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I’m a bad patient

published: January, 23, 2018 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Aging, Gay Men, General Health, Health, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy on those who stumble on the way to managing one’s health in the manner we are told to, and how he has got used to being a “bad” patient

I’m a bad patient

Colour me bad When I was diagnosed in 1993, I continued to work for six months, my life virtually unchanged except for a heavy heart and a secret few knew. I had time, though, to ponder the card that fate had dealt me. In 1994 I decided change was in order. So I left work for good, disclosed to everybody in sight and plunged into volunteerism. My first volunteer job involved manning the reception desk at ACT, then called the AIDS Committee of Toronto.  I thrived. During quiet times at the r

The Diva Flu

published: January, 22, 2018 Written by // Patrick Italo Ettenes Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Aging, Gay Men, General Health, Health, International , Living with HIV, Patrick Italo Ettenes

Patrick Ettenes: "Let’s be frank, none of us are wonderful when sick."

The Diva Flu

Happy 2018 everyone! I trust that everyone had a great New Year celebration without any drama?  I laugh, as of course I didn’t and pushing forward, I will discuss that drama one day in the future, after I’m done pulling the pins out of the voodoo doll that represents the individual (smiling ever so cheeky). So let’s push forward. After my New Year’s I became Ill. The trauma I went through and the partying had a toll on me and of course my body was run down and I became sick. Laying o

So you tested positive for HIV

published: January, 19, 2018 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, As Prevention , Kimutai Kemboi, General Health, Newly Diagnosed, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Health, Sexual Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Kimutai Kemboi of Kenya offers his best advice for those newly diagnosed with HIV.

So you tested positive for HIV

So you tested for HIV a few hours, days, weeks, months or years ago and you found out that you are HIV-positive. I know that was the last thing you expected, yet you must have been worried since that day you messed up somewhere or unwillingly/unknowingly got involved in a mess. Don't even burden yourself with thinking of that; it is absolutely not important. What is important is what you do after getting the facts. Immediately you saw two lines appearing in that testing kit, your mind went i

Attitudes towards men who ‘bareback’ are a barrier to wider use of PrEP

published: January, 16, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Research, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Media

From NAM AIDSmap, Roger Pebody reports on two Toronto studies that shed light on how PrEP stigma is affecting PrEP uptake.

Attitudes towards men who ‘bareback’ are a barrier to wider use of PrEP

Two new qualitative studies from Toronto shed light on how stigma affects the uptake of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and the experience of taking it. In the first, young gay men acknowledged that they did not always use condoms but did not see themselves as the kind of ‘barebacker’ for whom they thought PrEP was intended. “PrEP embodies the notion of bareback sex, which traditionally has been associated with negative elements, and it is quite clear that the young gay men in this re

Living with HIV? Speak out to Pharma!

published: January, 10, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, As Prevention , General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Upcoming Events, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

Patient input presents a chance for people living with HIV to have their voices heard by drug regulators

Living with HIV? Speak out to Pharma!

UPCOMING CTAC PATIENT GROUP INPUT CONSULTATIONS CTAC is calling for people living with HIV to take part in patient consultations so that they can have their voices heard by drug regulators. The first 20 attendees who complete a survey at the end of each session will recieve a $10 gift voucher. WEDNESDAY 10TH JANUARY 2018, 2:00-3:00 EST: NEW HIV MEDICATION DOLUTEGRAVIR / RILPIVIRINE  - REGISTER HERE. This informative webinar, led by CTAC Policy Researcher Amanda Fletcher, will discuss the

Brexit: Fears of disruption to flow of medicines means UK must stay under EU regulation, say government figures

published: January, 10, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, General Health, Current Affairs, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

Britain to push to remain under Brussels supervision - after warning that tens of millions will have to be diverted from developing new drugs to cope with Brexit

Brexit: Fears of disruption to flow of medicines means UK must stay under EU regulation, say government figures

Drug giants have warned of 'significant disruption to the supply chain for medicines' NHS Photo Library Looming disruption to the flow of medicines after Brexit means Britain must seek to stay under EU regulation, senior Government figures have conceded. Ministers are already pushing for the chemicals and aviation industries to remain under Brussels supervision – despite it clashing with Theresa May’s pledge to end oversight by the European Court of Justice (ECJ). Now three leading

Inflammation-related illness among HIV-positive people

published: December, 28, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, General Health, Research, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, International , Living with HIV, Media

Researchers assess two studies to understand the impact of chronic inflammation on major clinical events—heart attack, stroke, cancer, other serious complications and the risk of death. From CATIE, Sean R. Hosein reports.

Inflammation-related illness among HIV-positive people

Chronic HIV infection is associated with increased levels of inflammation. Researchers suspect that over the long-term this inflammation may be associated with an increased risk of health problems. To explore this idea, rather than launch a new and expensive clinical trial, researchers in Europe and the U.S. re-analysed data from two large, well-designed studies of the cytokine IL-2 (interleukin-2) in people with HIV. Specifically, researchers sought to assess the impact of chronic inflammati

Ontario lifts financial burden off families in need with OHIP+

published: December, 20, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , General Health, Current Affairs, Youth, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

Province helping Ontario families stay healthy with free prescription medication for everyone age 24 and under.

Ontario lifts financial burden off families in need with OHIP+

Toronto, December 19, 2017-- Ontario is helping families afford the care they need to stay healthy by making prescription medications free for everyone age 24 and under.  Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, met with young mothers at Massey Centre in Toronto today, where he launched OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare. In just under two weeks, children and youth will be able to get their medications at no cost by simply showing their Ontario health card number an

Why can’t Saskatchewan solve its HIV crisis?

published: December, 19, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Current Affairs, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

Soaring infection rates over the past decade aren’t going down, leaving doctors to wonder: What’s the province waiting for? From Maclean's, Kyle Edwards reports.

Why can’t Saskatchewan solve its HIV crisis?

Blood vials for HIV testing (Hoberman Collection/UIG/Getty Images) In the mid-1990s, Saskatchewan had the lowest incidence of both HIV and AIDS in the country. To put it mildly, things have changed. The rise in the number of new cases since the early 2000s has been dramatic—catapulting from 26 in 2002 to 200 seven years later. Last year Saskatchewan physicians called on the provincial government to declare a public health state of emergency over the high number of people diagnosed with HIV,

Stigma!

published: December, 13, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, General Health, Kimutai Kemboi, Youth, Health, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Kenya's Kimutai Kemboi on the many effects of HIV stigma on the lives of people living with HIV..

Stigma!

It is a six letter word but capable of taking someone to their grave, thus it should be avoided by all costs! No one gains or benefits from discriminating against a colleague because of his/her status. It is a high time we stop being wild and have human character, love and care unconditionally. It is really painful to push someone to the grave when you are still in a position to hold his hand! I am sharing this from a life experience of what I initially went through before finding the stren

Bone health in HIV: long-term health is important to discuss.

published: December, 05, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Aging, General Health, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media

Dr. Gordon Arbess: "... as people age with HIV we now face other health risks that often mirror aging in uninfected people."

Bone health in HIV: long-term health is important to discuss.

Dr. Gordon Arbess is a staff physician with the Department of Family and Community Medicine and St. Michael’s Academic Family Health Team in Toronto. He specializes in HIV Primary Care. ***** As a physician in the treatment and care of HIV, I see people living and thriving with HIV. Today, with early diagnosis and effective treatments, a 20-year old HIV-positive person can expect to live into his/her early 70s. In fact, the majority of people with HIV are now over the age of 50, and within

Our World AIDS Day message is celebratory

published: December, 01, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , Gay Men, General Health, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Publisher Bob Leahy says World AIDS Day tributes take many forms, but PositiveLite.com is saying World AIDS Day 2017 is a time to celebrate – and, with the Government of Canada now on board, names 2017 as the year of U=U.

Our World AIDS Day message is celebratory

Those charged with writing world AIDS day messages have a surprising array of options. They can honour our fallen – that’s important. Paying tribute to those living with HIV is also a worthy goal. Our messages can be reflective of the past, taking stock of where we are now, or aspirational. Inspirational too. All these topics I’ve addressed in the past. I’ve never done a celebratory World AIDS Day message before. But then 2017 has been no ordinary year. It has been a year of personal

It’s time to retire Canada’s AIDS epidemic

published: December, 01, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, CATIE, As Prevention , General Health, Mental Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media, Opinion Pieces

For World AIDS Day 2017, PositiveLite.com is proud to present this guest editorial by CATIE Executive Director, Laurie Edmiston.

It’s time to retire Canada’s AIDS epidemic

Having turned 60 two months ago, I know there’s nothing quite like a milestone birthday to force you to get serious about your priorities and your future. The HIV response is facing our own wake-up call this December 1 as we mark the 30thWorld AIDS Day – a milestone I never imagined we would reach when I started working in HIV, 30 years ago. I have spent more than half of my life working in the HIV response, and while our goals have remained unchanged – reducing HIV infections and kee

Big win for U=U! Canada’s Chief Medical Officers of Health say “effectively no risk’ of HIV transmission via sex if viral load suppressed.

published: December, 01, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , General Health, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Research, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

PHAC World AIDS Day statement praises the Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U) campaign and Indigenous Know Your Status program

Big win for U=U! Canada’s Chief Medical Officers of Health say “effectively no risk’ of HIV transmission via sex if viral load suppressed.

Statement on behalf of the Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health Statements From Public Health Agency of Canada November 30, 2017 Ottawa, ON Government of Canada Every year on December 1st, we come together to mark World AIDS Day and the start of Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week.  There was a time not long ago when many lives were lost to AIDS in Canada. Thanks to advances in treatment, the situation today is vastly different. With timely interventions and supports, people living wit

Review identifies aspects of healthcare most valued by people with HIV

published: November, 21, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, General Health, Research, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Media

Relationship with healthcare providers cited in 83% of studies reviewed. From CATIE, Erica Lee reports.

Review identifies aspects of healthcare most valued by people with HIV

- Systematic review identifies the healthcare factors most valued by people living with HIV. - Relationship with healthcare providers cited in 83% of studies reviewed, and treatment information and support in 63%. - People with HIV place value on provider’s expertise, confidentiality and coordination, and on ease of access and active participation as a client. It is important to understand what people with HIV value most in their healthcare experience to deliver services that best respond

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