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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.

FDA approves a generic form of PrEP

published: June, 16, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Gay Men, Youth, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Current Affairs, Women, International , Treatment, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Sexual health advocates hope this will make widen access to PrEP, the medication that helps prevent people contracting HIV

FDA approves a generic form of PrEP

To read the complete article by David Hudson visit Gay Star News, here. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US has approved the first generic form of PrEP. PrEP is medication that can be taken by someone to prevent them becoming infected with HIV. It’s a daily pill of Truvada, produced by Gilead Sciences. Truvada is a combination of Emtricitabine and Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate The use of PrEP has been credited with driving down HIV infection rates in countries where it has

Are you 60-plus? Have your voice heard!

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

Let’s take a look at how gay porn studios have changed their treatment of poz performers

published: June, 06, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Movies, Gay Men, Health, International , Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

What it means to be HIV-positive is changing and the porn world is not exempt. From Unicorn Booty, Daniel Villarreal reports.

Let’s take a look at how gay porn studios have changed their treatment of poz performers

To read the complete article by Daniel Villarreal, visit Unicorn Booty, here. Gay porn star, sex worker and gay sexual health advocate Kayden Gray just came out as HIV-positive on YouTube. When gay porn stars Rod Daily and Mason Wyler came out as positive back 2013 and 2011 respectively, their announcements effectively ended their porn careers. So we asked Harlan Yaffe, the editor-in-chief of the gay porn news and video site The Sword (NSFW) and Zachary Sire, the editor-in-chief of the

HIV stigma in sheep's clothing

published: June, 05, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Dating, Social Media, 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

Canadian Minister of Health opens International Harm Reduction Conference amid controversy over overdose deaths

published: June, 01, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Conferences, Events, Health, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Last year an estimated 2300 people died of heroin and fentanyl-related overdoses in Canada. It looks likely that this figure will increase in 2017. From AIDSmap, Susie McLean reports onThe 25th International Harm Reduction Conference (HR17) in Montréal.

Canadian Minister of Health opens International Harm Reduction Conference amid controversy over overdose deaths

Health Minister Jane Philpott and protestors at the HR17 opening ceremony © Charles Mackay / HRI The 25th International Harm Reduction Conference (HR17) in Montréal, Canada, kicked off with a dramatic opening session last week, featuring Jane Philpott, Canadian Minister of Health, along with a group of angry protesters chanting ‘They talk, we die’.    The minister’s speech and the protest focused on the soaring rate of overdose deaths dominating the work of harm reduction organis

Many physicians are wary of providing HIV PrEP for young people

published: May, 31, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Youth, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Health, International , Treatment, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap, Liz Highleyman reports: "While 42% of the physicians overall said they were highly or somewhat likely to recommend PrEP, only 34% said they were likely to actually prescribe it."

Many physicians are wary of providing HIV PrEP for young people

Tanya Mullins at the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting. Photo by Liz Highleyman, hivandhepatitis.com Only about a third of family practice and paediatric providers said they would be likely to prescribe HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to adolescent patients, underlining the need to educate providers outside the HIV and sexually transmitted disease fields, according to a report at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting last week in San Francisco. Tanya Mullins of Cincinnati Chil

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

The 'Charlie Sheen effect': surge seen in HIV test sales

published: May, 29, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Treatment, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

"In fact, the researchers estimated that sales of home HIV testing kits were nearly eight times greater around the time of Sheen's announcement..." From Live Science, Rachael Rettner reports

The 'Charlie Sheen effect': surge seen in HIV test sales

Actor Charlie Sheen in April 2013 Credit: Michael Buckner/Getty Images Actor Charlie Sheen's disclosure that he is HIV positive appears to have had a striking effect on sales of home HIV testing kits, a new study suggests. Researchers found that, after Sheen announced he had HIV on Nov. 17, 2015, sales of home HIV testing kits doubled in the United States — from about 3,500 kits per week before the announcement, to 7,000 kits the week of the announcement. And this boost in sales continue

African-American men who have sex with men less likely to be on HIV treatment in the U. S.

published: May, 29, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Current Affairs, Health, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From TheBody.com, Barbara Jungwirth reports on the findings of the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance (NHBS) project.

African-American men who have sex with men less likely to be on HIV treatment in the U. S.

African-American men who have sex with men (MSM) are significantly less likely to be taking antiretroviral medications than are their white counterparts, an analysis of multi-year data found. The study was published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases. The National HIV Behavioral Surveillance (NHBS) project has surveyed groups at risk for seroconverting (such as MSM or intravenous drug users) in three-year cycles since 2003. Interviewees are asked about their HIV testing and treatment hist

Rethinking justice

published: May, 29, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, Social Media, Activism, Events, Upcoming Events, Legal, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network presents the seventh symposium on HIV, law and human rights

Rethinking justice

Join the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network on June 15, 2017 for our 7th Symposium on HIV, Law and Human Rights. This year’s event will take a critical look at the unjust criminalization of HIV non-disclosure in Canada and around the world. Registration is open! For further details and to confirm your spot, visit aidslaw.ca/symposium For more information, call 416-595-1666 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. docume

Yes, drug laws absolutely hurt HIV prevention and treatment, study shows.

published: May, 26, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Health, International , Legal, Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

"In the five countries where the HIV epidemic is now being driven by injection drug use—China, Malaysia, Russia, Ukraine and Vietnam—drug users are the least likely to know their HIV status and be taking HIV medications." From Newsweek, Jessica Wapner

Yes, drug laws absolutely hurt HIV prevention and treatment, study shows.

To read the complete story by Jessica Wapner, visit Newsweek, here. When it comes to HIV risk factors, IV drug use is catching up to sex. Among people who inject drugs, an estimated 13 percent have HIV. About 30 percent of new infections outside of sub-Saharan Africa are the result of sticking dirty needles into vulnerable veins. In 2014, more than half of new HIV infections in Eastern Europe and central Asia were due to drugs. In the Middle East and northern Africa, nearly one-third of inf

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