Governments around the world were slow to get to grips with HIV/AIDS. But a big change came when they started understanding it not just as a health issue but as a security threat too. For Mosaic, Alexandra Ossola investigates.
This article by Alexandra Ossola originally apppeared at Mosaic, here.
Richard Holbrooke sat in a blue striped chair in the meeting room of the United Nations Security Council. It was a rainy, unseasonably warm January day in New York City, just ten days into the new millennium. Many people were still relieved that the Y2K millennium bug hadn’t wreaked havoc on computers, as some experts had feared. And yet, during the council’s seven-hour meeting, it was clear that a bigger, real threat
Chronic pain common in people living with HIV. From The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), this report.
ARLINGTON, Va. – Because ongoing pain is a significant problem that affects 39 to 85 percent of people living with HIV, everyone with the infection should be assessed for chronic pain, recommend guidelines released by the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. Those who screen positive should be offered a variety of options for managing pain, starting with non-drug treatment such as co
"With high adherence, PrEP saves money in high-prevalence populations even at current costs." From AIDSmap, Gus Cairns reports.
A new US model of the cost-effectiveness of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for men who have sex with men (MSM), prepared by researchers at Emory University in Atlanta, finds that taking even one year of PrEP is more cost-effective than measures like kidney dialysis, if it is used by people belonging to populations where HIV prevalence is at least 10%.
However, for PrEP to actually save money, relative to the lifetime cost of treating the HIV infections that would otherwise happen, either
Head of world’s largest philanthropic organization speaks out as report shows progress on reducing extreme poverty under threat.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation spends just over $3bn a year on development assistance: ‘There’s no way to balance a cut in a rich country’s generosity.’ Photograph: Edgar Su/Reuters
To read the complete article by Kate Hodal, visit The Guardian, here.
Bill Gates has warned that organisations like his are “absolutely not” prepared to plug the yawning gaps in development aid that will result from funding cuts, including those proposed by President Trump. Speaking to the
Guest author Rahim Thawer: "... some people indiscriminately defend artistic expression without any room for considering how power and privilege operate in our world."
Club 120, Toronto, 2012. Photo courtesy of the author.
Marvellous Grounds is the first publisher of this essay. Rahim Thawer (2017). Defending Uncritical Art has Consequences. In Special Issue #2 – Bodies as Archives: QTBIPOC Art and Performance in Toronto, Marvellous Grounds.
I grew up in Etobicoke and went to a racialized-majority middle school and then a white-majority high school. My undergraduate education spanned a few institutions, and in each one, I found enclaves of people o
Combinations of factors at individual, community and structural levels contribute to risk behaviour and HIV infection. From AIDSmap, Roger Pebody reports.
Gay men in England who have recently become HIV positive describe a complex web of factors which may have contributed to their infection, according to a qualitative study recently published in BMJ Open.“Individuals who experienced multiple stressors, gradually over the life course or more suddenly, were especially vulnerable to HIV and being drawn into sexual risk situations, while the social environment created a context that enabled risk of HIV infection,” the researchers write. Indiv
If you live in North America, tell your representative: Commit to vote no on NAFTA corporate power grab!
September 8, 2017
The re-negotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is now underway. As these critical discussions continue, the Government of Canada needs to counter the attempts by the Trump administration to ratchet up further the restrictive rules on intellectual property that create even more monopoly profits for Big Pharma at the expense of people who need affordable medicines. The Ottawa Citizen recently published our analysis and recommendations to the federal g
PASAN has started a critical fundraising campaign.
PASAN is the only community-based organization in Canada providing HIV, AIDS and hepatitis C prevention, education and support services exclusively to prisoners, ex-prisoners and their families.
PASAN works with prisoners in provincial and federal corrections facilities throughout the province of Ontario, but faces tremendous constraints in doing this work.
It’s become increasingly difficult for PASAN staff to be able to access prisons to conduct educational programming about harm redu
Almost nobody talks about this. Guest author Isaac D. Joseph shares his experience of rape's aftermath.
Earlier this week I was asked to write an article on rape and my experience as a male who has been a victim of rape in my adult life. I thought that I would have been able to jot down a few paragraphs and be done by the deadline, but here I am writing this article with only two hours left before the article is scrapped and my chances of writing for this highly esteemed LGBT magazine ever again are over and done. I thought that I would have been able to chronicle my experiences without having a
Is there a hidden population of heterosexual men who have sex with trans women and who are themselves at high risk of acquiring and transmitting HIV? From AIDSmap, Gus Cairns reports on a study that begs this question and others.
There is a lot we don’t know about trans women’s HIV risk, why they are so vulnerable to HIV and who trans women are acquiring HIV from. A study presented at last month’s 9th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2017) attempted to answer these questions, but in the process uncovered another mystery. This is whether there is a hidden population of heterosexual men who have sex with trans women and who are themselves at high risk of acquiring and transmitting HIV. On
From AIDSmap, Roger Pebody reports on a qualitative study by Ontario researchers on HIV, aging and disability.
When Canadian researchers asked HIV-positive people over the age of 50 how they would define “successful ageing”, six key themes emerged – accepting limitations, staying positive, maintaining social support, taking responsibility, living a healthy lifestyle, and engaging in meaningful activities.
Writing in the International Journal of STD & AIDS, Patricia Solomon and colleagues note the emphasis on individual control. Clinicians and service providers should work with people livin
Keeping love alive in Uganda: guest author William Matovu of Uganda's Love To Love Organization discusses the current state of HIV stigma, treatment and prevention and the challenges faced there.
Uganda is one of the most under developed countries in Africa, with a population of about 40 million people.
There are a number of factors that have led Uganda to lag behind as far as HIV is concerned. I would like to take this great opportunity to talk more about stigma, treatment and prevention in detail.
Due to misinformation about the virus, stigma is rising at a high rate; HIV-positive people are facing a very big challenge in the communities where they live and this has caused
From CTV News, Joanne Schnurr reports on the imminent closure of Ottawa's only transition house for people living with HIV.
To read the full article by Joanne Schnurr, visit CTV News, here.
Ottawa's only transition house for people living with HIV will close September 1st.
Bruce House says the high cost of running the facility and the changing needs of its clients are behind the closure. For nearly three decades, Bruce House has operated a specially-equipped transition house in Ottawa's west end to provide round the clock care for people living with HIV. But this past year has been the "perfect storm”, Br
From HIV i-Base, Simon Collins: "Purely theoretical risks are no longer a good enough level of evidence to sustain stigma and discrimination and certainly not criminalisation."
Over the last year, hundreds of HIV organisations have joined a new campaign to endorse the statement that HIV transmission does not occur when viral load is undetectable on ART.
And while the dramatic impact of ART on reducing HIV transmission has been known for a long time, it is new to say ART stops transmission completely.
This change is especially important given that prejudice and discrimination against HIV positive people is still widespread. So while it is easy to simply answer “n