Articles tagged with: June 2012

Testing and Treatment as Prevention for Couples

published: June, 20, 2012 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, As Prevention , CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV

CATIE: WHO guidelines encourage couples HIV testing and counselling and use of antiretroviral treatment for prevention.

Testing and Treatment as Prevention for Couples

This article by James Wilton first appeared on the CATIE website here.   Une version française est disponible ici.   In Canada, an estimated 83% of new HIV infections in 2008 occurred through sexual transmission, either among men who have sex with men (47%) or heterosexual men and women (36%). Among both groups a large number of these sexual HIV transmissions likely took place in the context of intimate relationships. However, HIV prevention efforts in Canada focus mostly on changing th

Panic Attack

published: June, 20, 2012 Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Living with HIV, Population Specific

At the lab, a room full of faces was enough for Scott Foley to turn around – and think about where he is on the road to coming to terms with his HIV status.

It recently occurred to me that coming to terms with my HIV status is a life long process. I must have been in major denial to think that because I had written a few blog posts about my status (under a pseudonym, mind you), volunteered in the HIV/AIDS community and reluctantly disclosed my status to a very select few, that I was now ‘OK’ with being positive. Was I ever wrong!  The epiphany occurred when I was on my way to do long overdue blood work for my new family doctor located smack

Acknowledgments

published: June, 20, 2012 Categories // Gay Men, Living with HIV, Population Specific

John Henry Rombough-Davie takes time to acknowledge important people in his life – with a nod to those who have acknowledged him too.

I’d like to start off by saying that our performances of  excerpts from The Laramie Project – Ten Years After for the Guelph Rainbow Chorus Picture Show were a blast.  The choir has been doing wonderful things since their new musical director has been on board.  Unfortunately, she is having to leave to concentrate on her teaching job, and they hope she’ll be able to return in a couple of years.  I was so inspired that I hope to be able to join the choir next season. I’m having to

Turning a Blind Eye to Smoking No Longer

published: June, 19, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // General Health, Health, Smoking Cessation , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Smoking, common in our community, harms HIVers' health more than any other factor. So Bob Leahy comes out swinging against ASOs who don’t help HIVers stop smoking

Turning a Blind Eye to Smoking No Longer

This article first appeared in Bob’s column on The Body here. It's time, I'm afraid, to turn a critical gaze on those with HIV who smoke -- but more importantly those service providers who ignore that life-threatening issue. Because where we are now as a community on this issue, a community who should be leaders in promoting healthy choices is, frankly, third-rate. There, I've said it. Stop reading, unfriend me. Call me a bore. But no matter, I'm joining the painfully thin ranks of those w

Ten News Items That Have Made Me Happy During the Past Month

published: June, 19, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

Guest post from Nelson Vergel. “While taking a shower this morning, I counted a few of the great pieces of news that have come our way amidst all the negative news that the media dwells on to increase ratings.”

Ten News Items That Have Made Me Happy During the Past Month

This article first appeared on TheBody.com here   These past several weeks have been great on many fronts. While taking a shower this morning, I counted a few of the great pieces of news that have come our way amidst all the negative news that the media dwells on to increase ratings. 1. Obama supports gay marriage. Do I need to say more? This statement to the world will have ripple effects on many levels. I was more surprised when the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colo

Twitter Hater

published: June, 19, 2012 Categories // Sex and Sexuality

The emotional dung thrown at us. Wes Austin with a remarkable post about a hate message directed at him from his twitter feed - and how he responded.

“…Love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.…” The Honourable Jack Layton. I had my first ever troll engage with me the other day on my twitter feed.  This person was full of vitriol and hatred, calling me a freak and consigning me to hell and damnation. We sparred back and forth some on twitter, him (I’m presuming male here) ranting and raving about the aforementio

Even Me

published: June, 18, 2012 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // Aging, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Louis "Kengi" Carr

Our LA guy Kengi goes to see a film about the the growing AIDS epidemic in people over 50 and relates it to his task of reaching out to those without a voice.

Even Me

Earlier this month, I was honored to be invited to attend the screening of a film entitled “Even Me”.  I was first told about the film through a friend of mine. She and I share the same doctor and, like me, she is someone who is on the front lines, deep in the trenches in the battle against HIV and AIDS in populations where it is needed most.  I was so excited that my friend was featured in this film. She’s someone I truly admire and respect as well as someone who fully understands th

What If You Knew You Could Go to Prison for Something You Couldn't Change?

published: June, 16, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Women, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Kim Dolan, Executive Director of PARN , Your Communty AIDS Resource (from Peterborough, Ontario) reviews a movie about women, HIV and the law.

What If You Knew You Could Go to Prison for Something You Couldn't Change?

There were no answers to this question at the world premiere of Positive Women: Exposing Injustice on June 14th at the Royal Ontario Museum, Eaton Theatre. In fact, at the end of the evening, the audience was left with more questions and increased concerns. Richard Elliott, Executive Director of the Canadian HIV/ADS Legal Network opened the world premiere of Positive Women by acknowledging the courageous women who told their stories in the making of the film. The Legal Network produced the fi

Health educators should work with the inner contradictions that 'barebackers' express

published: June, 16, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific

“This isn’t the first study to show that many HIV-negative gay men who bareback remain concerned about the prospect of acquiring HIV and want to avoid infection. However, previous studies have given little attention to how men deal with this tension."

Health educators should work with the inner contradictions that 'barebackers' express

This article by  Roger Pebody originally published by NAM/www.aidsmap.com is republished with permission. When asked by researchers to talk about their practice of having ‘bareback’ sex (unprotected anal intercourse), HIV-negative gay and bisexual men express a contradiction between their concern to remain uninfected and their simultaneous awareness that their behaviour may expose them to infection, according to a study published in the July issue of Qualitative Health Research. The res

Hello!

published: June, 14, 2012 Categories // Gay Men, Living with HIV, Population Specific

New writer MT O’Shaugnessy from Vancouver, B.C. tells us his story, and reflects on the telling of it. “The single greatest comfort isn’t that these experiences are unique, but that there is a commonality to having survived.”

It’s amazing to me what milestone birthdays do for the mind. I’m coming up on my fortieth and while I’m not having the angst I used to remember people having, when I was a child, I am certainly dusting off a lot of memories. Which is perfect as I was asked to do a bit of an introduction, here. As long as I can remember I’ve been interested in stories.  Told in the dark ‘round the campfire, told in classrooms, the puzzles of words and ideas that twist around concepts beyond those th

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