General Health

‘A near normal lifespan for people with HIV?’ For whom is this true - and who misses out?

published: May, 15, 2017 Written by // Megan DePutter Categories // Aging, Social Media, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Health, International , Smoking Cessation , Treatment, Megan DePutter, Opinion Pieces

Megan DePutter: "We can’t ignore these vulnerabilities that can put individuals more at risk both for acquiring HIV, getting diagnosed late, or struggling to adhere to the medication."

‘A near normal lifespan for people with HIV?’ For whom is this true - and who misses out?

Yesterday, the Lancet published a study titled ‘Survival of HIV-positive patients starting antiretroviral therapy between 1996 and 2013: a collaborative analysis of cohort studies’. This study found that ‘even in the late ART era, survival during the first three years of ART continues to improve.’ In fact, the authors found that ‘between 1996 and 2010, life expectancy in 20-year-old patients starting ART increased by about nine years in women and ten years in men.’ The authors con

Why we still need an HIV vaccine today

published: May, 05, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, General Health, Research, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

"... without an effective vaccine against a virus that constantly mutates and connives to evade the fragile and complex strategies we find to stop it, the prospect of ending new infections is precarious," writes Robert Reinhard

Why we still need an HIV vaccine today

Advocates recognize May 18, 2017 as the 20th anniversary of HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, an important day to mark the need to develop this safe, effective and accessible prevention tool to augment the current biomedical and behavioral prevention options we have now to curb the incidence of new HIV infections in each country. Many ask, “Why is that so when we now have, singly or in strategic combination: oral preexposure prophylaxis, harm reduction, ways to lower a person’s HIV viral load so

Are women prepared for HIV PrEP?

published: May, 05, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Dating, As Prevention , African, Caribbean and Black, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Research, Women, International , Treatment, Lifestyle, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From KALW.org, Chloe Lessard: "some women and trans folks are wondering why a drug that could potentially save their lives hasn’t been aggressively promoted in their communities."

Are women prepared for HIV PrEP?

To read the complete article by Chloe Lessard, visit KALW.org, here. Did you know that you can take a drug to reduce your risk of getting HIV? If you’re a gay man, you’ve probably heard of it. It’s a daily regimen called PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis. Maybe you’ve even seen ads for it on BART trains or clinic brochures, usually targeting men who sleep with other men. But PrEP doesn’t only benefit men, and some women and trans folks are wondering why a drug that could potential

What’s Reckless About a Campaign to Prevent HIV?

published: April, 20, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Treatment, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From The Advocate: educating people about the availability of PrEP shouldn't be controversial, writes Dr. Michael Gottlieb.

What’s Reckless About a Campaign to Prevent HIV?

The complete article by Dr. Michael Gottlieb can be read at The Advocate, here. As a physician who has been treating people with HIV since the beginning of the epidemic and as a witness to more than a few AIDS-related controversies, I’m profoundly puzzled by how some are overreacting to a new HIV prevention campaign. F*ck w/out Fear is the admittedly audacious tagline of the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s new campaign to raise awareness about pre-exposure prophylaxis, which consists of tak

How I managed to overcome stigmatization.

published: April, 17, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, General Health, Newly Diagnosed, Mental Health, Kimutai Kemboi, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Kimutai Kemboi: "The fight against stigma is dynamic.It starts with one's soul, then people close to you and then the entire society."

How I managed to overcome stigmatization.

Stigma refers to a negative, an ill and undermining attitude that a person has towards another. This does not occur naturally neither does it occur at a particular time, it is gradual and develops slowly by slowly. The good thing about is, it is not a permanent thing in that a person can opt out of it. When I tested HIV-positive a year and couple of months ago, this was the situation I was going through. Thank God, I found a way out of it! I came to realize that in any situation, however chal

CATIE joins in mourning the death of a brilliant scientist and friend – Professor Dr. Mark Wainberg

published: April, 14, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , CATIE, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Current Affairs, Health, Treatment, Media, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

Those of us in Canada and around the globe who struggle to end the HIV epidemic have lost a friend, mentor and key ally.

CATIE joins in mourning the death of a brilliant scientist and friend – Professor Dr. Mark Wainberg

Dr. Mark Wainberg passed away suddenly earlier this week. He was a brilliant scientist who helped to greatly extend our understanding about HIV and how this virus can develop resistance to treatment.  Dr. Wainberg’s career was centred at McGill University where he was the Director of the McGill AIDS Centre.  He became internationally renowned for the impact that his laboratory had on HIV treatment, as well as for the global impact of his efforts to help make HIV treatment more accessible.

The capsid inhibitor—a new class to enter clinical trials

published: April, 13, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , CATIE, Gay Men, General Health, Youth, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Health, Sexual Health, International , Treatment, Media, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

From CATIE: "This finding suggests that the capsid inhibitor has potential for intermittent dosing in people—perhaps every one or two months."

The capsid inhibitor—a new class to enter clinical trials

Most approved anti-HIV drugs work by interfering with an enzyme and/or protein that is needed by HIV-infected cells to make new viruses. A journey through the cell The capsid is the name given to the proteins that surround HIV’s genetic material. Upon HIV attaching itself to a target cell of the immune system, the virus sends its genetic material (RNA) into the cell. As the genetic material is surrounded by the capsid, it is protected from detection by the cell’s internal sensors. The ca

NAM's director talks about PrEP and the decline in HIV diagnoses on BBC2's Newsnight

published: April, 10, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Health, Sexual Health, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap, NAM executive director Matthew Hodson: "If you roll it out to everyone who will benefit most, then we have the power to end the epidemic."

NAM's director talks about PrEP and the decline in HIV diagnoses on BBC2's Newsnight

NAM’s Executive Director, Matthew Hodson, appeared on BBC2’s Newsnight on Tuesday 21 February to talk about PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) and the dramatic decline in new HIV diagnoses in London in the past year. In the film sequence accompanying the interview, HIV consultant Dr Nneka Nwokolo of London’s 56 Dean St clinic explained that the reduction in new HIV diagnoses is real, substantial and is being seen in clinics across London. “The most significant thing that’s happene

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for April: circles within circles.

published: April, 06, 2017 Written by // Ed Wolf Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, General Health, Mental Health, Health, Spirituality, International , Ed Wolf, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Ed Wolf: "There’s always something you can do, no matter how terrible the moment."

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for April: circles within circles.

Day 30. Honoring Our Experience I’ve headed north for a weekend retreat called “Honoring Our Experience.” It’s going to be three days with many others who survived the early days of the AIDS epidemic, men and women, HIV positive and negative, long term survivors and those who’ve recently seroconverted. I’m looking forward to circling with others who’ve survived great hardship and continue to do so. I’m hoping some of the awfulness I feel about Trump will be lessened, at least

Investigating late HIV diagnoses as serious incidents may spur change across the health system.

published: April, 05, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , African, Caribbean and Black, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Newly Diagnosed, Research, Health, International , Treatment, Media, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap, Roger Pebody on a report by public health officials and clinicians on a novel strategy to reduce very late HIV diagnosis in high-prevalence areas.

Investigating late HIV diagnoses as serious incidents may spur change across the health system.

Investigating cases of very late HIV diagnosis through the NHS’ serious incident reporting process allows identification of the reasons for late diagnosis and provides an impetus for initiatives to address them, public health officials and clinicians report in the March issue of the Journal of Public Health. In 2015 in the UK, 39% of adults were diagnosed with HIV infection at a late stage (below 350 CD4 cells/mm3) and 21% at a very late stage (below 200 CD4 cells/mm3). Late diagnosis of

Legalisation of sex work associated with lower prevalence of HIV in sex workers

published: April, 03, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Women, Sexual Health, Health, International , Treatment, Legal, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap, Roger Pebody reports on a study suggesting that legalization of some aspects of sex work might help reduce HIV prevalence in this high-risk group.

Legalisation of sex work associated with lower prevalence of HIV in sex workers

Countries that have legalized some aspects of sex work have fewer sex workers living with HIV than countries that criminalize all aspects of sex work, according to an ecological analysis of 27 European countries published online ahead of print in The Lancet HIV. The association remained statistically significant after adjustment for countries’ economic development, HIV prevalence, antiretroviral therapy coverage and proportion of sex workers who inject drugs. “Our findings suggest th

Q&A with Oghenowede Eyawo: research points to major shifts in mortality and causes of death among people living with HIV

published: March, 31, 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, Women, Research, Health, Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Two recent studies by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) point to what else has changed now that people living with HIV are expected to live much longer lives.

Q&A with Oghenowede Eyawo: research points to major shifts in mortality and causes of death among people living with HIV

People with HIV are now living longer, and are less likely to die from an AIDS-defining illness. What do we know about their health and quality of life today? People with HIV who are receiving combination antiretroviral drugs can now live full, long lives—increasingly comparable to those who are HIV-negative. Two recent studies by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) point to what else has changed now that people living with HIV are expected to live much longer lives. One study

B.C. researchers explore life expectancy among HIV-positive people

published: March, 30, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Aging, Hep B and C, General Health, Mental Health, Health, Living with HIV, Media, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

From CATIE, Sean R. Hosein reports on studies comparing the effect of comorbidities on life expectancy in people living with HIV and those who are HIV-negative.

B.C. researchers explore life expectancy among HIV-positive people

In the 20th century, life expectancy increased in Canada and other high-income countries thanks to improvements in medicine, better living conditions and so on. These changes have led some researchers to focus on something called health-adjusted life expectancy: exploring the number of years a person can expect to live in good and bad health and taking into account age-related illness, death and disability. Among many HIV-positive people in Canada and other high-income countries there has be

A forum on HIV, rehabilitation and episodic illness: a personal account.

published: March, 27, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Social Media, Conferences, Activism, General Health, Mental Health, Health, Living with HIV, Rob Olver - Editor

Rob Olver goes to Envision Forum 2017, presented by Bruce House in Ottawa on March 22-23.

A forum on HIV, rehabilitation and episodic illness: a personal account.

"Since it was established in 1988, Bruce House has provided critical resources and support to Ottawa residents living with HIV and AIDS> I would like to thank everyone involved with the agency for their dedication to making a difference in the health and well-being of their fellow citizens."  - The Rt. Hon. Justin. P. J. Trudeau, P.C., M.P., Prime Minister of Canada. #EnvisionForum2017 was a forum on HIV, rehabilitation and episodic illness held by Bruce House in Ottawa on March 22-23 and

If you just found out you are HIV-positive...

published: March, 16, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , CATIE, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Newly Diagnosed, Mental Health, Sexual Health, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

CATIE's must-read information for the newly diagnosed.

If you just found out you are HIV-positive...

Finding out you have HIV may be a shock. You do not have to go through this alone: There is help. With ongoing treatment, care and support, HIV can be managed. You can live long and well with HIV. You’ve already taken the first step by getting tested. Now it is important to get care and treatment as soon as you can. 1. HIV can be treated. Talk to the person who gave you your test result about finding a doctor who treats people with HIV. If they cannot give you the name and number of an HI

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