From the UK, guest author Ant Babajee asks: "What would I tell my newly diagnosed self if I knew on 2 January 2007 what I know now?"
I have been living with HIV for more than 10 years — you might say I am a bit of an HIV old-timer.
As I have just celebrated another year living with HIV, I thought it was a good time to put together some pointers for people who have recently got their news.
What would I tell my newly diagnosed self if I knew on 2 January 2007 what I know now?
The first thing I want to say is:
Since my diagnosis in 2007, so much has changed in terms of our knowledge about how to preve
From AIDSmap, Michael Carter reports on a French study that associates HIV with an increased prevalence of airway obstruction.
HIV infection is associated with airway obstruction, French investigators report in AIDS. Middle-aged HIV-positive smokers were matched with HIV-negative smokers of the same sex and age. After controlling for potential confounders, the investigators found a significant association between HIV and airway obstruction, an association that persisted after controlling for history of previous serious lung disease. Smoking intensity was also a significant risk factor.
Lung function was measured usi
“Unfortunately, data on sexual abuse and bisexual/same-sex behaviors were not collected, and these may be important factors to examine in future research.” From MDmag, this report by George Citroner.
To read the complete article by George Citroner visit MD, here.
Evidence suggests that exposure to certain types of mental and physical stress in adolescence may make it more likely that as adults they will practice behaviors that increase the risk of HIV infection.
A longitudinal study conducted by the University of Michigan over 18 years, from Sept. 1994–May 2013, studied the effects exposure to illicit drug use, and violence had on adolescents in later adulthood. The findings sugge
It shows gaps and fissures within our heath-care delivery system,' activist says of Truvada coverage. From CBC News, this report by Angela Sterritt.
Two-spirit activist Harlan Pruden says First Nations organizations failed Indigenous people by not disseminating enough information about a groundbreaking HIV/AIDS treatment.
When two-spirit organizer and HIV/AIDS activist Harlan Pruden heard the news that the preventative drug PrEP was now available cost-free in B.C. he was elated. "It's phenomenal news that B.C.'s community now has access to this evidence-based, effective HIV prevention intervention," Pruden said.
But he said v
The onset of diabetes was much less likely in people aged 50 and over who started treatment from 2010 onwards, or who started treatment at a higher CD4 cell count, according to this B.C.study. From AIDSmap, Keith Alcorn explains.
People with HIV over the age of 50 are more likely to have developed type 2 diabetes if they started antiretroviral treatment before 1999 or had a longer exposure to older antiretroviral drugs such as stavudine (d4T) or first-generation protease inhibitors such as nelfinavir or indinavir, according to a study of people receiving HIV care in British Columbia, Canada.
The onset of diabetes was much less likely in people aged 50 and over who started treatment from 2010 onwards, or who started tr
Study authors: "We are rigorously evaluating the effect of Jak inhibitors on key events that prevent eradication of HIV in culture, animal models, and humans."
A class of anti-inflammatory drugs already FDA-approved for rheumatoid arthritis could "purge" the reservoir of infected immune cells in people infected by HIV, according to new research.
When culturing cells from HIV-infected individuals, researchers found the medications tofacitinib and ruxolitinib block viral production from infected cells, prevent transmission to bystander cells, and decay the viral reservoir. The results were published in PLOS Pathogens.
"One of the major impediments t
Committee members terminated by form letter, "effective immediately." From the Washington Post, this report.
A red ribbon in recognition of World AIDS Day hangs at White House on Dec. 1. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)
To read the complete article by Ben Guarino, visit The Washington Post, here.
The remaining members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS were fired en masse this week. Months after a half-dozen members resigned in protest of the Trump administration's position on health policies, the White House dismissed the rest through a form letter. The notice “thanked me for my p
PrEP will be available through the BC Centre for Excellence’s HIV Drug Treatment program. From B.C. Gov News, this report.
Effective Jan. 1, 2018, British Columbians at high risk of HIV infection will be able to receive pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a daily oral antiretroviral medication that prevents new HIV infection, at no cost.
“Our government is committed to helping fight the spread of HIV/AIDS and supporting people as they take action to protect themselves from this virus,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “Making this medication free for people will prevent new HIV infections, remove barriers
Attorney General Naqvi: "We join the Canadian Coalition to Reform HIV Criminalization in their request that the federal government examine potential law reform in this area..."
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As so many do on World AIDS Day, it is important to pause and remember all those who have lost their lives to HIV/AIDS and those living with it. We stand in solidarity with everyone impacted by this virus across Ontario and the world. We would like to recognize the dedicated individuals and organizations whose courageous work o
After years of inaction, governments finally seem open to changes in prosecuting cases of HIV non-disclosure, but it’s not happening fast enough for those who end up behind bars. From NOW Magazine,
Alexander McClelland says there should be a moratorium on the prosecution of cases of HIV non-disclosure.
This article by Alexander McClelland originally appeared at NOW Magazine, here.
For those of us working to change Canada’s laws for people living with HIV, 2017 has been a wild year.
After years of bleak inaction and international condemnation – Canada is currently among the top five countries when it comes to criminalizing and incarcerating people living with HIV – the decisio
The HIV community should be heartened by recent events—developments that are very much welcome, but nowhere near enough. Here's a chance to make your voice heard
On World AIDS Day, after years of advocacy by community organizations, both the federal and Ontario governments recognized the need to limit the “overcriminalization of HIV” in Canada. Both took a first step toward by recognizing that criminal prosecution for alleged HIV non-disclosure is not warranted in the case where a person living with HIV had a “suppressed viral load,” because this is at odds with the science.
The federal Justice Minister released her department’s report, C
Province helping Ontario families stay healthy with free prescription medication for everyone age 24 and under.
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
Half of those most likely to pass on HIV were not on treatment, despite guidelines From AIDSmap, Keith Alcorn reports
People with HIV who had high viral load were more likely to report vaginal or anal sex without a condom with a partner of unknown or different HIV status, a US study of people with detectable viral load has found.
Viral loads tended to be lower among those people with a detectable viral load who reported always using condoms, or who reported condomless sex only with other people with HIV.
The findings are published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections by a research team led by Dr
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.
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,
The ban is related to the budget and supporting materials that are to be given to the CDC’s partners and to Congress. From the Washington Post, Lena H. Sun and Juliet Eilperin report.
The Trump administration is prohibiting officials at the nation’s top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases — including “fetus” and “transgender” — in any official documents being prepared for next year’s budget.
Policy analysts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta were told of the list of forbidden words at a meeting Thursday with senior CDC officials who oversee the budget, according to an analyst who took part in the 90-m