Articles tagged with: research

When gay men have less-than-perfect condom use, how much Is enough?

published: April, 10, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Research, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Sex and Sexuality

TheBody.com poses the question whether “imperfect condom use is even worth the trouble. Are condoms an all-or-nothing proposition?”

When gay men have less-than-perfect condom use, how much Is enough?

This article by Martha Kempner first appeared in TheBody.com here.   If you've ever chosen to forego a condom or had difficulty using them correctly, you are far from alone. Few gay or bisexual men or couples use them every time, despite their power to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs). We forget. We make mistakes. And, we take calculated risks. These days, additional strategies such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and sex with HIV-positive partners who have an undetectable

Pretty hurts

published: April, 07, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Fitness and Exercise, Revolving Door, Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Body image. In a gay culture that seems obsessed with looking good, an FS survey found 71% admitted they’re not happy with their body shape. How healthy is this? Read this in-depth report from the UK’s GMFA

Pretty hurts

This article by Stuart Haggas @GetStuart with photography by Chris Jepson © www.chrisjepson.com first appeared in FS Magazine here.  Are you happy with yourself? You’ll spot them throughout the gay scene: they flash a seductive smile of gleaming white teeth, their shirt is unbuttoned or non-existent, exposing an enviably toned body, their looks and demeanour radiate an aura of faultless impenetrability. They draw your eye, just as intended, because their very existence requires them to e

A roof over your head: connecting the dots between stable housing and improved health outcomes for people living with HIV

published: April, 01, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, General Health, Mental Health, Research, Sexual Health, Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy with the recently released report from Ontario’s Positive Spaces, Healthy Places research project that not only made the case for better housing for people living with HIV but has been a catalyst for making that happen.

A roof over your head: connecting the dots between stable housing and improved health outcomes for people living with HIV

Ten years in the making  It makes abundant sense that people who live in stable, suitable and affordable housing will have a better chance of coping with HIV and staying well than those who don't. Now there is a substantial body of made-in-Ontario research to prove it.  Arising from community priorities set at a meeting of the Ontario AIDS Network over ten years ago - I remember being in the room and there was considerable agreement on this score -  a housing and HIV research project emer

Are you an immigrant living with HIV who has faced criminal charges relating to your HIV status?

published: March, 16, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Research, Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

Participants needed for research who identify as non-white or of colour and who've faced criminal charges relating to their HIV status, and who might or might not be in Canada – and people who work with them.( Honoraria available.)

Are you an immigrant living with HIV who has faced criminal charges relating to your HIV status?

Participants needed for research study: HIV criminalization, race, and immigration status We are seeking participants for a study that looks at the relationship between immigration status, race, and the criminalization of HIV nondisclosure in Canada. We are interested in talking with you about your experiences with such processes as pre-removal assessment, deportation, detention, casework and case management, and courtroom preparation and appearance, among other details of your experiences re

More on the hazards of smoking while HIV-positive

published: March, 13, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Research, Health, Revolving Door, Smoking Cessation , Guest Authors, Living with HIV

Aidsmap reports “As HIV treatment has improved, it’s been shown that smoking doubles the risk of death for people living with HIV and actually causes more early deaths of HIV-positive people than HIV itself."

More on the hazards of smoking while HIV-positive

This article originally appeared in HIV Update, a publication of NAM/aidsmap.com, here. Republished with permission. Smoking and lung cancer An important theme of the recent Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2015) in Seattle, USA, was the impact of smoking on the health of people living with HIV. As HIV treatment has improved, it’s been shown that smoking doubles the risk of death for people living with HIV and actually causes more early deaths of HIV-positive p

A very winning prevention combo

published: March, 05, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Conferences, Research, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

Aidsmap reports that combining PrEP and ART could almost eliminate HIV infection, an east African study finds

A very winning prevention combo

This article by Gus Cairns first appeared in aidsmap here.    Giving both pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and antiretroviral therapy (ART) to heterosexual couples where one partner has HIV (serodiscordant couples) can almost eliminate the chance of infection in the HIV-negative partner, a study presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2015) in Seattle, USA, yesterday has shown. This study was a first in a number of ways. It is the first to combine the

Breaking news 2: PROUD study of daily oral PrEP

published: March, 02, 2015 Categories // As Prevention , Conferences, Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, International , Treatment, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Marc-André LeBlanc is looking at the news from CROI for the latest in HIV prevention Part two - ” “Holy crap! That is the highest effectiveness rate of any PrEP study to date,”

Breaking news 2: PROUD study of daily oral PrEP

Background PROUD was meant to be a pilot study, exploring the feasibility of conducting a full-scale trial to measure the effectiveness of oral PrEP among gay men, other men who have sex with men (MSM), and transwomen in the UK. It was attempting to test how well PrEP might work in a “real world” setting as opposed to a clinical trial setting. For example, instead of going in for visits to a research site every month, participants went in to a clinic every three months as is recommended

Breaking news 1: FACTS 001 study of a vaginal microbicide gel

published: February, 27, 2015 Categories // Conferences, Events, Women, Research, Sexual Health, Health, International , Population Specific

Marc-André LeBlanc is looking at the news from CROI 2015 for the latest in HIV prevention. Part one – disappointing findings that suggest a vaginal microbicide gel is not going to be a workable HIV prevention option, especially for young African women.

Breaking news 1: FACTS 001 study of a vaginal microbicide gel

Background In 2010, the CAPRISA 004 clinical trial demonstrated that a gel containing an antiretroviral (tenofovir) could be used vaginally around the time of sex to reduce the risk of HIV and HSV-2. This provided proof of concept that a vaginal microbicide could work. In fact, it was the first trial to show that ARVs could reduce the risk of HIV—even before the string of oral PrEP trial results, and before the treatment-as-prevention trial results (HPTN 052, PARTNER). It was an incredibly

Conspiracy theories

published: February, 20, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Research, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific

It's about distrusting the government. .Aidsmap reports African American people’s AIDS conspiracy beliefs best understood in terms of social anxiety and distrust, not ignorance

Conspiracy theories

This article by Roger Pebody first appeared on aidsmap.com here.  Republished with permission.  The idea that AIDS was created as part of a government-led conspiracy to decimate the African American population remains salient to a significant minority of black people, according to qualitative research published in the January edition of the American Journal of Public Health. The researcher argues that such rumours and narratives are the product of a deep-seated feeling of distrust towards t

Sex in the City – Part Five

published: February, 16, 2015 Categories // Research, Women, Sexual Health, Health, Population Specific

Olivia Kijewski continues her exploration of sex work in Guelph, Ontario and its implications for sexual health work

Not surprisingly, stigma was reported as one of the major barriers for sex workers to accessing sexual health services in our needs assessment. Respondents reported experiencing stigma among triage staff, first responders, nurses, doctors, police, and various service providers. Stigma was frequently experienced by clients who were attempting to access social services (including housing, food and financial services) as well as health care. Stigma was related not only to experience of sex work

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