Articles tagged with: lgbt

A joint article by Jeff Potts & Paul Kenney . .

published: February, 08, 2017 Written by // Jeff Potts Categories // Gay Men, Health, Jeff Potts, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

“The darkness we perceive is actually light” say Ottawa-based partners and soul-mates Jeff and Paul in their first collaborative piece

A joint article by Jeff Potts & Paul Kenney . .

We both live with HIV, but HIV only lives with one of us; we both had a near-death experience recently, but only one of us nearly left the other behind. It might be easy to perceive darkness in these realities. For us, though, these and all of the situations and circumstances we’ve shared over two-and-a-half decades together represent opportunity, humility, and gratitude; they represent light. We have wanted to collaborate on a piece of written-work for a long, long time.  This is it…

Stopped at the border

published: February, 08, 2017 Written by // Denise Wozniak Categories // Social Media, Denise Wozniak, Women, International , Living with HIV

Denise Wozniak:compares her own arrival to that of immigrants detained by a Trump order. "No matter what, human rights are not negotiable..."

Stopped at the border

My life in Canada as a new immigrant began on February 7, 1980. My meeting with immigration officials at the border was not as expected. I was held up for hours, but more about that later. Three generations of my family: my grandparents,, my mother and myself all immigrated separately to Canada; strange but true. My grandparents were from the north of England. My family included generations of farmers. Before his immigration, my grandfather worked briefly in a local quartz quarry and then be

Good news from CATIE: what people need to know about Undetectable viral load and HIV sexual transmission

published: February, 08, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , CATIE, Current Affairs, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Research, Sexual Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Treatment

CATIE says "people who are engaged in regular healthcare, are on treatment and have an ongoing undetectable viral load do not pass HIV to their sexual partners".

Good news from  CATIE: what people need to know about Undetectable viral load and HIV sexual transmission

This article previously appeared on the CATIE website here. Une version française est disponible ici. Studies have shown that HIV-positive people who are engaged in regular healthcare, are on treatment and have an ongoing undetectable viral load do not pass HIV to their sexual partners. This is great news! If I am HIV-positive how can I make this work for me? Talk to your doctor about treatment and an undetectable viral load as a prevention strategy. Before depending on this strategy,

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years, part two: organize, sympathize, realize, mobilize, neutralize, reorganize, criticize. It’s exhausting.

published: February, 06, 2017 Written by // Ed Wolf Categories // Social Media, Activism, Aging, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Ed Wolf, Health, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Respected activist Ed Wolf offers ways to channel the wisdom gained from past campaigns.

Ed Wolf's  journal of the Trump years, part two: organize, sympathize, realize, mobilize, neutralize, reorganize, criticize. It’s exhausting.

Day 12. Praise every bridge. When I worked on the AIDS ward at San Francisco General in the mid-80s I was asked to go up to the locked unit on the seventh floor, where patients with mental health issues were admitted. As I approached the patient’s room, I saw a sitter outside, which meant the patient had recently tried to hurt himself. When I entered the room, I met Roy. He had a cast on his arm and he immediately started telling me his story, how he’d been kicked out by his Texas famil

2017 and I’m not Nostradamus.

published: February, 06, 2017 Written by // Colin Johnson Categories // Social Media, Aging, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Colin Johnson, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

On "self-imposed social inactivity".As 2017 opens, Colin Johnson knows where he is and what he'd like to see, even though the future looks cloudy.

2017 and I’m not Nostradamus.

I haven’t written for a while. Sorry Bob, it's not because I can’t think of a topic; quite the contrary there are so many topics. For example, I kept agreeing with the consensus that 2016 sucked. However, in re-examining the year, I’m forced to admit that as a Long-Term Survivor (LTS) it was no different than the last ten years. I lost friends. I’m still on disability which really limits one’s life possibilities. There’s a sense of depressing regularity which naturally I counter w

Many older people living with HIV in the UK worried about poverty, loneliness and social care

published: February, 03, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Aging, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, General Health, Mental Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Living with HIV

From AIDSmap, Roger Pebody examines what Terrence Higgins Trust is calling a "social care time bomb."

Many older people living with HIV in the UK worried about poverty, loneliness and social care

People over the age of 50 now represent one third of all people living with HIV, but the social care, healthcare and welfare systems aren’t ready for this growing cohort, according to research published by the Terrence Higgins Trust today. They describe the situation as a ‘social care timebomb’. A significant proportion of the older people living with HIV who took part in Terrence Higgins Trust’s research project were living below the poverty line and were socially isolated. Anxieti

Accuracy Watchdog Eyes Media for Mistakes in HIV Transmission Risk

published: February, 03, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , General Health, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors

On getting U=U and PrEP facts right .POZ reports on this joint initiative of Human Rights Campaign and Prevention Access Campaign.

Accuracy Watchdog Eyes Media for Mistakes in HIV Transmission Risk

This article previously appeared at POZ, here. A new initiative called Accuracy Watchdog aims to correct erroneous reporting about HIV transmission risks. A partnership between LGBT advocacy group Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Prevention Access Campaign (PAC), Accuracy Watchdog launched this month. The joint initiative will, for example, correct scientific misinformation pertaining to people living with HIV who are on treatment and maintain an undetectable viral load—a concept known as

Need more care for ASO staffers with mental health issues

published: February, 02, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Mental Health, Features and Interviews, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks to Toronto’s Ed Argo about the mental health issues that plagued him while working in AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs) and why he feels more needs to be done for those in similar situations.

Need more care for ASO staffers with mental health issues

Bob Leahy: Hi Ed. Why don’t I start by asking you why you contacted me? Ed Argo: Many reasons. I’m a person that has lived and lives with mental health issues such as chronic depression, acute anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder and I’ve been thinking about how this connects with GIPA (greater involvement of people living with HIV) and people living with HIV working in AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs). I’m a great believer in Ontario’s Positive Development Leadership Institu

How stigma stops you getting a date

published: February, 02, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. From FS, words by Nicholas Baker

How stigma stops you getting a date

This article by  Nicholas Baker previously appeared at FS, here. I’d been chatting to a guy from a dating app on and off for a couple of days and the subject of work comes up – now I usually don’t say exactly what I do for a living straight away, because I’m not spending my Sunday afternoon giving personal advice to everyone on Tinder, Grindr, Hornet, Scruff or Twitter (if you don’t think Twitter is a dating app then you’re just not doing it properly) – anyway in this instan

How the Obamacare repeal will impact HIV-positive people

published: February, 02, 2017 Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, As Prevention , Hep B and C, Gay Men, Youth, General Health, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Women, Research, Health, Revolving Door, International , Legal, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media, Opinion Pieces

For The Advocate, Carl Schmid provides an analysis of the likely effects of the Trump administration's repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

How the Obamacare repeal will impact HIV-positive people

This article previously appeared at The Advocate, here. A lot is happening these days that most of us are finding, frankly, pretty hard to believe. But it is not a dream. Donald Trump, who ran on repealing the Affordable Care Act, is now our president, and Republicans, who control the entire Congress, wasted no time and have already set in motion the process to repeal parts of health care reform. As someone who has advocated for years to ensure that people living with HIV have access to qual

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