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Why do people with HIV smoke so much?

published: February, 16, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Aging, Gay Men, General Health, Mental Health, Health, Smoking Cessation , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Rob Olver - Editor

Rob Olver: What does this tell us about people living with HIV and what are the health implications as the population ages? The Ontario HIV Treatment Network Cohort Study has some sobering answers.

Why do people with HIV smoke so much?

At the beginning of last August I quit smoking for the last time, after having smoked for roughly half my life, but in spells of about seven years on and seven off. An odd pattern, I know. It wasn’t planned, it just worked out that way. And so I got lots of experience at giving up the habit, sometimes successfully, sometimes not. And at times it was easy to quit, while at others it was incredibly hard and sometimes downright impossible. For instance, one day fairly early in my smoking care

I will never forget the day

published: February, 16, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Living with HIV

From Huffington Post, Jesse Milan, President & CEO of AIDS United: "On National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day be aware that support of a mother, father, sister, brother, uncle, aunt, or cousin can be lifesaving."

I will never forget the day

To read the complete article by Jesse Milan, visit Huffington Post, here. I will never forget the day my mother asked me, “Is there something you want me to know about you?”  Mom wanted to know if I had HIV. She had just attended her first HIV educational program. She learned about the virus and how important being in care is to assure a person with HIV remains healthy. She was armed with new knowledge, but she was also my mom. She knew how important it is to support the ones she lo

Toronto's Dennis Battler says he's a "Seq Worker". But what does he mean?

published: February, 15, 2017 Written by // Dennis Battler Categories // Yoga, Social Media, Gay Men, General Health, Mental Health, Spirituality, Dennis Battler, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Dennis Battler on how staying sane takes work

Toronto's Dennis Battler says he's a

Asked recently how I spend my time, a clear simple answer was hardly suitable. Yet to offer an accurate statement would take the entire evening. Spending the next few days pondering a succinct reply, irony speaks most loudly in my ear. Ready for the next time this question comes up, "Seq Worker" will be the response. Confusing and throwing the inquirer off balance – off balance because, firstly they would have to admit they know the term; secondly because they would be astonished to be in t

Could cannabis treat HIV?

published: February, 15, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Alternative Therapies, Social Media, General Health, Research, Sexual Health, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors

Jeannie Wraight and Mariel Selbovitz: More and more studies are surfacing that show just how important cannabis may be for the treatment of HIV.

Could cannabis treat HIV?

To read the entire article by Jeannie Wraight and Mariel Selbovitz, visit Plus, here. Support for medicinal marijuana has reached an all-time high in the United States. with over 70 percent of Americans in favor of the use of cannabis to lessen the effects of a large number of chronic medical conditions. People with HIV have long realized that cannabis can ease many HIV-related conditions, including nausea, loss of appetite, depression, weight loss, and neuropathic pain. In addition to trea

Two-thirds of HIV clinics in the UK don't think there's a current need for specialist services for older HIV-positive patients

published: February, 14, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Aging, Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

Only a minority of centres have specialist clinics for management of co-morbidities. For AIDSmap, Michael Carter reports.

Two-thirds of HIV clinics in the UK don't think there's a current need for specialist services for older HIV-positive patients

(Here is what is happening in the USA) Two-thirds of HIV clinics in the UK do not think there is a current need for specialist care services targeted at older adults, investigators report in HIV Medicine. “This is important as, although there is no current need because of a lack of a significant proportion of older adults within certain services, there is a clear trajectory towards cohort ageing within the UK,” write the authors. “We would anticipate clinic populations of older adult

PrEP in Canada: What do we know about awareness, acceptability and use?

published: February, 14, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, As Prevention , CATIE, Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Sexual Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Treatment, Media

For CATIE, Camille Arkell reports on the current state of PrEP in Canada.

PrEP in Canada: What do we know about awareness, acceptability and use?

Une version française est disponible ici. Introduction A growing body of evidence tells us that oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a highly effective strategy for reducing the risk of HIV transmission when used consistently and correctly. In February 2016, Health Canada approved the daily use of the drug Truvada as PrEP, in combination with safer sex practices, to reduce the risk of sexual HIV transmission for people at high risk of HIV infection. This approval was a necessary step

What are the key steps to effective delivery of PrEP care?

published: February, 10, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap.com, Roger Pebody on one of several recent articles attempting to define a continuum of care for PrEP or other HIV prevention interventions.

What are the key steps to effective delivery of PrEP care?

Providing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to people who need it entails at least nine key steps, which can be conceived of as a PrEP continuum of care, according to an article published online ahead of print by Amy Nunn and colleagues in AIDS. This continuum can help define benchmarks by which progress in implementing PrEP in different programmes can be compared. This is one of several recent articles which have attempted to define a continuum of care for PrEP or other HIV prevention interv

When an AIDS group falters . .

published: February, 09, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Social Media, As Prevention , Current Affairs, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy on the community uproar that followed the release of the GNP+ position paper demonizing the community led U=U campaign - and why the divisiveness it started must stop

When an AIDS group falters . .

On being kind - and unkind I don’t think that in many years of editorializing for PositiveLite.com I have ever criticized a community-based HIV organization, much less one that has a specific mandate to represent people living with HIV everywhere.  We tend to be kind to each other I want to be kind but this week was difficult. GNP+ was in the news  - and not in a good way. I think they acted badly. It got to me, also not in a good way. Many will not know the GNP+ name. The initials sta

Strategies for forgetting about HIV

published: February, 09, 2017 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Gay Men, Mental Health, Health, Spirituality, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Félix Garmendía

“What do I do to forget HIV?” asks New Yorker Felix Garmendia. And what do YOU do?

Strategies for forgetting about HIV

What do I do to forget HIV?  Interesting question.  I’m going to go out on a limb and say, “I HAVE HIV but HIV is NOT me”. We all have days when we don’t want to remember we are HIV-positive. When I am confronted with my HIV, I have learned to look at it in the eye and embrace the fact that we are deeply intertwined. I do this every single day. 1.  I DO IT when I wake up in the morning and have to wait for my HIV-positive husband Denis to help me get into my wheelchair. I have be

I am HIV-positive. This is what it's like to date.

published: February, 09, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Dating, Social Media, Mental Health, Women, Sexual Health, International , Revolving Door, Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

Must-read from Redbook: Dating after a breakup is hard enough — now add being HIV positive to that.

I am HIV-positive. This is what it's like to date.

To read the complete article by Karen Fratti visit Redbook, here. I was living in New York City with a boyfriend I'll call Matt when I was diagnosed with HIV. I was 28 and he was just hitting 35. It was my first steady, long-term relationship, and we did what I used to think of as "grown-up" things. Like having Sunday football parties or fighting in Home Depot about what color to paint an accent wall in our living room. We made complex weekday dinners to distract ourselves from the fact th

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