Articles tagged with: HIV

HIV cure: the long road ahead

published: June, 16, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

This article from aidsmap.com reviews how close, or not, we are to a cure for HIV – and warns against over-optimism

HIV cure: the long road ahead

This article by Keith Alcorn first appeared on aidsmap.com here.   Scientists from around the world met to review the future of HIV scientific research at the Institut Pasteur in Paris, last week – 30 years after the discovery of HIV by a team based at the institute.The prospects for a cure for HIV infection were a major theme of the meeting, which attracted around 500 scientists, chiefly from France and the United States. “We’ve had some very interesting little lights at the end of

Catching it early

published: June, 15, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors

“Can very early HIV treatment "cure" some people of their Infection?” asks The Body.com

Catching it early

This article By Myles Helfand first appeared on TheBody.com here.   Once you're diagnosed with HIV, you're HIV positive for life. ... Right? For about as long as we've been aware that HIV exists, that has been the reality. But in just the last few months, we've seen new signs that it may be possible -- really, truly possible -- to defang HIV in a person who's living with the virus. There's a big "but," however: For this to work, the person may need to be diagnosed -- and then start takin

Denver, Larry and David

published: June, 14, 2013 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Performances, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Mark S. King on how the Denver Principles changed HIV/AIDS — and healthcare — forever. Plus a nod to the work of PositiveLite.com’s own David Phillips.

Denver, Larry and David

You must know this, because it matters. Because it has already changed your life, no matter who you are, and you may not even realize it. Because as we search for a new national voice for people living with HIV (since the ugly demise of The National Association of People with AIDS), and as LGBT community leaders pledge to re-commit themselves to HIV issues, the voice of people with HIV matters more than ever.  That isn’t about a vague concept. It began at a very real meeting, which gave bi

I got HIV for this?

published: June, 13, 2013 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Gay Men, Hobbies, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Brian Finch

Brian Finch tries his hand at singing lessons - and hits a snag in the form of a singing teacher with all the charm of Judge Judy.

I got HIV for this?

There are life's frustrating moments like when there’s a delay in my flight or having to ride public transi, and I say "I got HIV for this?"  When I came back from Tel Aviv, I thought I’d try something different. During my time in Israel I’d been writing out the questions I have from a workshop on putting your own solo show together - yes, the kind when you’re dressed. One of the questions was something like, “What would you do if fear wasn’t holding you back?” Snce I’

Perspective

published: June, 13, 2013 Categories // Health, International

Ken Monteith has just returned from Bucharest, Romanaia where he got a first-hand look at how harm reduction works there.

Perspective

I had the opportunity last week to step out of my familiar reality and see what things are like on the front lines somewhere else in the world. The Coalition Internationale Sida (Coalition PLUS) had its annual general meeting in Bucharest, Romania, and I had the great fortune to be a delegate.  As part of the visit, we were able to go see first-hand some of the services of the local group, ARAS. Our first stop was at their centre located within a hospital complex, but not the kind of scrubb

Glad I fell off that apple tree - or grateful for my DNA

published: June, 12, 2013 Written by // Matt Levine Categories // Gay Men, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Matt Levine

Matt Levine with an elequent account of growing up gay and how a troubled family came to accept a son who was HIV-positive.

Glad I fell off that apple tree  - or grateful for my DNA

I was heading back to college for my second semester freshman year in 1980 when my mother asked me if I was gay. The night before I had stayed in the city all night, missing the 1:44 a.m to Stamford, the last train home.  My mother must have wondered about me for at least a couple of years. I didn’t stand out in any way, I wasn’t different or effete, but like many kids I had unwittingly left all sorts of clues to my secrets.  Things children think are invisible. Things mothers always s

Letter from Berlin, part two

published: June, 12, 2013 Written by // Michael Bouldin Categories // Activism, International , Opinion Pieces, Michael Bouldin

Michael Bouldin draws on lessons he learned while in Berlin to illustrate that we all need memorials, including of the plague we forgot.

Letter from Berlin, part two

In my last piece, Letter From Berlin, Part One, I gave an overview, incomplete to be sure, of the history of Germany’s capital. That might seem out of place in a Canadian magazine dedicated to discussing HIV and AIDS. I would beg to differ, obviously, because Berlin does something quite well that we need to consider: memorialize its past and the victims of that past. This reflects a shift in the culture of memorials over the last few decades. Consider, for example, the differences between

Terms and conditions

published: June, 12, 2013 Written by // Michael Yoder Categories // Youth, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Michael Yoder

Michael Yoder says “we all develop our own terms and conditions, our personal little contract, as we wander through life – HIV-positive or not. And those terms change as we get older and experience others’ opinions and ideas and shape our own.”

Terms and conditions

“The table was a large one, but the three were all crowded together at one corner of it: `No room! No room!' they cried out when they saw Alice coming. There's PLENTY of room!' said Alice indignantly, and she sat down in a large arm-chair at one end of the table.”  Lewis Carroll, Alice In Wonderland  “It’s all just a little bit of history repeating…” The Propellerheads (with Dame Shirley Bassey)  Recently on Facebook I was part of a conversation about HIV and aging. There

What’s god got to do with it?

published: June, 11, 2013 Categories // Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Dave R with a personal view of how religion and HIV just don’t mix. Why do so many people still believe in a god of love when history suggests that he or she is anything but? Has religion ever put its peace and love ideals into practice?

What’s god got to do with it?

Faith My mother always said: ‘Never, ever talk about politics, sex and religion with friends; it will only get you into trouble!’ Well, I guess the sex boat has long-sailed and we can’t talk about HIV without talking politics, so that just leaves religion. Dangerous waters maybe and some people may never read anything I write again after reading this but I’ve grown to believe that sex and politics are at the heart of religious attitudes when it comes to HIV and LGBT people and always

How normal are we?

published: June, 11, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Aging, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

A recent NY Times headline provokes this article by editor Bob Leahy on aging, side effects and attempts to normalize HIV and end its exceptionality.

How normal are we?

HIV and aging in the spotlight I’m going to be weaving a tale which includes the aging HIV population, how we view the trials of living with HIV, attempts to “normalize” HIV and end its exceptional status and, finally, funding.  If those subjects  don’t seem at first connected, bear with me. Blame the New York Times for this line of thought.  A recent headline in that august periodical read like this , , ,  “Spared Death, Aging People With H.I.V. Struggle to Live” which,

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