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August 2017 update: Proposed changes in viral load test reporting remain alarming

published: August, 09, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, Current Affairs, Health, Legal, Living with HIV, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Community cries foul to the news that Public Health Ontario wants to send your viral load test results to your local health unit.. Bob Leahy updates the story.

August 2017 update: Proposed changes in viral load test reporting remain alarming

August 9, 2017 Update: this isn't going away. . . . Here is what we heard this week from HALCO (HIV/AIDS Legal Clinic of Ontario). By the way, don't you just love the title of the report - "Public Health Approach to Case Management" that none in our community have even seen? That's us the report is talking about - and how our viral loads are to be managed by local Public Health offices. No thanks, says PositiveLite.com. And GIPA this is not! From HALCO . .  The Ministry of Health and Long-

Views from the front lines: Getting to undetectable

published: August, 07, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Features and Interviews, Women, Health, Sexual Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

From CATIE's "Prevention in Focus" spotlight on programming and research, three service providers speak of the barriers to testing and treatment their communities face.

Views from the front lines: Getting to undetectable

We spoke to three service providers to find their views and insights on the challenges facing their clients in getting an undetectable viral load: Norma Rabbitskin, Senior Health Nurse, Sturgeon Lake First Nation Health Centre, Saskatchewan Sem Teklemariam, Women’s Support Coordinator, Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP),Toronto, Ontario Deanna Macdonald, RN (c), BSN, Interior Health Clinical Care Coordinator – HIV and Health Outreach Team, Kelowna, British Co

¡QuE viva la vida! (Long Live Life!)

published: August, 03, 2017 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Social Media, Aging, Activism, Gay Men, General Health, Mental Health, Health, International , Living with HIV, Media, Félix Garmendía

New York guy Félix Garmendía: "It’s not just another day, it is also one precious day less. I am going to make it count!"

¡QuE viva la vida!  (Long Live Life!)

I am finding it difficult to write at this moment in my life. Every time I try to do so, my mind goes blank. The reality is that for the first time in a long time, I am scared. I have noticed that there’s a feeling of sadness pervading my mood these days. The loss of friends by natural causes and by life choices, my elderly mother’s issues and the deterioration in my mobility all contribute to this feeling of malaise. I am having dreams that are very vivid and intense, where I am still

In Venezuela, a once-leading AIDS program lies in ruins

published: August, 02, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Current Affairs, General Health, Health, International , Treatment, Media, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

More than a decade ago, the country was lauded for its treatment program. Now, Venezuela is years into a political and economic crisis. From The Globe and Mail, Alejandro Cegarra reports

In Venezuela, a once-leading AIDS program lies in ruins

Juan Coronel had HIV for years, he told me, but by the time he was sick enough to need anti-retrovirals, Venezuela’s HIV/AIDS program was chronically short of medications. He died on June 19.  Photo: Alejandro Cegarra To read the complete article by Alejandro Cegarra, visit The Globe and Mail, here. Juan Coronel was so thin that his kneecaps jutted out like tent poles in his sweatpants. He was 39 when I met him a few weeks ago, with reddish-brown hair that clung to his scalp like a

Hepatitis C: A silent killer and story that deserves more attention

published: July, 28, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Hep B and C, CATIE, General Health, Health, Media, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

From CATIE on the occasion of World Hepatitis Day (July 28), this report on the current state of the fight against Hepatitis C in Canada.

Hepatitis C: A silent killer and story that deserves more attention

Hepatitis C is a silent killer (people can have it for decades without any symptoms) and a story that is not commonly known in Canada. Yet this virus affects many people, highlights inequities in our health and social systems and is part of an important Canadian story. Canada has a history of being on the forefront of addressing hepatitis C, starting with Dr. Michael Houghton, an internationally recognized microbiologist at the University of Alberta, who was the first to co-discover hepatitis

International study of gay couples reports no transmissions from an HIV-positive partner on treatment

published: July, 27, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, International AIDS Conference , As Prevention , Activism, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Research, Sexual Health, Health, Treatment, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap, Gus Cairns reports on evidence from the Opposites Attract study that was presented this week at #IAS2017 in Paris.

International study of gay couples reports no transmissions from an HIV-positive partner on treatment

Image from Opposites Attract study: www.oppositesattract.net.au A study of 343 gay couples, where one partner had HIV and the other did not, has not found a single case of HIV transmission in 16,889 acts of condomless anal sex, the 9th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2017) in Paris, France, was told today. The Opposites Attract study looked at whether HIV is transmitted between gay male couples of different HIV status when the HIV positive partner is on treatment

Kenya as far as Undetectable equals Untransmittable (U=U) is concerned

published: July, 26, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , African, Caribbean and Black, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Kimutai Kemboi, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

From Kenya, Kimutai Kemboi on the achievements and the challenges Kenya faces going forward in the fight against HIV.

Kenya as far as Undetectable equals Untransmittable (U=U) is concerned

As a developing country, Kenya still faces a number of challenges in almost all sectors, including the health sector. This poses a great threat when it comes to addressing health related issues. Such challenges include shortage of funds, inadequate specialized equipment among other things. Despite these difficulties, the Government of Kenya has put in place policies favoring activities that boost provision of health care services. These include a National Health Insurance Fund run by the gove

African Union endorses major new initiatives to end AIDS.

published: July, 26, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, General Health, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Sexual Health, Health, International , Smoking Cessation , Media, Population Specific , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Western and Central Africa catch-up plan and the community health worker initiative hailed as important next steps in halting the spread of HIV in Africa. From UNAIDS, this report.

African Union endorses major new initiatives to end AIDS.

Geneva, Addis Ababa, 3 July 2017—African heads of state have endorsed two major new initiatives to help end AIDS by 2030. The community health workers initiative aims to recruit, train and deploy 2 million community health workers across Africa by 2020. The western and central Africa catch-up plan aims to rapidly accelerate access to HIV treatment in the region and close the gap in access between African regions. The initiatives were endorsed at the AIDS Watch Africa Heads of State and Gov

World on track to reach the 90-90-90 targets for HIV treatment by 2020

published: July, 25, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Current Affairs, Mental Health, Research, Health, Sexual Health, International , Treatment, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

The world has passed a tipping point in progress towards the 90-90-90 targets, according to UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé. From AIDSmap, Keith Alcorn reports.

World on track to reach the 90-90-90 targets for HIV treatment by 2020

The world is on track to reach to reach global targets for reducing AIDS deaths and HIV treatment access by 2020, but some regions of the world risk falling further behind due to lack of political commitment, UNAIDS announced in the run-up to the 9th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science, which opened today in Paris. More than half of all people living with HIV (53%) now have access to HIV treatment and AIDS-related deaths have almost halved since 2005, UNAIDS reports in Endi

Gay men using HIV self-tests promptly seek confirmatory testing and linkage to care, New York data suggests

published: July, 24, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, General Health, Health, Sexual Health, International , Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Are people who self-test for HIV less likely to engage with the support and treatment services they need? From AIDSmap, Roger Pebody reports on a US study that suggests not.

Gay men using HIV self-tests promptly seek confirmatory testing and linkage to care, New York data suggests

Data from the partner services programme in New York City suggests that gay men who have previously used an HIV self-test tend to seek confirmatory testing without delay, according to an article published online ahead of print in Sexually Transmitted Diseases. The study also highlights socio-demographic differences between those using self-tests and other people with new HIV diagnoses, suggesting that the price of the kit discourages its use by those with lower incomes. One of the mai

Why are so many young women still dying of HIV/AIDS?

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

Kanan Shah and Dr. Kristina Talbert-Slagle of Yale University present research on the barriers to testing, treatment, regimen adherence and health experienced by women in disparate world settings

Why are so many young women still dying of HIV/AIDS?

Sophia is a 24-year-old mother living in Texas. Like many low-income women in Texas, Sophia receives general medical care at a family planning site, where she was diagnosed with HIVi. Placed on antiretroviral therapy (ART) Sophia, like one in five Texans, is uninsuredii making her treatment virtually unaffordable. Texas is one of nearly 20 states that have not expanded their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Actiii, leaving millions without affordable health insurance. Texas also has

My coming out story: realizing my bisexual identity

published: July, 18, 2017 Written by // Joshua Middleton Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Youth, Mental Health, Health, International , Living with HIV, Media, Joshua Middleton

Joshua Middleton is now out as bisexual and feeling good about it. Here Joshua explains how he got to this point.

My coming out story: realizing my bisexual identity

Yes you read the title correctly; this is my coming out story. I have recently come to the realization and acceptance that I am indeed bisexual and I’m excited to share this new part of my life with all of you. For years I have had both romantic, sexual feelings, and experiences with those of the same and opposite sex. Up until this moment I have identified as heterosexual because I was still in the process of exploration, discovery, and acceptance of what these feelings and experiences mea

I made an HIV prevention video for guys who hate condoms. Here’s why (NSFW)

published: July, 18, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Alternative Therapies, Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Youth, General Health, Health, Treatment, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

“I thought that we needed something bolder, something sexier, and something that reflected the realities of gay sex...”

I made an HIV prevention video for guys who hate condoms. Here’s why (NSFW)

Mr. Leather LA 2014 and LA County HIV Commission member Eric Paul Leue    Photo: John Kiffmeyer To read the complete article by Chris Tipton-King visit Huffington Post, here. If you weren’t aware that Gilead recently started running Truvada for PrEP ads, I wouldn’t blame you: they’re exactly the sort of vanilla, stock-photo-and-fine-print yawners that you might expect from a pharmaceutical company. For a prevention strategy meant for men who enjoy dicks in butts au-natural, most

What's at stake

published: July, 14, 2017 Written by // Michael Bouldin Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Health, International , Legal, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Michael Bouldin

"What will be considerably more difficult to restore is something ineffable, intangible, that rests at the heart of America not as a place but as an idea." From NYC, Michael Bouldin on the potential impact of the Trump debacle.

What's at stake

The U.S. Capitol – the People's House Forget for a moment, if you can, about the daily assault on our civil rights as Americans. Forget, if you can, that this administration wants to take healthcare away from twenty-four million of our fellow Americans. Forget, if you can, the trillion dollar tax cut giveaway to the richest and most powerful among us.  Because these things we can claw back in time, in fact, I’m certain we will, and that is provided many of these atrocities even become l

Ontario proposes creation of OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare Program.

published: July, 14, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Youth, General Health, Current Affairs, Mental Health, Sexual Health, Health, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Proposed Amendments to Ontario Regulation 201/96 made under the Ontario Drug Benefit Act

Ontario proposes creation of OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare Program.

Ontario's Regulatory Registry Regulation - LGIC Proposed Amendments to Ontario Regulation 201/96 made under the Ontario Drug Benefit Act Regulation Number(s): O. Reg. 201/96 Bill or Act: Ontario Drug Benefit Act  Summary of Proposal: As part of the 2017 Budget and the government's ongoing commitment to provide better and faster access to high-quality health services, Ontario is proposing to create OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare Program. Under the program, the province would, as

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