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Positive Identities

published: October, 17, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Sexual Health, Treatment, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

From CATIE's Positive Side, Dr. Lisa Barrett: "What it means to live with HIV and to be on treatment varies dramatically depending on how and when you were diagnosed."

Positive Identities

I have worked with a wide range of people with HIV since about 2000, first as a PhD student working in an HIV clinic and then later as an MD—from long-term survivors who were diagnosed in the ’80s and ’90s to those who learned they were HIV positive in the past six months, from people in their 20s to an 86 year old. What it means to live with HIV and to be on treatment varies dramatically depending on how and when you were diagnosed. If you were diagnosed with an opportunistic infection

Gay men with overlapping partnerships are more likely to be recently and locally infected

published: October, 14, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Sexual Health, Health, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Study provides evidence that concurrent relationships sustain HIV transmission. From AIDSmap, Gus Cairns reports.

Gay men with overlapping partnerships are more likely to be recently and locally infected

A study analysing transmission patterns between gay men in a cohort of patients on San Diego, California has found the strongest scientific evidence so far that concurrency – having ongoing sexual relationships with more than one partner at the same time – is an independent predictor of HIV transmission. It found that men who said they had had condomless sex in the last three months with concurrent partners, rather than just serial partners, were 69% more likely to be in a local transmi

Knowing the value of self worth, part two: putting aside the fear

published: October, 14, 2016 Written by // Patrick Italo Ettenes Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Mental Health, International , Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Patrick Italo Ettenes

"I smile with pride for any other person I can see who looks happy and content to be braving the world as a single person," says Patrick Ettenes

Knowing the value of self worth, part two: putting aside the fear

We don't all appreciate our own unique qualities and I believe that a lot of us don't know our own self worth. That is one thing that was stripped from me over the last few years. I was reminded by my dear mummy of who I was and where I came from and the dignity that was bred into us and suddenly the "self worth" light flipped on. I shouldn't have allowed it to go out in the first place. Do you know why you cause a smile on that someone's face when you pass? Do you know why your best mate cal

Open Letter to Jane Philpott Minister of Health from AIDS ACTION NOW!

published: October, 13, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, Current Affairs, Research, Health, Treatment, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Presses for transparency on Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) funding

Open Letter to Jane Philpott Minister of Health from AIDS ACTION NOW!

Dear Jane Philpott, Minister of Health, As a community of people living with and affected by HIV and Hepatitis C we have been listening with concern to the limited information released from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) regarding massive changes to the funding landscape that supports organizations and services that our lives depend on. Specifically, we have been concerned about the recent response to a funding call and the Letters of the Intent for the HIV and Hepatitis C Communit

Acceptance

published: October, 13, 2016 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Alex Sparrowhawk

Finding a cure is a search for our acceptance and an end to shame says UK writer Alex Sparrowhawk, but we don’t have to wait

Acceptance

Over the weekend the media has been in a spin about a ‘breakthrough’ to finding a cure for HIV. The fact is we’re still a long way off and there’s still many trials and a lot of research needed before any form of a cure becomes a reality, let alone the logistics of distributing it and at what cost. Regardless of the facts many people with HIV will have felt jubilation at this news and it wasn’t long for the community to start sharing the story with each other, and some even announce

Free Public Legal Education Workshops October and November 2016

published: October, 12, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Alternative Therapies, Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Upcoming Events, Events, Legal, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Complete your legal tool kit for living with HIV

Free Public Legal Education Workshops  October and November 2016

Our free workshops are held in person at the HALCO office/Specialty Legal Clinic Co-op, 55 University Avenue, 15th Floor, Toronto. (just south of King Street West and the fully accessible St. Andrew subway station): HIV Disclosure and the Law: Criminal and Public Health Issues workshop, on Thursday October 27, 2016, from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Presenter Ryan Peck (HALCO Executive Director and Lawyer) Canadian Immigration: Sponsoring Your Family workshop, on Tuesday November 8 from 1

Media reports of a British HIV cure 'breakthrough' are premature

published: October, 11, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Newly Diagnosed, Research, Health, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap.com, Keith Alcorn reports on the RIVER study and yesterday's clarification.

Media reports of a British HIV cure 'breakthrough' are premature

The Sunday Times yesterday reported that HIV had become undetectable in the blood of one man taking part in the RIVER study, a trial of an intensive treatment regimen designed to test whether it is possible to reduce levels of HIV-infected cells in the bodies of people recently infected with HIV. The researchers hope that the treatment may eradicate HIV infection altogether. The Sunday Times reported that British scientists are on the “brink of an HIV cure”. In fact, the study is

He loves me, he loves me not.

published: October, 11, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

On homophobia. "I would be doing my children a great disservice if I showed them that they need to hang on to people simply because it’s family," says guest author Rob Newman

He loves me, he loves me not.

I have been struggling as of late to put into words confirmation of my brother's homophobia towards me.  I need to process this in such a manner that allows me to have a personal debriefing on why my brother would rather not know me and how I feel about that. I have for some time believed that my brother, my only sibling, is homophobic, which in turn would explain his absence in my life.  I have never been close with him so I find it hard to read his actions or lack thereof.  So, even thou

Dutch model finds PrEP for high-risk gay men is cost-effective at current prices and cost-saving at generic prices

published: October, 10, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap, Gus Cairns: "Applying generic rather than on-patent prices turned PrEP in most scenarios from cost-effective to cost-saving."

Dutch model finds PrEP for high-risk gay men is cost-effective at current prices and cost-saving at generic prices

A mathematical modelling study based on the HIV epidemic in the Netherlands has found that daily pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) would be cost-effective even at current drug prices if it was targeted at gay men at high risk of HIV infection. In a base case where PrEP was 80% effective, 10% of higher-risk gay men took it, current drug prices were used, and PrEP was taken every day, then PrEP’s cost per quality-adjusted life year (QALY) gained would be €11,000. This would fall to only €20

A counsellor’s perspective: it’s about more than just a virus

published: October, 10, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, CATIE, Health, Living with HIV, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

From CATIE's Positive Side, ACT's John Larsson from Toronto reflects on the many changes antiretroviral therapy (ART) brought to HIV work.

A counsellor’s perspective: it’s about more than just a virus

This article previously appeared at CATIE's Positive Side, here. Une version française est disponible ici.  In 1996, everyone was very excited, elated, about the new treatment “cocktails.” But those of us who had been working in the field for a while recognized pretty quickly that this new hope presented a double-edged sword: Yes, it was great, but it was really going to f*** with people’s heads. Before antiretroviral therapy (ART) came on the scene, my work as a counsellor ofte

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