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Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for April: circles within circles.

published: April, 06, 2017 Written by // Ed Wolf Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, General Health, Mental Health, Health, Ed Wolf, Spirituality, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Ed Wolf: "There’s always something you can do, no matter how terrible the moment."

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for April: circles within circles.

Day 30. Honoring Our Experience I’ve headed north for a weekend retreat called “Honoring Our Experience.” It’s going to be three days with many others who survived the early days of the AIDS epidemic, men and women, HIV positive and negative, long term survivors and those who’ve recently seroconverted. I’m looking forward to circling with others who’ve survived great hardship and continue to do so. I’m hoping some of the awfulness I feel about Trump will be lessened, at least

Investigating late HIV diagnoses as serious incidents may spur change across the health system.

published: April, 05, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, As Prevention , General Health, Newly Diagnosed, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Media, Opinion Pieces

From AIDSmap, Roger Pebody on a report by public health officials and clinicians on a novel strategy to reduce very late HIV diagnosis in high-prevalence areas.

Investigating late HIV diagnoses as serious incidents may spur change across the health system.

Investigating cases of very late HIV diagnosis through the NHS’ serious incident reporting process allows identification of the reasons for late diagnosis and provides an impetus for initiatives to address them, public health officials and clinicians report in the March issue of the Journal of Public Health. In 2015 in the UK, 39% of adults were diagnosed with HIV infection at a late stage (below 350 CD4 cells/mm3) and 21% at a very late stage (below 200 CD4 cells/mm3). Late diagnosis of

Daily cannabis use has no negative Impact on HIV treatment

published: April, 04, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Alternative Therapies, Research, Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors

From Culture Magazine, this report on the ACCESS study, which monitored cannabis use among HIV patients.

Daily cannabis use has no negative Impact on HIV treatment

This article previously appeared at Culture Magazine, here. Daily cannabis use has little or no impact on HIV clinical outcomes, according to new research. A study was published in The International Journal of Drug Policy which suggests that heavy cannabis use does not pose a threat to those who are on HIV medications. Data was derived from the ACCESS study, which monitored drug use among HIV patients. Between 2005 and 2015, 874 HIV positive patients in Vancouver, Canada were observed b

Legalisation of sex work associated with lower prevalence of HIV in sex workers

published: April, 03, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Women, Sexual Health, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Legal, Guest Authors, Media

From AIDSmap, Roger Pebody reports on a study suggesting that legalization of some aspects of sex work might help reduce HIV prevalence in this high-risk group.

Legalisation of sex work associated with lower prevalence of HIV in sex workers

Countries that have legalized some aspects of sex work have fewer sex workers living with HIV than countries that criminalize all aspects of sex work, according to an ecological analysis of 27 European countries published online ahead of print in The Lancet HIV. The association remained statistically significant after adjustment for countries’ economic development, HIV prevalence, antiretroviral therapy coverage and proportion of sex workers who inject drugs. “Our findings suggest th

HIV diagnosis in Nairobi, Kenya, a personal account.

published: April, 03, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Kimutai Kemboi, International , Living with HIV, Media

Kimutai Kemboi shares the story of his HIV journey, from diagnosis up to now.

HIV diagnosis in Nairobi, Kenya, a personal account.

It was in November 2015, a day which will remain memorable in my life as long as I am on this earth. At around 11am, as I stepped out of a friend's house, heading to where I was staying, I heard loud music coming out from a big roadshow truck next to the stage where I was to board a matatu. I had to retreat for a while to see what the soothing music was all about.  As the truck approached, the music sounded louder and louder as the Dj did the mixes from one song to another. I was obsessed to

HIV: prosecution or prevention? HIV is not a crime

published: March, 31, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Youth, Women, International , Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

From POZ, an excerpt from Sean Strub's book, The War on Sex, edited by David M. Halperin and Trevor Hoppe.

HIV: prosecution or prevention? HIV is not a crime

This excerpt from Sean Strub's book, The War on Sex previously appeared at POZ, here. Iowan Nick Rhoades is HIV-positive and has had an undetectable viral load for many years, making it virtually impossible for him to sexually transmit the virus. When he had sex with a man he met online in 2008, he also used a condom. Despite these protective measures, Rhoades was prosecuted and convicted for not disclosing his HIV status to his partner before they had sex. He was sentenced to 25 years i

A day in the life of an anxious and depressed HIV advocate

published: March, 30, 2017 Written by // Joshua Middleton Categories // Social Media, Mental Health, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Joshua Middleton

Josh Middleton: "I'm simply Josh. An advocate who lives with HIV, depression and anxiety. Nothing more, nothing less."

A day in the life of an anxious and depressed HIV advocate

The days pass by and the voices inside my head seem to grow louder and louder. Is my advocacy really making a difference? Am I doing enough? Does anybody really care? You read the title right. It wasn't a typo, and I didn't misspeak. This is a brief look into my life as an HIV advocate who battles anxiety and depression. I've spoken about mental health before, and while many times I speak from a "third-person perspective," today, I would like to speak from a "first-person perspective." That

HIV’s milder cousin may be less mild than previously thought

published: March, 29, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, International AIDS Conference , Social Media, Conferences, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Research, Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Media

Gus Cairns: Seventy per cent of people with HIV-2 progress to AIDS within 20 years

HIV’s milder cousin may be less mild than previously thought

HIV-2’s virulence may have been underestimated and although progression to AIDS  and death in HIV-2 infection was slower than with HIV-1, it was the rule rather than the exception, new research from West Africa presented at last month's Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2017) indicates. HIV-2 crossed over into human beings from the sooty mangabey monkey, rather than from chimpanzees and gorillas like HIV-1. Its entry into humans probably precedes that of HIV

Just call it what it is: Trump colluded – and is colluding –with a hostile foreign power: Russia.

published: March, 28, 2017 Written by // Michael Bouldin Categories // Social Media, Activism, Current Affairs, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Michael Bouldin

Michael Bouldin in NYC: "Donald Trump is in some form we don’t know yet a Russian asset."

Just call it what it is: Trump colluded – and is colluding –with a hostile foreign power: Russia.

This is really a basic case of Occam’s Razor: why exactly is every single top administration or Trump campaign member lying about contacts to Russia before and after the election? Most likely because they have something to hide, and what might that be? Why did the now-Attorney General of the United States give false and misleading statements under oath pertaining to his interactions with Russian officials? What credible explanation is there for that? Jeff Sessions is a former Senator and

The irony of aging: the HIV/AIDS seniors conference

published: March, 27, 2017 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Social Media, Aging, Gay Men, Conferences, Upcoming Events, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Mark S. King

Mark S. King reports on the upcoming HIV/AIDS Seniors Conference in Fort Lauderdale and has his fridge raided by Nelson Vergel.

The irony of aging: the HIV/AIDS seniors conference

Thirty-two years ago this month, I received a phone call from a nurse at my doctor’s office telling me that I had tested HIV positive. We didn’t schedule a follow-up visit or begin a treatment plan, because there wasn’t a single medication approved for the virus, which had only been identified the previous year. The story of those times is achingly familiar to many of us. I lived in two-year increments, waiting for whatever illness would signal the beginning of my decline. I spent a lot

Where is the vision for HIV community leadership in tumultuous times?

published: March, 24, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

From TheBody.com, Andrew Spieldenner, Ph.D.: " I am a gay man of color openly living with HIV, and I no longer see a place for my kind of leadership in HIV agencies."

Where is the vision for HIV community leadership in tumultuous times?

We are in tumultuous times. Just a few years ago, President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton were talking the "end of AIDS" and a few governors even advanced plans to address that lofty goal. Today, we wonder whether at the end of this year we still will have access to the health care we need as people living with HIV. Our representative organizations are largely silent, tense, waiting to see what will happen.  For decades, non-profit organizations were a loud voice in politics and advoc

The importance of staying busy

published: March, 23, 2017 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Aging, Gay Men, Mental Health, Photography, Pets, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Louis "Kengi" Carr

Our L.A. correspondent Kengi deals with bereavement and stress by keeping busy - and does some great work in the process.

The importance of staying busy

I’m sitting down to write this post, because on those rare occasions when escaping with my camera for a photography excursion doesn’t seem to work, I then try to relax, calm and center myself by writing. As a backup, I have my candle burning, I really love a nicely scented candle. Damn, if I had some sage this would be perfect. I’m sipping my hot tea and my little Daisy has pulled her blanket off the sofa, placing it right next to my work space. She’s the dog that loves to be close to

Studies look at brain and cognitive changes in people with HIV as they age

published: March, 22, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Aging, Gay Men, Conferences, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Research, Women, Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Media

From AIDSmap, Liz Highleyman reports on several studies looking into the efffects of HIV on brain function.

Studies look at brain and cognitive changes in people with HIV as they age

People with HIV often show persistent signs of cognitive impairment and abnormalities in brain structure despite suppressive antiretroviral therapy (ART), but they do not appear to experience accelerated decline compared to HIV-negative people as they age, according to research presented at the 2017 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) last month in Seattle. HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder remains a poorly-understood co-morbidity in HIV-positive people. Wh

Passing the torch in high style.

published: March, 20, 2017 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Aging, Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, Health, International , Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Félix Garmendía

Félix Garmendía recalls Bill, the man who taught him that self presentation is self celebration -- and that both are important.

Passing the torch in high style.

I used to see him very often in the neighborhood. I didn’t even know his name but there was something about this man that was very pleasant and captivating. My husband, Denis and I used to comment on how handsome and dapper he always appeared. He was a really sharp dresser, a very elegant man with a well-crafted retro sense of fashion. With his linen suits, alligator shoes, ascots, and meticulously crafted handlebar mustache, he was always a sight to behold. Every time he crossed our path,

PrEP – the regulatory pathway and steps to equitable access

published: March, 20, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Health, International , Legal, Treatment, Guest Authors

Not there yet. From CTAC’s Jack Mohr and Gordon Shallard-Brown, a guest post on the steps required to make PrEP affordable and accessible in Canada

PrEP – the regulatory pathway and steps to equitable access

Truvada as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is highly effective at preventing new HIV infections. Despite being approved for use in the USA in 2012, and by Health Canada in February 2016 (after being submitted by the manufacturer, Gilead, in 2015) Canadians who are interested in starting PrEP have been stymied by the length of the regulatory process and the cost involved. So what is that process? Step one of a three step regulatory pathway a drug goes through before being listed on public dru

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