Articles tagged with: HIV prevention

Can social media help prevent the spread of HIV?

published: November, 01, 2013 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // AIDS Walk for Life, Social Media, CATIE, Research, Sexual Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Media

In this review CATIE suggests that more researchers need to consider and evaluate engagement with electronic social networks and associated technologies (such as smartphones) to help people lead healthier lives.

Can social media help prevent the spread of HIV?

This article by Sean R. Hosein first appeared on the CATIE website here. Une version française est disponible ici. HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including syphilis and gonorrhea, continue to spread in high-income countries such as Canada, Australia, the U.S. and in Western Europe, particularly among men who have sex with men (MSM). A key part of prevention efforts is to offer HIV testing so that people can know their status and take steps to protect themselves and o

Why aren’t we talking about PrEP to prevent HIV?

published: October, 30, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

The public is largely unaware that there is a pill to prevent HIV. Why are so many people afraid to talk about it?

Why aren’t we talking about PrEP to prevent HIV?

This post from NMAC originally appeared on BuzzFeed here.  Did you know there is a once-a-day pill to prevent HIV? In July 2012, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved Truvada, a popular HIV medication, for use as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). Taken once daily by HIV-negative individuals, the pill has been shown to prevent HIV acquisition by more than 90 percent. (PositiveLite.com says: Truvada is not yet approved in Canada for this purpose – but ask your doctor. If you are

Up yours!

published: October, 29, 2013 Categories // Sexual Health, Health

Marc-André LeBlanc asks “Are there rectal microbicides in your future?”

Up yours!

Rectal microbicides.  I love saying it. (It’s pronounced my-CROW-besides, by the way.) It’s a real showstopper of a term. Trust me, it’s guaranteed to command attention when uttered in “mixed company”. Just ask the gaggle of guests gawking at me incredulously at a recent fondue dinner I attended. That’s right. I’m a guest in someone else’s home and I start talking about rectal microbicides and whether or not lubes are safe for rectal use, right there in front of men and wome

Insite: Vancouver’s supervised injection site

published: October, 24, 2013 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // CATIE, As Prevention , Hep B and C, Conferences, Events, Research, Features and Interviews, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

In a video interview, Darwin Fisher, manager of Insite, Vancouver’s supervised injection site, talks with PositiveLite.com publisher John McCullagh about this innovative program and how it addresses the needs of Canada’s most marginalized community.

Insite: Vancouver’s supervised injection site

Ten years ago, Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, a low-income area with a traumatized population and a crisis of homelessness, had the highest rate of HIV seroconversions in the western world, a rising incidence of deaths from drug overdoses and a Hepatitis C prevalence among the drug-using population that was at saturation levels.  The community came together with an innovative response to this: a supervised injection site called Insite. But Insite is more than that. It’s also a place that

How Saskatchewan responds holistically to the needs of service users

published: October, 17, 2013 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // CATIE, As Prevention , Hep B and C, Conferences, Events, Research, Features and Interviews, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

The incidence of HIV in Saskatchewan is twice as high as in any other province of Canada. In a video interview, PositiveLite.com publisher John McCullagh talks with the medical health officer for that province’s HIV leadership team to find out why.

How Saskatchewan responds holistically to the needs of service users

The incidence of new HIV infections in Saskatchewan is twice as high as that in other provinces in Canada. To find out why that is so, I talked, during last month’s CATIE Forum on New Science, New Directions in HIV and Hepatitis C, with Dr Johnmark Opondo, the deputy medical health officer for the Saskatoon health region in Saskatchewan.  In our conversation, Johnmark talked about  the interface between the two epidemics of injection drug use and HIV that is driving infection rate

Cut to fit

published: October, 12, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Research, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors

Major studies support circumcision as prevention in Africa but a small yet vocal group argues the science is flawed. Can circumcision lower U.S. HIV rates, asks a POZ magazine story?

This article by Benjamin Ryan first appeared in POZ magazine here. Circumcision The evidence appeared overwhelming. Dozens of smaller studies conducted from the late 1980s onward suggested that circumcised men in sub-Saharan Africa were at reduced risk of acquiring HIV.  Some of the research had conflicting results, but meta-analyses supported the hypothesis that removing the male foreskin protected against HIV transmission. Eventually, there was enough data to justify three randomized con

The burning question

published: October, 03, 2013 Categories // Health, Sexual Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

David Philips on how we encourage the HIV-negative to stay negative without stigmatizing those living with HIV

The burning question

Less than five minutes after I made a Facebook post with a link to Postively Aware’s “A Day with HIV” awareness and anti-stigma campaign, a friend of almost 20 years messaged privately “I’m not HIV-positive. Why should I participate in this Day with HIV thing?”  For a rare few moments I was speechless. I replied “I’m already living with HIV; so, why should I spend my time and energy on preventing new infections?!”  My friend quickly countered “Don’t be a dick!” “

CATIE Forum: New Science, New Directions in HIV and Hepatitis C

published: September, 16, 2013 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // CATIE, As Prevention , Hep B and C, Conferences, Events, Research, Features and Interviews, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

Ahead of this week’s CATIE Forum, CATIE’s executive director Laurie Edmiston talks on video with PositiveLite.com about how new scientific developments have opened up opportunities for innovative program development and the integration of service delivery

CATIE Forum: New Science, New Directions in HIV and Hepatitis C

We stand at a pivotal point in our response to HIV and Hepatitis C. Recent research has enhanced our understanding of the science of prevention, transmission, testing, treatment, care and support — science that opens up new, innovative avenues for program development and the integration of service delivery.  In Toronto, on September 18 and 19, 2013, CATIE, Canada’s national HIV and Hepatitis C knowledge broker, will be presenting the bilingual CATIE Forum, a national opportunity

The trouble with praising HIV-negative gay men

published: June, 26, 2013 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Mark S. King again offers a hearty pat on the back to HIV negative men for their personal set of challenges and anxieties while staying negative, even though last time he did so he got bitten.

The trouble with praising HIV-negative gay men

National HIV Testing Day is Thursday, June 27, and there is no better time to praise the many HIV negative gay men who are making smart decisions to remain that way. Hooray, HIV negative gay men! Let’s show some love for our negative brothers, who’s with me?  Oh, Lord. Now I’ve done it. By showing support for negative guys, I am clearly demeaning HIV positive men. But wait! I’m HIV positive myself. So, that must mean I’m being sarcastic in my support of negative guys, because there

Condoms the new absintence only: Trojan/Durex sustaining HIV infections

published: June, 10, 2013 Categories // Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Josh Kruger: “Until we recognize that condoms are just as effective as abstinence only .. and must be a small part of a more comprehensive approach to sexual health, we will be looking at more HIV transmissions, more people dying of AIDS”

By 2017, 16,000 Philadelphians will be dying of AIDS.  This is not an exaggerated statistic, this is not a conservative estimate, and it is not information propagated by an advocacy organization.  Rather, this breathtaking number comes from the Philadelphia AIDS Activities Coordinating Office, or AACO.  Under the direction of Mayor Michael Nutter, AACO works cooperatively with worthy non-profit organizations, like the progressive and forward thinking and sex positive Gay and Lesbian Latino

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