Articles tagged with: HIV

Disclosing via social media

published: July, 25, 2013 Written by // Christian Dolan Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Media, Population Specific , Christian Dolan

Christian Dolan on disclosing your HIV-positive status on twitter and what it does for #HIVAwareness

In the last 10 years, social media has become an integral part of our daily lives.  It keeps us connected with our family, friends and the outside world.  We are constantly updated with the latest news headlines, be it the death of a celebrity or the announcement of a celebrity pregnancy/birth. One of the hot topics at the moment, not just here in the UK but around the globe, is the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first child. The world loves it and the media are in overdri

Keeping the T in LGBT

published: July, 24, 2013 Categories // Activism, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Josh Kruger writes about his own past transphobia and, says Josh, “there’s a systemic problem in the gay community in terms of a true belief in equality and rights for the trans community.”

Growing up in a small, rural town here in Pennsylvania, I developed an early distaste for bullying, bigotry, and tradition.  When I first came out to my first real mentor, the writing teacher I had all throughout my high school years, I remember sheepishly trying to explain to her that girls would ask me out but that I had no desire to go out with them. By using my own adolescent, embarrassed implication, I was communicating to her that I was gay. Later, I remember one of the popular kids in

Thanks for disclosing - but breakfast is no longer included

published: July, 24, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

The trials and tribulations of dating negative gay men. Guest writer George’s disclosure of his HIV-positive status results in the classic brush-off.

 Thanks for disclosing  - but breakfast is no longer included

While logged in to one of the popular apps, I was messaged by someone.  I will call him Dr. George. This guy fit my general tastes, so I decided to engage him. The exchange was unusual, in that it was not to the point and sexual as most chats on the apps are, but surprisingly polite, kind, and cordial. In his initial message all he told me was that he was coming to Montreal for a conference and wanted to meet me to say hello. I responded that I hoped it would be more than just a hello and he

Quack medicine and HIV

published: July, 22, 2013 Categories // Alternative Therapies, General Health, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Dave R: Quacks and charlatans have been around since man first said ‘ouch’ and the acceptance of alternative therapies and treatments into mainstream medicine has made it easier than ever for them to operate, particularly in the HIV/AIDS field

Quack medicine and HIV

The History of Medicine “I have an earache.” 2000 B.C. – Here, eat this root 1000 A.D. – That root is heathen; say this prayer. 1850 A.D. – That prayer is superstition; drink this potion. 1940 A.D. – That potion is snake oil; swallow this pill. 1985 A.D. – That pill is ineffective; take this antibiotic. 2000 A.D. – That antibiotic is artificial; here, eat this root. ***** Ever since man walked on two legs and discovered that a particular herb soothed a particular hur

HIV prevention: it's risky business

published: July, 22, 2013 Categories // Women, Sexual Health, Health, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Megan DePutter argues that communicating HIV risk is extremely difficult and, not done expertly, can be damaging to the sexual health of some. The key, she says is to better understand how individuals engage in risk-making decisions.

HIV prevention: it's risky business

HIV education, on the outside, must sound simple. You tell people what HIV is, how to prevent it, and you’re done. But anyone who works in this field – in any capacity, but especially in prevention –knows it’s not so simple. For one thing, we have to strike a fine balance of ensuring that our communities understand HIV risks, without over-inflating them. Helping people understand HIV without over-exaggerating (or underestimating) risks is a challenge itself.  After all, we aim to sim

Our Agenda - a new type of campaign

published: July, 22, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Mental Health, Features and Interviews, Sexual Health, Health, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks to ACT’s John Maxwell from Ontario’s GMSH (Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance) about an innovative new campaign which explores the connections between gay men’s emotional, mental and sexual health

Our Agenda  - a new type of campaign

The Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance (GMSH) is a network of front-line workers, HIV researchers, public health, policy makers and community members responding to gay men’s sexual health in Ontario. The GMSH works to establish long-term, goal-oriented, evidence-based strategies, tools, policies and programs that will effectively assist all of us, committed to ensuring that gay and bisexual men in our communities enjoy healthy, full sexual and emotional lives. John Maxwell is Director of Pr

Does being on HIV treatment lead to more “risky" behaviour?

published: July, 21, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Sex and Sexuality

Aidsmap reports no increase in risk behaviour in people taking antiretroviral therapy, research shows

Does being on HIV treatment lead to more “risky

This article by Roger Pebody first appeared on aidsmap.com here.   One of the anxieties in relation to ‘treatment as prevention’ is that it may discourage people with HIV from using condoms and other prevention methods. However, a meta-analysis has found no increase in risk taking in people who are taking antiretroviral treatment, compared to other people with HIV. In fact, people on treatment had less unprotected sex and fewer sexually transmitted infections. The study by Joseph Doyle

Facing facts: dealing with lipodystrophy

published: July, 20, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

POZ reports while newer antiretrovirals have reduced the prevalence of lipodystrophy, a significant proportion of the HIV population still suffers from the disfiguring loss or gain of fat in key areas of their bodies.

Facing facts: dealing with lipodystrophy

This article by Benjamin Ryan first appeared  on POZ.com here  The first time Nora Drake had her buffalo hump removed, the fat accumulation on the back of her neck weighed in at five and a half pounds. “It was emotionally and physically debilitating,” recalls the 62 year-old Los Angeles resident, who prefers to use a pseudonym. “I was at the market one time and somebody that I knew came up and said, ‘Nora, is that you?’ She might as well have stabbed me in the heart.” That was

Modern HIV treatment – very good, but far from perfect

published: July, 19, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Newly Diagnosed, Research, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

Aidsmap.com reports first-line antiretroviral therapy has improved over time, research shows, but many people globally still don’t achieve undetectable viral load

Modern HIV treatment – very good, but far from perfect

This article by Liz Highleyman, produced in collaboration with hivandhepatitis.com. first appeared on aidsmap.com here.  The effectiveness of initial antiretroviral treatment has improved markedly over the years, but many people still do not achieve full HIV suppression and a majority end up going off their initial regimen for various reasons, according to a large meta-analysis presented Wednesday at the 7th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention

Anal surprise

published: July, 18, 2013 Categories // General Health, Health, Living with HIV

Jack Frost on the joys of rectal examinations and other health woes.

I had my latest appointment with my HIV doctor. We went over my labs and they came back looking excellent. My CD4 cells are 780 and my viral load is still undetectable.  I was happy when my results came back undetectable; I was a little worried about it.  When I was first diagnosed just over three years ago, my CD4 cells were around 430 and my viral load was in the thousands. Currently I am on Complera. I originally started off with Atripla. I couldn’t take it anymore; my dreams were  so

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