs on to U=U, gets warm reaction

There have been many milestones in the two year history of U=U. In Canada, think of when CATIE came on board. Elsewhere, think of when U=U burst onto the world stage, quite literally, at IAS2017 in Paris. Or when the CDC embraced the science and said this, "people who take ART daily as prescribed and achieve and maintain an undetectable viral load have effectively no risk of sexually transmitting the virus to an HIV-negative partner." Or when leading U.S. scientist Anthony Fauci said this: "Fr

Generic drugs for HIV treatment may save money, but barriers to prescription make savings elusive

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

Scepticism among healthcare providers, patients and pharmacists about the safety and efficacy of generic medications is an important barrier. From AIDSmap, Keith Alcorn reports.

Generic drugs for HIV treatment may save money, but barriers to prescription make savings elusive

The potential savings from prescribing generic antiretrovirals predicted by economic models may be overstated and numerous barriers need to be overcome to bring down the cost of HIV treatment in higher-income countries, according to the findings of several recently-published analyses. Switching to cheaper generic versions of some antiretrovirals has been proposed as a means of freeing up money to treat more people with HIV in the United States and other higher-income countries where generics

The “village elders” of the HIV community: what’s their role?

published: February, 06, 2018 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, Aging, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Getting old when living with HIV doesn’t always mean early retirement – or even retirement at all - if you can juggle self-care, health and giving back to the community. Bob Leahy reports.

The “village elders” of the HIV community: what’s their role?

What are village elders? In many cultures, the concept of village leaders is well known. Unless one comes from an indigenous community it is a path less well travelled in the HIV community. That’s surprising. Collectively, we have seen a lot of energy devoted to the subject of HIV and aging. Much of that discourse though centres around the impact of HIV and /or HIV treatment and/or the toll of advancing years on our bodies. The dialogue has been less fulsome about the concerns of the elde

Disruptions in PrEP adherence provide insights into intimate partner violence

published: February, 06, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Research, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

Study finds strong links between PrEP disruptions and intimate partner violence in Kenya and Uganda. Combined interventions could be key to improving adherence and linking victims to support services. From Avert.org, Francesca Harrington-Edmans reports.

Disruptions in PrEP adherence provide insights into intimate partner violence

Photo credit: istock/znm People who experience intimate partner violence (IPV) are more likely to miss doses of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), in Kenya and Uganda, according to new findings published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (JAIDS).                                                             The study, which recruited participants from four sites across Uganda and Kenya where PrEP was being offered

Ed Wolf's Journal of the Trump years for February: am I waiting for nothing?

published: February, 05, 2018 Written by // Ed Wolf Categories // Activism, Social Media, Aging, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Mental Health, International , Ed Wolf, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Ed Wolf: "I’m so over all the hoopla about Trump's first 100 days; I’d rather celebrate and acknowledge more important events..."

Ed Wolf's Journal of the Trump years for February: am I waiting for nothing?

Photo of hospital bed from the internet Day 149.  The Big Bed There were times on the AIDS ward, during the worst days of the epidemic, when several patients died on the same day. Broken-hearted lovers and friends and family members would circle the bed and weep as their beloveds departed. There were other days when everyone was well enough to be discharged and live another day. As soon as the bed was available, someone else would be admitted. Sometimes, when there was an empty bed, a docto

It’s time to stop linking ‘loose morals’ to immigrants with HIV

published: February, 05, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Current Affairs, Women, Legal, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Media, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

From The Conversation, guest author Laura Bisaillon on rampant HIV discrimination through the immigration process.

It’s time to stop linking ‘loose morals’ to immigrants with HIV

Are you kidding me? With nearly four decades under our collective belts of global experience working on HIV and AIDS, we are past considering it acceptable to link someone’s health status with their perceived sexual “moral values.” Such were my thoughts after reading and reflecting on an article in The Toronto Star this month: “Decision-maker slammed as ‘Moral Police’ for refusing immigration to HIV-positive man.” I have researched medical inadmissibility decision-making and

An epidemic of bullshit

published: February, 01, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

From Overland, guest author Daniel Reeders: "... messages on sexual health almost invariably focus on sex rather than health."

An epidemic of bullshit

Image credit: Reginald Mount, ‘The easy girlfriend’ (poster), Norwich: Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1943-44. This file comes from Wellcome Images, a website operated by Wellcome Trust, a global charitable foundation based in the United Kingdom. Refer to Wellcome blog post (archive). This article by Daniel Reeders previously appeared at Overland, here. Two or three times a year, there’ll be a major conference on sexual health, or a report released on how many new sexually tr

4 out of 5 gay, bi and men who have sex with men are aware of HIV prevention drug, PrEP

published: February, 01, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

Indigenous, Latino, bisexual and single men less likely to be aware of newly publicly-funded HIV prevention medication

4 out of 5 gay, bi and men who have sex with men are aware of HIV prevention drug, PrEP

(Vancouver, January 31, 2018) A new study shows most of gay, bi, men who have sex with men (MSM) and other MSM, are aware of PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) - an HIV prevention drug recently made available at no charge to British Columbians at risk of HIV - according to the Momentum Health Study at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. “Gay, bisexual, MSM and other MSM in Canada accounted for 56.8% of all new cases of HIV in Canada,” says research scientist, Nathan Lachowsky. “Incre

CATIE expresses condolences and support regarding missing men in Toronto

published: January, 31, 2018 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Media

"CATIE expresses our solidarity with Toronto’s LGBT, South Asian and Middle Eastern communities, and we extend our support to efforts to change the way community concerns are addressed in the future."

CATIE expresses condolences and support regarding missing men in Toronto

The staff and board of directors of CATIE were deeply distressed to learn about the deaths of Selim Esen, Andrew Kinsman, Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Mahmudi and Dean Lisowick. We extend our condolences to the families and friends of the victims and our colleagues at the Toronto HIV/AIDS Network and the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation, where Andrew Kinsman worked and volunteered. We also offer our support for the Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention, which has called for an external review

600 people a week turned away from oversubscribed sexual health clinics at one London NHS trust

published: January, 31, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Newly Diagnosed, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Health, International , Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

Closures have taken place across central London and remaining clinics across the capital are facing unmanageable demands. From the Evening Standard, Eleanor Rose reports.

600 people a week turned away from oversubscribed sexual health clinics at one London NHS trust

Testing: Digital services will allow people to carry out tests at home, but the rollout has been delayed. To read the complete story by Eleanor Rose, visit The Evening Standard, here. Up to 600 people per week are being turned away from oversubscribed sexual health clinics at one of London’s NHS trusts, an expert has warned. Dr Mark Lawton of the British Association of Sexual Health and HIV said the data showing hundreds of people are being turned away from clinic at Guy’s and St Tho

U=U laggards draw fire from the community

published: January, 29, 2018 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Health, Treatment, Media, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

The Global U=U picture is good, but community activists are stepping up the heat on organizations which have been slow to embrace it. Today the spotlight is on Greater than AIDS, GNP+ and in Canada, the Ontario AIDS Network. Bob Leahy reports.

U=U laggards draw fire from the community

This article originallly appeared on January 16, 2018 If 2017 was a good year for many people living with HIV, it was for a simple, three character slogan that seemed to be everywhere. POZ.com, in awarding Undetectable equals Untransmittable, or U=U, the campaign of the year described it as “perhaps the most discussed and rapidly shared message to hit the HIV arena in years”. The Washington Post called it  “the campaign credited with beginning to change public perception of HIV trans

Inclusion and respect – appreciating the role people living with HIV have with our research partners

published: January, 26, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, Current Affairs, Research, International , Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

Please sign this petition calling for GIPA to be acknowledged in HIV research findings

Inclusion and respect – appreciating the role people living with HIV have with our research partners

The partnerships forged between people living with HIV and researchers have been an essential foundation upon which the response to the HIV epidemic has grown and the time has come to reaffirm and recommit to principles of inclusion and respect in the conduct of presenting research findings that impacts on our lives. The early years of the HIV epidemic ushered in a radically different approach to traditional medical and clinical research. Academics and activists held a shared understanding th

The term ‘LGBTI’ confuses desire, behaviour and identity – it’s time for a rethink

published: January, 25, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, International , Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

From The Conversation, Dennis Altman: "Desire, behaviour and identity are distinct, and do not always overlap."

The term ‘LGBTI’ confuses desire, behaviour and identity – it’s time for a rethink

This article by Dennis Altman prevously appeared at The Conversation, here. The rise of sexually transmissible diseases made front-page news in The Age, which tried to make sense of the rise among “gay men” and “heterosexual people”. This illustrates the increasingly common confusion between behaviour and identity. What is involved is sexual contact, or to use the expression common in the early days of the AIDS epidemic, “the exchange of bodily fluids”. Whether people involve

Report highlights the need to clean the conversation around drug use

published: January, 12, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

The report, titled The World Drug PERCEPTION Problem was released on Tuesday by the Global Commission on Drug Policy. From The Globe and Mail, Andrea Woo reports.

Report highlights the need to clean the conversation around drug use

A naloxone anti-overdose kit is shown in Vancouver on Feb. 10, 2017. JONATHAN HAYWARD/THE CANADIAN PRESS To read the complete article by Andrea Woo, visit The Globe and Mail, here. Skewed perceptions of drugs and people who use them negatively affect both health and health care by feeding into harmful prohibitionist policies and sometimes directly affecting clinical care, according to a new international report that aims to counter such prejudices. The report, titled The World Drug PERCEPTI

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