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Interview: Measuring Ontario’s performance on the HIV Care Cascade

published: August, 31, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, As Prevention , Mental Health, Features and Interviews, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

The Ontario HIV Treatment Network’s epidemiology unit has just released a report on how Ontario people living with HIV are doing on engagement in care, on treatment and viral suppression respectively. Bob Leahy interviews James Wilton and Abigail Kroch .

Interview: Measuring Ontario’s performance on the HIV Care Cascade

Read the full report “HIV care cascade in Ontario: Linkage to care, in care, on antiretroviral treatment, and virally suppressed”  Bob Leahy: Thanks for talking to PositiveLite.com. Tell us about the good news that’s contained in the report. OHTN: There’s lots of good news in the report! First of all, the report represents the first large knowledge exchange product released by the Ontario HIV Surveillance and Epidemiology Initiative (OHESI). This is a new collaboration responsible

What is “successful aging” for people living with HIV?

published: August, 30, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Aging, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Mental Health, Health, International , Treatment, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap, Roger Pebody reports on a qualitative study by Ontario researchers on HIV, aging and disability.

What is “successful aging” for people living with HIV?

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

HIV in Uganda today

published: August, 24, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , African, Caribbean and Black, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Current Affairs, Mental Health, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

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.

HIV in Uganda today

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. Stigma 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

U = U: how well is the message getting through to people living with HIV and their doctors?

published: August, 23, 2017 Written by // T.J. Miller Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Activism, T.J. Miller, featured, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media

To help answer that question, T.J. Miller initiated a survey of HIV peers and physicians. Here are the results.

U = U: how well is the message getting through to people living with HIV and their doctors?

About two months ago, in anticipation of the upcoming International AIDS Society Conference in Paris, France, along with the United States Conference on AIDS in Washington, DC I decided to attempt a poll of both HIV-positive individuals and healthcare providers who treat HIV-positive clients. The topic of this poll was Undetectable Equals Untransmittable (U=U). In order to reach HIV-positive survey participants, I submitted posts for participants on Facebook to several HIV based groups. Thes

I got me... for now!

published: August, 23, 2017 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Social Media, Aging, Activism, Gay Men, Mental Health, Photography, Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow: I have a list of things that I need to do and no determination to attempt any of them."

I got me... for now!

I’ve realized, I’m not burning out, I’m having days when I wake up and say, “I just don’t want to do anything today”. August 15th, 2017, I received an email from the editor of PositiveLite asking if I had something for publication, that it’s been a while since my last submission. I haven’t responded to the email yet, deciding I would write something to explain why instead. I sat here most of the day and tried to think of a place to start, and it honestly became a struggle. I

Brenda Musenga and the KUTUSA Ladies: fighting stigma and forging community as they go.

published: August, 22, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , African, Caribbean and Black, featured, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Mental Health, Features and Interviews, Women, Health, Sexual Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Rob Olver - Editor

Robert Olver in conversation with Zambian HIV activist, Brenda Musenga.

Brenda Musenga and the KUTUSA Ladies: fighting stigma and forging community as they go.

Brenda Musenga is a determined woman. I’d had a sense of that already from reading this story by Paul Shalala, about a group of young HIV activists who had adapted Kevin Maloney’s “Rise Up to HIV+” campaign for stigma-busting use in their communities in Zambia. Paul’s story introduced and told a bit about each member of the group and what shone through to me at the time about all of them was their sheer determination not only to thrive in the face of adversity and ostracism, but to

Bruce House's transition house to close September first.

published: August, 22, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, featured, Current Affairs, Health, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From CTV News, Joanne Schnurr reports on the imminent closure of Ottawa's only transition house for people living with HIV.

Bruce House's transition house to close September first.

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

The terrifying crystal meth story I have never told

published: August, 21, 2017 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, General Health, Health, International , Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Media, Mark S. King

Mark S. King shares "one terrifying night during my #Meth #Addiction that I must share to get well."

The terrifying crystal meth story I have never told

When my guard is down, it comes to me. It flashes across my mind, an uninvited assault, sometimes when I am beginning to drift off to sleep or, more cruelly, when my mind is enjoying a pleasant reverie. It is then that the dark memory rushes in like a raid. He lived in a house with nice furnishings. That reassured me when I arrived for the hookup, given that so many of the other crystal meth addicts I encountered were barely holding on to the remnants of their lives. The others might have a s

When you see them, run!!!

published: August, 18, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, General Health, Kimutai Kemboi, Health, Sexual Health, International , Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

From Kenya, Kimutai Kemboi writes about the "sponsor" phenomenon and how it feeds into the spread of HIV there..

When you see them, run!!!

'Daniel' as she used to call me, 'you are so young and unfit to be working at such a tender age. You seem to have a potential of doing something better and in this connection, what is that good thing that a person can do for that will change your life forever? ' I had one unchangeable dream and that was to go back to school. That is something I always wished for but no one asked. Her question drew a lot of thoughts in my mind but in the long run, I settled on one decision; that was to open u

The evidence for U=U: why negligible risk is zero risk

published: August, 17, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Activism, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Current Affairs, Research, Health, International , Treatment, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

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."

The evidence for U=U: why negligible risk is zero risk

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

Incidence of anal cancer has already peaked among HIV-positive gay men; reductions can be achieved with expanded ART coverage and screening

published: August, 17, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, General Health, Research, Health, International , Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap, Michael Carter reports on the first study to predict the incidence of anal cancer in HIV-positive MSM long term, taking into account cART [combination antiretroviral therapy] coverage and individual CD4 cell trajectories.

Incidence of anal cancer has already peaked among HIV-positive gay men; reductions can be achieved with expanded ART coverage and screening

The incidence of anal cancer among HIV-positive gay men peaked in 2009 and will decline substantially by 2030, even with current levels of antiretroviral therapy (ART) coverage and no cancer-screening programme, Swiss investigators report in AIDS. Further significant reductions would be achieved with 100% treatment coverage and various screening strategies. These would be more effective at preventing cases of anal populationcancer than screening for cervical cancer among women in the gener

New Pozcast focuses on GIPA in the workplace.

published: August, 16, 2017 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Social Media, General Health, Mental Health, Research, Health, Living with HIV, Media, Ontario HIV Treatment Network

From Universities Without Walls, a series of informative discussions hosted by James Watson.

New Pozcast focuses on GIPA in the workplace.

The Greater Involvement of People Living with HIV (GIPA) is a set of principles that highlights engagement, equity and social justice and places people living with HIV at the centre of the HIV movement. However, implementing GIPA in the workplace can be challenging. Is it doable? Are the principles still relevant in today’s work environment? James Watson talks with two people living with HIV who work in the sector to find out, Marvelous Muchenje a Program Coordinator at the Women’s Heal

Trying out TAVIE, the first clinically validated virtual nurse.

published: August, 15, 2017 Written by // Denise Wozniak Categories // Social Media, General Health, Features and Interviews, Health, Denise Wozniak, Media

Below are details of the app from an interview with Claire Kamoun, Director of Patient Engagement for TAVIE and Ezzat Saad, MD, PhD, Vice President, Medical & Scientific Affairs, 360Medlink Inc.

Trying out TAVIE,  the first clinically validated virtual nurse.

Recently, I have started on a trial of the new TAVIE app. Below are details of the app from an interview with Claire Kamoun, Director of Patient Engagement for TAVIE. What do you hope to accomplish with this new app? This innovative mobile application is intended to be a journey companion for people living with HIV. The app is designed to increase patients’ engagement with their care journey and adherence to their medication. Through interactive individualized coaching, the goals of T

Insurers told to catch up on advances in HIV treatment and other medical conditions.

published: August, 14, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Current Affairs, General Health, Health, International , Living with HIV, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Medicine has advanced; it’s time for insurance to do the same. From Independent UK, Felicity Hannah reports.

Insurers told to catch up on advances in HIV treatment and other medical conditions.

To read the full article by Felicity Hannah, visit Independent, here. The long-term outlook of people living with HIV has been improving for years and last month it was revealed that a child in South Africa had been “virtually cured” of the disease. Research published earlier this year revealed that young people receiving the latest HIV drugs now have a “near-normal” life expectancy. Yet despite such profound changes in the health of people with the conditions, one in four say

Condoms: isn’t it about time that the government and health care providers were honest with us so that we can make informed choices about our bodies? – correction/retraction

published: August, 10, 2017 Written by // T.J. Miller Categories // Social Media, T.J. Miller, Research, Health, International , Media, Opinion Pieces

T.J. Miller offers a correction and an apology.

Condoms: isn’t it about time that the government and health care providers were honest with us so that we can make informed choices about our bodies? – correction/retraction

A few days after PositiveLite.com published the above-named article by T.J. Miller, a reader pointed out flaws in the author’s research and made it plain that we’d presented some bad information. PositiveLite.com has a strong commitment to accuracy and so we pulled the article right away, pending a review of the available data. We apologize to our readers for our error but will add that we look forward to presenting T. J. Miller’s article once such a review has been made, taking into ac

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