Articles tagged with: Health

Treatment as prevention success in Denmark

published: June, 03, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Gay Men, Research, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

From aidsmap, news of a Danish study shows clearest evidence yet that treatment as preventioin works

Treatment as prevention success in Denmark

This article by Gus Cairns first appeared on aidsmap.com here. Denmark shows first clear evidence of the success of treatment as prevention in gay men in a high income country  Very high diagnosis, treatment and viral suppression rates needed, say researchers   A study by the University of California, Los Angeles, and Copenhagen University Hospital provides the first unambiguous evidence of a link between high rates of viral suppression in gay men and falling HIV incidence (the proportio

Medical marijuana activism in NYC

published: May, 26, 2016 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Activism, Alternative Therapies, Gay Men, Mental Health, Health, International , Treatment, Lifestyle, Population Specific , Félix Garmendía

Our NYC guy Felix Garmendia recalls with affection and pride his days with the NYC Buyers' Club

Medical marijuana activism in NYC

"I wouldn’t say the weed made me HIGH, but it did manage to wrap me in an aura of relaxation, comfort and serenity. My mind drifted to a peaceful place, far from the horrors of working in a putrid system that just doesn’t work." I have used the “herb” for decades now. It was introduced to me by my “paraprofessional” (teacher’s helper) when I was a New York City school teacher, working in the Bronx in the early 1990s.  One Friday afternoon Miss Rodriguez saw me resting my head

Positive on PrEP

published: May, 26, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors

From POZ, guest author Trenton Straube offers insight into PrEP failure and what it means for HIV prevention

Positive on PrEP

Meet three guys who got HIV after starting Truvada as pre-exposure prophylaxis. How does this happen, and how are they doing today? By Trenton Straube If you take Truvada daily, the antiretroviral pill reduces your chances of contracting HIV by 99 percent. The FDA approved Truvada as a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in 2012, but the drug only recently gained traction, with more than 40,000 people now taking it in the United States; thousands more have taken it in clinical trials and studie

Conference reporting: From Winnipeg with love (Part Two)

published: May, 25, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Aging, As Prevention , Conferences, Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Sexual Health, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy continues his report on what went down at two recent conferences he attended in Winnipeg, Manitoba - CAHR and CAS.

Conference reporting: From Winnipeg with love (Part Two)

(Not acronym friendly? CAHR stands for Canadian Association for HIV Research. CAS stands for the Canadian AIDS Society.) In part one of this story I provided a user-friendly guide to what goes on at HIV conferences, why biding advocates should consider going and how to get to them. In this part, I’ll take last week’s two conferences and break their highlights down for you, again in user-friendly terms. First let’s deal with Winnipeg itself. This was my second visit and I remain not qu

Life lessons: seeing beyond the "quick fix" impulse

published: May, 23, 2016 Categories // Mental Health, Women, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

New contributing author Lolo says, "Using the word “should” positions me/us to disappoint others or ourselves."

Life lessons: seeing beyond the

"Living with a condition that, in Canada, we are able to classify as chronic and manageable is both a blessing and an ongoing challenge. Bringing about “slight or subtle adjustments” in thinking and doing, such as the ones I discuss, can be instructive and gratifying." Last weekend, one of my two breakfast companions (I will call him David-the-first) was exasperated with himself. He explained that for months during the past winter he had not been feeling well enough to go to the gym as h

US on course to end its HIV epidemic – eventually

published: May, 19, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

Aidsmap reports, "Fall in new infections only achieves half of 2010 target"

US on course to end its HIV epidemic – eventually

This article by Gus Cairns first appeared on aidsmap.com here. If current trends continue, the US may eventually end its HIV epidemic, a mathematical model recently published in AIDS & Behavior shows. In 2009, the average number of people each person with HIV would infect during their lifetime fell below one, and has now declined to 0.75, the model shows. This means the number of people with HIV will eventually start to shrink, as more in the ageing HIV-positive population start to die

I’m HIV-positive, but I’m not…

published: February, 23, 2016 Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Why our Toronto guy Josh feels he doesn’t fit the poz stereotypes

I’m HIV-positive, but I’m not…

I must apologize for my long hiatus. I’ve been dealing with some matters both personal and professional, and my mind has been elsewhere.  BuzzFeed occasionally has these videos where a certain group explains how they don’t fit stereotypes about their religion or ethnic group. While I won’t comment on the journalistic value of BuzzFeed, those videos had me thinking about how someone might perceive me for being HIV-positive, and that inspired my return for tonight’s post…  I’m HI

Doing the math

published: October, 27, 2015 Categories // Aging, Gay Men, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Guelph, Ontario's Wayne Bristow says, “with the years adding up and subtracting the negatives from my life, I’m liking how my life is becoming balanced”. His secret? Keep doing the math and an eye on his health.

Doing the math

I quit school and left home during the first week of March 1970. It couldn’t have come soon enough. I had just turned sixteen. I was in grade ten, failing in all subjects and math was the worst. I don’t recall much being said to me about my grades, but being tossed out of school for smoking in the wrong place had become the ultimate crime. It meant that I would face a beating from my stepfather when his ship came in. (He worked in the Great Lakes shipping business). After receiving my ver

Shifting gears

published: September, 03, 2015 Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Toronto’s Josh says “I think my story has been told, and the next phase of my life is about to begin”. So what is he going to write about in future? “Less about me, and more about HIV in general” he says.

Shifting gears

For anyone who reads this blog on a regular basis (or tries to), I want to apologize for a lack of posts. I haven’t been writing because, to be honest, I haven’t been certain what I should write about.  Chaos subsides When I was first diagnosed, life was a whirlwind. Wasn’t sure what was coming next, what to do, how to feel, the list goes on. Over the past year and a bit, obviously things have come under control. I’ve got my doctor, my treatment, and my health is good. I’m also co

I am me/ Another Monday that didn’t go according to plan

published: August, 19, 2015 Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Toronto’s Josh on being labelled HIV-positive and on days (or years) that don’t go right.

I am me/ Another Monday that didn’t go according to plan

I am me I recently came across an article published by TheBody.com about the term “HIV positive.” It’s an article that got me to thinking about my own life, and the labels that people may or may not place on me, and the labels that I may place on others. As a whole, it’s a great article. Here’s where it hit me the strongest: Remove the labels Positive and Negative when referring to your HIV status. "This is not going to be something that is easy to do because those two words —

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