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The S Word

published: November, 07, 2017 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Alex Sparrowhawk

Alex Sparrowhawk on HIV stigma "We want society to treat us with the same respect given to people without the virus. This means we need to live as we wish to be seen. Unashamed and unapologetic."

The S Word

Today I mark a day in my life that I will remember forever, it is eight years since I received my HIV diagnosis. I am a very different person to the 24 year old who sat in the clinic side room on that sunny November morning wondering how badly I had messed up my life. Over eight years I have experienced the full spectrum of human emotions, especially in the times I found myself alone in silence. I am lucky that I have received support and found confidence to channel my anger and frustration,

The C-word? ‘Condom’ reportedly too graphic for Russian Education Ministry to be used in HIV lesson

published: November, 07, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Youth, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

From RT.com: "The Russian Education Ministry says the word is inappropriate for kids and wants to avoid using it,"

The C-word? ‘Condom’ reportedly too graphic for Russian Education Ministry to be used in HIV lesson

Preparations for a nationwide online lesson on HIV have been halted because of… condoms! The Russian Education Ministry says the word is inappropriate for kids and wants to avoid using it, Russian media reported, citing a contractor. An online lesson on HIV prevention is scheduled to take place in schools across Russia on World AIDS Day, December 1. The event was launched in 2015 by Russia’s Ministry of Education and Science, but this year, discussion of the lesson came to a premature end

Investigating where patients go when they leave HIV care

published: November, 06, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, CATIE, As Prevention , General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Sexual Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media

From CATIE, Sean R. Hosein reports on research that begins to paint a picture of what happens when people living with HIV are "lost to follow-up."

Investigating where patients go when they leave HIV care

- Previous research has found HIV-positive Canadians stop attending follow-up HIV appointments at rates between 11% and 24%. - Alberta researchers find that many patients “lost to follow-up” are seeking healthcare outside HIV services, often in hospital emergency rooms. - This research has implications for programs that seek to re-engage patients in HIV care. Potent combination anti-HIV therapy (ART) can reduce levels of HIV in the blood (viral load) to very low levels that cannot be de

STIs in a post-condoms world

published: November, 06, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Media, Sex and Sexuality

From FS Magazine, Matthew Hodson: " Let’s talk about STIs when we need to talk about STIs but let’s keep our eye on the prize of ending HIV."

STIs in a post-condoms world

Let’s talk about PrEP. Or, let’s talk about how HIV treatment prevents the virus being passed on to sexual partners. When our virus is undetectable it is untransmittable (U=U). How long do we go down either conversational road before someone starts talking about STIs? I was told by someone who works for an HIV support organisation that we shouldn’t let HIV-positive people with an undetectable viral load know that they aren’t a risk to sexual partners. “If you do that,” I was t

U=U unites with ITPC to improve the lives of people living with HIV.

published: November, 03, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

A critical and timely partnership has formed to share U=U knowledge worldwide.

U=U unites with ITPC to improve the lives of people living with HIV.

GABORONE, Botswana – Nov 1, 2017 – The International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC) and Prevention Access Campaign (PAC) announced today a groundbreaking partnership that will amplify the Undetectable=Untransmittable (U=U) message among communities of people living with HIV worldwide. U=U reinforces the public health benefits of antiretroviral therapy (ART), affirming that a person living with HIV on ART with an undetectable viral load cannot sexually transmit HIV. The growing

Trump policy harming Kenya, Uganda health services

published: November, 02, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Youth, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

Expanded "Mexico City" policy causing cuts in HIV, reproductive care. Human Rights Watch reports.

Trump policy harming Kenya, Uganda health services

Early effects of United States restrictions to global health aid include cuts to essential health services in Kenya and Uganda, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that was released today. The changes have resulted in a loss of training and equipment from nongovernmental groups for government health clinics, and widespread confusion about implementation. Human Rights Watch sent its findings in advance of a six-month review by the State Department of t

Another chance to hear Bruce Richman in Toronto

published: November, 02, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Youth, Current Affairs, Events, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Upcoming Events, Health, Treatment, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

A November 22 community Forum brings New York City’s Bruce Richman back to Toronto for a don’t-miss community forum on U=U (Undetectable equals Untransmittable)=

Another chance to hear Bruce Richman in Toronto

He’s a colleague and a friend so I’m hardly impartial. but I’ve been doing this work for a very long time, and honestly, I’ve never met anyone quite like the Prevention Access Campaign’s Bruce Richman. We first met in Toronto one year ago when PositiveLite.com brought him to Toronto for a community forum in Toronto on what was then a lesser known concept. He preached, with the full weight of science behind him, that people who are virally suppressed – that means on treatment and

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for November: expect the unexpected

published: November, 01, 2017 Written by // Ed Wolf Categories // Social Media, Activism, Aging, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Ed Wolf, Spirituality, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

HIV activist Ed Wolf copes with Trumpism as the malaise continues.

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for November: expect the unexpected

 Day 94.  Expect the Unexpected As some of you know, I had the great honor to be included in David Weissman’s award-winning documentary, “We Were Here,” and occasionally receive messages from people who’ve seen it. The following arrived a few days ago, a perfect reminder to all of us, in these polarized times, to continue to do our work, stay committed to our beliefs, and tell our stories. Hearts and minds can and do change. “Hi Ed. I just watched the movie in which you are feat

Drinking three or more cups of coffee a day halves the risk of dying for people with HIV/HCV co-infection

published: November, 01, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Hep B and C, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

"... we found that elevated coffee consumption had an independent protective effect on all-cause mortality risk.” From Infohep.org, Michael Carter reports.

Drinking three or more cups of coffee a day halves the risk of dying for people with HIV/HCV co-infection

Drinking three or more cups of coffee a day halves the risk of death from any cause for people with HIV/hepatitis C virus (HCV) co-infection, French investigators report in the Journal of Hepatology. The protective effect of coffee consumption observed in the study was much larger than the 14% reduction in mortality observed in the general population. “In this large prospective nationwide cohort of patients co-infected with HIV-HCV followed-up in French hospital departments, we found t

People with HIV still expect a lower quality of life than their negative peers, European survey finds

published: October, 31, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // International AIDS Conference , Social Media, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media

Nearly 40% with an undetectable viral load still consider themselves infectious. Gus Cairns reports on a European study commissioned by Gilead Sciences.

People with HIV still expect a lower quality of life than their negative peers, European survey finds

A study commissioned by the drug company Gilead Sciences and conducted in five European countries has found that, compared with their HIV-negative peers, people with HIV still expect to die sooner and think they are less likely to achieve a long-term relationship. The results were announced yesterday during the 16th European AIDS Conference (EACS 2017) in Milan, Italy. The survey found that 54% of HIV-positive people considered HIV to be a barrier to sex with others, and of them 87% (47% o

How I define myself

published: October, 31, 2017 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Félix Garmendía

New York guy Félix Garmendía: "The way we relate or identify to another human being, should always include a kind and proper choice of words."

How I define myself

There are many ways to refer to somebody when you can’t remember their name or you might be identifying someone in a picture. We all have defined ourselves by different circumstances in life. Some of those definitions are temporary, others like race, sexual orientation and personal beliefs seem to be more lasting in most people. Have you ever wondered what would be your answer if somebody asks you out of the specific context of a conversation a simple 3 word question? – “What are you”?

To hell with the money!!

published: October, 30, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Activism, Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Kimutai Kemboi, General Health, Mental Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Features and Interviews, Women, Health, Sexual Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media

Kenyan HIV activist Kimutai Kemboi interviews "Eve", a former Nairobi sex worker.

To hell with the money!!

"Over the years, my needs came before my health. Risk of getting sexually related infections never came to my mind. I could sleep with whoever offered to pay my rent, buy food, meet other bills and ensure my beauty was maintained." Eve said. "I could sleep with any man irrespective of his physical outfit or age, what mattered to me was how much he could cover. The amount he could give decided how much his demands were honoured. Using protection was not my option but his wish; to be sincere. I

After I was diagnosed with HIV I started taking risks

published: October, 30, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Dating, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Newly Diagnosed, Mental Health, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Media, Sex and Sexuality

From FS Magazine, Ruaidhri O'Baoill tells of "a time when I should have protected myself more than ever but instead put myself through continuous sexual risk" and how he found his way forward.

After I was diagnosed with HIV I started taking risks

When I was diagnosed as HIV-positive I turned to sex as a way to cope with how I was feeling about myself. I lost all confidence and self-condemned myself to the ‘unwanted’ pile. I relied on the quick fix that sex brought to make myself feel better again.  It was the connection, contact and ultimately acceptance, along with being desired, that I craved which sex provided me with – no matter the circumstance.  I didn’t set out to intentionally put myself at risk again after being d

Talking about HIV and U=U in Russian

published: October, 27, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Features and Interviews, Health, International , Treatment, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy interviews the Switzerland HIV non-profit organization director Dr. Alex Schneider, an expert on the troubling HIV epidemic in Russia, the largest in the world

Talking about HIV and U=U in Russian

Bob Leahy: Hi Alex, thank you for agreeing to talk to PositiveLite.com. Tell me a little about yourself. You live in Switzerland? Alex Schneider: Yes, I have lived in Switzerland for three years, not far from Zurich. I live here because of my husband and his job. I moved here from Germany. Before that I lived in Russia and USSR (the Ukraine). I’m 38 years old. I’ve been HIV-positive for five-six years and I’m undetectable. How would you describe your profession, because I know you have

Free workshops at HALCO in November and December 2017

published: October, 27, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, Social Media, Events, Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

Everyone is welcome to attend any of these general interest workshops but space is limited so registration is required.

Free workshops at HALCO in November and December 2017

Our free workshops are held in person at the HALCO office/Specialty Legal Clinic Co-op, 55 University Avenue, 15th Floor Room C2, Toronto (just south of King Street West and the fully accessible St. Andrew subway station).  The workshops in this series are: - Refugees and Permanent Residents: How Can You Lose Your Status in Canada?  How Can You Apply for Canadian Citizenship? workshop on Wednesday November 8, 2017, 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Presenter:  Meagan Johnston, HALCO Staff Lawyer. -

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