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Durban Diary – Day six

published: July, 19, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Community Events, African, Caribbean and Black, International AIDS Conference , Health, International , Treatment, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Behind the eight-ball. Our editor Bob Leahy is in Durban, South Africa this week, filing daily reports from the International AIDS Conference. Day six finds him so busy all he had time to send us was pictures. He promises more tomorrow.

Durban Diary – Day six

What an amazing day, so full of inspiring moments, photo ops, wonderful quotes, local colour and passions shared.  Will tell you about them sooner or later but they say a picture says a thousand words – or something - so here are about 10,000 words.  I will say  briefly that today was about touring the Global Village (and I have lots of pics and video of that), going on the massive Treatment March through the streets of downtown Durban) lots from that too), a reception for the Canadian

Gilead’s new price hikes on HIV drugs anger AIDS activists

published: July, 15, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Women, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Gilead hikes price of HIV therapies, other drugs by up to 10 percent

Gilead’s new price hikes on HIV drugs anger AIDS activists

This article by Ed Silverman @Pharmalot previously appeared on the Stat website, where you can read the whole story. As part of a strategy to switch patients to newer HIV treatments, Gilead Sciences late last week raised prices on a pair of older HIV medications that face patent expiration. This sort of maneuver is often found in the pharmaceutical playbook, but is triggering still more criticism by AIDS activists of its overall pricing strategies. Here’s what Gilead did: the company

The first Toronto Pride was a riot.

published: July, 11, 2016 Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Community Events, Activism, Pride, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Events, Media, Opinion Pieces, Jason Cole

Jason R. Cole on why the Black Lives Matter sit-in at this year's Pride parade was completely appropriate.

The first Toronto Pride was a riot.

Toronto Pride 2016 photos by Bob Leahy It’s a popular meme that floats around during the month of June annually, as if to remind us all of our roots. The assumption is, of course, that we need reminding. The circumstances of this past week would certainly indicate that some of us do. During the annual Pride Parade in Toronto, the activist group Black Lives Matter staged a sit-­in that lasted 30 minutes. The group chanted ‘pride is political’, refusing to let up until Mathieu Chante

Why is tackling stigma so difficult?

published: July, 08, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Mental Health, Women, International , Legal, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality

From the U. K., the National Aids Trust details the multiple challenges we face in ending stigma.

Why is tackling stigma so difficult?

This article previously appeared on the National AIDS Trust website here. For many in HIV advocacy addressing stigma is the Holy Grail. Many, if not all, of the factors that drive the HIV epidemic are embroiled with stigma.  The impact it has on the lives of people living with HIV is well documented.  In a recent survey of over half of people living with HIV reported feelings of shame, guilt, low self-esteem and self-blame; one in five had experienced verbal harassment or threats.1 Stigma

Borrowing from our neighbours: Developing an annual HIV testing day

published: June, 27, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, CATIE, Health, International , Sexual Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Sex and Sexuality

CATIE reports on the success of the Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent regions of Ontario in getting more people to test for HIV.

Borrowing from our neighbours: Developing an annual HIV testing day

This article previously appeared in Prevention in Focus, a publication of CATIE, here. Une version française est disponible ici.  Over the last three years, the AIDS Committee of Windsor (ACW) has held an annual HIV Testing Day in the Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent regions of Ontario. The idea was ignited by National HIV Testing Day in the United States, which occurs annually on June 27. Each year ACW’s testing campaign consists of a testing day, followed by ongoing promotion of HIV

Two million people with HIV started treatment in 2015

published: June, 24, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, General Health, Health, International , Sexual Health, Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From aidsmap, Keith Alcorn on UNAIDS Global AIDS Update 2016

Two million people with HIV started treatment in 2015

At least two million people worldwide started antiretroviral treatment in 2015 alone, and 17 million people are now taking antiretroviral therapy, up by a third since 2013, UNAIDS announced on Tuesday. The announcement comes ahead of the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS, to take place in New York from 8 to 10 June 2016. The High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS is intended to catalyse support for a commitment to achieve ambitious treatment targets – the Fast-Tra

Cult of Trump

published: June, 24, 2016 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Youth, Current Affairs, Newly Diagnosed, Women, International , Opinion Pieces, Félix Garmendía

Felix Garmendia addresses the angry bigot who would be president of the United States.

Cult of Trump

Mr. Trump Your vicious, virulent, incessant campaign message to the American people is based on instilling fear, loathing and suspicion of just about anyone who isn’t rich, white, straight, and male. You have been guided by nothing but your insatiable, pathetic, egocentric needs. You have become an expert at consuming the fear and ignorance of some Americans, only to regurgitate your hateful sexist, racist, homophobic, bigoted insulting rhetoric. You do this with the pride of a coward who

Checking Privilege at ‘HIV Is Not A Crime’ 2016

published: June, 08, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Conferences, Gay Men, Women, International , Legal, Population Specific , Mark S. King

"The anti-criminalization movement is largely populated by women and people of color, and their job isn’t to make me comfortable," reports Mark S. King from Huntsville, Alabama

Checking Privilege at ‘HIV Is Not A Crime’ 2016

The issues of race, gender and privilege crackled through the recent HIV Is Not A Crime (II) conference like a live wire, throwing sparks at every turn. From the main stage to the hallways, attendees called out white classism, the utter failure of the criminal justice system (unless its purpose is solely to imprison black men), and what it truly means to be an ally of marginalized communities. It was at turns exhilarating and a little unnerving. White male advocates like myself might have l

Poz is here to stay

published: June, 07, 2016 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Aging, Activism, Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Women, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Rob Olver - Editor

A few concerns for long term survivors and their children as Rob Olver looks into the possible future

Poz is here to stay

 “You won't have to wait for the judgment day, Judgment will happen every day. And fear is what will frame you, Not your DNA.” The Paper Chase, “We Have Ways to Make You Talk” OK so you've just been diagnosed Poz and you've got a million questions but the one that looms up first for a lot of people is, “Am I going to die?” And the answer is yes, darn right you are. We all will, but probably not as a result of HIV, not these days at least. Not as long as we're successfully in

Controversy: are women using the contraceptive Depo-Provera at an increased risk of acquiring HIV?

published: April, 26, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Current Affairs, Women, International , Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

From a guest writer, an “HIV Insider” - behind the red rerring of HIV warnings and precautions is coerced sterilization of women in Africa

Controversy: are women using the contraceptive Depo-Provera at an increased risk of acquiring HIV?

The problem with Depo-Provera I have learned of forced or coerced sterilization of women in Africa, mostly through advocacy groups who work to put pressure on governments and health care systems who sanction the practice and by raising public awareness of this practice.  Coerced sterilization is still taking place but in a more formal, legitimate fashion - through study upon study of women in Africa using Depo-Provera, a contraceptive which is injected every twelve weeks to prevent pregna

Innovation preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission

published: April, 15, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Women, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Guest author Leah Hardenbergh with news of a device that delivers treatment for babies of HIV-positive mothers at home

Innovation preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission

Although the HIV epidemic is still touching all corners of the world, the sub-populations at risk differ from region to region. The subject of this article is infants at risk because their mothers are HIV positive.  In North America, pediatric AIDS is simply not a major issue. Rates of transmission from an HIV-positive mother to her baby are approaching zero, as we have the means of effective antiretrovirals (ARV) treatment for both mother and baby.  Without any treatment, the risk of trans

Giving exposure to women and HIV

published: April, 11, 2016 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Women, Photography, International , Living with HIV, Population Specific , Louis "Kengi" Carr

Our LA guy Kengi takes on a photography assignment which opens his eyes to the work of Christie's Place, an agency serving women living with HIV and their families.

Giving exposure to women and HIV

As someone living with HIV, I’m always drawn to personal stories from people I can relate to, but those stories are very hard to find in mainstream HIV media. I’m not interested in reading stories that have more to do with fundraising efforts or advertisements. I love real life stories from the person who has experienced it. So I spend a lot of time reading personal blogs, watching YouTube or speaking to people I meet on the street.  As a photographer I’m always drawn to and interested

Border crossings

published: March, 31, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, CATIE, Women, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, International , Living with HIV, Population Specific

From CATIE’s The Positive Side come the stories of two positive Zimbabwean women who did what it took to survive – and settle in Canada

Border crossings

This article by Sane Dube originally appeared in The Positive Side, a publication of CATIE, here.  Une version française est disponible ici.   Esther and Marvelous are both animated storytellers. It’s hard to be anything but mesmerized in their presence. I spent an afternoon with each of them in conversations peppered with boisterous laughter. In the quiet moments they wove words together, effortlessly bringing their memories to life. They talked about their lives as HIV-positive Afric

Toronto’s Eastside Movement

published: March, 31, 2016 Categories // DJ Relentless, African, Caribbean and Black, Community Events, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Fundraisers, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Our DJ Relentless on the new part of town for LGBT Entertainment

Toronto’s Eastside Movement

Spring seems like its coming and so is a change of scenery for the LGBT community. If you live in Toronto, everyone is familiar with The Gay Village on Church Street and of course the alternative scene on Queen Street West. But have you heard about The Eastside Movement?  I would say it started with a bar called WAYLA about 5 years ago. Great spot. It's actually an auto garage converted into a bar and nightclub. I have spun there on many occasions and even had a few consistent events that r

Complete health care

published: March, 21, 2016 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, General Health, Health, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Louis "Kengi" Carr

After a bout of surgery, our LA guy Kengi says “how very important it is for us living with HIV to remain proactive and vigilant about our overall health and wellbeing”

Complete health care

The past two months have been rather hard for me. Since 2010 my right wrist has really bothered me. There have been times where it would swell so badly I would not be able to use it for a couple of weeks. I’ve mentioned this to my previous doctors, but nothing was ever done about it. I was simply told to let it rest.  Last year, five years later, the pain had progressed to the point where the entire arm would hurt, Using my camera and allowing it to simply rest was no longer an option or a

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