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HIV and mental health: The elephant in the room

published: October, 11, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Aging, Mental Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Living with HIV, Media

From CATIE Blog, Tammy c. Yates of Realize: "it is critical for HIV and mental health workers to strategize together to ensure that the mental health needs of people living with HIV are being addressed.."

HIV and mental health: The elephant in the room

In his famous poem “The Blind Men and the Elephant”, John Godfrey Saxe retells an Indian parable about three blind men who went to see an elephant. Of course, being blind, they could only ‘see’ the elephant by touching it. When asked to describe the elephant, one grabbed it by its trunk and said, “An elephant is like a snake!” The second man took his turn to touch it, pulled it by the leg, and confidently determined, “No, an elephant is like a tree trunk!” The third and final p

Films open up the lives of Christians affected by HIV

published: October, 11, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Mental Health, Revolving Door, International , Spirituality, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media

From Church Times, Hattie Williams reports on Positive Faith, a new online resource exploring the relationship between HIV and faith.

Films open up the lives of Christians affected by HIV

Talking about faith: a Christian with HIV, Horcelie Sinda Wa Mbongo (currently Miss Congo UK), and Vida Boateng, in one of the videos in the resource A NEW government-funded video series produced by Christians living with, or affected by, HIV has been praised by church leaders and health professionals. The online resource, Positive Faith, explores the relationship between HIV and faith. It is due to be launched in London next Thursday, 12 October, by the charity Catholics for A

U.S. simulation explores the intersection of PrEP and some sexually transmitted infections

published: October, 10, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, CATIE, As Prevention , General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, Sexual Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Lifestyle, Media

"The results of the researchers’ simulations show that PrEP should be considered as a package of interventions, of which STI screening and treatment are an important part. From Catie, Sean R. Hosein reports.

U.S. simulation explores the intersection of PrEP and some sexually transmitted infections

The use of medicines to prevent a person from becoming infected with HIV is called pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). PrEP consists of two anti-HIV drugs—tenofovir DF and FTC—in one pill. In clinical trials with gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM), PrEP has been highly effective in preventing the spread of HIV. According to a team of U.S. researchers who analysed data from several clinical trials, the consistent use of PrEP can reduce the risk of HIV infection “by more

Moscow Buyers Club: Russia's AIDS patients work together to overcome medication shortages

published: October, 10, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, As Prevention , Current Affairs, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

"Russia is virtually the only developed country where the number of new HIV infections and the number of AIDS-related deaths is on the rise." From Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty, this report by Robert Coalson and Anastasia Kuzina.

Moscow Buyers Club: Russia's AIDS patients work together to overcome medication shortages

When the Russian government's system for purchasing and distributing the vital drugs needed to combat the virus that causes AIDS breaks down, patients use social-media networks to give one another medicine and hope. (file photo) MOSCOW -- Many of the posts on the website Pereboi.ru -- a chat room for Russians diagnosed with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS -- are alarming. "Today my husband went to the clinic and they told him that they gave out all the medicine on Monday," wrote Nelli from U

Review: ‘The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson’ is Trans Film Noir

published: October, 09, 2017 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Movies, Women, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Mark S. King

Mark S. King reviews the new documentary by David France.

Review: ‘The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson’ is Trans Film Noir

Marsha P. Johnson, in a photo from the new documentary. Victoria Cruz, a dogged crime-victim advocate in New York City, has taken on one last case before retirement. She wants to solve the mysterious 1992 death of Marsha P. Johnson — a trans woman like Cruz herself — who’s body was pulled from the Hudson river after disappearing the evening before. The cause of death had been ruled a suicide, but that doesn’t wash with Marsha’s friends or with much of the LGBT population of New Yor

Psychological impact of PrEP: beyond efficacy and cost-effectiveness

published: October, 09, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Mental Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

What is the impact of PrEP on quality of life? From HIV i-Base, Simon Collins reports

Psychological impact of PrEP: beyond efficacy and cost-effectiveness

The impact of PrEP on quality of life in reducing HIV-related anxiety and more dynamic and fulfilled sex lives is potentially as important as hard endpoints for reduced HIV infections. Mitzy Gafos presented experiences from using PrEP as part of the UK PROUD study, based on semi-structured interviews with 41 participants. In addition to reporting behavioural changes, the results gave insight into psychological impact of PrEP. Many of these imply significant changes in outlooks and approach

Virally suppressed people have “effectively no risk” of transmitting HIV, says US CDC: but how many are suppressed?

published: October, 06, 2017 Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

Over 60% of gay men have viral suppression, but less than 30% of under 25s. From AIDSmap, Gus Cairns reports.

Virally suppressed people have “effectively no risk” of transmitting HIV, says US CDC: but how many are suppressed?

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) used 27 September, National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, to announce that HIV diagnoses had fallen in white gay and bisexual men and remained stable among African-American gay men between 2010 and 2014, its last complete year of figures. The CDC went further in its release: for the first time, it attributed this slowing of diagnoses to “the prevention effectiveness of antiretroviral therapy (ART)” and said that data from

80 days of HIV

published: October, 05, 2017 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Activism, Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Youth, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Alex Sparrowhawk

Alex Sparrowhawk checks in and talks about his new project, "...to show a daily snapshot of life with the virus."

80 days of HIV

I’ve not written anything for a while, or more accurately I have written a lot and left the contents of my ramblings in the draft vaults of WordPress.com. So what’s going on in my life? Well I’ve been dating someone since May and it’s going well enough for us to venture on our first trip away this weekend. Work is good and over the summer I was so proud to see our Can’t Pass It On campaign launch as well as tick off a number of other projects I’ve been working on this year. M

Appropriations committees in U.S. Congress vote to maintain funding for Global Fund and PEPFAR

published: October, 05, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , General Health, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Research, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

President Trump had proposed cuts to both. From Aidspan, David Garmaise reports.

Appropriations committees in U.S. Congress vote to maintain funding for Global Fund and PEPFAR

To read the complete article by David Garmaise, visit Aidspan, here. The appropriations committees in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have approved funding for global health programs for the fiscal year 2018 at about the same levels as the previous year. In so doing, the committees ignored the budget proposed by President Donald Trump which called for cuts of $2.5 billion overall, including $225 million less for the Global Fund and $1 billion less for PEPFAR. The U.S. 2018

Amsterdam PrEP failure patient had unusual course of HIV infection

published: October, 04, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Guest Authors

Researchers speculate that continued PrEP might stop local infections becoming systemic. From AIDSmap, Gus Cairns reports.

Amsterdam PrEP failure patient had unusual course of HIV infection

At last February’s Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), Dutch clinicians presented a so-far unique case of a man who had apparently become infected with non-drug-resistant HIV while taking pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) consistently. Two previous cases of PrEP failure had been reported, but in both cases, the men concerned had been infected with multidrug-resistant HIV. This case, therefore, raised concerns that PrEP may not be 100% effective. The case has

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for October: the bombardment continues.

published: October, 04, 2017 Written by // Ed Wolf Categories // Ed Wolf

Ed Wolf: "It’s hard to be present in the here and now, so I drift back to other Terrible Times I’ve experienced."

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for October: the bombardment continues.

Homeless in front of Lunch Combo Day 86.  Expect the unexpected The bombardment continues: the Arctic Ice melt, the travel bans, the awful cabinet appointees, the specter of Bannon behind it all. It’s hard to be present in the here and now, so I drift back to other Terrible Times I’ve experienced. I remember a homeless man I met long ago, a patient on the AIDS unit. Calvin told me stories about his life, how he survived, how he got infected, how having AIDS was just basic training for l

How do you know if someone has HIV?

published: October, 03, 2017 Written by // Billy Santo Categories // Activism, Social Media, Youth, Health, Billy Santo, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

From The Philippines, out poz guy Billy Santo speaks out on the importance of early testing and treatment.

How do you know if someone has HIV?

How do you know if someone has HIV? You don't. A lot of people who have HIV don't know that they have it. They don't have the slightest idea that they are already carrying it and still continue to engage in risky behaviors. That is why it is important to seek early testing and treatment to diminish harmful effects the virus can cause. If it stays in the body for a long time without medication, the virus can replicate into thousands of copies and can entirely destroy the immune system. Once t

A note to bisexual men in the closet

published: October, 03, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Media, Opinion Pieces

Lewis Oakley is a bisexual activist. To mark Bi Visibility Day, Oakley wrote for PinkNews about standing in the face of biphobia in 2017.

A note to bisexual men in the closet

This article by Lewis Oakley previously appeared at Pink News, here Hey lads, Today is an important day and I wanted to send you a message. As Twitter and some decent news sites erupt in a blue, pink and purple celebration of Bi Visibility, I know you can’t show your support for fear someone may find out. Mates that would never accept bisexuality and insist you must be a gay man now. A girlfriend that will be embarrassed and worried your relationship will be seen as a joke by everyone. Fa

The epidemiology of HIV in gay men and other men who have sex with men

published: October, 02, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Sexual Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Media

From CATIE, This fact sheet provides a snapshot of the HIV epidemic in Canada among gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM). It is one of a series of fact sheets on the epidemiology of HIV and hepatitis C.

The epidemiology of HIV in gay men and other men who have sex with men

All epidemiological information is approximate, based on the best available data. Most of the data in this fact sheet come from a population-specific surveillance system (M-Track) and the Summary: Estimates of HIV prevalence and incidence in Canada, 2014 published by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). More information can be found in the section “Where do these numbers come from?” at the end of the fact sheet. MSM represent an estimated 2.4% of the Canadian population.1 Accordi

Depression highly prevalent among people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa

published: October, 02, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door

Globally, the mental health of HIV-positive individuals is an increasing concern. From AIDSmap, Michael Carter reports.

Depression highly prevalent among people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa

Depression is very common among people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, according to the results of a systematic review and meta-analysis published in PLOS One. Prevalence ranged between 9 and 32%, but differed between screening tools and also according to antiretroviral therapy (ART) status. Risk factors for depression included economic hardship, female sex and immunosuppression, but there was little consistency between studies. “This analysis of the available most recent literature

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