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World Health Organization urges scale-up of HIV self-testing

published: December, 30, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Current Affairs, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

WHO hopes to increase testing rates in men, adolescents, men who have sex with men and other key populations.as AIDSmap.com's Roger Pebody reports.

World Health Organization urges scale-up of HIV self-testing

HIV self-testing (sometimes called ‘home testing’) should be offered as an additional approach to HIV testing services, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends in new guidelines issued today. HIV self-testing “represents another step in line with efforts to increase patient autonomy, decentralize services and create demand for HIV testing among those unreached by existing services,” say WHO. They hope that it may increase testing rates in men, adolescents, men who have se

Beating HIV stigma in Uganda with Love to Love Organization

published: December, 30, 2016 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Arts and Entertainment, Current Affairs, Youth, Mental Health, Features and Interviews, Photography, Health, Music, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Rob Olver - Editor

"We provide and advocate for the rights of the innocent children who are orphaned and vulnerable and youth who we believe deserve love, care and support." William Matovu of Love to Love Organization tells his story

Beating HIV stigma in Uganda with Love to Love Organization

One of the things that delights me most in my work with PositiveLite.com is the window it allows me onto a worldwide community that affords me boundless uplift and inspiration. Recently I was privileged to make contact online with William Matovu, a young HIV activist working at Love to Love Organization, which supports orphans and children living with HIV in Uganda.  "We provide and advocate for the rights of the innocent children who are orphaned and vulnerable and youth who we believe des

Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA) report says philanthropic AIDS funding point highest since 2008

published: December, 29, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, Current Affairs, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Global philanthropic funding up to $663 million but more resources, broader engagement needed to end epidemic

Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA) report says philanthropic AIDS funding point highest since 2008

Washington, D.C., December 5, 2016 – Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA), the leading voice on philanthropic resources for the global AIDS epidemic, today released its 14th annual Philanthropic Support to Address HIV/AIDS report. This year’s findings indicate that global philanthropic funding to fight the epidemic increased 10 percent from 2014, reaching $663 million, the highest level of funding since 2008. “Although the increase in philanthropic funding is encouraging, there is st

The UK’s largest sexual health clinic saw a 40 percent drop in new HIV infections this year

published: December, 29, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Current Affairs, Health, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

AIDSmap reports: PrEP and immediate treatment probably both contributing, doctors say

The UK’s largest sexual health clinic saw a 40 percent drop in new HIV infections this year

The clinic at 56 Dean Street in Soho, central London, the largest sexual health clinic in the UK, saw an unprecedented 40% drop in new HIV diagnoses this year. A press release from the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, which runs Dean Street, said that in the period between January and November 2016, the clinic diagnosed 373 new HIV infections. In the same period in 2015, they diagnosed 626 – a fall of 40.4%. The Dean Street clinic accounts for one in nine HIV diagnoses in the UK and one

Donald J. Trump: An HIV-Positive Born-Again Christian’s Perspective

published: December, 27, 2016 Written by // Joshua Middleton Categories // Social Media, Activism, Current Affairs, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Joshua Middleton

Joshua Middleton: "Christians have put nation before kingdom, and that is a big reason why Trump will be our 45th president."

Donald J. Trump: An HIV-Positive Born-Again Christian’s Perspective

It’s now well known across the world that the United States recently elected Donald J. Trump to be its 45th president. Emotions are running high, not only within the HIV community, but also within communities across the globe, as we grapple what the future holds for our country. His presidency came as a surprise to many, especially in light of polls that overwhelmingly favored his opponent, democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, as the projected winner. I’ll be the first to say that Trump wa

Long term decline in consistent condom use among Australian gay men

published: December, 23, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Roger Pebody of AIDSmap.com reports on changing prevention strategies among gay men in Australia as reflected in the Australian Gay Community Periodic Surveys.

Long term decline in consistent condom use among Australian gay men

Data from the last ten years of the Australian Gay Community Periodic Surveys shows a steady decline in consistent condom use, with more gay men attempting to minimize their risk by serosorting or by having an undetectable viral load. While HIV-positive men appear to be increasingly confident in their low risk of HIV transmission, it is not clear that HIV-negative men have fully embraced the impact of antiretrovirals on HIV prevention. “Our report highlights the urgent need for HIV preven

Lifegiving gifts

published: December, 20, 2016 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Community Events, Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Current Affairs, General Health, Mental Health, Health, Sexual Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Alex Sparrowhawk

From the U.K., Alex Sparrowhawk says, "... perhaps the best gift of all would be to share our knowledge and spirit with one another."

Lifegiving gifts

During another successful National HIV Testing Week I’ve spoken to a lot of different people about my own experiences of testing, and the one test that altered my life forever. I’m now seven years into my journey with HIV and with World AIDS Day 2016 approaching I’ve been thinking about the remarkable changes that have happened during that time. Seven years ago I was told I would need to start medication immediately, I was diagnosed ‘late’ and even though it was only five or six mon

NHS England announces major new PrEP trial for 2017

published: December, 16, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

For AIDSmap.com, Gus Cairns and Roger Pebody report: previous funding increased fivefold, but trial still depends on drug price deal

NHS England announces major new PrEP trial for 2017

NHS England, in collaboration with Public Health England, has announced in a press release today that a major new implementation trial of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) will start next year. It is planned to enrol at least twice as many as previously anticipated and the funding announced is five times higher than the money for a trial originally announced in March this year. NHS England says that the three-year trial will start in “early financial year 2017/18”, which implies next A

World AIDS Day; Normalizing the conversation

published: December, 16, 2016 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // Social Media, Community Events, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Gay Men, Spirituality, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Louis "Kengi" Carr

Our L. A. correspondent Kengi on a Black church World AIDS Day event like nothing he's ever witnessed; Honoring those we've lost by focusing on how we can help those living with HIV.

World AIDS Day; Normalizing the conversation

I must be honest and say that I normally skip Word AIDS Day events because they all tend to be too sad and if I’m going to be honest, they also tend to be very boring. Maybe this is because I’m an activist and I hear the information all the time. It certainly isn’t because I don’t care. I just think there are far better ways to honor those we’ve lost than by crying, marching and lighting candles. This year my friend Donta asked me if I would cover (photograph) a World AIDS Day event

Chemsex and slamming “suffused with romantic, emotional and communal attachments”

published: December, 15, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, Research, Sexual Health, International , Living with HIV, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap.com, Roger Pebody reports on French research suggesting that many young gay men’s practices of drug use are entangled with the search for love.

Chemsex and slamming “suffused with romantic, emotional and communal attachments”

While gay men’s use of drugs in sexual contexts is often portrayed as deviant, extreme and unconnected with the sentimental norms of stable relationships, ethnographic research in France suggests that many young gay men’s practices of drug use are entangled with the search for love and a willingness to build emotional bonds with other men. “The suffering and loneliness that follow romantic breakups can trigger uncontrolled drug use while feelings of ‘love fusion’ between ‘slam

The Compassionate Truce of Tim Murphy’s Novel ‘Christodora’

published: December, 13, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Mark S. King

"I spent most of my time reading Christodora in a reverie, spellbound by its intimacy and its characters," says Mark S. King.

The Compassionate Truce of Tim Murphy’s Novel ‘Christodora’

In the towering new novel Christodora, author Tim Murphy (below right) harnesses decades of personal and professional experience as an HIV journalist into a story that sweeps back and forth between the last several decades and beyond. It has the scope of great literature, but Christodora is also a deeply personal chronicle from a man who knows his terrain. The book’s namesake is a century-old apartment building in New York City’s East Village, silently weathering the indignities of t

Meet Jorge: He's undetectable and uninfectious.

published: December, 13, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Treatment, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From Ontario's The Gilbert Centre, George G. P. Tesseris shares the good news about having an undetectable viral load.

Meet Jorge: He's undetectable and uninfectious.

Hi, I’m Jorge. I am a healthy HIV-positive man living happily in Barrie since my diagnosis ten years ago. The profile pic I chose symbolizes the state of HIV stigma today. I would like to share my identity with you but since I have publicity shy family members, I felt the need to keep it private. (George subsequently agreed to use his real name.)  That really sucks. Yet there is an explosion of stars in the photo and they represent an explosion of good news. Medical science is working mir

The science-based U=U message is everywhere - but some aren’t biting.

published: December, 12, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Features and Interviews, Health, International , Treatment, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy: Are organizations passing up on the chance to end HIV stigma and inform people living with HIV who are durably undetectable that they can’t transmit the virus? What people are saying

The science-based U=U message is everywhere - but some aren’t biting.

The images accompanying this article are from campaigns around the world informing people living with HIV that if their viral load is durably suppressed, they can not transmit the virus to others. There were no Canadian images used because no such campaigns exist in Canada.  It’s getting heated People living with HIV have never played a greater part in designing and implementing prevention messaging. In just a few months, the U = U message from the Prevention Access Campaign, arguably the

SERO Project releases new short film on HIV criminalization

published: December, 08, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, Movies, Arts and Entertainment, International , Legal, Living with HIV, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

"HIV Criminalization: Masking Fear and Discrimination", a new documentary short film to raise awareness of the continued criminalization of people living with HIV.

SERO Project releases new short film on HIV criminalization

November 28, 2016 -- In conjunction with World AIDS Day on December 1, the SERO Project announced the release of its new documentary short film, HIV Criminalization: Masking Fear and Discrimination. The short film furthers SERO Project’s goal to raise awareness of the continued criminalization of people living with HIV.  “As HIV activists, HIV criminalization is a defining moral issue of our time,” said SERO Project executive director Sean Strub (above). “State statutes throughout

PositiveLite.com wins “Best Canadian HIV Website” award for fourth year in a row.

published: December, 05, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, International , Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Once again PositiveLite.com takes its place among the best on the continent

PositiveLite.com wins “Best Canadian HIV Website” award for fourth year in a row.

PositiveLite.com is honoured to be named “Best Canadian HIV Website” for the fourth year running. Healthline, a major US consumer health information provider with over 40 million visitors per month and offices in New York and San Francisco has included PositiveLite.com in its list of the 27 Most Influential Voices in HIV/AIDS for 2016. PositiveLite.com was the only Canadian voice to be so honoured. As the Healthline website says, “Every year, we commemorate World AIDS Day by honoring th

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