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There is no vaccine for HIV

published: May, 24, 2012 Categories // As Prevention , Health, Treatment, Opinion Pieces

Christopher Banks on Prep: "We want to give this to people who have nothing wrong with them at all? To stop them acquiring a virus that is already completely preventable by sliding a bit of latex over the end of your penis . . .?"

There is no vaccine for HIV

This post originally appeared on Bipolar Bear, and was written by Christopher Banks. Christopher Banks is a filmmaker, journalist and musician with experience of bipolar disorder. He has co-edited New Zealand's most popular magazine for HIV positive people, Collective Thinking, worked for the New Zealand AIDS Foundation and the Access To Medicines Coalition, a lobby group calling for wider and increasing funding for antiretrovirals. He writes five times a week for his blog Bipolar Bear (www.b

The once-a-day HIV Prevention Pill.

published: May, 13, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors

PreP gets one step closer to reality. Truvada appears safe for HIV prevention, FDA says and may be approved for people at risk.

The once-a-day HIV Prevention Pill.

From The Associated Press via CTV News  WASHINGTON —  U.S. drug regulators on Tuesday affirmed landmark study results showing that a popular HIV-fighting pill can also help healthy people avoid contracting the virus that causes AIDS in the first place. While the pill appears safe and effective for prevention, scientists stressed that it only works when taken on a daily basis. The Food and Drug Administration will hold a meeting Thursday to discuss whether Truvada should be approved for p

Prevention and its discontents

published: March, 22, 2012 Written by // Michael Bouldin Categories // As Prevention , Gay Men, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Michael Bouldin

Michael Boudin says “walking a red light can get you killed; it can also get you to a job interview on time.”

Prevention and its discontents

In November of 2010, The New York Times wrote, under the headline ‘An AIDS Advance, Hiding in the Open’, about what at first and even second glance appeared to be a major step forward in HIV prevention: Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP. In the war against AIDS, a new weapon has emerged. It wasn’t a secret weapon. It was a well-established treatment pill that has only now been shown to be effective as a prevention pill too. Which raises a question: What took so long? Last week, a cl

Understanding Risk: A Conversation

published: March, 20, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // As Prevention , Features and Interviews, Research, Sexual Health, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Editor Bob Leahy interviews CATIE’s James Wilton about the tricky topic of communicating risk in the age of undetectable viral load

Understanding Risk: A Conversation

Bob Leahy: James, you gave a presentation at the Gay Men’s Sexual Health Summit in Toronto last week on Understanding and Communicating Risk: Viral Load and HIV Transmission. That’s a topic that fascinates us here, and one we’ve been following on PositiveLite.com for some time. Clearly it’s important for people living with HIV to have the best possible understanding of this too.  With this in mind, thank you for agreeing to talk to PositiveLite.com and helping us understand more. I g

Not All Redemption Songs

published: March, 18, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Gay Men, As Prevention , Features and Interviews, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Activists Alex McClelland and Mikiki talk sex, irresponsibility and accountability.

Not All Redemption Songs

As part of the ongoing AIDS ACTION NOW! POSTER/virus project, which will continue with a new series of posters in 2012, Alex McClelland of AIDS ACTION NOW! and Mikiki, the artist (in collaboration with Scott Donald) behind the provocative:  “I Party, I Bareback, I’m Positive, I’m Responsible”  poster, sat down to chat about the HIV community’s response to the project, and examined together what being ‘responsible’ really means for people living with HIV 30 years into the epide

HIV prevention in Canada – a consumer's report card

published: January, 12, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // As Prevention , Health, Sexual Health, Treatment, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

There is a mixed bag of HIV prevention techniques being used across Canada, some clearly better than others. Bob Leahy with an opinionated look at what’s working and what’s not – and what to do about it.

HIV prevention in Canada – a consumer's report card

Today, I wanted to talk about HIV prevention in Canada, in all its infinite varieties  – how we do it and where, with a very personal view of what works and what doesn’t. As you've probably heard, Science magazine named HIV "treatment as prevention" the number one scientific breakthrough of the year. Time magazine named treatment as prevention its number three medical breakthrough of the year. Big news! For those who haven’t kept track of research, the Science citation referr

HIV It's Different Now

published: November, 15, 2011 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, As Prevention , Features and Interviews, Health, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

John McCullagh talks to HIV positive activist Denise Becker about a new, innovative “seek and treat” campaign in Vancouver that aims to identify and treat the estimated one in four people who are infected with HIV but don’t know it.

HIV It's Different Now

If you live in Vancouver and you’re an adult who’s ever had sex, the chances are you’ll be offered an HIV test with your next routine medical examination. This four-year, $48 million pilot project funded by the BC government, is a “seek and treat” program whose objective is to identify and treat the estimated one in four people who are infected with HIV but don’t know it. The project, supported by an advertising campaign though social and more conventional media, is purposely cast

Undetectable for all

published: November, 08, 2011 Categories // As Prevention , Treatment, Opinion Pieces

Danny Miller: for the first time in the over thirty years that HIV/AIDS has been an epidemic in the United States, it seems that our government finally has a plan.

This year we saw the release of the first ever National HIV/AIDS Strategy. Now while I feel that the government finally addressing this issue in a public manner is definitely a good move, I do have one question for The White House: WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG? Seriously! It's not like we are some third world nation without the resources and the knowledge to have an effective plan. According to our government we are the strongest, richest, smartest, country in the whole world, so it's about time we

The World Health Organization delivers new HIV prevention and treatment guidelines

published: August, 24, 2011 Categories // As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Treatment

Devan Nambiar unravels the WHO’s latest global recommendations on services for MSM and transgendered people

The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued comprehensive recommendations on the prevention and treatment of HIV and sexually transmitted infections among men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgendered people. The guidance emphasizes the very high vulnerability of MSM and transgender people to HIV infection, even in settings where the majority of HIVinfections occur through sex between men and women. In the last 5 years we have seen an increase in HIV infections in MSM across Canada

Statements as Pretension (SASP)

published: July, 22, 2011 Categories // International AIDS Conference , As Prevention

Ken Monteith and what he thinks about the big story to come out of IAS2011 in Rome last week, treatment as prevention.

Statements as Pretension (SASP)

So the big 'news' coming out of the IAS meeting in Rome has been all about Treatment as Prevention. I have some problems with this public health approach that I want to explore with you (or rant into the ether at any rate). I'm not going to pretend that I'm doing something scientific here, or even thorough — I'll leave that for work. I just want to articulate my own concerns. The other thing I don't want anyone to come away thinking is that I am questioning in any way the effectiveness of an

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