Guest Authors

Guest Authors
The Revolving Door is the place where we publish occasional articles by guest writers. If you would like to submit an article for publication, please contact editor Bob Leahy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Stag me to hell: socialising with straight men

published: November, 15, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Lifestyle, Media, Opinion Pieces

From FS Magazine, Mark Reed on gay-straight socializing: "Maybe if we tried to integrate more, we could break down prejudices held on both sides."

Stag me to hell: socialising with straight men

I have straight male friends who I hang out with one on one, but I don’t have groups of straight male pals who I hang out with on a regular basis. I don’t consciously seek to avoid these kinds of social situations, it’s more because, by and large, I feel more comfortable in the company of gay men (more on that later). This was going to be an all-straight affair, and I didn’t know half of the group at all.I was recently invited on a stag do – a first for me. I signed up quite readily,

BC just lost its last two excuses not to cover the pill that prevents HIV

published: November, 14, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Revolving Door, Legal, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

New proposal would cover 5,000 PrEP prescriptions by 2019. From Daily Xtra.com, Niko Bell reports.

BC just lost its last two excuses not to cover the pill that prevents HIV

Rob Higgins from the Community Based Research Centre and William Flett from YouthCO give out flyers in front of Vancouver-West End MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert's office Nov 10, 2017, pushing for provincial coverage for PrEP drugs. Credit: Niko Bell/Xtra To read the complete story by Niko Bell, visit Daily Xtra.com, here. One of the province’s most respected HIV/AIDS specialists has publicly announced that coverage for an effective HIV-prevention drug doesn’t have to cost BC taxpayers a

HIV diagnoses in English gay men have been falling since 2014

published: November, 13, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, International AIDS Conference , As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

HIV diagnoses have fallen by 65% in London and by 48% outside London from their peak in 2014. From AIDSmap, Gus Cairns reports.

HIV diagnoses in English gay men have been falling since 2014

Noel Gill presenting at EACS 2017. Image credit: @caryjameslondon A new analysis by Public Health England of testing rates and HIV diagnoses from all of England’s sexual health clinics shows that the decline in diagnoses is England-wide, started at least a year before the decline was first noticed at London's 56 Dean Street clinic, and is not restricted to gay men who test frequently. One of the big stories in HIV prevention this year has been the dramatic drop in HIV diagnoses being s

Barriers to healthcare impenetrable for LGBT+ in Zambia

published: November, 09, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Gay Men, General Health, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media

From a railway clinic, educating the community on LGBT+ health issues is as challenging as ever. From Key Correspondents, this report.

Barriers to healthcare impenetrable for LGBT+ in Zambia

Zambia is on the path to achieving control of the HIV epidemic thanks to focused political commitment implemented over a decade. The key factors to epidemic control are numerous, including universal testing of high-risk groups, timely referral, access to quality prevention and treatment services, and linkage to and long-term retention in care. Achieving final epidemic control requires a coordinated and targeted approach that integrates the expected adoption of new World Health Organisation (WH

Starting ART immediately after HIV diagnosis cuts mortality risk by two-thirds for people with high CD4 cell counts

published: November, 08, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

Over 12 months of follow-up, individuals who started antiretrovirals within 30 days of their diagnosis had a 63% reduction in their mortality risk compared to people who remained antiretroviral-naïve. From AIDSmap, Michael Carrter reports.

Starting ART immediately after HIV diagnosis cuts mortality risk by two-thirds for people with high CD4 cell counts

People with a high CD4 cell count who start antiretroviral therapy (ART) immediately after diagnosis with HIV cut their 12-month mortality risk by two-thirds, according to research conducted in China and published in Clinical Infectious Diseases. The retrospective study involved over 35,000 people who were newly diagnosed with HIV between 2012 and 2014. All had a CD4 cell count above 500 cells/mm3. Over 12 months of follow-up, individuals who started antiretrovirals within 30 days of their d

The C-word? ‘Condom’ reportedly too graphic for Russian Education Ministry to be used in HIV lesson

published: November, 07, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Youth, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

From RT.com: "The Russian Education Ministry says the word is inappropriate for kids and wants to avoid using it,"

The C-word? ‘Condom’ reportedly too graphic for Russian Education Ministry to be used in HIV lesson

Preparations for a nationwide online lesson on HIV have been halted because of… condoms! The Russian Education Ministry says the word is inappropriate for kids and wants to avoid using it, Russian media reported, citing a contractor. An online lesson on HIV prevention is scheduled to take place in schools across Russia on World AIDS Day, December 1. The event was launched in 2015 by Russia’s Ministry of Education and Science, but this year, discussion of the lesson came to a premature end

STIs in a post-condoms world

published: November, 06, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Media, Sex and Sexuality

From FS Magazine, Matthew Hodson: " Let’s talk about STIs when we need to talk about STIs but let’s keep our eye on the prize of ending HIV."

STIs in a post-condoms world

Let’s talk about PrEP. Or, let’s talk about how HIV treatment prevents the virus being passed on to sexual partners. When our virus is undetectable it is untransmittable (U=U). How long do we go down either conversational road before someone starts talking about STIs? I was told by someone who works for an HIV support organisation that we shouldn’t let HIV-positive people with an undetectable viral load know that they aren’t a risk to sexual partners. “If you do that,” I was t

U=U unites with ITPC to improve the lives of people living with HIV.

published: November, 03, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

A critical and timely partnership has formed to share U=U knowledge worldwide.

U=U unites with ITPC to improve the lives of people living with HIV.

GABORONE, Botswana – Nov 1, 2017 – The International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC) and Prevention Access Campaign (PAC) announced today a groundbreaking partnership that will amplify the Undetectable=Untransmittable (U=U) message among communities of people living with HIV worldwide. U=U reinforces the public health benefits of antiretroviral therapy (ART), affirming that a person living with HIV on ART with an undetectable viral load cannot sexually transmit HIV. The growing

Trump policy harming Kenya, Uganda health services

published: November, 02, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Youth, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

Expanded "Mexico City" policy causing cuts in HIV, reproductive care. Human Rights Watch reports.

Trump policy harming Kenya, Uganda health services

Early effects of United States restrictions to global health aid include cuts to essential health services in Kenya and Uganda, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that was released today. The changes have resulted in a loss of training and equipment from nongovernmental groups for government health clinics, and widespread confusion about implementation. Human Rights Watch sent its findings in advance of a six-month review by the State Department of t

Drinking three or more cups of coffee a day halves the risk of dying for people with HIV/HCV co-infection

published: November, 01, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Hep B and C, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

"... we found that elevated coffee consumption had an independent protective effect on all-cause mortality risk.” From Infohep.org, Michael Carter reports.

Drinking three or more cups of coffee a day halves the risk of dying for people with HIV/HCV co-infection

Drinking three or more cups of coffee a day halves the risk of death from any cause for people with HIV/hepatitis C virus (HCV) co-infection, French investigators report in the Journal of Hepatology. The protective effect of coffee consumption observed in the study was much larger than the 14% reduction in mortality observed in the general population. “In this large prospective nationwide cohort of patients co-infected with HIV-HCV followed-up in French hospital departments, we found t

People with HIV still expect a lower quality of life than their negative peers, European survey finds

published: October, 31, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // International AIDS Conference , Social Media, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media

Nearly 40% with an undetectable viral load still consider themselves infectious. Gus Cairns reports on a European study commissioned by Gilead Sciences.

People with HIV still expect a lower quality of life than their negative peers, European survey finds

A study commissioned by the drug company Gilead Sciences and conducted in five European countries has found that, compared with their HIV-negative peers, people with HIV still expect to die sooner and think they are less likely to achieve a long-term relationship. The results were announced yesterday during the 16th European AIDS Conference (EACS 2017) in Milan, Italy. The survey found that 54% of HIV-positive people considered HIV to be a barrier to sex with others, and of them 87% (47% o

After I was diagnosed with HIV I started taking risks

published: October, 30, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Dating, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Newly Diagnosed, Mental Health, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Media, Sex and Sexuality

From FS Magazine, Ruaidhri O'Baoill tells of "a time when I should have protected myself more than ever but instead put myself through continuous sexual risk" and how he found his way forward.

After I was diagnosed with HIV I started taking risks

When I was diagnosed as HIV-positive I turned to sex as a way to cope with how I was feeling about myself. I lost all confidence and self-condemned myself to the ‘unwanted’ pile. I relied on the quick fix that sex brought to make myself feel better again.  It was the connection, contact and ultimately acceptance, along with being desired, that I craved which sex provided me with – no matter the circumstance.  I didn’t set out to intentionally put myself at risk again after being d

Free workshops at HALCO in November and December 2017

published: October, 27, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, Social Media, Events, Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

Everyone is welcome to attend any of these general interest workshops but space is limited so registration is required.

Free workshops at HALCO in November and December 2017

Our free workshops are held in person at the HALCO office/Specialty Legal Clinic Co-op, 55 University Avenue, 15th Floor Room C2, Toronto (just south of King Street West and the fully accessible St. Andrew subway station).  The workshops in this series are: - Refugees and Permanent Residents: How Can You Lose Your Status in Canada?  How Can You Apply for Canadian Citizenship? workshop on Wednesday November 8, 2017, 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Presenter:  Meagan Johnston, HALCO Staff Lawyer. -

A year of generic PrEP could recoup its own cost within five years if effectiveness is high, Public Health England model finds

published: October, 26, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

From AIDSmap, Gus Cairns reports on the findings of a cost-effectiveness model developed by Public Health England.

A year of generic PrEP could recoup its own cost within five years if effectiveness is high, Public Health England model finds

A cost-effectiveness model developed by Public Health England finds that just one year’s worth of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), given to gay men during a period of moderate to high HIV risk, would recoup its own costs and save the NHS money within 23 years if PrEP effectiveness was as high as that seen in the PROUD study – and if PrEP drug prices remained at the current level. However, if drug prices fell by 90% as a result of the availability of generics, one year of PrEP would recoup

Ripples of change on the international stage

published: October, 23, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Women, Revolving Door, International , Legal, Guest Authors, Media, Population Specific

From the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, this progress report on their advocacy abroad.

Ripples of change on the international stage

October 20, 2017 -- It’s been a busy few weeks at the Legal Network as staff members have travelled to Geneva, Kingston (Jamaica), and Moscow, and the effects of their work is being felt across the globe. As a direct result of the Legal Network’s advocacy, UN human rights bodies recently challenged the criminalization of people who use drugs in Canada and Russia. In response to the our written submission and on-the-ground advocacy in Geneva, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Raci

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