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As long term survivors we have a duty to educate.

published: September, 05, 2017 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Aging, Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Félix Garmendía

From New York, Félix Garmendía: "The years have filled my heart and mind with stories to tell the new generation of HIV positive people. Stories filled with HOPE, not despair..."

As long term survivors we have a duty to educate.

Today I was thinking about how the face of HIV has changed. I was telling my husband a story that I had long forgotten. In 1989, after 3 years of absolute celibacy, I found myself suddenly in a relationship with an HIV negative man. The terror of HIV loomed everywhere but I decided that, as scary as being tested was, I needed to do it. I tested HIV-positive on December 19, 1989 and had been in my new relationship for less than 3 months. Testing positive in 1989 was pretty much a “death

Who are trans women acquiring HIV from? And are trans women's partners a hidden population?

published: September, 05, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, International AIDS Conference , As Prevention , General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Women, Health, International , Treatment, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Is there a hidden population of heterosexual men who have sex with trans women and who are themselves at high risk of acquiring and transmitting HIV? From AIDSmap, Gus Cairns reports on a study that begs this question and others.

Who are trans women acquiring HIV from? And are trans women's partners a hidden population?

There is a lot we don’t know about trans women’s HIV risk, why they are so vulnerable to HIV and who trans women are acquiring HIV from. A study presented at last month’s 9th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2017) attempted to answer these questions, but in the process uncovered another mystery. This is whether there is a hidden population of heterosexual men who have sex with trans women and who are themselves at high risk of acquiring and transmitting HIV. On

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for September: seventy-seven days after the election.

published: September, 05, 2017 Written by // Ed Wolf Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Ed Wolf, International

Ed Wolf: "What we feared coming is here, but another part of the story has been revealed as well; we have new eyes."

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for September: seventy-seven days after the election.

Day 74. Preparing for Resistance March 1. Orthotics for heel pain 2. Ibuprofen for knee pain 3. Feminist tee shirt (lots to choose from) 4. Sign covered in plastic to use as umbrella 5. Pink hat that is actually orange but the best I could do in a pinch 6. Review of bathrooms along march route: San Francisco Public Library, BART stations, food court in Westfield Centre, Palace Hotel, MacDonald’s at 2nd and Market, Hyatt Regency, countless Starbucks and, last resort, alley on Jessie St

No one should be stigmatized whatsoever! Embrace respect and consider rehabilitation for decent living!

published: September, 04, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Kimutai Kemboi, Women, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Kenyan HIV activist Kimutai Kemboi shares the story of one of his Facebook friends who is a reformed sex worker.

No one should be stigmatized whatsoever! Embrace respect and consider rehabilitation for decent living!

This evening I was privileged to have a conversation with one of my Facebook friends who is a reformed sex worker. We discussed several issues at length and when I asked her if I could share her sentiments. She agreed but requested anonymity, to which I agreed. She said she has been one of my followers but had not found courage to interact with me or share her experience with me. That only lasted till this evening when she got the courage to share with me about her life. This is how the conve

What is “successful aging” for people living with HIV?

published: August, 30, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Aging, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Mental Health, Health, International , Treatment, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap, Roger Pebody reports on a qualitative study by Ontario researchers on HIV, aging and disability.

What is “successful aging” for people living with HIV?

When Canadian researchers asked HIV-positive people over the age of 50 how they would define “successful ageing”, six key themes emerged – accepting limitations, staying positive, maintaining social support, taking responsibility, living a healthy lifestyle, and engaging in meaningful activities. Writing in the International Journal of STD & AIDS, Patricia Solomon and colleagues note the emphasis on individual control. Clinicians and service providers should work with people livin

HIV in Uganda today

published: August, 24, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , African, Caribbean and Black, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Current Affairs, Mental Health, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Keeping love alive in Uganda: guest author William Matovu of Uganda's Love To Love Organization discusses the current state of HIV stigma, treatment and prevention and the challenges faced there.

HIV in Uganda today

Uganda is one of the most under developed countries in Africa, with a population of about 40 million people. There are a number of factors that have led Uganda to lag behind as far as HIV is concerned. I would like to take this great opportunity to talk more about stigma, treatment and prevention in detail. Stigma Due to misinformation about the virus, stigma is rising at a high rate; HIV-positive people are facing a very big challenge in the communities where they live and this has caused

U = U: how well is the message getting through to people living with HIV and their doctors?

published: August, 23, 2017 Written by // T.J. Miller Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Activism, featured, T.J. Miller, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Mental Health, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media

To help answer that question, T.J. Miller initiated a survey of HIV peers and physicians. Here are the results.

U = U: how well is the message getting through to people living with HIV and their doctors?

About two months ago, in anticipation of the upcoming International AIDS Society Conference in Paris, France, along with the United States Conference on AIDS in Washington, DC I decided to attempt a poll of both HIV-positive individuals and healthcare providers who treat HIV-positive clients. The topic of this poll was Undetectable Equals Untransmittable (U=U). In order to reach HIV-positive survey participants, I submitted posts for participants on Facebook to several HIV based groups. Thes

Brenda Musenga and the KUTUSA Ladies: fighting stigma and forging community as they go.

published: August, 22, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , African, Caribbean and Black, featured, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Mental Health, Features and Interviews, Women, Health, Sexual Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Rob Olver - Editor

Robert Olver in conversation with Zambian HIV activist, Brenda Musenga.

Brenda Musenga and the KUTUSA Ladies: fighting stigma and forging community as they go.

Brenda Musenga is a determined woman. I’d had a sense of that already from reading this story by Paul Shalala, about a group of young HIV activists who had adapted Kevin Maloney’s “Rise Up to HIV+” campaign for stigma-busting use in their communities in Zambia. Paul’s story introduced and told a bit about each member of the group and what shone through to me at the time about all of them was their sheer determination not only to thrive in the face of adversity and ostracism, but to

The terrifying crystal meth story I have never told

published: August, 21, 2017 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, General Health, Health, International , Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Media, Mark S. King

Mark S. King shares "one terrifying night during my #Meth #Addiction that I must share to get well."

The terrifying crystal meth story I have never told

When my guard is down, it comes to me. It flashes across my mind, an uninvited assault, sometimes when I am beginning to drift off to sleep or, more cruelly, when my mind is enjoying a pleasant reverie. It is then that the dark memory rushes in like a raid. He lived in a house with nice furnishings. That reassured me when I arrived for the hookup, given that so many of the other crystal meth addicts I encountered were barely holding on to the remnants of their lives. The others might have a s

I'm black, gay and living with HIV

published: August, 21, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From FS Magazine, Maximus Crown writes about his experience of racial prejudice within the gay community.

I'm black, gay and living with HIV

Photo: © Chris Jepson I was born in Nigeria but I became a Londoner long before I was able to read or write, which according to some of my relatives makes me “a black man living in a white man’s world.” I know that this combined with the facts that I identify myself as a homosexual man who also happens to be HIV-positive hasn’t exactly set the scene for the most scar-free rainbow, but I have never given any of my negative experiences influence over how I viewed the world or what I

When you see them, run!!!

published: August, 18, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Kimutai Kemboi, General Health, Health, Sexual Health, International , Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

From Kenya, Kimutai Kemboi writes about the "sponsor" phenomenon and how it feeds into the spread of HIV there..

When you see them, run!!!

'Daniel' as she used to call me, 'you are so young and unfit to be working at such a tender age. You seem to have a potential of doing something better and in this connection, what is that good thing that a person can do for that will change your life forever? ' I had one unchangeable dream and that was to go back to school. That is something I always wished for but no one asked. Her question drew a lot of thoughts in my mind but in the long run, I settled on one decision; that was to open u

The evidence for U=U: why negligible risk is zero risk

published: August, 17, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Activism, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Current Affairs, Research, Health, International , Treatment, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From HIV i-Base, Simon Collins: "Purely theoretical risks are no longer a good enough level of evidence to sustain stigma and discrimination and certainly not criminalisation."

The evidence for U=U: why negligible risk is zero risk

Over the last year, hundreds of HIV organisations have joined a new campaign to endorse the statement that HIV transmission does not occur when viral load is undetectable on ART. And while the dramatic impact of ART on reducing HIV transmission has been known for a long time, it is new to say ART stops transmission completely. This change is especially important given that prejudice and discrimination against HIV positive people is still widespread. So while it is easy to simply answer “n

Incidence of anal cancer has already peaked among HIV-positive gay men; reductions can be achieved with expanded ART coverage and screening

published: August, 17, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, General Health, Research, Health, International , Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap, Michael Carter reports on the first study to predict the incidence of anal cancer in HIV-positive MSM long term, taking into account cART [combination antiretroviral therapy] coverage and individual CD4 cell trajectories.

Incidence of anal cancer has already peaked among HIV-positive gay men; reductions can be achieved with expanded ART coverage and screening

The incidence of anal cancer among HIV-positive gay men peaked in 2009 and will decline substantially by 2030, even with current levels of antiretroviral therapy (ART) coverage and no cancer-screening programme, Swiss investigators report in AIDS. Further significant reductions would be achieved with 100% treatment coverage and various screening strategies. These would be more effective at preventing cases of anal populationcancer than screening for cervical cancer among women in the gener

When an AIDS Service Organization loses its funding how does it survive?

published: August, 16, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Current Affairs, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Guest author Iain Murtagh from the UK updates PositiveLite.com on how fundraising revenues are continuing to keep St. Albans' The Crescent afloat

When an AIDS Service Organization loses its funding how does it survive?

Firstly we must apologise to anyone following our story for the delay in providing an update, it has been three years now since we last published an update.  So much has happened that it is hard to know where to start so I guess we will start with the MBE. That’s right, in 2016 the Crescent was awarded the MBE for voluntary organisations, The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, or QAVS for short.  The assessment procedure is quite lengthy as you might imagine and began with a nominati

Beyond Grindr: racism, fetishisation and reimagining queer black masculinities

published: August, 15, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Gay Men, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From FS Magazine, Otamere Guobadia examines the current state of racism within the LGBTQ community

Beyond Grindr: racism, fetishisation and reimagining queer black masculinities

Report after report and survey after survey demonstrates that for BAME people in LGBTQ communities racism is a near universal experience. While there is enough evidence, both empirical and anecdotal, to back up the claims, very rarely do these reports answer more difficult questions about the nature of this racism. The result is often a very ‘water is wet moment’ for queer people of colour at the heart of the matter, frustrated as to the lack of depth into these investigations, which stop

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