An excerpt from the blog of Sean Strub, POZ Magazine founder, June 11, 2011.
PositiveLite says: the following is an excerpt from a recent blog post from long-time activist and POZ magazine founder/publisher Sean Strub. The full text oif the post is here.
Sean's welcome focus on the human rights issues raised by the seeming gallop towards treatment as prevention/"seek and treat", at least in Western Canada, is echoed by recent PositiveLite interviewee Michael Vonn, whose interview begins here.
Here is what Sean Strub said . .
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PositiveLite gives you a second chance to see the hilarious opening number from this year’s Tony Awards, featuring Neil Patrick Harris.
Actually the whole show was good. But we loved how the cheeky opening number was so out there, while featuring cameos from the chorus lines of this year’s nominated musicals. Even (the definitely NOT nominated) Superman got a nod.
Brooke Shields screws up her lines royally, of course, on liveTV to boot, but the whole number is a triumph – for Broadway, for Neil Patrick Harris and for us!
PositiveLite looks at international coverage of the Canadian approach to criminalization of non-disclosure of HIV status.
We are reprinting here what POZ Magazine had to say on May 13 about the John Aziga case.
But first it needs to be made clear that this is an unusual case which deals with extremes. The charges were extreme – they included murder – but the circumstances were equally non-typical. Tragically, HIV transmission, as opposed to exposure, occurred in the case of seven women Aziga had slept with, two of whom died of AIDS-related deaths. So this clearly isn’t a typical case that worked its way thr
This is story of two new heros of mine, one sings, the other develops your naughty photos at Walmart's.
Every now and again I come across a story I absolutely love. Elizabeth Barrett & Brian Thibodeau are my unsung heroes As you read on you'll note there is a pun in there somewhere
Let me start by explaining what I mean about unsung heroes. The “heroes” are those who do this work and the more they do the more recognition, awards and attention they get, meanwhile those who are doing incredible work sometimes get overlooked in favour of the community “A listers.”
My unsung he
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