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PositiveLite.com to end publishing March 31

published: March, 28, 2018 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Aging, Gay Men, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy on the history of a unique Canadian website by and for people living with HIV – and why it has run its course

PositiveLite.com to end publishing March 31

I need to share with you that PositiveLite.com will cease publishing on March 31. As its publisher I’m not sad but proud, because its nine year history has been one of a series of successes. And I don’t feel the least bit defeated now but rather going out on a high note and ending our run on our own terms. This has been in the works for some time. It’s been a struggle to keep it a secret. The reasons for closing our doors are essentially twofold. First, the people who bring you Positiv

Social determinants of health linked to HIV mortality rates

published: March, 27, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, General Health, Mental Health, Research, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

People with HIV in Ontario still dying at higher rates than the general population.

Social determinants of health linked to HIV mortality rates

 Courtesy of St. Michael's Hospital Dr. Sean Rourke, a neuropsychologist at St. Michael's Hospital and scientist at its Centre for Urban Health Solutions,  TORONTO, March 19, 2018 -- People who are living with HIV in Ontario have access to good health care and medications, yet they are still dying younger and at substantially higher rates than the rest of the population, according to a new study published today. The findings suggest that the overall well-being of these people is being neg

Free Public Legal Education Workshops at HALCO

published: March, 26, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Community Events, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Women, Upcoming Events, Legal, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

Workshops are held in person at the 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):

Free Public Legal Education Workshops at HALCO

The HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO) is pleased to announce our next series of free Public Legal Education Workshops taking place in person at our office in May and June 2018. Everyone is welcome to attend any of these general interest workshops but space is limited so Registration is required.  How to Register:  Please include your name, your contact information, your organization (if any), and the titles of the workshop(s) that you would like to attend: – Email to T

UNAIDS calls for bold action to end TB and AIDS

published: March, 26, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Current Affairs, International , Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

UNAIDS press statement released ahead of World TB Day, 2018: "TB is the leading cause of death among people living with HIV."

UNAIDS calls for bold action to end TB and AIDS

Credit: MSF/Luca Sola GENEVA, 23 March 2018—Ahead of World TB Day 2018, UNAIDS is calling on all partners to take unprecedented and bold action to advance efforts to end tuberculosis (TB) and AIDS by 2030. TB continues to be the top infectious killer worldwide, claiming more than 4500 lives a day. TB is also the leading cause of death among people living with HIV, causing one in three AIDS-related deaths. In 2016, 1.7 million people died from TB, including around 374 000 people living wi

New toolkit supports advocates in using media to fight for HIV justice

published: March, 21, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Events, Women, Upcoming Events, International , Legal, Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

From HIV Justice Worldwide: "...an important step towards realizing a world where people living with HIV are not singled out by the criminal justice system simply for having a virus.“

New toolkit supports advocates in using media to fight for HIV justice

When it comes to the widely misunderstood, complex issue of HIV criminalisation, media can be a powerful tool–or a blunt-force weapon. And so today, as people around the world living with HIV continue to be criminalised and convicted at alarming rates, HIV JUSTICE WORLDWIDE has released “Making Media Work for HIV Justice: An introduction to media engagement for advocates opposing HIV criminalisation.” The new resource is the latest addition to the HIV JUSTICE Toolkit, which provides

Fear of stigma perpetuates stigma.

published: March, 15, 2018 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Kimutai Kemboi, Youth, Mental Health, Health, International , Opinion Pieces

From Kenya, Kimutai Kemboi on self stigma and the healthy benefits of disclosure

Fear of stigma perpetuates stigma.

As people living with HIV, we go through a series of challenges, one after the other. Testing positive is a big issue and as we try to cope with the situation another life threatening issue arises; stigma. Stigma sounds like a simple word but it is intense enough to take someone's life. It is an 'opportunistic infection' on its own that can only heal on bold people or those people who can take the bull by its own horns. The weak souls will find it hard to fight. As we know, stigma comes in t

Undetectable viral load: further talks with Sammy

published: March, 08, 2018 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, As Prevention , Kimutai Kemboi, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Treatment, Media, Opinion Pieces

From Kenya, Kimutai Kemboi on the many benefits of adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART).

Undetectable viral load: further talks with Sammy

I must say having a talk with Sammy (as I said, not his real name) was one of the most interesting discussion I have ever had with anyone. His questions were endless, as each response gave rise to more questions but I was happy coz everything he asked was very relevant. Sammy: This is very interesting. So you mean an undetectable person can be in an intimate relationship with a negative person without posing a threat to him or her? Kemboi: (looking at my cup of tea) Just a minute Sammy, my t

New HIV infections halved after scale-up of HIV treatment, circumcision, in Uganda's hardest-hit district

published: March, 08, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

From AIDSmap, Michael Carter and Keith Alcorn report on the Rakai Community Cohort Study.

New HIV infections halved after scale-up of HIV treatment, circumcision, in Uganda's hardest-hit district

The rate of new HIV infections has halved since 2011 in a Ugandan community following large increases in male circumcision, antiretroviral treatment and viral suppression, Frank Kagaayi of the Rakai Health Sciences Program told the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Boston on Tuesday. Dr Kagaayi was presenting results from the Rakai Community Cohort Study, focusing on repeat surveys of one fishing village with a very high prevalence and incidence of HIV infection. The

Sad, sad tears of a clown pt. one

published: March, 07, 2018 Written by // Isaac D. Joseph Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Youth, Isaac D. Joseph, Mental Health, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Isaac D. Joseph on living with HIV and depression.

Sad, sad tears of a clown pt. one

“Now if there's a smile on my face it's only there trying to fool the public…But don't let my glad expression give you the wrong impression… Like a clown I appear to be glad…But ain't too much sadder than the tears of a clown when there's no one around – Smokey Robinson The saddest kind of sad is when your tears can’t even fall and you feel nothing. Your world has ended, you don’t cry, you don’t speak, you don’t hear, you don’t see. You just stay there sunken and hollow an

Undetectable viral load is a milestone in this journey.

published: March, 05, 2018 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, As Prevention , Kimutai Kemboi, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media

From Kenya, Kimutai Kemboi spreads the word that undetectable equals untransmittable

Undetectable viral load is a milestone in this journey.

I had a conversation with this guy, Sammy (not his real name) and I feel I should share it so that other people learn the facts. Sammy: Hi Kim? (the short name of Kimutai) Kemboi: Hi to you bro, how is the going? Sammy: All is well, how about you? Kemboi: Everything is perfect, just up and down as a routine. Sammy: There is something that has been disturbing my mind for a while now and I have tried asking and researching but I am not convinced by the responses. That is why I thought of a

Beyond donor dollars for health care: how Uganda is thinking outside the box

published: February, 27, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors

From The Conversation, Henry Zakumumpa reports on how Uganda is closing its funding gap for the scale-up of antiretroviral treatment and service delivery

Beyond donor dollars for health care: how Uganda is thinking outside the box

Over the last 15 years, there’s been a rapid increase in the number of patients receiving HIV treatment in sub-Saharan Africa. This has largely depended on foreign aid, particularly from global aid organisations such as the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and The Global Fund. Millions of lives have been saved and the quality of life of those living with HIV has been improved dramatically. In recent years there have been persistent reports of a decline in the amou

On-demand PEP to prevent HIV infection

published: February, 23, 2018 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Media

“HIV PEP-in-pocket (PIP)" designed to help those “who do not meet criteria for daily or on-demand PrEP" From CATIE, Sean R.Hosein reports.

On-demand PEP to prevent HIV infection

- Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) can prevent HIV infection up to 72 hours after exposure - To expedite initiation of PEP, two Toronto clinics prescribed the medication in advance - 13% of “PEP-in-pocket” prescriptions were filled, resulting in zero infections There are several options to reduce a person’s risk of becoming infected with HIV during sex. One option increasingly used in Canada and other high-income countries involves the use of a pill containing two anti-HIV medicines—

Stopping stigma in you will stop stigma against you!

published: February, 22, 2018 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Kimutai Kemboi, General Health, Mental Health, Health, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

From Kenya, Kimutai Kemboi writes on the importance of self-acceptance.

Stopping stigma in you will stop stigma against you!

I have experienced a great change in my life since I accepted my status and decided to move on. Unlike my past, when I used to live without peace and my heart full of guilt and pain. Things drastically changed when I acknowledged that I was HIV-positive and decided to lead a positive life. Now I can smile, make fun and interact with people freely, without fear of victimization nor stigmatisation because the guilt is no longer part of me. I used to fear issues to do with stigma but I came to

HIV and AIDS activism in Africa

published: February, 22, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

From Posterity Media, Morenike Oluwatoyin Folayan and Morolake Odetoyinbo report on two inspiring case studies in HIV activism.

HIV and AIDS activism in Africa

 A Treatment Action Campaign protest  At the just-concluded 2018 Partners Forum that held from February 13 -15, 2018 at the Crowne Plaza, Johannesburg, South Africa, participants were taken through an Advocacy 001 class. The lecture sounded very much like what advocacy should be – planned, with timelines and targets, adequately funded with measureable targets. Sadly, the history of HIV and AIDS activism in Africa was not such structured campaigns. HIV and AIDS activism evolved out of a d

N.S. court overturns sexual-assault convictions of HIV-positive man who didn’t disclose condition

published: February, 21, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Legal, Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

"The sole issue in this case is whether psychological harm said to have been caused by non-disclosure of HIV status vitiates consent to sexual activity. The short answer is no, it does not." The Globe and Mail reports.

N.S. court overturns sexual-assault convictions of HIV-positive man who didn’t disclose condition

Wesley Vandinter/Getty Images To read the complete article, visit the Globe and Mail, here. HALIFAX (CP)  -- Nova Scotia's highest court has overturned the sexual-assault convictions of an HIV-positive former boxer who slept with two women, saying their consent wasn't diminished by the man not disclosing his condition. Claude Thompson was found guilty of sexual-assault causing bodily harm of two women in Antigonish, N.S., and sentenced to 30 months in jail. In a written ruling released Th

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