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Most believe treatment as prevention is almost as effective as using condoms

published: December, 14, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Research, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

Aidsmap reports NAM European prevention survey shows support for treatment as prevention, but reservations about PrEP

Most believe treatment as prevention is almost as effective  as using condoms

This article by Gus Cairns first appeared on aidsmap.com here.   A survey of beliefs and opinions on HIV prevention options, conducted by NAM as part of a programme of European HIV prevention work, has found that respondents believed that using antiretroviral therapy (ART) is almost as effective in preventing HIV infections as using condoms. HIV testing and condom provision remain the prevention resources that respondents believed need most prioritisation. Respondents also tended to belie

World AIDS Day, 2013: What’s the prescription for an ‘AIDS-free’ Canada?

published: November, 30, 2013 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // As Prevention , CATIE, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Opinion Pieces

On December 1, World AIDS Day, let’s take a measure of our progress in achieving an ‘AIDS-free’ world says CATIE

World AIDS Day, 2013: What’s the prescription for an ‘AIDS-free’ Canada?

This article previously appeared on the CATIE website here. Une version française est disponible ici.  Globally, there is good news. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that in 2012, 13 countries, many in the African continent, showed an annual growth in the number of people on anti-retroviral therapy outpacing the number of new HIV infections. This ‘tipping point’ is a welcome development and an important step toward the ultimate goal of ‘getting to zero’: zero new infecti

Treatment as prevention: more gains for B.C.

published: November, 29, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors

The government of B.C. has signed a memorandum of understanding between China and the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS to support Treatment as Prevention expansion

Treatment as prevention: more gains for B.C.

From the CBC website:  The British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS is taking its successful "treatment as prevention" program to China to help stem the spread of the disease. The head of the program is hoping the expansion of the treatment plan worldwide will embarrass the Canadian government into adopting the same plan across our country. Dr. Julio Montaner says China, Brazil, France, the United States and several countries in Africa are in the process of emulating the program

How do you talk about It? Two guys take on “undetectable

published: November, 28, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Gay Men, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

So how do we talk about it? And what does it mean to different people in different contexts? BETA put these questions to Zachary Barnett and Derek Brocklehurst, two gay men with different experiences of “undetectable.”

How do you talk about It? Two guys take on “undetectable

This article from San Francisco AIDS Foundation appeared on their website Beta here.  “Undetectable” is a medical term—but its meaning goes beyond lab reports and doctor’s offices. It refers to suppressed viral load, which is both a key goal of treatment to protect the health of people living with HIV and an exciting new tool for reducing risk of HIV transmission to negative sex partners. (Want to know more? Watch our animated video for an easy-to-follow explanation of undetectable v

Safer sex works in different ways

published: November, 27, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Women, Health, International , Sexual Health, Treatment, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Married serodiscordant couple Michèle and Mic don’t use condoms anymore. They trust HIV medications to prevent HIV transmission. Here is their story.

Safer sex works in different ways

This article originally appeared on the website of Deutsche AIDS-Hilfe here. It was translated into English for the European Day of Multilingual Blogging  Michèle and Mic enjoy their little disagreements. This is often the case with couples who have been happy together for a long time. There are one or two issues that always lead to a debate. When exactly they decided to stop using condoms is one question on which they don’t exactly see eye to eye, for example. “We talked about it in b

Most of Canada being left behind?

published: October, 25, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors

Brazil to adopt B.C.’s Treatment as Prevention strategy as country’s national HIV/AIDS policy as momentum builds globally for HIV strategy pioneered by BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS

Most of Canada being left behind?

Vancouver, B.C. [October, 2013] — Brazil has announced plans to adopt the Treatment as Prevention (TasP) strategy to combat HIV and AIDS, becoming the latest country to implement the strategy pioneered by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE).  Brazil joins France as the second country this month to announce plans to adopt TasP, which involves widespread HIV testing and immediate offer of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) to people living with HIV. Treatment has been

Insite: Vancouver’s supervised injection site

published: October, 24, 2013 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // As Prevention , Conferences, Hep B and C, CATIE, Events, Features and Interviews, Research, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

In a video interview, Darwin Fisher, manager of Insite, Vancouver’s supervised injection site, talks with PositiveLite.com publisher John McCullagh about this innovative program and how it addresses the needs of Canada’s most marginalized community.

Insite: Vancouver’s supervised injection site

Ten years ago, Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, a low-income area with a traumatized population and a crisis of homelessness, had the highest rate of HIV seroconversions in the western world, a rising incidence of deaths from drug overdoses and a Hepatitis C prevalence among the drug-using population that was at saturation levels.  The community came together with an innovative response to this: a supervised injection site called Insite. But Insite is more than that. It’s also a place that

PrEP should be a fast idea, not a slow one

published: October, 19, 2013 Categories // As Prevention , Health, Sexual Health, Treatment, Opinion Pieces

Project Inform's David Evans writes for POZ magazine on the need to fast track the community’s uptake of Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)

This article originally appeared on POZ magazine here. The brilliant surgeon and author Atul Gawande recently wrote in The New Yorker about "slow ideas," ingenious new ideas that are slowly or never accepted while others flourish quickly. His article made us think instantly of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a new and promising strategy to prevent HIV infections.  Gawande's example of the slow adoption of an idea was the difference between the adoption of anesthesia and the adoption of ant

How Saskatchewan responds holistically to the needs of service users

published: October, 17, 2013 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // As Prevention , Conferences, Hep B and C, CATIE, Events, Features and Interviews, Research, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

The incidence of HIV in Saskatchewan is twice as high as in any other province of Canada. In a video interview, PositiveLite.com publisher John McCullagh talks with the medical health officer for that province’s HIV leadership team to find out why.

How Saskatchewan responds holistically to the needs of service users

The incidence of new HIV infections in Saskatchewan is twice as high as that in other provinces in Canada. To find out why that is so, I talked, during last month’s CATIE Forum on New Science, New Directions in HIV and Hepatitis C, with Dr Johnmark Opondo, the deputy medical health officer for the Saskatoon health region in Saskatchewan.  In our conversation, Johnmark talked about  the interface between the two epidemics of injection drug use and HIV that is driving infection rate

What will it take to make treatment as prevention work?

published: October, 09, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Research, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

Political leadership on finance and pace of scale-up are needed to realise the full potential of treatment as prevention, aidsmap reports

What will it take to make treatment as prevention work?

This article by Keith Alcorn first appeared on aidsmap.com here Achieving the full potential of antiretroviral treatment as a prevention method will require governments to take political decisions about long-term finance, and be brave enough to lead rather than follow the scientific agenda, according to speakers at Controlling the HIV Epidemic with Antiretrovirals: From Consensus to Implementation, a conference that took place in London last week. The conference, organised by the Internatio

Tracking the treatment cascade

published: October, 02, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

New study shows B.C. successfully engages people into HIV care, yet more needed to maximize benefits of treatment

Tracking the treatment cascade

The following is the text of a press release issued by the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.  B.C.’s cascade of HIV care demonstrates increase in viral suppression  Vancouver, B.C. [September, 2013] — A new study shows British Columbia has been increasingly successful at identifying and engaging HIV-positive individuals into treatment following the introduction of Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART) in 1996, however more remains to be done to maximize and sus

Uptake of PrEP may be limited because few gay men think they are at risk of HIV infection

published: September, 29, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Youth, Research, Health, Sexual Health, Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Toronto study highlights disconnect between ‘objective’ and ‘subjective’ assessments of risk, aidsmap reports

Uptake of PrEP may be limited because few gay men think they are at risk of HIV infection

This article by Roger Pebody first appeared on aidsmap.com here. Three quarters of gay men seeking HIV testing at a Toronto sexual health clinic were assessed as being at elevated risk of infection, but only a minority agreed with that assessment and were willing to use pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), according to a study presented to Controlling the HIV Epidemic with Antiretrovirals: From Consensus to Implementation, a conference held in London this week. The study found that men who did r

Medicalization is not a four-letter word

published: September, 23, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Conferences, As Prevention , CATIE, Health, Treatment, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy on the future role of biomedical solutions, notably treatment as prevention, in improving the health of people living with HIV and in helping put an end to the epidemic.

Medicalization is not a four-letter word

The following is the text of a speech delivered by Bob Leahy at the closing plenary of the CATIE Forum – New Science, New Directions in HIV and HCV – in Toronto last week.  We’ve been charged today with looking ahead and I’m going to do that, but I think it’s also important to frame that look ahead in terms of where we’ve come from and our own personal journeys. So . . I need to state up front that for many years I’ve been an activist and while doing that work – it was o

CATIE Forum: New Science, New Directions in HIV and Hepatitis C

published: September, 16, 2013 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Conferences, As Prevention , Hep B and C, CATIE, Events, Features and Interviews, Research, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

Ahead of this week’s CATIE Forum, CATIE’s executive director Laurie Edmiston talks on video with PositiveLite.com about how new scientific developments have opened up opportunities for innovative program development and the integration of service delivery

CATIE Forum: New Science, New Directions in HIV and Hepatitis C

We stand at a pivotal point in our response to HIV and Hepatitis C. Recent research has enhanced our understanding of the science of prevention, transmission, testing, treatment, care and support — science that opens up new, innovative avenues for program development and the integration of service delivery.  In Toronto, on September 18 and 19, 2013, CATIE, Canada’s national HIV and Hepatitis C knowledge broker, will be presenting the bilingual CATIE Forum, a national opportunity

British Columbia leads the way

published: September, 12, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Research, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

Researchers call for national strategy to fight HIV/AIDS. B.C.’s Treatment as Prevention strategy significantly decreases rates of new HIV infections compared to other Canadian regions

British Columbia leads the way

From the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, Vancouver, B.C. New HIV diagnoses in British Columbia continue to decline at a rate faster than other Canadian regions, suggesting the made-in-B.C. Treatment as Prevention strategy implemented in the province should be adopted across the country.  In an article published in this September’s issue of HIV Medicine, researchers from the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) analyzed Health Canada data from 1995 to 2011 fin

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