Articles tagged with: April 2012

Hepatitis C (HCV) threatens gay men’s sexual health, but is it being taken seriously?

published: April, 10, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Gay men are particularly at risk for HCV infection, PHAs too. But where are the HCV prevention campaigns? And what’s the story on HCV testing for PHAs? Bob Leahy reports on the gap between recommendations and practice in our response to this problem.

Hepatitis C (HCV) threatens gay men’s sexual health, but is it being taken seriously?

The Warnings “I’m surprised there isn’t a greater sense of urgency about this in the community” said  Dr Kevin Fenton of the US Centers for Disease Control, speaking at the International AIDS Conference in Mexico in 2008. He was talking about a study that showed that more than one fifth of HIV-positive gay men attending a STI clinic in Amsterdam had hepatitis C, compared with only one in 250 negative men; numbers had risen by 50% in the last year. A year later, aidsmap.com

Diaries of a new comic: Vapour Lounge

published: April, 09, 2012 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Brian Finch

Last Friday night I headed down to the Vapour Lounge, the place one can go to smoke weed and see entertainment including comedy.

Diaries of a new comic: Vapour Lounge

The latest installment in my dairy spans both Hamilton and Toronto. I never thought I’d have one foot in Hamilton and the other in Toronto, and the entire golden horseshoe in between. Which really is not that much, considering the great geographical spans I’ve done in the past. Last Friday night I headed down to the Vapour Lounge, the place one can go to smoke weed and see entertainment including comedy. What I didn’t know is that there are a lot of places that start with Vapour  - and

The Unfortunate Pursuits of the Idle Blogger

published: April, 06, 2012 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Mark S. King

Writer Mark S. King is asked to critique some “gay erotic fiction” aka porn sent to him. “Using standard literary analysis felt like watching a skin flick and wondering if the wooden floors they’re flailing around on are bamboo.”

The Unfortunate Pursuits of the Idle Blogger

Being a writer is not without its perks. I can’t exactly name one at the moment, but I’m certain they exist. Hold it, here’s one. Starting sentences with “Being a writer…” Oh, and receiving gay erotic fiction from a guy who wants feedback on his work. This morning as I chomped down my Raisin Bran Crunch, I opened email from an aspiring writer and read his gay sex story called “Jason’s Awakening.” The title has kind of a grand sweep, don’t you think? Very English Patient. O

HIV and the Older Patient

published: April, 04, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // General Health, Newly Diagnosed, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

New US HIV Treatment Guidelines which discuss when to start antiretroviral therapy also include an important new section on HIV and the older patient.

HIV and the Older Patient

Editor’s note:  The most eye-catching piece of information here – and this is new - is the statement that if you’re living with HIV, over 50 years of age and haven’t yet started antiretroviral (ARV) therapy, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services now recommend HIV treatment, regardless of your CD4 cell count. PositiveLite.com discussed the guidelines relating to the general  HIV-positive population here. Today we focus specifically on the section relating to HIV and aging

Life in Japan. Part 12 - It's Raining Friends.

published: April, 04, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Revolving Door, International , Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Brian the Shochusucker’s tale of Living with HIV in Japan. In this installment he describes how twitter enabled him to make new real-life friends and join “Gaijin Heroes". .

Life in Japan. Part 12 -  It's Raining Friends.

A to B is a short line. But in my first year with HIV, I feel as if I went through the whole alphabet to get to where I am today. And you know what? No regrets and I wouldn't change a thing. I am the man I am today because of the people I've met since my diagnoses. Here through PositiveLite.com, twitter, family, and God. It was the morning of the narration workshop and I was up early and excited, becauseI was going to meet new some people, face to face, that I had met through Twitter.  I ar

Nerves, bloody nerves

published: April, 03, 2012 Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Denis Robinson on dating “Putting oneself out there is a double edged sword, in some ways; there are times that militant, activist, awareness Denis wants to take a back seat and have some romance.

So after my last post when I revealed to the world that my spate of celibacy had ended, I have been on a couple of dates, nothing to shout about huh, we all do it with a greater or lesser degree of success. Having had the casual shag with the hairy Lebanese guy, I thought it would relieve some of the pressure I put on myself. But it dawns on me that at 43 I’m just not that good at casual sex, never really have been, to be fair. I would much rather feel a connection with someone and have se

HIV Self-tests: Control and Choice

published: April, 03, 2012 Categories // Newly Diagnosed, Sexual Health, Health, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Should home testing for HIV be allowed? The pros and cons with Ken Monteith saying "I think we are ready to have this debate".

HIV Self-tests: Control and Choice

It seems these days that one can't read an article about HIV prevention without running into references to the "Test and Treat" approach and its possibilities of ending the HIV pandemic. I'm not going to examine the whole of that issue here, but I hope to open a can of worms at one end of it. That end is the beginning: testing and what we might do to revolutionize the accessibility of testing to those who might have been exposed to a chance of HIV transmission. Our cousins in France (as we li

When to start treatment?

published: April, 03, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

New US guidelines released just last week recommend treatment for all people with HIV infection. Are they a step in the right direction, something that others should consider following? Bob Leahy reports.

When to start treatment?

Newly updated US treatment guidelines are recommending antiretroviral treatment for all people with HIV infection, rather than starting at a particular CD4 range. But for those about to start treatment and their doctors, it’s not quite that simple; the strength of the recommendations varies by category of patient. Here is how a simplified scale looks: CD4 count less than 350 – strong recommendation CD4 count 350 to 500 - strong recommendation CD4 count over 500 – moderate recommend

A dose of honesty – and a mother’s story

published: April, 01, 2012 Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Living with HIV, Population Specific

New writer J: “When a call was made for writers for PositiveLite.com, I immediately wrote in. While I’m a country and continent away, HIV knows no borders, does not discriminate, and I think us activists should tread along the same path.”

Bio: I’m J, 22, residing in Singapore. I’m an aspiring… something. I’ll let you what that is when I figure it out. Until then, I’ve allowed my government to decide what I need to be for the next two years – a soldier. Drafted into the local army by compulsory service, I am hoping that it treats me as well as the pornographic fantasies filmed in army barracks. That, or I will forever live with the regret of opting to not take up the exemption extended to HIV+ individuals. But hey, I

Recently infected individuals: A priority for HIV prevention

published: March, 31, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // CATIE, Newly Diagnosed, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

In this article, CATIE explores why recently infected individuals are more likely to transmit HIV to others and how we can help prevent these transmissions from occurring.

Recently infected individuals: A priority for HIV prevention

"Recently infected individuals: A priority for HIV prevention" by James Wilton first appeared in Prevention in Focus, Fall Issue 2011, a publication of CATIE. A French language version is available here.  People living with HIV can potentially transmit HIV to others through unprotected sex at any time during their life. However, emerging research suggests that a disproportionate number of HIV transmissions—perhaps more than half—may originate from people during the first few months aft

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