Articles tagged with: HIV prevention

Episcopal priest and CEO of Chicago House shares his PrEP experience

published: August, 11, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Lifestyle, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Chicago’s Stan J. Sloan says “it took me over a year post “FDA Approval” of PrEP to think through that “condoms are great and always work…until that experience where they don’t.”

Episcopal priest and CEO of Chicago House shares his PrEP experience

This article originally appeared on the website of MyPrEPExperience here.   I’m not hip enough to tweet, and this is my first experience blogging, but I’m Stan J Sloan, an Episcopal Priest and the CEO of Chicago House, and this is my PrEP experience. Chicago House was the first provider of AIDS Housing in the Midwest, and I am in my 14th year as CEO. I have heard about PrEP and PEP since they first surfaced, but somehow I didn’t begin my PrEP regimen until about nine months ago. Aft

When push comes to shove…how far would you go to eradicate HIV?

published: May, 20, 2014 Categories // As Prevention , Sexual Health, Health, Treatment, Opinion Pieces

Dave R's spin on treatment as prevention: Make it compulsory to be tested for HIV; treat those who are found to have the virus; get them to ‘undetectable’ and end HIV-transmission for good. Fact, Fascism, or fantasy?

When push comes to shove…how far would you go to eradicate HIV?

There is mounting evidence that someone who is on HIV medications and has a healthy immune system and an undetectable viral load, is in fact incapable of passing the virus on to someone else. Is ‘undetectable’ then the new ‘negative’? Maybe but what’s the significance of this? In effect the end of HIV could be in sight, we just have to test everyone and treat those who are found to be carrying the virus. HIV would be history in twenty years tops! A Dutch professor and renowned HIV

Beyond "poz" and "neg": five HIV Statuses, plus a new one

published: April, 07, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

And guess which one is the safest in this article from the Huffington Post. Hint: it’s not negative.

Beyond

This article by Renato Barucco, Transgender Family Program Manager, Community Healthcare Network previously appeared in the Huffington Pos/Gay Voices here.   That awkward negotiation before imminent encounter with a sexual partner met on mobile apps, online or at a bar often includes a brief health information exchange about HIV. Health educators recommend discussing HIV status before sexual encounters. Disclosure could lead to safer sex, more relaxed rendezvous and enhanced intimacy. Whil

The PEP experience — Raj’s story

published: April, 01, 2014 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Gay Men, As Prevention , Features and Interviews, Sexual Health, Health, Treatment, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

In part two of our three-part series on PEP, we hear from Raj Singh, a forty-something Toronto gay guy who was potentially exposed to HIV at a sex party.

The PEP experience — Raj’s story

This week, PositiveLite.com is focusing on Post-exposure Prophylaxis, or PEP — medication that can help prevent HIV after a possible exposure. Yesterday, I sat down with Duncan MacLachlan, the Director of Community Health Programs at the AIDS Committee of Toronto, to talk about PEP, its effectiveness and its availability. Join me today, as I have a conversation with Raj Singh, a Toronto gay man, who took PEP a year ago after a potential exposure to HIV.  John McCullagh: Raj, thank

Zeroing in on zero risk

published: March, 24, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // As Prevention , Current Affairs, Research, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

If you have an undetectable viral load, you're probably non-infectious say the just-released PARTNER Study results. But is there still a risk from sex without condoms and why are people still arguing about what is safe? Bob Leahy reports.

Zeroing in on zero risk

“When asked what the study tells us about the chance of someone with an undetectable viral load transmitting HIV, presenter Alison Rodger said: "Our best estimate is it's zero." aidsmap.com “The PARTNER study still recommends using condoms.” PARTNER study Q and A document. Confusion. Elation. Anger. All were much in evidence following this month's release of the interim PARTNER study results from CROI 2014. "No-one with an undetectable viral load, gay or heterosexual, transmits HIV

Can a video game help reduce sexual risk behaviour?

published: March, 12, 2014 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // Social Media, OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Conferences, Features and Interviews, Sexual Health, Health, International , Ontario HIV Treatment Network, Media

The OHTN interviewed John Christensen who develops video games and digital media applications for health at the 2013 Ontario HIV Treatennt Network Research Conference to find out.

Can a video game help reduce sexual risk behaviour?

At the 2013 OHTN Research Conference, John gave a presentation on the use of interactive digital media such as video games, virtual reality and mobile apps to reduce sexual risk-taking. He discussed the use of virtual worlds which he compared to the Choose Your Own Adventure book series from the 1980s. These virtual spaces simulate real-world environments and encourage users to make smart, healthy choices to mitigate risk.     John received a PhD in social psychology from the University of

Meet Yi-Min Chun

published: February, 27, 2014 Categories // Activism, Youth, Features and Interviews, Sexual Health, Health, International , Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

She’s poised, smart and committed to making a difference to the course of the HIV epidemic. In fact she likely already has. Meet Yi-Min Chun, a 23 year old from Scarborough Ontario, winner of an OCIC Global Changemaker Award for her work with HIV/AIDS.

Meet Yi-Min Chun

It was my pleasure to interview Yi-Min Chun recently, a young person whose interests lie in global health but who has chosen, for now, to Act locally by making her university campus more aware of HIV in innovative and eye-catching ways. For this she has been recognized by an award from OCIC. Not unexpectedly, she's smart as a whip.  Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC)'s Global Changemaker Awards are celebrated during International Development Week each year to honour outst

2014: the year we make progress

published: January, 08, 2014 Categories // As Prevention , Research, Health, International , Treatment, Opinion Pieces

The intrepid Marc-André LeBlanc with three HIV-related things he doesn’t want to see anymore in 2014, and three things he desperately wants to happen in 2014 on the national scene

2014: the year we make progress

Even those of us who were busy with last minute shopping were very pleasantly surprised at the early Christmas gift that came to us on December 20. The Supreme Court of Canada struck down key provisions of the Criminal code that made sex work more dangerous and made it more difficult for sex workers to reduce their risk of HIV and other STIs. Congratulations to the sex workers and their allies who made this possible!  It made me hopeful that we would start 2014 on the right foot. In that spi

The gay epidemic continues unchecked

published: December, 02, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

There is an urgent need to address "resurgent" gay global epidemic, says English public health chief, aidsmap reports.

The gay epidemic continues unchecked

This article by Gus Cairns first appeared on aidsmap.com here.    There is an increasing and potentially catastrophic HIV and sexual health epidemic in gay men and men who have sex with men (MSM) in every part of the world, Professor Kevin Fenton, the National Director of Health and Wellbeing at Public Health England, told the BHIVA autumn conference last week. Despite having an increasing number of tools to prevent HIV, Professor Fenton added, HIV prevalence in MSM is increasing almost ev

How do you talk about It? Two guys take on “undetectable

published: November, 28, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, As Prevention , Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

So how do we talk about it? And what does it mean to different people in different contexts? BETA put these questions to Zachary Barnett and Derek Brocklehurst, two gay men with different experiences of “undetectable.”

How do you talk about It? Two guys take on “undetectable

This article from San Francisco AIDS Foundation appeared on their website Beta here.  “Undetectable” is a medical term—but its meaning goes beyond lab reports and doctor’s offices. It refers to suppressed viral load, which is both a key goal of treatment to protect the health of people living with HIV and an exciting new tool for reducing risk of HIV transmission to negative sex partners. (Want to know more? Watch our animated video for an easy-to-follow explanation of undetectable v

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