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The Pierrot necklace

published: February, 08, 2018 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Aging, Social Media, Gay Men, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Félix Garmendía

New York guy Félix Garmendía: "Thanks to Pierrot, I am reminded that there is STILL beauty and blessings in my life, here in this wonderful and magical place called New York City."

The Pierrot necklace

When I started studying my undergraduate degree in theater at the University of Puerto Rico, I fell in love with a sad character from 17th century France. I ran into my first “Pierrot,” one day taking a leisurely walk on the historic Old San Juan. Jewelry has always fascinated me, as a child I remember playing with my parent’s rings. It was a lazy balmy afternoon in 1980, when I decided to take the bus to the historic Old San Juan area. Once there, I went into a very pretty jewelry/ a

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

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

Taking multiple Rx drugs raises risks for aging adults with and without HIV

published: February, 02, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Research, Health, International , Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Media

From Yale News, Ziba Kashef reports on a Yale-led study examining the effects of polypharmacy on people living with or without HIV.

Taking multiple Rx drugs raises risks for aging adults with and without HIV

(© stock.adobe.com) Taking five or more prescription medications increases the risk of hospitalization and death in older adults infected with HIV and comparable adults without HIV. The findings of this Yale-led study highlight the potential risks of prescribing additional drugs to patients with multiple medical conditions. The research was published online in the journal AIDS. The use of multiple medications is known as polypharmacy, a common concern due to clearly established increased

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

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

Study links gut-homing protein levels with HIV infection risk, disease progression

published: January, 30, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Health, Research, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

From the National Institutes of Health: NIH clinical trial is testing antibody against the protein in people with HIV.

Study links gut-homing protein levels with HIV infection risk, disease progression

For the first time, scientists have shown a relationship between the proportion of key immune cells that display high levels of a gut-homing protein called alpha-4 beta-7 at the time of HIV infection and health outcomes. Previous research illustrated this relationship in monkeys infected with a simian form of HIV. The new study found that women who had more CD4+ T cells displaying high levels of alpha-4 beta-7 on their surface were more likely to become infected with HIV, and the virus damage

Women with HIV less likely to receive recommended treatments for gynaecologic cancers

published: January, 29, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Media

Toxicity and patient factors were the main reasons why women did not receive treatment recommended in guidelines.From AIDSmap, Michael Carter reports.

Women with HIV less likely to receive recommended treatments for gynaecologic cancers

The majority of HIV-positive women diagnosed with gynaecological cancer do not receive treatment recommended by cancer guidelines, according to research conducted in the United States and published in AIDS. Women whose care did not match guideline standards had poorer survival compared to women who received the recommended care. Toxicity and patient factors were the main reasons why women did not receive treatment recommended in guidelines. “To our knowledge, there is no case series de

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

French study confirms the safety and effectiveness of varenicline for HIV-positive smokers

published: January, 25, 2018 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Research, Health, International , CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Smoking Cessation , Media

Varenicline (combined with counselling) can clearly help some HIV-positive people to quit smoking. From CATIE, Sean R. Hosein reports.

French study confirms the safety and effectiveness of varenicline for HIV-positive smokers

- People living with HIV are known to be at increased risk for smoking-related illnesses. - Researchers find varenicline safe and effective at helping people with HIV quit smoking. - Cessation counsellors who are infectious disease specialists have higher quit rates. The widespread use of potent HIV treatment (ART) has led to improved measures of health and near-normal life expectancy for many people with HIV in Canada and other high-income countries. However, studies have found that ART us

Faster action on adherence is needed after viral load becomes detectable, researchers warn global treatment programmes

published: January, 24, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Newly Diagnosed, Research, Health, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

“Our results show that any detectable viral load between 51 and 999 copies per ml leads to poorer treatment outcomes than successful virological suppression of less than 50 copies per ml,” write the investigators. From AIDSmap, Keith Alcorn reports.

Faster action on adherence is needed after viral load becomes detectable, researchers warn global treatment programmes

Low-level HIV viral load, above the limit of detection, is an important warning signal for future treatment failure and World Health Organization guidelines on spotting treatment failure need to be revised to encourage greater vigilance and swifter action by healthcare providers in lower- and middle-income settings, investigators report in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. The study, carried out by Annemarie Wensing and colleagues at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands and University

For auld lang syne: a letter to HIV-negative me

published: January, 24, 2018 Written by // Isaac D. Joseph Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, General Health, Mental Health, Isaac D. Joseph, Spirituality, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Isaac D. Joseph addresses his former, HIV-negative self: "My beautiful black sheep, be unapologetically proud of who you are..."

For auld lang syne: a letter to HIV-negative me

It has been five years since that day you were attacked and raped and as a result of that rape you were transmitted the HIV virus. On the day you find out that you are HIV-positive you are instantly thrown into a whirlwind of psychological and biological warfare mixed with 24 years of emotional baggage that we should have let go years ago, but nothing fuels a grudge better than anger. Right now you’re probably somewhere in a hotel room, getting high as a Georgia pine, listening to Erykah B

The Diva Flu

published: January, 22, 2018 Written by // Patrick Italo Ettenes Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Aging, Gay Men, General Health, Health, International , Living with HIV, Patrick Italo Ettenes

Patrick Ettenes: "Let’s be frank, none of us are wonderful when sick."

The Diva Flu

Happy 2018 everyone! I trust that everyone had a great New Year celebration without any drama?  I laugh, as of course I didn’t and pushing forward, I will discuss that drama one day in the future, after I’m done pulling the pins out of the voodoo doll that represents the individual (smiling ever so cheeky). So let’s push forward. After my New Year’s I became Ill. The trauma I went through and the partying had a toll on me and of course my body was run down and I became sick. Laying o

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