Articles tagged with: research

“Elite Controllers Experience Disproportionate Health Issues”

published: January, 27, 2015 Categories // Research, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

This was what a medical journal recently reported. But how accurate is it? An elite controller himself, Rodney Rousseau picks apart the headlines.

“Elite Controllers Experience Disproportionate Health Issues”

What the research says Elite controllers (ECs) - of which I happen to be one - are a subset of people living with HIV that are able to spontaneously maintain an undetectable viral load despite not being on antiretroviral therapy (ART). A recent paper about ECs recently accepted to the Journal of Infectious Diseases has been getting a lot of attention, partially due to its captivating title: “Elite Controllers are Hospitalized More Often than Persons with Medically Controlled HIV”. The wo

Women and disclosure - building a safe place

published: January, 27, 2015 Written by // Samantha Categories // Dating, Women, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Samantha

New PositiveLite.com writer Samantha tackles the topic of how disclosure disproportionally affects the lives of women living with HIV

Women and disclosure - building a safe place

"Each time I have to disclose I get anxious, I experience fear of the unknown, and most times when disclosing to a potential sex partner I am left feeling like damaged goods, hopeless because the rejection that is often an automatic response is based on fear that has no basis due to lack of education about the virus.”   The research In January 2015 the Salamander Trust in partnership with the Department of Reproductive Health and Research at World Health Organization and in consultation

Butt out? Smokers with HIV live seven years less

published: January, 23, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Research, Health, Revolving Door, Smoking Cessation , Guest Authors, Living with HIV

Aidsmap reports smoking doubles risk of death for patients taking HIV therapy

Butt out? Smokers with HIV live seven years less

This article by Michael Carter first appeared on aidsmap.com here.    Republished with permission.  Smoking doubles the mortality risk for people with HIV taking antiretroviral therapy, a study published in AIDS shows. Smokers had an increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease (CVD) and non-AIDS-related cancers, and the life expectancy of a 35-year-old man with HIV was reduced by almost eight years due to smoking. “Smoking was associated with a two-fold increase in mortality,

What was the top HIV or Hep C research news story of 2014?

published: January, 07, 2015 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, Research, Features and Interviews, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health

From CATIE: “From prevention methods to treatment options, new HIV and hepatitis C research made headlines in 2014. We’ve selected some highlights from the past year below, in no particular order.”

What was the top HIV or Hep C research news story of 2014?

This article first appeared on the CATIE website here.   Une version française est disponible ici. Landmark analysis first to show that treatment dramatically reduces HIV risk for anal sex The groundbreaking (and ongoing) PARTNER study is the first to explore the risk of HIV transmission when the viral load is undetectable in the blood and no condom is used. Previous studies had already demonstrated that this risk is reduced for vaginal sex, but PARTNER is the first to explore the risk

Women living with HIV aim to break the glass ceiling

published: January, 06, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Research, Women, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Allison Carter writing for ICAD says “more than half of all people living with HIV worldwide are women, and yet they continue to be under-represented in the HIV response.”

Women living with HIV aim to break the glass ceiling

This blog by Allison Carter first appeared on Huffington Post here  and then on the ICAD website here.  More than half of all people living with HIV worldwide are women, and yet they continue to be under-represented in the HIV response. A recent Canadian study of women living with HIV aims to break this glass ceiling, shedding important light on what opportunities exist and what barriers persist towards closing the gap for women living with HIV, a highly underserved community both in Canada

Have your say on criminalization – and get paid for it

published: December, 09, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Research, Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

Research project looking for interviews with 50 HIV positive women and men across Ontario.

Have your say on criminalization – and get paid for it

“I am a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto in Sociology and Sexual Diversity Studies. For my dissertation research, I am looking at the criminalization of non-disclosure of HIV and what it means for human rights, prevention work and sexuality. I’m hoping to interview 50 HIV positive women and men across Ontario.  My research project has been approved by both the Sociology department and the HIV Research Ethics Board at the University of Toronto (as you can see in the attached app

Being paid to stay well

published: December, 06, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Research, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

Aidsmap reports a positive response to cash incentives for maintaining an undetectable viral load' in US trial

Being paid to stay well

This article by Gus Cairns first appeared in aidsmap.com here.  Republished with permission.  A US study presented at last month’s HIV Research for Prevention conference found generally positive responses among people with HIV and clinic staff to a trial that used $70 gift tokens as an incentive for people to maintain an undetectable viral load. However, the study found that only just under half of patients had an accurate understanding of what viral load was, and that this did not impro

Participants wanted

published: December, 04, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Research, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Toronto area research project aims to support gay and bisexual, HIV-positive men who are struggling with HIV treatment decisions or adherence

Participants wanted

Peer Supported Treatment Decisions Do you find HIV treatment decisions or adherence to be difficult or stressful? Do the following apply to you? Are you HIV-positive? Do you identify as a gay or bisexual man? Do you have a detectable viral load and either  are not currently on HIV medications or are having trouble following your HIV medication schedule? This research project offers four confidential, one-on-one peer-facilitated counselling sessions (approximately one hour) for gay

“Probably the most important study currently running “

published: November, 30, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Newly Diagnosed, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

From TheBody.com, START study could change how we look at HIV treatment, and HIV itself

“Probably the most important study currently running “

This is an excerpt from an article by Simon Collins that first appeared on TheBody.com here.   Have you heard of the START (Strategic Timing of Antiretroviral Treatment) study? In my opinion, it is probably the most important study currently running. It generates strong views, both for and against initiating antiretroviral therapy early, but the results are likely to be surprising. Let's look at what START will and won't tell us about "when to start" treatment. As an activist living with

Co-infection news - new treatments for hepatitis C

published: November, 29, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Hep B and C, Research, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

aidsmap.com reports there’s more good news on treatment for hepatitis C. In several trials of new hepatitis C drugs involving people with hepatitis C and HIV co-infection, over 90% of HIV-positive people had no traces of hepatitis C after 12 weeks

Co-infection news  - new treatments for hepatitis C

This article previously appeared in HIVupdate, a publication of aidsmap.com  There’s more good news on treatment for hepatitis C. In several trials of new hepatitis C drugs involving people with hepatitis C and HIV co-infection, over 90% of HIV-positive people had no traces of hepatitis C after 12 weeks of treatment. The drug regimens are made up of tablets only, often with more than one drug combined into a single tablet, and no injections of interferon are needed. Until recently, it wa

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