Articles tagged with: HIV prevention

Innovation preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission

published: April, 15, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Women, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Guest author Leah Hardenbergh with news of a device that delivers treatment for babies of HIV-positive mothers at home

Innovation preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission

Although the HIV epidemic is still touching all corners of the world, the sub-populations at risk differ from region to region. The subject of this article is infants at risk because their mothers are HIV positive.  In North America, pediatric AIDS is simply not a major issue. Rates of transmission from an HIV-positive mother to her baby are approaching zero, as we have the means of effective antiretrovirals (ARV) treatment for both mother and baby.  Without any treatment, the risk of trans

How effective are HIV prevention methods

published: October, 29, 2015 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, As Prevention , CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Treatment, Opinion Pieces

From the CATIE blog “new prevention options are welcome news for both HIV-positive and HIV-negative people, but they have created dilemmas for HIV educators.”

How effective are HIV prevention methods

This article by Laurel Challacombe first appeared in the CATIE blog here.   Une version française est disponible ici.  Three decades of awareness campaigns have instilled a very clear and consistent message to the public: condoms are the most effective way to prevent an HIV infection. So what happens when a new prevention method emerges – and it is also highly effective? In recent years, multiple studies have confirmed that maintaining an undetectable viral load through the consisten

Gilead applies for PrEP approval in Canada

published: September, 02, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Current Affairs, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors

Good news. The work of BC advocates pays off. Now over to Health Canada and then the provinces to put Truvada quickly in the hands of negative people wanting to stay that way

Gilead applies for PrEP approval in Canada

This article by Kevin Moroso fisrt appeared on Homoculture.ca here.  It’s official – Gilead has applied to Health Canada for Truvada to be approved as PrEP – an HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis. Truvada, a combination of the drugs Tenofovir/emtricitabine, is highly effective at preventing HIV when taken daily. It has been recommended for people at high risk of acquiring HIV by UNAIDS, the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and the International Aids Society.

Road safety

published: May, 06, 2015 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Sexual Health, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Alex Sparrowhawk

The best information won’t always be successful. Alex Sparrowhawk says you can’t encourage people to protect their sexual health any more than you can encourage them to look both ways before crossing the street.

Road safety

Unfortunately I am old enough to remember the “Stop Look Listen Live” hedgehog road safety adverts from the 1990s. The little critters were cute, waddling from either foot into the setting sun in the distance, but I remember their message as well as the simple cartoon drawings. So now as an adult, whenever I cross the road I put on my hedgehog thinking cap: I don’t leave the house without wearing a high-vis neon yellow waistcoat (If I’m on a night out I’ll tie it up with matching ar

Is PrEP right for me?

published: April, 13, 2015 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, As Prevention , Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Sexual Health, Health, Treatment, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

In a video interview, PositiveLite.com talks with Ryan Lisk and Mason McColl of the AIDS Committee of Toronto about the agency’s new education campaign to start conversations and share information about the use of Truvada as PrEP in the Canadian context.

Is PrEP right for me?

The evidence is now in. Science has proven that the use of Truvada (a fixed dose combination in one tablet of emtricitabine and tenofovir) as a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a highly effective HIV prevention tool.  Yet, almost three years now after the Food and Drug Administration approved Truvada as PrEP in the U.S., its approval in Canada for this purpose is nowhere on the horizon. While some doctors have agreed to prescribe it to their patients (prescribing an approved drug for a

“HIV transmission risk within serodiscordant couples can be reduced to very low, even negligible levels.”

published: April, 06, 2015 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, As Prevention , Research, Sexual Health, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Living with HIV

We hear from CATIE on HIV prevention within serodiscordant couples: a changing paradigm

“HIV transmission risk within serodiscordant couples can be reduced to very low, even negligible levels.”

This article by James Wilton first appeared in Prevention in Focus, a publication of CATIE, here.  Une version française est disponible ici.  Serodiscordant couples (where one partner is HIV negative and the other is HIV positive) are often thought to be at “high risk” of HIV transmission. However, new understandings of the biology of HIV transmission and the emergence of new HIV prevention options mean that the HIV transmission risk within these couples can be reduced to very low, ev

Houston, we have an HIV PR problem!

published: September, 17, 2014 Categories // Health, Sexual Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Dave R says HIV education is ripe for an overhaul. Relying on 30 year old information, we’re bombarded with the moralising that goes with it. No wonder stigma exists. Negative LGBT folks are often poz folks worst critics. Why?

Houston, we have an HIV PR problem!

It’s no secret that I’m a supporter of better education regarding the safety of people with an undetectable viral status. I’ve had many reactions to that stance and almost all were supportive. I’m not alone in this; many serious voices have been lobbying for a better understanding of the word ‘undetectable’. However, a significant minority both misunderstand and take offence at the message, claiming selfish motives to justify abandoning condoms for bareback sex. We’re being accu

Undetectable - a drama in three parts

published: September, 02, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // As Prevention , Research, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Have the benefits of an undetectable viral load been realized or are those who are undetectable still labouring under the burden of being seen as being as infectious as ever. And what’s the potential of that message for causing harm? Bob Leahy reports

Undetectable - a drama in three parts

The HIV landscape is ever changing. Rooted in tragedy, the plot twist introduced in 1996 with the advent of antiretroviral therapy is still playing out, with fresh twists coming thick and fast. The future is uncertain but targeting the end of the epidemic has never been more focussed It’s like a huge three-part drama, with HIV prevention in all its forms - once there was just one -  taking.centre stage. ****** Prologue The plot has never been quite this complicated. At one time, prevent

AIDS 2014, the viral divide and the HIV prevention landscape

published: August, 27, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // International AIDS Conference , Conferences, As Prevention , Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

The Body.com’s Mathew Rodriguez: “The invisible chasm between those who are HIV negative and those who are HIV positive has been called the "viral divide". . . ,"

AIDS 2014, the viral divide and the HIV prevention landscape

This article By Mathew Rodriguez first appeared on TheBodyPRO.com here.   I stepped up to the podium at the Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) Pre-Conference to the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia, (AIDS 2014) and introduced myself as an HIV-negative, queer-identified Latino whose father passed away from an AIDS-related illness. I was there to talk about my experience as a PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) user. The first thing I said about why I take PrEP was, "A lo

“I never expected someone I loved would give me HIV”

published: August, 18, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

From FS Magazine comes this true story by Joshua, 22 from London: “The day I found out I was positive, the only thing I could think about doing was blaming someone.”

“I never expected someone I loved would give me HIV”

At 18-years-old I met a rather amiable and attractive man, who just happened to be a considerable number of years my senior. We started dating and went about our courtship like any other gay couple, navigating a potential life together. I had all the enthusiasm and exuberance of an 18-year-old, but I was considered to have an ‘old soul’. No more than a month into our dating, something unexpected happened – my other half was diagnosed with HIV. In his emotional state, he said that he didn

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