Bob Leahy says: Regular readers of PositiveLite.com will know the name James Wilton. He’s CATIE’s affable expert on HIV transmission risk and has been an amazing resource for PositiveLite.com to interview, exchange ideas and on occasion, argue with, albeit amiably. (An example of an interview on transmission risk I’ve had with him, which also appears on the CATIE website, is here.)
Now comes a chance to hear James speak on what I consider the most exciting news to come down the HIV pipeline in a long time. The interim results of the PARTNER study were published recently and were notable for considerably extending our knowledge of the risk associated with sex in serodiscordant couples where one is undetectable. And for the first time this knowledge extended to gay men. What caught our ears was the news that no one in the study became HIV-Positive after two years together, despite condoms not always being used. This has led to calculations of transmission risk per act which are various shades of very low indeed. Depending on whom you listen to and what is the act referred to these range from “much reduced” to ”likely negligible” to “best estimates of zero”. Needless to say this has major implications for both poz and neg gay men and to the agencies which serve their needs.
Since this news came out PositiveLite.com has been quietly suggesting that the gay community desperately needs to engage in fulsome discussion about what this research means and how it affects them. So - and we are so glad to hear this - here is what the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) has planned.
One Night Stand Workshop Series: Discussion Groups for Gay Men
New Research: No One Became HIV-Positive After Two Years Together
Sex between HIV-Negative and HIV-Positive Gay Men - How Meds are Changing Risk
When: Monday, May 12, 2014. 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Where: 399 Church Street, Toronto.
What: Join us for an evening discussion on the implications of the most recent research on how undetectable viral load as result of the success of HIV medication is changing the way we see HIV risk for gay men.
The PARTNER study focuses on HIV transmission between serodiscordant couples, including gay couples. Despite only using condoms sometimes and the presence of sexually transmitted infections other than HIV, no one became infected with HIV.
Our guest speaker from the Canadian AIDS Treatment Exchange will review the PARTNER study and answer questions
Guest Speaker: James Wilton, Coordinator, Biomedical Science of the HIV Prevention Project, CATIE
Hosted by: Rui Pires, Gay Men’s Community Education Coordinator, ACT
If possible, please RSVP to
416-340-8484 ext. 264 or
Open to all men of any HIV status.