A controversial article from the Advocate: Dr Frank Spinelli who treats gay men, speaks his mind, and he’s angry. What do YOU think?
Imagine for a moment that you’re a doctor — a gay doctor with a practice that predominantly treats gay men. Now guess how many text and phone calls you might receive during any given weekend involving questions that have to do with recreational drugs, penile discharge, or the risk of contracting HIV from unprotected sexual encounters. Now take that number and multiply it by 10 if that weekend should occur around Gay Pride, Folsom Street Fair, Gay Days at Disney, or any one of the Atlantis
The bottom Line: Forget all the mumbo jumbo you are reading above. My thoughts on this are as follow....
Excerpt from British HIV Association (BHIVA)
www.bhiva.org/News (Gus Cairns, 2011-04-06)
London HIV patients will start treatment with Kivexa (abacavir and 3TC) rather than tenofovir and FTC for at least the next two years in a bid to save money, the NHS in London has announced.
Similarly, if a patient needs a protease inhibitor for the first time, they will start with atazanavir/ritonavir rather than any other boosted protease inhibitor.
The change in prescribing practice for first
Homorazzi is a “blogitorial/infotainment” site based in Vancouver, BC. For consumers of pop culture with a gay twist this one’s a must. True, it gets a little trashy at times, but don’t we all.
PositiveLite says: consider this post an antidote to the serious stuff that PositiveLite.com routinely carries. We reckon we run about 50% good hard news, 50 % fluff – or in today’s case, 50% good hard men. (To our many straight visitors, we apologize, but we were born this way.) In truth, the more serious stuff tends to get the most visitors, but we take the Lite in PositiveLite seriously enough to always maintain the 50-50 balance, give or take, that is an integral part of this site, and
A new wave of Hep C sweeps in under the Public Health radar
The Rx Coles Notes
Hepatitis C epidemic among young people comes as surprise
"What's happening is we have 16-, 17- and 18-year-olds that are addicted to heroin, and the majority of them started with prescription drugs,"......Newly reported probable and confirmed hepatitis C infections in Massachusetts 15-to-24-year-olds rose from 65 to 102 cases per 100,000 within the span of four years.....from 2002-06, the state saw an overall decline in new hepatitis C reports from 181 to 128 per 100,
Article: Patient No More
When follow up research on Timothy Brown, formerly known as the “Berlin Patient”, showed he was still HIV-free after a ground-breaking stem cell transplant, why did Time Magazine name PReP (taking medications to prevent infecting a sexual partner) as a medical break through?
We have been conditioned to believe HIV is a “chronic & manageable” illness. Little discussion has occurred on curative research.
The Coles Notes:
First, why not curati
Initiation of Antiretroviral Treatment results in 96% reduction in HIV transmission, according to a study released today, conducted by HIV Prevention Trials Network
Washington, DC May 11, 2011 - Men and women infected with HIV reduced the risk of transmitting the virus to their sexual partners through initiation of oral antiretroviral therapy (ART), according to findings from a large multinational clinical study conducted by the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN), a global partnership dedicated to reducing the transmission of HIV through cutting-edge biomedical, behavioral, and structural interventions
The study, known as HPTN 052, was designed to
et’s get to one million voices against Uganda's gay death penalty in the next 48 hours
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Are you from Ontario? The Ontario Working Group on Criminal Law and Exposure wants you to participate in their survey.
The Ontario Working Group on Criminal Law and HIV Exposure is inviting people to complete a confidential on-line survey on prosecutorial guidelines for Ontario criminal cases involving allegations of HIV non-disclosure. The survey is part of the Campaign for Prosecutorial Guidelines in Ontario.
We want your valuable input on what to include in our recommendations to the Ontario Attorney General. If you are interested in the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure and helping us make
Wow! That's controversial. What do you think? From the AIDS Beacon May 4, 2011
In a recent editorial, Dr. Mitchell Katz, a physician with extensive experience in treating patients with HIV and AIDS, argues that HIV/AIDS care should shift from HIV specialists to primary care physicians now that, in his opinion, HIV is essentially a chronic, treatable disease. The editorial comes several weeks after an Institute of Medicine report warned of serious and growing shortages in the HIV healthcare system and also recommended shifting more HIV care to primary care doctors.
Guest contributor Peterborough’s Peter Williams, Education/Prevention Coordinator of PARN,Your Community AIDS Resource Network delivers a powerful op ed piece.
This article first appeared in PARN’s E-Newsletter, May 2011 edition
While the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) has it’s origins in Quebec in 2003, it wasn’t until 2006 that it seemed to really start gaining momentum. It was Louis-Georges Tin, a French university lecturer, in 2005 that called for the day to be held on May 17th to commemorate the day in 1990 when Homosexuality was removed from the International Classification of Diseases by the World Health Organization.
Reagan Hoffman, Editor-in-Chief, Poz Magazine had this to say in POZ Blogs: HIV is a helluva terrorist
Osama Bin Laden is reported dead. His body buried at sea. Al Qaeda has been dealt a walloping blow.A world without Bin Laden is better than a world with him here. But still, we should not gloat over any death, no matter how arguably necessary. And let us not delude ourselves that Bin Laden's death makes us any safer. We have kicked a giant hornet nest and may need to face the aftermath of swarming, stinging creatures. What we don't know (and what I deeply hope our government's intelligence com
Following a recent vote by members, British Columbia Persons With AIDS Society is pleased to announce that it has changed its official name to "Positive Living Society of British Columbia", to be known as Positive Living BC.
Here are some upcomiung events . .
Hike The Chief 2nd Peak - Sunday May 8th
The Stawamus Chief’s three summits offer rewarding views of Howe Sound, Squamish and surrounding mountains. This hike is approximately 8km with elevation gain of 600m and is rated intermed
Important Points to Remember when voting from the Canadian Harm Reduction Network
Harper's National Anti-Drug Strategy has abandoned reason, has abandoned compassion, has abandoned understanding, and has abandoned Harm Reduction, which Harper has demonized.
Take the issue of Insite.
There are over 90 safe injection sites operating in over 60 cities around the world. We have one. In Vancouver. It is called Insite.
Insite has a positive record. It has:
... recorded an average of 700-800 visits a day, and over 275,000 visits annually.
... stepped in and prevented de
The Wall Street Journal reports a new erection-enhancing condom product, dubbed "Viagra for condoms," is nearing regulatory approval and could be on sale in Europe by the end of the year
Analysts say the condoms, which contain a gel that helps men maintain a firmer erection for a longer time, could have a significant impact on the condom market, where innovation is rare and patent-protected inventions are infrequent.
The product could also provide a boost to Durex, the world's top-selling condom brand, not least in the U.S., where Durex has struggled to gain a sizable market share.
The product developed by Futura Medical PLC and licensed to Durex's owner, SSL International, co
In a masterpeice of ambiguity, Budweiser unveils the first gay military-themed TV commercial. Or maybe not,
From the Huffington Post,
Budweiser released a new military-themed ad on Tuesday, and some are speculating that it is aimed at the gay community.
The ad, featured below, shows a soldier calling a man and saying, "it's me. I'm coming home." It then shows a split screen, with the soldier getting ready to go home and the man preparing a party for him. At the end of the ad, the man is at the front of a group of people welcoming the soldier home, and the two hug.
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