General Health

What’s happening on the ground: first voice perspectives of the overdose crisis in Atlantic Canada

published: June, 22, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Conferences, Hep B and C, General Health, Current Affairs, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Guest author Michael Liddell: "... people who use drugs and their allies are using the mantra of 'nothing about us without us' to organize and demand action."

What’s happening on the ground: first voice perspectives of the overdose crisis in Atlantic Canada

At the opening of the 25th Harm Reduction International Conference in Montreal held in Montreal in May of this year, the Federal Minister of Health Jane Philpott announced that more people have died in the overdose epidemic in the past few years than during the height of the AIDS crisis in the late 80s and early 90s. This fact is made even more tragic considering that it need not happen. This grim reality was on the minds of many and was the catalyst for a workshop hosted by Direction 180

Trump doesn't care about HIV. We're outta here.

published: June, 20, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, General Health, Current Affairs, Youth, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Newly Diagnosed, Mental Health, Women, Health, International , Treatment, Legal, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Six members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) have resigned. From Newsweek, Scott A. Schoettes has this report.

Trump doesn't care about HIV. We're outta here.

To read the complete article by Scott A. Schoettes, visit Newsweek, here. Five of my colleagues and I resigned this week from the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). As advocates for people living with HIV, we have dedicated our lives to combating this disease and no longer feel we can do so effectively within the confines of an advisory body to a president who simply does not care. The Trump Administration has no strategy to address the on-going HIV/AIDS epidemic, seeks z

Chatty CATIE: What is the one thing you wish you had known when you were first diagnosed with HIV?

published: June, 15, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Newly Diagnosed, Features and Interviews, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

And, what advice would you have for someone newly diagnosed? For CATIE, RonniLyn Pustil interviews two people living with HIV.

Chatty CATIE: What is the one thing you wish you had known when you were first diagnosed with HIV?

BRITTANY CAMERON, 31 Peterborough, Ontario People living with HIV engagement worker, PARN Diagnosed with HIV: 2006, at 36 weeks pregnant I wish I had known that it would be OK. That I wasn’t the first HIV-positive woman to give birth, and I wouldn’t be the last. That HIV-positive women can and do have HIV-negative babies. That one day, advocating for women with HIV to have babies would become a passion of mine and I would inspire other positive women to have babies of their own. I

Are you 60-plus? Have your voice heard!

published: June, 14, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Aging, As Prevention , General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Upcoming Events, Mental Health, Research, Sexual Health, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Your participation will be of benefit to yourself, service providers, policy makers, the field of social work, gerontology and sexuality and the community in general.

Are you 60-plus? Have your voice heard!

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Swiss Grindr survey finds 50% want to use PrEP in the next six months

published: June, 14, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Dating, Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Gay Men, General Health, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Treatment, Lifestyle, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap, Gus Cairns reports on a survey showing twice as much interest in PrEP as in surveys done last year

Swiss Grindr survey finds 50% want to use PrEP in the next six months

A survey of Swiss gay men and men who have sex with men recruited through the Grindr networking app has found that while only 4.3% had taken HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), 50% would consider taking it within the next six months and 79% would either take it some time in the future or want to learn more about it. The survey was a brief one both in terms of its appearance online (from 5 to 24 January this year) and in terms of its length (only ten questions taking, it was estimated,

Agreements with cash incentives boost patient adherence to HIV therapy and rates of viral suppression

published: June, 12, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , African, Caribbean and Black, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Research, Health, International , Treatment, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap, Michael Carter reports on a study that demonstrated the feasibility of using commitment contracts in HIV care.

Agreements with cash incentives boost patient adherence to HIV therapy and rates of viral suppression

People who enter into a contract with their HIV healthcare provider to receive cash incentives in return for high levels of antiretroviral therapy (ART) adherence are more likely to achieve sustained viral suppression compared to people in a control arm, investigators from the United States report in the online edition of AIDS. The study recruited individuals with ongoing viral replication despite at least six months of ART. Individuals who entered into a commitment contract were appro

People with HIV have impaired respiratory health, even when viral load is undetectable

published: June, 08, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, General Health, Health, International , Smoking Cessation , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap, Michael Carter reports on a study that explores the relationship between HIV infection and respiratory health in the modern ART era.

People with HIV have impaired respiratory health, even when viral load is undetectable

HIV-positive people have impaired respiratory health, even when they have viral suppression with antiretroviral therapy (ART), investigators from London report in HIV Medicine. Respiratory health was compared between HIV-positive and HIV-negative outpatients. Individuals with HIV had poorer respiratory health and were more likely to report breathlessness than HIV-negative participants, findings which remained unchanged when analysis focused on ART-treated HIV-positive people with an undetec

Cuts to AIDS treatment programs could cost a million lives

published: June, 07, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Current Affairs, Health, International , Treatment, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From the New York Times, Gardiner Harris reports on the likely results if funding cuts proposed by the Trump administration to global public health programs are enacted.

Cuts to AIDS treatment programs could cost a million lives

A health worker testing a patient for H.I.V. in Homa Bay County, Kenya. Credit: Simon Maina/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images WASHINGTON — At least one million people will die in sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere, researchers and advocates said on Tuesday, if funding cuts proposed by the Trump administration to global public health programs are enacted. The United States currently spends more than $6 billion annually on programs that buy antiretroviral drugs for about 11.5 million peo

HIV stigma in sheep's clothing

published: June, 05, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Dating, As Prevention , Gay Men, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Sexual Health, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Guest author Émolas shares his experience of how the contradictory messages that are given by healthcare and social service providers in the field of HIV preventioncan sometimes reinforce HIV stigma by creating anxiety in HIV-negative people.

HIV stigma in sheep's clothing

Most of the time, HIV stigma is pretty easy to spot. It comes across in black and white on dating app profiles when guys write things like “clean and DDF (drug and disease free).” It’s evident in the ever-growing number of people living with HIV who have been prosecuted for not disclosing their HIV status prior to specific sexual encounters, even though the risk of HIV transmission during those encounters was extremely low (if not nonexistent). But I want to talk about a different kind o

It takes my breath away... a few times each night!

published: May, 31, 2017 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Social Media, Aging, Gay Men, General Health, Health, Living with HIV, Media, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow: "I asked the one question I knew I had to, knowing I didn’t want to hear the answer. And I got the answer I didn’t want to hear."

It takes my breath away... a few times each night!

First I should make a short apology for absence from posting anything here on PositiveLite for a while. I have been going through some writer’s block and periods of, ‘there’s really isn’t anything to tell’. I am writing today because I think this is a significant development for me and might relate to someone else; maybe. I had a follow-up appointment with my doctor today. After reading my test results she asked if I had any other concerns and today I did. I asked the one question I

Terrence Higgins Trust gives away thousands of HIV home testing kits

published: May, 30, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Treatment, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From Pink News, Benjamin Butterworth reports on Terrence Higgins Trust's bid to reduce the number of Brits who are unaware of their status.

Terrence Higgins Trust gives away thousands of HIV home testing kits

A charity is offering thousands of HIV home testing kits for free. Terrence Higgins Trust, the HIV and sexual health charity, is giving away 2,000 kits in a bid to reduce the number of Brits who are unaware of their status. The charity reports that one in seven people who are HIV-positive do not know their status. Gay and bisexual men, along with black African men and women, are the most-likely to be affectived by HIV. The home-testing kits can identify a person’s results in just 60 sec

HIV stigma? Speak out, shut them up!

published: May, 26, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, 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.

Federal announcement on new pharmaceutical policy could signal improvements long hoped for by patient groups and healthcare providers. Here's how.

published: May, 24, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Current Affairs, Health, Treatment, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Jack Mohr of CTAC on how Philpott's proposed changes might impact drug prices and access for people living with HIV.

Federal announcement on new pharmaceutical policy could signal improvements long hoped for by patient groups and healthcare providers. Here's how.

On May 16th, Health Minister Jane Philpott announced a suite of proposed changes to Canadian pharmaceutical policy. While many of these changes are merely sketched out rather than fully realized, they represent potential fixes to the Canadian healthcare system that patient groups and healthcare providers have been hoping for. For people living with HIV, these updates could mean a future with better and more comprehensive access to necessary medications. Expediting the Drug Approval Process T

Multiple provinces and territories demonstrate leadership in the treatment of HIV/AIDS by providing access to GENVOYA®

published: May, 17, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Current Affairs, Health, Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Gilead's first TAF-based single tablet regimen demonstrates high efficacy with improved renal and bone parameters compared to TDF-based regimens.

Multiple provinces and territories demonstrate leadership in the treatment of HIV/AIDS by providing access to GENVOYA®

MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 4, 2017 /CNW/ - Gilead Sciences Canada, Inc. today announced that GENVOYA® tablets, for the treatment of HIV-1 infection, is now listed in multiple provinces and territories including, Ontario, Alberta, Quebec and Yukon, as well as in the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Drug Plan for First Nations and Inuit. GENVOYA (150 mg elvitegravir/150 mg cobicistat/200 mg emtricitabine/10 mg tenofovir alafenamide) is indicated as a complete regimen for the treatment of h

Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) endorses U=U.

published: May, 17, 2017 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // Social Media, OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Current Affairs, General Health, Research, Sexual Health, Health, Treatment

The Ontario HIV Treatment Network: "Acting on this knowledge will drive good public policy and clinical practice – encouraging prompt access to testing, treatment and support, as well as dramatically reducing HIV stigma."

Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) endorses U=U.

The "Undetectable = Untransmittable" Campaign (U=U) is an international movement. It unites communities of people living with HIV, service organizations and leading HIV researchers in support of a clear, evidence-based consensus statement about the power of effective antiretroviral treatment to prevent the sexual transmission of HIV. The Ontario HIV Treatment Network endorsed the U=U consensus, as follows, on May 15, 2017: The Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) is funded by the Ministry

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