African, Caribbean and Black

African-American men who have sex with men less likely to be on HIV treatment in the U. S.

published: May, 29, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Current Affairs, Health, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From TheBody.com, Barbara Jungwirth reports on the findings of the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance (NHBS) project.

African-American men who have sex with men less likely to be on HIV treatment in the U. S.

African-American men who have sex with men (MSM) are significantly less likely to be taking antiretroviral medications than are their white counterparts, an analysis of multi-year data found. The study was published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases. The National HIV Behavioral Surveillance (NHBS) project has surveyed groups at risk for seroconverting (such as MSM or intravenous drug users) in three-year cycles since 2003. Interviewees are asked about their HIV testing and treatment hist

HIV stigma? Speak out, shut them up!

published: May, 26, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, General Health, Mental Health, Kimutai Kemboi, Health, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Kimutai Kemboi: "Shame is another virus on its own."

HIV stigma? Speak out, shut them up!

The best way to win a battle is to avoid what is being fought for. It sounds like a simple statement but has an immense impact. This is what has made me the person I am today: strong, courageous and optimistic. Many people have asked me why I always post HIV related issues and disclose my status publicly, I do it for a purpose. I know it is a very sensitive issue but the reason behind it is more significant than its sensitivity and that is why I talk about it like anything else, without fear.

Yes, drug laws absolutely hurt HIV prevention and treatment, study shows.

published: May, 26, 2017 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, International , Treatment, Legal, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

"In the five countries where the HIV epidemic is now being driven by injection drug use—China, Malaysia, Russia, Ukraine and Vietnam—drug users are the least likely to know their HIV status and be taking HIV medications." From Newsweek, Jessica Wapner

Yes, drug laws absolutely hurt HIV prevention and treatment, study shows.

To read the complete story by Jessica Wapner, visit Newsweek, here. When it comes to HIV risk factors, IV drug use is catching up to sex. Among people who inject drugs, an estimated 13 percent have HIV. About 30 percent of new infections outside of sub-Saharan Africa are the result of sticking dirty needles into vulnerable veins. In 2014, more than half of new HIV infections in Eastern Europe and central Asia were due to drugs. In the Middle East and northern Africa, nearly one-third of inf

The first SENIOR intergenerational LGBTQ Toronto Pride event!

published: May, 26, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Community Events, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Events, Upcoming Events, Women, Living with HIV, Media, Population Specific , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

All welcome -- come out and mingle, socialize, chat, have fun, share your stories!

The first SENIOR intergenerational LGBTQ Toronto Pride event!

 SAVE THE DATE - Sunday June 4, 2017 The Senior Pride Network Presents In Partnership with The 519 and The Buddies Youth/Elders Project  The First SENIOR Intergenerational LGBTQ Toronto Pride Event!  Date: Sunday June 4, 2017 Time: 5 pm - 8 pm Location: The 519 Community Centre (519 Church St.) Entertainment: DJ's and dancing Free, but donations to the Senior Pride Network are welcome!  PERFORMANCES, PRIZES, HENNA ARTIST AND MUCH MORE! Physically accessible/scent free/substan

Trinidad Diaspora group expresses concern over gay murders in Trinidad & Tobago

published: May, 19, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Current Affairs, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

T.O. Queers for T&T are calling on the Canadian Government to use its diplomatic channels to persuade the T&T government to provide justice for LGBTQI people in Trinidad and Tobago.

Trinidad Diaspora group expresses concern over gay murders in Trinidad & Tobago

Today, as we stand in global solidarity to recognize the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT 2017), members of Toronto’s Trinidadian diaspora express its concern regarding the recent spate of murders of gay men in Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) and are calling on its Minister of National Security to launch a thorough investigation into these murders and ensure perpetrators are brought to justice. . Since January 2017, six gay men have been stabbed, strangled

CTAC Talks! U = U: The Undetectable = Untransmittable Campaign

published: May, 12, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Women, Media, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

CTAC Talks is an innovative web series highlighting treatment access issues and solutions for Canadians living with HIV and Viral Hepatitis.

CTAC Talks! U = U: The Undetectable = Untransmittable Campaign

CTAC's expert guests, Dane Griffiths, Bob Leahy, Sandra Wesley, Sipiwe Mapfumo and Joshua Edward discuss the impact of the U=U campaign, which states that if a person has an undetectable viral load they cannot pass on the HIV virus. For more information, visit the Canadian Treatment Access Council (CTAC), here.

Is this the beginning of the end for HIV?

published: May, 11, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Current Affairs, Sexual Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From FS Magazine, Matthew Hodson writes on the importance of getting PrEP to those who need it.

Is this the beginning of the end for HIV?

The end of year reviews of 2016 were pretty damning. Bowie, Prince and George Michael led a long list of musical heroes who left us. Brexit in the UK and Trump in the US upset the pollsters and divided both nations. Worldwide, there was a succession of murderous atrocities committed, not least a bloody attack on a gay nightclub in Miami. And Princess Leia died. And then her mum died too. But just before Christmas there was one bit of good news. 56 Dean Street, the busiest sexual health clinic

People with HIV are panicking due to Tanzania's crackdown on gays.

published: May, 11, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Current Affairs, International , Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Amy Fallon reports on the state-sanctioned persecution of the LGBT community in Tanzania.

People with HIV are panicking due to Tanzania's crackdown on gays.

A gay man with HIV stands in a clinic in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He's been afraid to pick up his medicine because of the government's crackdown on the gay community. Kevin Sief/The Washington Post/Getty Images To read the complete article by Amy Fallon, visit npr.org, here. "I'm alone in this world," sobs the woman, tears smudging her black eyeliner as she clutches a handbag with medicine inside — antiretroviral pills for HIV. Wearing a hijab that covers her long hair, a traditional A

CTAC Talks! PrEP: A Game Changer for HIV Prevention in Canada?

published: May, 11, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Hep B and C, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Women, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

CTAC Talks is an innovative web series highlighting treatment access issues and solutions for Canadians living with HIV and Viral Hepatitis.

CTAC Talks! PrEP: A Game Changer for HIV Prevention in Canada?

CTAC's expert guests, Joshua Edward, Dane Griffiths, Sipiwe Mapfumo and Fanta Ongoiba discuss the impact of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP, which involves the use of antiretroviral medications by an HIV-negative person to prevent possible HIV transmission. For more information, visit the Canadian Treatment Access Council (CTAC), here.

Rethinking justice: seventh symposium on HIV, law and human rights

published: May, 08, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Women, Legal, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

You’re invited to join us for the day on Thursday, June 15, 2017, for Rethinking Justice, our 7th Symposium on HIV, Law and Human Rights.

Rethinking justice: seventh symposium on HIV, law and human rights

This year’s Symposium is devoted to a critical look at the unjust criminalization of HIV non-disclosure. Themes to be discussed include: Current state of criminalization: Canada and the world  Voices rising: Speaking out about the experience of HIV criminalization Science of HIV transmission: recent applications, emerging issues Advocacy updates and ways forward The full-day event will take place at the Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard St. W., in Toronto. We will release

Are women prepared for HIV PrEP?

published: May, 05, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Dating, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Research, Women, International , Treatment, Lifestyle, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From KALW.org, Chloe Lessard: "some women and trans folks are wondering why a drug that could potentially save their lives hasn’t been aggressively promoted in their communities."

Are women prepared for HIV PrEP?

To read the complete article by Chloe Lessard, visit KALW.org, here. Did you know that you can take a drug to reduce your risk of getting HIV? If you’re a gay man, you’ve probably heard of it. It’s a daily regimen called PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis. Maybe you’ve even seen ads for it on BART trains or clinic brochures, usually targeting men who sleep with other men. But PrEP doesn’t only benefit men, and some women and trans folks are wondering why a drug that could potential

A quarter of people taking antiretroviral therapy in Kenya have exhausted current treatment options

published: April, 28, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , African, Caribbean and Black, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Treatment, Media, Population Specific , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap, Michael Carter reports: "If anything, the investigators believe their study may have under-estimated the prevalence of second-line treatment failure."

A quarter of people taking antiretroviral therapy in Kenya have exhausted current treatment options

Affordable third-line antiretrovirals are urgently needed in resource-limited settings, according to research conducted in Kenya and published in the online edition of AIDS. The study showed that a quarter of patients had exhausted current treatment options and only 18% had virus that was fully susceptible to the three main classes of anti-HIV drugs. “This study in the Kenyan national antiretroviral therapy (ART) program suggests that about 27% of patients with second-line failure are in

Campaign to Stop Unjust HIV-related Criminal Prosecutions in Ontario

published: April, 26, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Women, Legal, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

An update from HALCO about the current state of HIV criminalization in Ontario

Campaign to Stop Unjust HIV-related Criminal Prosecutions in Ontario

People living with HIV continue to be charged with aggravated sexual assault – one of the most serious offences in Canada’s Criminal Code, designed to respond to the most horrific of forced sex acts — which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment and designation as a sex offender. These prosecutions are happening even in circumstances where: (i) sexual behaviour is consensual; (ii) there is negligible to no risk of HIV transmission; (iii) there is no intention to transmit HIV;

Black gay men still at higher risk of HIV in the UK

published: April, 19, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Mental Health, Research, Health, International , Media, Population Specific , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap, Roger Pebody reports on a survey showing gay black men in the UK to also be at elevated risk of depression and suicidal thoughts.

Black gay men still at higher risk of HIV in the UK

Gay and bisexual men of black ethnicity are disproportionately likely to be living with diagnosed HIV than white British men, with no evidence that this health inequality has narrowed since 2001, according to a report published online ahead of print in Sexually Transmitted Infections. The data comes from the 2014 Gay Men’s Sex Survey, a convenience sample of 15,388 men recruited online. While 11.3% of white British men who had ever taken a test were diagnosed with HIV, this was the case

How I managed to overcome stigmatization.

published: April, 17, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, General Health, Newly Diagnosed, Mental Health, Kimutai Kemboi, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Kimutai Kemboi: "The fight against stigma is dynamic.It starts with one's soul, then people close to you and then the entire society."

How I managed to overcome stigmatization.

Stigma refers to a negative, an ill and undermining attitude that a person has towards another. This does not occur naturally neither does it occur at a particular time, it is gradual and develops slowly by slowly. The good thing about is, it is not a permanent thing in that a person can opt out of it. When I tested HIV-positive a year and couple of months ago, this was the situation I was going through. Thank God, I found a way out of it! I came to realize that in any situation, however chal

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