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Is HIV transmission possible when viral load in the blood is undetectable?

published: May, 17, 2013 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // As Prevention , CATIE, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment

From CATIE, HIV viral load, HIV treatment and sexual HIV transmission

Is HIV transmission possible when viral load in the blood is undetectable?

 This article first appeared on the CATIE website here. Une version française est disponible ici.  Summary HIV viral load is the amount of HIV (or number of virus) in the bodily fluids of someone living with HIV. It is measured in the blood as part of routine clinical care. A higher viral load is associated with a higher risk of HIV transmission. Research shows that successful HIV treatment can reduce the viral load to “undetectable” levels and this can reduce the risk of HIV transm

Call for action on treatment as prevention

published: May, 16, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // As Prevention , Health, Treatment, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy endorses a call for national action, following a new study that reinforces the effect of antiretroviral treatment on prevention of HIV.

Call for action on treatment as prevention

Let’s be clear from the start. My history is one of being an opponent of treatment as prevention (TasP) - and a vocal one at that. But that was then and this is now, a time where the arguments of yore are no longer at all persuasive. So I’ve changed my mind and I now fully support TasP. To be honest, mine is not a popular stance in Eastern Canada, but I’m in good company elsewhere. I’m referring to endorsement of TasP by the  World Health Organization, the International AIDS Socie

PrEP – What have I done to deserve this? (Part 3 of 3)

published: May, 15, 2013 Categories // Gay Men, As Prevention , Health, Treatment, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Guest Marc-André LeBlanc is a negative gay man who is taking an antiretroviral drug, Truvada, as pre exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). In the last of three episodes he recounts what it’s like to be taking the pills daily – and how he feels about that.

PrEP – What have I done to deserve this? (Part 3 of 3)

“I’ve been told that I can look forward to a tremendous reduction in stress and anxiety about seroconverting. I look forward to that. We’ll see. “  On April 5, 2013 I took my first dose of Truvada as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). I won’t deny it. I’ve been feeling very conflicted about starting PrEP.   Why do I have access to Truvada when the majority of people who need antiretroviral medication to stay alive don’t have access? I got my hands on this bottle relatively easi

Thirteen reasons why I made ‘The Key’

published: May, 13, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, As Prevention , Movies, Health, Music, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Guest Magpie Suddenly made a music video supporting negative guys taking PrEP to prevent HIV, with a powerful message about stigma: “Taking Truvada as PrEP doesn’t make someone a whore.” Here is the video and Magpie’s explanation of why he made it.

Thirteen reasons why I made ‘The Key’

1.  Because I was possessed by a demon.  And because I was pregnant for 22 months with its child.  That’s why I made ‘THE KEY.’  2.  Last week, a young friend of mine started PrEP.   He's 24 and heard about it online, has good health insurance, so has it covered.  He told me the news as we were catching up after a recent sex party we were at together.  His news shocked me. And not because he started PrEP.  The shocking part was that none of his peers believed him when h

Reinventing HIV prevention

published: May, 09, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Guest Jason McDonald says “there needs to be a new call to action, one in which the new ways of the internet and the social media expertise of the young are merged with the proven, effective methods of prevention."

Reinventing HIV prevention

The challenge for the new Safe Sex 2.0 effort will be trying to capture the attention span of someone who lives life and thinks in 140 characters. In this Internet age, we in the HIV+ and HIV- community (basically that is everyone) have been given the dual-edged sword of the internet as a tool for advocacy and outreach.  The internet is definitely useful in finding the answer to almost anything, and it has exponentially increased the means by which information can be disseminated to the mass

PrEP – How did I end up here? [Part 2]

published: May, 08, 2013 Categories // Gay Men, As Prevention , Health, Treatment, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Guest Marc-André LeBlanc: “as a smart, responsible, well-informed, sexually active gay man with good self-efficacy and good access to healthcare and accurate information, I’ve come to the conclusion that PrEP makes sense for me at this point in my life.”

PrEP – How did I end up here? [Part 2]

Click here to read the first installment.   On April 5, 2013 I took my first dose of Truvada as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). How did I end up in this situation where I feel like I need PrEP? As I mentioned in my previous post, a look back at the phases of my sex life gave me some clues about why PrEP makes sense for me now. After more than 20 years of being sexually active, I only recently found myself veering away from perfect 100% condom use. How did that happen? Ironically, this i

Terrence Higgins Trust backs treatment as prevention

published: May, 06, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // As Prevention , Gay Men, Health, Sexual Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy report that their new “It Starts With Me” campaign promotes test and treat– and condoms.

Terrence Higgins Trust backs treatment as prevention

Terrence Higgins Trust, generally considered the UK's leading HIV and AIDS organization, and the largest in Europe, is promoting treatment as prevention, including for gay men, on its new “It Starts With Me” campaign. "England", it says, “can halt HIV within a generation”.  The campaign is the largest scale by THT to date, running until Spring 2015. Read their press release here.  Cary James, Head of Health Improvement Programmes at Terrence Higgins Trust says “While a cure or va

PrEP – Is this just a phase I’m going through? [Part One]

published: May, 01, 2013 Categories // Gay Men, As Prevention , Health, Treatment, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Guest Marc-André LeBlanc is a negative gay man who is taking an antiretroviral drug, Truvada, as pre exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). In the first of three episodes he recounts his sexual history and why the decision to take the drug was right for him..

PrEP – Is this just a phase I’m going through? [Part One]

On April 5, 2013 I took my first dose of Truvada as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).  So many questions were swirling in my head at that point, and had been for weeks and months. As I was about to swallow my first pill, I gazed outside the window and wondered… • How did I end up in this situation where I feel like I need PrEP? • How is it possible that it was this easy for me to access PrEP when so many people don’t have access to ARVs to stay alive? • How did I go from being a

Moving forward on treatment as prevention

published: April, 29, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // As Prevention , Conferences, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy was in Vancouver last week for the International Treatment as Prevention Workshop, an important gathering of global leaders, experts and community, which left him highly optimistic that we have the tools to end the epidemic. Here’s his report.

Moving forward on treatment as prevention

“We have an obligation to decide whether the evidence is enough. We’ve waited too long to do what we know is right. Enough is enough. We need to move to implement.” Acknowledging that “we have a consensus in this room but not outside this room” BCCFE’s Dr. Julio Montaner, looking dapper in a dark suit and bright red tie, opened the third annual International Treatment as Prevention Workshop in Vancouver last week.  Fitting that we should be there in his home town. Vancouver wa

Talking treatment as prevention with Julio Montaner

published: April, 29, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // As Prevention , Features and Interviews, Health, Research, Sexual Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy sits down and asks the hard questions with treatment as prevention’s foremost proponent, Dr. Julio Montaner, head of the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, while in Vancouver last week.

Talking treatment as prevention with Julio Montaner

Bob Leahy: Thank you for talking to PositiveLite.com, Julio.  The last time we talked was in January 2012 I think.  How have things shifted on the treatment as prevention scene in the last fifteen months.  Are you starting to feel optimistic in terms of what you’d like to see? Dr. Montaner: Well as you know I have been feeling quite strongly for quite a number of years now that treatment as prevention truly offers an opportunity to fully realize the potential of antiretroviral therapy,

PrEP doesn't lead to increases in risky sex among gay men

published: April, 28, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Gay Men, Health, Research, International , Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Aidsmap.com reports taking HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) does not lead to increased levels of sexual risk behaviour among gay men, investigators from the United States say.

PrEP doesn't lead to increases in risky sex among gay men

This article by Michael Carter first appeared on aidsmap.com here.   Aidsmap.com reports taking HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) does not lead to increased levels of sexual risk behaviour among gay men, investigators from the United States say. Taking HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) does not lead to increased levels of sexual risk behaviour among gay men, investigators from the United States report in the online edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. Numbers

Top ten

published: April, 27, 2013 Categories // Social Media, Arts and Entertainment, As Prevention , Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

From PrEP to porn. Bob Leahy looks at PositiveLite.com’s ten most popular posts in the last six months. How many of these did you miss?

Top ten

Most websites have, pardon the expression, a back end which can analyze traffic and PositiveLite.com is no exception. So it's easy for us too see what collectively you like to read. That latter point is endlessly fascinating – at least to us – and is the subject of today’s post.  Your top ten most popular posts, based on traffic in the last six months, are a mix of the serious and the not so serious, the old and the new. I think you’ll be entertained by revisiting all ten of

Modelling suggests treatment by itself won’t reduce HIV prevalence

published: April, 26, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Gay Men, Health, Research, International , Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Aidsmap.com reports increasing testing frequency and changes in sexual risk behaviour after HIV diagnosis may have greater impact on new infections in US gay men.

Modelling suggests treatment by itself won’t reduce HIV prevalence

This article by Gus Cairns first appeared on aidsmap.com here.  Increasing HIV testing frequency, and giving everyone antiretroviral therapy (ART), would not in themselves reduce HIV prevalence in US gay men, a mathematical model suggests. These measures would produce, in the model’s baseline scenario, a 34% reduction in the cumulative number of new infections and a 19% reduction in cumulative deaths by the year 2023. This would lead to the annual number of new HIV infections in gay men a

PrEP HIM for better sex?

published: April, 25, 2013 Categories // Gay Men, As Prevention , Health, Sexual Health, Treatment, Population Specific

Robert Birch talks to Jody Jollimore of B.C.’s Health Initiative for Men, whose position on Pre- Exposure prophylaxis remains “cautiously optimistic.”

PrEP HIM for better sex?

Conscious choices make for better sex. Discussing our options is vital if we’re going to break the statistical stalemate of HIV infections for gay men. Is another bio-medical approach advancing the interests of gay men? While options are necessary, few of us in this country have access to one of the latest: PrEP. It seems many local health authorities have barely begun to dive into the mix. If we are going to get anywhere on this we need to shake it up. More conversations are needed. 

CATIE Forum 2013

published: April, 18, 2013 Categories // As Prevention , Conferences, CATIE, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Living with HIV

CATIE’s Executive Director Laurie Edmiston invites you to the CATIE Forum: New Science, New Directions in HIV & HCV

CATIE Forum 2013

This article originally appeared on the cATIE website here. Une version française est disponible ici. We stand at a pivotal point in our response to HIV and HCV. 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 partnership with various HIV and HCV agencies, CATIE presents a national, bilingual

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