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An epidemic of bullshit

published: February, 01, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

From Overland, guest author Daniel Reeders: "... messages on sexual health almost invariably focus on sex rather than health."

An epidemic of bullshit

Image credit: Reginald Mount, ‘The easy girlfriend’ (poster), Norwich: Her Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1943-44. This file comes from Wellcome Images, a website operated by Wellcome Trust, a global charitable foundation based in the United Kingdom. Refer to Wellcome blog post (archive). This article by Daniel Reeders previously appeared at Overland, here. Two or three times a year, there’ll be a major conference on sexual health, or a report released on how many new sexually tr

4 out of 5 gay, bi and men who have sex with men are aware of HIV prevention drug, PrEP

published: February, 01, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

Indigenous, Latino, bisexual and single men less likely to be aware of newly publicly-funded HIV prevention medication

4 out of 5 gay, bi and men who have sex with men are aware of HIV prevention drug, PrEP

(Vancouver, January 31, 2018) A new study shows most of gay, bi, men who have sex with men (MSM) and other MSM, are aware of PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) - an HIV prevention drug recently made available at no charge to British Columbians at risk of HIV - according to the Momentum Health Study at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. “Gay, bisexual, MSM and other MSM in Canada accounted for 56.8% of all new cases of HIV in Canada,” says research scientist, Nathan Lachowsky. “Incre

CATIE expresses condolences and support regarding missing men in Toronto

published: January, 31, 2018 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Media

"CATIE expresses our solidarity with Toronto’s LGBT, South Asian and Middle Eastern communities, and we extend our support to efforts to change the way community concerns are addressed in the future."

CATIE expresses condolences and support regarding missing men in Toronto

The staff and board of directors of CATIE were deeply distressed to learn about the deaths of Selim Esen, Andrew Kinsman, Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Mahmudi and Dean Lisowick. We extend our condolences to the families and friends of the victims and our colleagues at the Toronto HIV/AIDS Network and the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation, where Andrew Kinsman worked and volunteered. We also offer our support for the Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention, which has called for an external review

600 people a week turned away from oversubscribed sexual health clinics at one London NHS trust

published: January, 31, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Newly Diagnosed, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Health, International , Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

Closures have taken place across central London and remaining clinics across the capital are facing unmanageable demands. From the Evening Standard, Eleanor Rose reports.

600 people a week turned away from oversubscribed sexual health clinics at one London NHS trust

Testing: Digital services will allow people to carry out tests at home, but the rollout has been delayed. To read the complete story by Eleanor Rose, visit The Evening Standard, here. Up to 600 people per week are being turned away from oversubscribed sexual health clinics at one of London’s NHS trusts, an expert has warned. Dr Mark Lawton of the British Association of Sexual Health and HIV said the data showing hundreds of people are being turned away from clinic at Guy’s and St Tho

What will be the impact of PrEP in Ontario?

published: January, 30, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

The breadth of data being collected is intended to help answer the wide range of questions about what “real-world” PrEP use looks like in the province. Jack Mohr of the Ontario PrEP Cohort Study has this report.

What will be the impact of PrEP in Ontario?

After years spent waiting, more widespread access to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) in Ontario finally seems to be taking shape. Health Canada approval for generic forms of tenofovir disoproxil fumarate/emtricitabine (the drug combination used for PrEP) has drastically decreased out of pocket costs for PrEP.  This development, along with concerted lobbying from HIV activists, also led to the addition of PrEP to the Ontario Drug Benefit formulary in September 2017. While these changes don’t

Study links gut-homing protein levels with HIV infection risk, disease progression

published: January, 30, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Health, Research, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

From the National Institutes of Health: NIH clinical trial is testing antibody against the protein in people with HIV.

Study links gut-homing protein levels with HIV infection risk, disease progression

For the first time, scientists have shown a relationship between the proportion of key immune cells that display high levels of a gut-homing protein called alpha-4 beta-7 at the time of HIV infection and health outcomes. Previous research illustrated this relationship in monkeys infected with a simian form of HIV. The new study found that women who had more CD4+ T cells displaying high levels of alpha-4 beta-7 on their surface were more likely to become infected with HIV, and the virus damage

U=U laggards draw fire from the community

published: January, 29, 2018 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Health, Treatment, Media, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

The Global U=U picture is good, but community activists are stepping up the heat on organizations which have been slow to embrace it. Today the spotlight is on Greater than AIDS, GNP+ and in Canada, the Ontario AIDS Network. Bob Leahy reports.

U=U laggards draw fire from the community

This article originallly appeared on January 16, 2018 If 2017 was a good year for many people living with HIV, it was for a simple, three character slogan that seemed to be everywhere. POZ.com, in awarding Undetectable equals Untransmittable, or U=U, the campaign of the year described it as “perhaps the most discussed and rapidly shared message to hit the HIV arena in years”. The Washington Post called it  “the campaign credited with beginning to change public perception of HIV trans

Women with HIV less likely to receive recommended treatments for gynaecologic cancers

published: January, 29, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Media

Toxicity and patient factors were the main reasons why women did not receive treatment recommended in guidelines.From AIDSmap, Michael Carter reports.

Women with HIV less likely to receive recommended treatments for gynaecologic cancers

The majority of HIV-positive women diagnosed with gynaecological cancer do not receive treatment recommended by cancer guidelines, according to research conducted in the United States and published in AIDS. Women whose care did not match guideline standards had poorer survival compared to women who received the recommended care. Toxicity and patient factors were the main reasons why women did not receive treatment recommended in guidelines. “To our knowledge, there is no case series de

Inclusion and respect – appreciating the role people living with HIV have with our research partners

published: January, 26, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, Current Affairs, Research, International , Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

Please sign this petition calling for GIPA to be acknowledged in HIV research findings

Inclusion and respect – appreciating the role people living with HIV have with our research partners

The partnerships forged between people living with HIV and researchers have been an essential foundation upon which the response to the HIV epidemic has grown and the time has come to reaffirm and recommit to principles of inclusion and respect in the conduct of presenting research findings that impacts on our lives. The early years of the HIV epidemic ushered in a radically different approach to traditional medical and clinical research. Academics and activists held a shared understanding th

The term ‘LGBTI’ confuses desire, behaviour and identity – it’s time for a rethink

published: January, 25, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, International , Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

From The Conversation, Dennis Altman: "Desire, behaviour and identity are distinct, and do not always overlap."

The term ‘LGBTI’ confuses desire, behaviour and identity – it’s time for a rethink

This article by Dennis Altman prevously appeared at The Conversation, here. The rise of sexually transmissible diseases made front-page news in The Age, which tried to make sense of the rise among “gay men” and “heterosexual people”. This illustrates the increasingly common confusion between behaviour and identity. What is involved is sexual contact, or to use the expression common in the early days of the AIDS epidemic, “the exchange of bodily fluids”. Whether people involve

French study confirms the safety and effectiveness of varenicline for HIV-positive smokers

published: January, 25, 2018 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Research, Health, International , CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Smoking Cessation , Media

Varenicline (combined with counselling) can clearly help some HIV-positive people to quit smoking. From CATIE, Sean R. Hosein reports.

French study confirms the safety and effectiveness of varenicline for HIV-positive smokers

- People living with HIV are known to be at increased risk for smoking-related illnesses. - Researchers find varenicline safe and effective at helping people with HIV quit smoking. - Cessation counsellors who are infectious disease specialists have higher quit rates. The widespread use of potent HIV treatment (ART) has led to improved measures of health and near-normal life expectancy for many people with HIV in Canada and other high-income countries. However, studies have found that ART us

Public forum: making all the tools better to prevent HIV

published: January, 25, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

Hear an update of how Toronto can end HIV transmissions.

Public forum: making all the tools better to prevent HIV

Leading Toronto researchers and clinicians invite you to a discussion of how HIV prevention tools are improving and combine to get us to zero new infections. (Speakers: Sharmistha Mishra, Rupert Kaul, Malika Sharma, Beth Rachlis, Taylor Sicard, Isaac Bogoch, Abigail Kroch.  Moderator: R. Reinhard) When: Wednesday, February 7, 2018 6:30-8:30 PM Where: Hart House Music Room (U. of Toronto campus) Elevator and access ramp accessible. Light refreshments will be provided. Please RVSP by email

Faster action on adherence is needed after viral load becomes detectable, researchers warn global treatment programmes

published: January, 24, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Newly Diagnosed, Research, Health, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

“Our results show that any detectable viral load between 51 and 999 copies per ml leads to poorer treatment outcomes than successful virological suppression of less than 50 copies per ml,” write the investigators. From AIDSmap, Keith Alcorn reports.

Faster action on adherence is needed after viral load becomes detectable, researchers warn global treatment programmes

Low-level HIV viral load, above the limit of detection, is an important warning signal for future treatment failure and World Health Organization guidelines on spotting treatment failure need to be revised to encourage greater vigilance and swifter action by healthcare providers in lower- and middle-income settings, investigators report in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. The study, carried out by Annemarie Wensing and colleagues at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands and University

For auld lang syne: a letter to HIV-negative me

published: January, 24, 2018 Written by // Isaac D. Joseph Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, General Health, Mental Health, Isaac D. Joseph, Spirituality, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Isaac D. Joseph addresses his former, HIV-negative self: "My beautiful black sheep, be unapologetically proud of who you are..."

For auld lang syne: a letter to HIV-negative me

It has been five years since that day you were attacked and raped and as a result of that rape you were transmitted the HIV virus. On the day you find out that you are HIV-positive you are instantly thrown into a whirlwind of psychological and biological warfare mixed with 24 years of emotional baggage that we should have let go years ago, but nothing fuels a grudge better than anger. Right now you’re probably somewhere in a hotel room, getting high as a Georgia pine, listening to Erykah B

I’m a bad patient

published: January, 23, 2018 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Aging, Social Media, Gay Men, General Health, Health, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy on those who stumble on the way to managing one’s health in the manner we are told to, and how he has got used to being a “bad” patient

I’m a bad patient

Colour me bad When I was diagnosed in 1993, I continued to work for six months, my life virtually unchanged except for a heavy heart and a secret few knew. I had time, though, to ponder the card that fate had dealt me. In 1994 I decided change was in order. So I left work for good, disclosed to everybody in sight and plunged into volunteerism. My first volunteer job involved manning the reception desk at ACT, then called the AIDS Committee of Toronto.  I thrived. During quiet times at the r

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