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An update from Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi

published: December, 27, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, Current Affairs, Legal, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Media

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..."

An update from Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi

Our Reference #:  MC-2017-7062 Thank you for your correspondence regarding criminal law and HIV. I would like to provide you with an update on recent developments. 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

Year In Review 2017: Criminalizing people with HIV

published: December, 21, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Legal, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Media

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,

Year In Review 2017: Criminalizing people with HIV

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

A step towards ending unjust HIV criminalization

published: December, 21, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Legal, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

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

A step towards ending unjust HIV criminalization

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

Ontario lifts financial burden off families in need with OHIP+

published: December, 20, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Youth, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Media, Guest Authors

Province helping Ontario families stay healthy with free prescription medication for everyone age 24 and under.

Ontario lifts financial burden off families in need with OHIP+

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

People with high viral load most likely to report sex that could pass on HIV

published: December, 19, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

Half of those most likely to pass on HIV were not on treatment, despite guidelines From AIDSmap, Keith Alcorn reports

People with high viral load most likely to report sex that could pass on HIV

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

Why can’t Saskatchewan solve its HIV crisis?

published: December, 19, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Health, Sexual Health, Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

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.

Why can’t Saskatchewan solve its HIV crisis?

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,

CDC gets list of forbidden words: fetus, transgender, diversity

published: December, 18, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media, Population Specific

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.

CDC gets list of forbidden words: fetus, transgender, diversity

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

India bans condom adverts during primetime TV

published: December, 14, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

Move is aimed at protecting children but campaigner warns it could undo decades of progress on sexual health. From The Guardian, Michael Safi reports.

India bans condom adverts during primetime TV

India’s estimated 900 TV channels have been ordered to restrict condom commercials to between 10pm and 6am. Photograph: Franckreporter/Getty Images/iStockphoto To read the complete article by Michael Safi, visit The Guardian, here. India has banned television adverts for condoms during primetime hours, citing rules against content that “endangers the safety of children” and promotes “unhealthy practices”. The information and broadcasting ministry ordered the country’s estimat

Brazil fights HIV spike in youths with free preventive drug

published: December, 13, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Gay Men, Youth, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Health, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

PrEP is being made available to prostitutes, transgender people, men who have sex with men, some drug users and people in relationships with partners who have H.I.V. From the New York Times, Shasta Darlington reports.

Brazil fights HIV spike in youths with free preventive drug

Piero Mori, right, and a friend both take PrEP, short for pre-exposure prophylaxis. “Condoms will always be the most complete protection,” Mr. Mori said. “But for those who just can’t or won’t use them, PrEP is a salvation. It protects you against the most serious disease.”  Credit: Dado Galdieri for The New York Times SÃO PAULO, Brazil — Seeking to stem a sharp rise in H.I.V. cases among young people, Brazil began offering a drug this month that can prevent infection to thos

HIV-positive transgender men in US have significant unmet medical and social needs

published: December, 11, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Media

“Although these transgender men had access to HIV medical care, many experienced poor health outcomes and unmet needs,” write the authors. From AIDSmap, Michael Carter reports.

HIV-positive transgender men in US have significant unmet medical and social needs

HIV-positive transgender men in the United States have significant unmet social and healthcare needs, according to a study published in Research and Practice. Approximately half were living in poverty and only 60% had sustained viral suppression. “Many transgender men receiving HIV medical care in the United States face socioeconomic challenges and suboptimal health outcomes,” write the authors. “Although these transgender men had access to HIV medical care, many experienced poor hea

Many Americans still get their HIV diagnosis years after infection

published: December, 07, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

Heterosexual men had undiagnosed HIV longer than women who inject drugs or gay and bisexual men (a median of about five years, two years and three years, respectively).From AIDSmap, Liz Highleyman reports.

Many Americans still get their HIV diagnosis years after infection

Many people with HIV in the United States are still being diagnosed with HIV late, and therefore not getting the full therapeutic and prevention benefits of starting antiretroviral therapy (ART) early, according to the latest Vital Signs report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), released in advance of World AIDS Day. People at risk for HIV in the US are getting tested more often than they did in the past and are living with HIV for a shorter period of time bef

Living with HIV, positively

published: December, 06, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Aging, Social Media, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Media

People living with HIV are living long, strong, positive lives. From MalayMail Online.com, Audrey Edwards speaks to some of them to gain insights into their lives.

Living with HIV, positively

 Jamaliah Sulaiman and Marhalem Mansor will soon be opening another shelter in Cheras for PLHIV. — Malay Mail pix KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 2 — Not victims. Not sufferers. Although some in society still choose to label people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) with those terms, this perception is the furthest from the truth. With access to treatment readily available and in some cases free, because of government policies, PLHIV are living longer, and definitely contributing to society and the eco

Bone health in HIV: long-term health is important to discuss.

published: December, 05, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Aging, General Health, Health, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Media

Dr. Gordon Arbess: "... as people age with HIV we now face other health risks that often mirror aging in uninfected people."

Bone health in HIV: long-term health is important to discuss.

Dr. Gordon Arbess is a staff physician with the Department of Family and Community Medicine and St. Michael’s Academic Family Health Team in Toronto. He specializes in HIV Primary Care. ***** As a physician in the treatment and care of HIV, I see people living and thriving with HIV. Today, with early diagnosis and effective treatments, a 20-year old HIV-positive person can expect to live into his/her early 70s. In fact, the majority of people with HIV are now over the age of 50, and within

Canada’s top doctors say Undetectable = Untransmittable

published: December, 04, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Research, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

CATIE Executive Director Laurie Edmiston on the November 30 joint statement from Canada’s chief public health officer and the chief medical officers of health of all Canadian provinces and territories.

Canada’s top doctors say Undetectable = Untransmittable

It’s official! The Government of Canada supports U=U, the consensus statement that a person living with HIV does not transmit the virus sexually if they take treatment and maintain an undetectable viral load (“undetectable = untransmittable”). The news came on November 30 in a joint statement from Canada’s chief public health officer and the chief medical officers of health of all Canadian provinces and territories. “We have known for some time that ART [antiretroviral therapy] i

Creating a comprehensive cascade: CTAC issues call to action

published: December, 01, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Guest Authors

To achieve and exceed the three 90-90-90-targets, two new targets are proposed

Creating a comprehensive cascade: CTAC issues call to action

As we approach World AIDS Day on December 1, CTAC is sending a strong message that “we’re not going away” by reaching out to select policymakers and their critics at all levels of government across Canada. We are providing them with an update on the issues of access to HIV and HCV treatment and care across Canada. CTAC was created by HIV positive leaders in 1996 to ensure access to treatment, care and support for people living with HIV/AIDS and people living with HIV/hepatitis C co-infe

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