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Then and now... the transition!

published: June, 26, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Kimutai Kemboi, Youth, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Kenya's Kimutai Kemboi: "I am where I am today being whom I am because of opening up, speaking about myself to the people around me."

Then and now... the transition!

I used to hear that situations are not permanent but had not believed it until it happened to me. It has been a long journey but today I confidently say, 'those days'. It was not easy as such but it took a strong heart, believing in myself and keeping a focus on the dreams I had since my childhood! These have been the pillars of my achievement. Sometimes I look at myself and smile, not because I am funny but at how I managed to overcome the situations I was in. Today I am living a free life t

Nationwide service to tackle loneliness and self stigma among people with HIV launched in Scotland

published: June, 26, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Mental Health, Health, International , Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Leading HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust has launched a brand new, Scotland-wide peer support service, to enable people to live well with HIV.

Nationwide service to tackle loneliness and self stigma among people with HIV launched in Scotland

Although advances in medication mean that people with HIV can now live long and healthy lives medically, they still face stigma and discrimination, which can lead to isolation and low self-esteem. Nearly 60 per cent of people with HIV in Scotland have experienced low self-esteem, and a quarter have felt suicidal. [1] Now, Peer Support Scotland, funded by the Big Lottery Fund Scotland, will bring together people living with HIV to share their experiences, knowledge and advice, to support other

The true love story behind Larry Kramer’s novel ‘Faggots’

published: June, 21, 2017 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Social Media, Aging, Activism, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Mark S. King with a fascinating glimpse of activist icon Larry Kramer's softer side.

The true love story behind Larry Kramer’s novel ‘Faggots’

Larry Kramer, Kelsey Louie of GMHC, Mark S. King, and Larry’s husband, David Webster. (Photo: Nathan Perkel) The new POZ Magazine feature article, “Finding Larry Kramer,” tells the behind-the-scenes story of how the iconic activist found his way back to GMHC nearly thirty years after the organization kicked him out for being such a pain in the ass. It is an intimate look at an American hero and lion in winter. I had the pleasure of writing the story, which meant meeting both Larry an

Trump doesn't care about HIV. We're outta here.

published: June, 20, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Youth, Current Affairs, Newly Diagnosed, Mental Health, Women, Health, International , Legal, Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Six members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) have resigned. From Newsweek, Scott A. Schoettes has this report.

Trump doesn't care about HIV. We're outta here.

To read the complete article by Scott A. Schoettes, visit Newsweek, here. Five of my colleagues and I resigned this week from the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). As advocates for people living with HIV, we have dedicated our lives to combating this disease and no longer feel we can do so effectively within the confines of an advisory body to a president who simply does not care. The Trump Administration has no strategy to address the on-going HIV/AIDS epidemic, seeks z

Criminalization of HIV non-disclosure: is the tide turning?

published: June, 19, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Social Media, Conferences, Activism, Current Affairs, Features and Interviews, International , Legal, Media, Rob Olver - Editor

Rob Olver interviews Edwin J. Bernard, Global Co-ordinator of the HIV Justice Network at "Rethinking Justice 2017 Symposium on HIV, Law and Human Rights

Criminalization of HIV non-disclosure: is the tide turning?

One of the things that made the “Rethinking Justice: 2017 Symposium on HIV, Law and Human Rights” a “must-attend” for me was the presence of Edwin J. Bernard, Global Co-ordinator of the HIV Justice Network and foremost expert on HIV criminalization worldwide. PositiveLite.com had interviewed Edwin before and published him as well, but that was all the way back in 2012 and 2016 so I attended the symposium hoping for the chance of an interview. I wasn’t disappointed. Edwin proved very

FDA approves a generic form of PrEP

published: June, 16, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Gay Men, Youth, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Current Affairs, Women, International , Treatment, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Sexual health advocates hope this will make widen access to PrEP, the medication that helps prevent people contracting HIV

FDA approves a generic form of PrEP

To read the complete article by David Hudson visit Gay Star News, here. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US has approved the first generic form of PrEP. PrEP is medication that can be taken by someone to prevent them becoming infected with HIV. It’s a daily pill of Truvada, produced by Gilead Sciences. Truvada is a combination of Emtricitabine and Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate The use of PrEP has been credited with driving down HIV infection rates in countries where it has

Those offended by #NoJusticeNoPride should learn LGBT history.

published: June, 15, 2017 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Community Events, Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, International , Legal, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Mark S. King

Mark S. King: on the racist LGBT response to #NoJusticeNoPride

Those offended by #NoJusticeNoPride should learn LGBT history.

No Justice No Pride protesters blocking the Capital Pride Parade. (Photo: Dylan Comstock) Hell hath no fury like a privileged white gay man who has waited too long for the next pride parade contingent to sashay by. When #NoJusticeNoPride blocked the DC Pride parade route on June 10, causing an hour delay to an already epic three-hour parade, you could hear the ice cubes impatiently rattling in Bloody Mary glasses for blocks. Revelers at three locations on the route were forced to co

Swiss Grindr survey finds 50% want to use PrEP in the next six months

published: June, 14, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Dating, Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Current Affairs, General Health, Health, International , Treatment, Lifestyle, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap, Gus Cairns reports on a survey showing twice as much interest in PrEP as in surveys done last year

Swiss Grindr survey finds 50% want to use PrEP in the next six months

A survey of Swiss gay men and men who have sex with men recruited through the Grindr networking app has found that while only 4.3% had taken HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), 50% would consider taking it within the next six months and 79% would either take it some time in the future or want to learn more about it. The survey was a brief one both in terms of its appearance online (from 5 to 24 January this year) and in terms of its length (only ten questions taking, it was estimated,

Agreements with cash incentives boost patient adherence to HIV therapy and rates of viral suppression

published: June, 12, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , African, Caribbean and Black, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, International , Treatment, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap, Michael Carter reports on a study that demonstrated the feasibility of using commitment contracts in HIV care.

Agreements with cash incentives boost patient adherence to HIV therapy and rates of viral suppression

People who enter into a contract with their HIV healthcare provider to receive cash incentives in return for high levels of antiretroviral therapy (ART) adherence are more likely to achieve sustained viral suppression compared to people in a control arm, investigators from the United States report in the online edition of AIDS. The study recruited individuals with ongoing viral replication despite at least six months of ART. Individuals who entered into a commitment contract were appro

Shame: what is it?

published: June, 09, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Kimutai Kemboi, Mental Health, Health, International , Living with HIV, Media

From Nairobi, Kenya, Kimutai Kemboi: "HIV can feed in my tissues but not my soul. It may (rarely) weaken my immunity but not my thinking."

Shame: what is it?

At times I try to figure out what shame is, to draw comparisons and relations between acts associated with shame, but what I find does not substantiate what people say and believe. Many people have a negative view about HIV positive people where they take HIV to be a shameful condition. I strongly condemn this perception and I wish people could view it from my point of view. I see HIV as a mere infection that can be managed only with a positive mind set. Whenever I see myself or any other HI

Zoe Saldana's stunning performance in Sia's HIV video will have you in tears

published: June, 09, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Social Media, Arts and Entertainment, Performances, Photography, Women, International , Music, Media, Rob Olver - Editor

Sia's new video, "Free Me" is an achingly beautiful tour de force.

Zoe Saldana's stunning performance in Sia's HIV video will have you in tears

Sia’s gorgeous new song, “Free Me”, and the even more gorgeous video that goes with it both aim to spread awareness for the #endHIV campaign and benefit the Abzyme Research Foundation (all proceeds of the song will be used to advance a new potential HIV/AIDS cure).  The video, starring Zoe Saldana and narrated by Julianne Moore, details the story of an expectant mother who has just learned that she is HIV-positive and that without treatment the virus will enter her child. Zoe Saldana

People with HIV have impaired respiratory health, even when viral load is undetectable

published: June, 08, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, General Health, Health, International , Smoking Cessation , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap, Michael Carter reports on a study that explores the relationship between HIV infection and respiratory health in the modern ART era.

People with HIV have impaired respiratory health, even when viral load is undetectable

HIV-positive people have impaired respiratory health, even when they have viral suppression with antiretroviral therapy (ART), investigators from London report in HIV Medicine. Respiratory health was compared between HIV-positive and HIV-negative outpatients. Individuals with HIV had poorer respiratory health and were more likely to report breathlessness than HIV-negative participants, findings which remained unchanged when analysis focused on ART-treated HIV-positive people with an undetec

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for June: as the darkness descends.

published: June, 08, 2017 Written by // Ed Wolf Categories // Aging, Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Mental Health, Ed Wolf, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Long-time activist Ed Wolf: "Trump may bring out the narrow-minded hate in other people, but he’s bringing out the best in me. See you in the streets!"

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for June: as the darkness descends.

Day 42. Follow the Witches The recount failed to stop him, the Electoral College raised our hopes, but the darkness of his presidency continues to descend. What can we do with the ache of it, the anger, the grief and the fear? Follow the witches! Go to the ocean, the plain, the mountain, a place where you can watch the sun set into the longest night. Sing to it, cry to it, whisper to it, dance before it, ask it to return to help us through the darkening paths ahead. And then watch it rise tom

Cuts to AIDS treatment programs could cost a million lives

published: June, 07, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Current Affairs, Health, International , Treatment, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From the New York Times, Gardiner Harris reports on the likely results if funding cuts proposed by the Trump administration to global public health programs are enacted.

Cuts to AIDS treatment programs could cost a million lives

A health worker testing a patient for H.I.V. in Homa Bay County, Kenya. Credit: Simon Maina/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images WASHINGTON — At least one million people will die in sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere, researchers and advocates said on Tuesday, if funding cuts proposed by the Trump administration to global public health programs are enacted. The United States currently spends more than $6 billion annually on programs that buy antiretroviral drugs for about 11.5 million peo

Second-time around: BareBackRT.com - the interview

published: June, 06, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Features and Interviews, Health, Sexual Health, International , Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Best of PositiveLite.com: then Editor Bob Leahy chats about the business with the owner of the world’s largest online hookup site for gay men who prefer not to use condoms, BareBackRT.com

Second-time around: BareBackRT.com  - the interview

This article raised some eyebrows when it was first published in PositiveLite.com in May 2014. It quickly racked up the numbers to become one of our most read articles ever. It’s rare for owners of controversial hookup sites that facilitate condomless sex to emerge from the shadows.  But the man behind BarebackRT.com approached us to talk about sexual health, condomless sex and disclosure issues. This he did with great candour. Although we only talked on the phone – he is from Tucson, Ar

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