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Insurers told to catch up on advances in HIV treatment and other medical conditions.

published: August, 14, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Current Affairs, General Health, Health, International , Living with HIV, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Medicine has advanced; it’s time for insurance to do the same. From Independent UK, Felicity Hannah reports.

Insurers told to catch up on advances in HIV treatment and other medical conditions.

To read the full article by Felicity Hannah, visit Independent, here. The long-term outlook of people living with HIV has been improving for years and last month it was revealed that a child in South Africa had been “virtually cured” of the disease. Research published earlier this year revealed that young people receiving the latest HIV drugs now have a “near-normal” life expectancy. Yet despite such profound changes in the health of people with the conditions, one in four say

Meaningful engagement

published: August, 11, 2017 Written by // Jeff Potts Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Research, Living with HIV, Jeff Potts, Media

Jeff Potts of the Canadian Positive People Network (CPPN) calls for unity among HIV peers as together we plot CPPN's 5-year course. Complete the survey here and help to set CPPN’s future direction.

Meaningful engagement

Like so many, and always with appreciation, humility, and just a little bit of shock (sometimes), I lived well beyond my ‘best before date’. These many years later, I celebrate my life with HIV and my life – period – every single day, trying not to take its extraordinary complexities for granted. I also spend a whole lot of time reflecting on the incredible efforts of the community-based movement which has, over too many decades and in countless ways, made it possible for me, and for s

One year ago today, PositiveLite.com endorsed the U=U campaign

published: August, 10, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

A wild ride: Bob Leahy looks back at what’s happened since PositiveLite.com became the first Canadian organization to sign on to the Undetectable = Untransmittable (U = U) campaign

One year ago today, PositiveLite.com endorsed the U=U campaign

I don’t remember how I first heard about Bruce Richman but it was surely on social media. It was the summer of 2016. Bruce had started cropping up everywhere. He seemed charismatic, passionate, informed. I asked him for an interview. He obliged and we talked for an hour or so by phone. I posted the resulting interview on August 10, 2016  under the title “Bob Leahy talks to Bruce Richman, the man behind Undetectable = Uninfectious.” The same day we also published an editorial “Positive

Condoms: isn’t it about time that the government and health care providers were honest with us so that we can make informed choices about our bodies? – correction/retraction

published: August, 10, 2017 Written by // T.J. Miller Categories // Social Media, T.J. Miller, Research, Health, International , Media, Opinion Pieces

T.J. Miller offers a correction and an apology.

Condoms: isn’t it about time that the government and health care providers were honest with us so that we can make informed choices about our bodies? – correction/retraction

A few days after PositiveLite.com published the above-named article by T.J. Miller, a reader pointed out flaws in the author’s research and made it plain that we’d presented some bad information. PositiveLite.com has a strong commitment to accuracy and so we pulled the article right away, pending a review of the available data. We apologize to our readers for our error but will add that we look forward to presenting T. J. Miller’s article once such a review has been made, taking into ac

August 2017 update: Proposed changes in viral load test reporting remain alarming

published: August, 09, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, Current Affairs, Health, Legal, Living with HIV, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Community cries foul to the news that Public Health Ontario wants to send your viral load test results to your local health unit.. Bob Leahy updates the story.

August 2017 update: Proposed changes in viral load test reporting remain alarming

August 9, 2017 Update: this isn't going away. . . . Here is what we heard this week from HALCO (HIV/AIDS Legal Clinic of Ontario). By the way, don't you just love the title of the report - "Public Health Approach to Case Management" that none in our community have even seen? That's us the report is talking about - and how our viral loads are to be managed by local Public Health offices. No thanks, says PositiveLite.com. And GIPA this is not! From HALCO . .  The Ministry of Health and Long-

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for August: keep moving!

published: August, 09, 2017 Written by // Ed Wolf Categories // Aging, Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Ed Wolf, International , Living with HIV, Media

Longtime activist Ed Wolf with 14 things to do as Twitnit comes into power.

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for August: keep moving!

Student with a backpack   photo found on the internet . . . Day 66. The worrying mind Sixty-six days since the election and my worrying mind won’t leave me alone. Today it’s our health care and Planned Parenthood, yesterday a photo of a polar bear swimming in an iceless sea, tomorrow the Muslim Registry and nuclear codes; it’s all too much. Long ago I told a young man he was HIV positive. When I’d met with him at the clinic two weeks before, he’d described going to an infamous Fo

Reflections: My first LGBT+ pride

published: August, 08, 2017 Written by // Joshua Middleton Categories // Social Media, Pride, Community Events, Gay Men, Youth, Events, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Joshua Middleton

Joshua Middleton gives an account of his first LGBT+ Pride as an out bisexual man.

Reflections: My first LGBT+ pride

Disclaimer: The views represented in this blog are entirely my own and do not represents the thoughts, opinions, views, of any particular organization including those of the San Diego LGBT Community Center.  The day was quickly approaching, it all felt so surreal. A week prior I had taken one of the biggest steps in my life and come out as bisexual to my family, friends, and followers. And now I was taking part in my first ever LGBT+ Pride event in San Diego by marching in the parade in fro

Have your say about HIV criminalization: complete online survey by Aug 31.

published: August, 08, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, Current Affairs, Research, Legal, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

The Canadian Coalition to Reform HIV Criminalization (CCRHC) seeks your input towards creating a Community Consensus Statement

Have your say about HIV criminalization: complete online survey by Aug 31.

(La version française se trouve ci-dessous.) The Canadian Coalition to Reform HIV Criminalization (CCRHC), which officially launched in October 2016, was founded by a group of Canadians and representatives of Canadian organizations compelled to join forces at a national level to progressively reform discriminatory and unjust criminal and public health laws and practices that criminalize and regulate people living with HIV in relation to HIV exposure, transmission and non-disclosure in Canada

Views from the front lines: Getting to undetectable

published: August, 07, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Features and Interviews, Women, Health, Sexual Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

From CATIE's "Prevention in Focus" spotlight on programming and research, three service providers speak of the barriers to testing and treatment their communities face.

Views from the front lines: Getting to undetectable

We spoke to three service providers to find their views and insights on the challenges facing their clients in getting an undetectable viral load: Norma Rabbitskin, Senior Health Nurse, Sturgeon Lake First Nation Health Centre, Saskatchewan Sem Teklemariam, Women’s Support Coordinator, Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP),Toronto, Ontario Deanna Macdonald, RN (c), BSN, Interior Health Clinical Care Coordinator – HIV and Health Outreach Team, Kelowna, British Co

It is best that I am HIV-positive (Antithesis for the uneducated)

published: August, 04, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From the Philippines, guest author Posit Bo on responding philosophically to HIV stigma.

It is best that I am HIV-positive (Antithesis for the uneducated)

It’s been more than two years since I was diagnosed with AIDS, as my baseline CD4 then was only 195. From 2015 to this day, a lot of things have happened in my life as a person living with HIV, as a student and as a son. This is PositiveLite.com and I am writing as a person living with HIV, so I’ll recount my experiences as – Posit Bo. Exactly two years ago, I started a blog called the “Voice of Positivism.” It was a convenient way of expressing my thoughts and reaching out to indi

¡QuE viva la vida! (Long Live Life!)

published: August, 03, 2017 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Social Media, Aging, Activism, Gay Men, General Health, Mental Health, Health, International , Living with HIV, Media, Félix Garmendía

New York guy Félix Garmendía: "It’s not just another day, it is also one precious day less. I am going to make it count!"

¡QuE viva la vida!  (Long Live Life!)

I am finding it difficult to write at this moment in my life. Every time I try to do so, my mind goes blank. The reality is that for the first time in a long time, I am scared. I have noticed that there’s a feeling of sadness pervading my mood these days. The loss of friends by natural causes and by life choices, my elderly mother’s issues and the deterioration in my mobility all contribute to this feeling of malaise. I am having dreams that are very vivid and intense, where I am still

This is the world’s first ‘smart condom’ which can track your thrusts and detect STIs

But does it also provide pre- and post-diagnosis counseling? From Metro.co.uk, Miranda Larbi reports.

This is the world’s first ‘smart condom’ which can track your thrusts and detect STIs

(Picture: British Condoms/Metro.co.uk) To read the complete article by Miranda Larbi, visit Metro.co.uk, here. Imagine meeting someone in a bar. The drinks are flowing, the chemistry is popping, and you decide to throw caution to the wind by going home with them. Just before you get down and dirty, you whip out your trusty condom and make them put it on. You also give them a condom ring to stick on top. They think you’re a bit OTT but they’re too far gone to question you. Suddenly

In Venezuela, a once-leading AIDS program lies in ruins

published: August, 02, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Current Affairs, General Health, Health, International , Treatment, Media, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

More than a decade ago, the country was lauded for its treatment program. Now, Venezuela is years into a political and economic crisis. From The Globe and Mail, Alejandro Cegarra reports

In Venezuela, a once-leading AIDS program lies in ruins

Juan Coronel had HIV for years, he told me, but by the time he was sick enough to need anti-retrovirals, Venezuela’s HIV/AIDS program was chronically short of medications. He died on June 19.  Photo: Alejandro Cegarra To read the complete article by Alejandro Cegarra, visit The Globe and Mail, here. Juan Coronel was so thin that his kneecaps jutted out like tent poles in his sweatpants. He was 39 when I met him a few weeks ago, with reddish-brown hair that clung to his scalp like a

No ordinary affair. IAS 2017 report from Paris, Part Two: U=U makes a huge splash

published: August, 01, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // International AIDS Conference , Activism, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy with an insider’s report on how U=U made a huge impression last week in Paris - in the conference centre, on it’s main stage and in the media.

No ordinary affair. IAS 2017 report from Paris, Part Two: U=U makes a huge splash

What people said? Some said that history was made at IAS2017 in Paris last week. I’m too close to the campaign to be objective – I lead the Canadian arm of the Prevention Access Campaign's work – but certainly it was a big week. It was also one where the U=U campaign repeatedly made the news. Important things were said by important people, including by us and about us – people living with HIV. Here are some of the things people said about U=U last week “Scientists never like to

No ordinary affair. IAS 2017 report from Paris, Part One: Conference highlights

published: August, 01, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // International AIDS Conference , Activism, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy was in Paris last week covering the big IAS conference on HIV Science. Turns out it was the best he had been to and not just because Undetectable=Untransmittable (U=U) almost stole the show. Here is what else happened.

No ordinary affair. IAS 2017 report from Paris, Part One: Conference highlights

International AIDS Society Conferences come in two sizes. They alternate. Next year will be the big one in Amsterdam which deals with the whole panoply of HIV knowledge, including science and research and more. It will likely attract about 20,000 people. This year’s alternate year conference was just about HIV science, a smaller affair with 8,000 or so of us in attendance from 40 countries with an agenda less community-based. In other words, it was potentially a bit dull. This one certainl

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