Aging

Music therapy

published: March, 28, 2017 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Social Media, Aging, Alternative Therapies, Gay Men, Mental Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Wayne Bristow

"There is definitely something to this," says Wayne Bristow.

Music therapy

Note to self: “Just when you tell yourself to slow down, you sign up for something more. But I have to hand it to you, this one might be good for you”. A couple of weeks ago I signed up for a workshop on ‘music therapy’. I had attended a previous session last fall and enjoyed it. I thought it might be a little hokey but it turned out to not be that bad, so I agreed to sign up if they brought it back. The workshop format started with a check in and introducing ourselves. Sitting in a

The irony of aging: the HIV/AIDS seniors conference

published: March, 27, 2017 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Aging, Social Media, Gay Men, Conferences, Upcoming Events, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Mark S. King

Mark S. King reports on the upcoming HIV/AIDS Seniors Conference in Fort Lauderdale and has his fridge raided by Nelson Vergel.

The irony of aging: the HIV/AIDS seniors conference

Thirty-two years ago this month, I received a phone call from a nurse at my doctor’s office telling me that I had tested HIV positive. We didn’t schedule a follow-up visit or begin a treatment plan, because there wasn’t a single medication approved for the virus, which had only been identified the previous year. The story of those times is achingly familiar to many of us. I lived in two-year increments, waiting for whatever illness would signal the beginning of my decline. I spent a lot

The importance of staying busy

published: March, 23, 2017 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // Aging, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, Photography, Pets, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Louis "Kengi" Carr

Our L.A. correspondent Kengi deals with bereavement and stress by keeping busy - and does some great work in the process.

The importance of staying busy

I’m sitting down to write this post, because on those rare occasions when escaping with my camera for a photography excursion doesn’t seem to work, I then try to relax, calm and center myself by writing. As a backup, I have my candle burning, I really love a nicely scented candle. Damn, if I had some sage this would be perfect. I’m sipping my hot tea and my little Daisy has pulled her blanket off the sofa, placing it right next to my work space. She’s the dog that loves to be close to

Studies look at brain and cognitive changes in people with HIV as they age

published: March, 22, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Aging, Social Media, Conferences, Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Mental Health, Health, Research, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

From AIDSmap, Liz Highleyman reports on several studies looking into the efffects of HIV on brain function.

Studies look at brain and cognitive changes in people with HIV as they age

People with HIV often show persistent signs of cognitive impairment and abnormalities in brain structure despite suppressive antiretroviral therapy (ART), but they do not appear to experience accelerated decline compared to HIV-negative people as they age, according to research presented at the 2017 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) last month in Seattle. HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder remains a poorly-understood co-morbidity in HIV-positive people. Wh

Is HIV stigma killing us?

published: March, 21, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Aging, Social Media, Mental Health, Research, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Rob Olver - Editor

Rob Olver investigates “Stigma and suicide among gay and bisexual men living with HIV”, a study by Olivier Ferlatte, Travis Salway, John L. Oliffe & Terry Trussler and finds the answer to be an unequivocal "yes."

Is HIV stigma killing us?

“People get what they deserve, Time is round and space is curved, Honey have you got the nerve  to be Queen Elvis?” – Robyn Hitchcock, “Queen Elvis” Once I was diagnosed in 2014 I knew right away that I wanted to advocate so I’ve been out about my HIV-positive status from the get-go. I objected to living a lie, which I equate with living in an ongoing state of fear. It didn’t take me long to realize that HIV is a minority disease, that my fellow human beings were potentiall

Passing the torch in high style.

published: March, 20, 2017 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Aging, Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, Health, International , Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Félix Garmendía

Félix Garmendía recalls Bill, the man who taught him that self presentation is self celebration -- and that both are important.

Passing the torch in high style.

I used to see him very often in the neighborhood. I didn’t even know his name but there was something about this man that was very pleasant and captivating. My husband, Denis and I used to comment on how handsome and dapper he always appeared. He was a really sharp dresser, a very elegant man with a well-crafted retro sense of fashion. With his linen suits, alligator shoes, ascots, and meticulously crafted handlebar mustache, he was always a sight to behold. Every time he crossed our path,

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years, part three: facing Trump's dystopia.

published: March, 06, 2017 Written by // Ed Wolf Categories // Social Media, Aging, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, International , Living with HIV, Ed Wolf, Opinion Pieces

Ed Wolf: "... mostly I need to do this month again and again, 47 times exactly, until we vote him out of office on 11/3/20."

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years, part three: facing Trump's dystopia.

Hokey pokey Day 22. The Hokey-Pokey It’s been 3 weeks now since the Donald got voted in and I continue to be angry, disappointed and afraid. A friend said I need to lighten up, which does not sit well with me. He’s someone I used to work with back in the early days of the AIDS epidemic when so many young people were dying. It comforts him to collect the obituaries of people who have lived a long time. He told me he recently come across the obit of the creator of the Hokey Pokey, a man wh

Better depression care could improve outcomes for HIV treatment programmes

published: March, 02, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Aging, African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Mental Health, Research, Health, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

For AIDSmap.com, Roger Pebody reports from the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2017) in Seattle.

Better depression care could improve outcomes for HIV treatment programmes

Improved management of depression and other mental health disorders has the potential to improve the outcomes of HIV treatment programmes, Pamela Collins of the National Institute of Mental Health told the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2017) in Seattle last week. Mental health treatment should be integrated into HIV services in resource-limited settings, she said. Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancers, lung disease and other non-communicable diseases ha

Living with diagnosed HIV infection for a long time is associated with poor quality of life

published: February, 23, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Aging, Gay Men, General Health, Mental Health, Health, Research, International , Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Media

Long term survivor news. From AIDSmap, Michael Carter reports on the Antiretrovirals, Sexual Transmission Risk and Attitudes (ASTRA) study.

Living with diagnosed HIV infection for a long time is associated with poor quality of life

Longer time living with diagnosed HIV infection is strongly associated with depression, anxiety and poor quality of life, according to UK research published in HIV Medicine. Older age in itself was not associated with symptoms of distress or poor mental health but did have an association with lower physical functioning. “The association between longer time with diagnosed HIV infection and poorer health is likely to be related to earlier calendar time of diagnosis: having been diagnos

Why do people with HIV smoke so much?

published: February, 16, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Aging, Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Gay Men, General Health, Mental Health, Health, Smoking Cessation , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Rob Olver - Editor

Rob Olver: What does this tell us about people living with HIV and what are the health implications as the population ages? The Ontario HIV Treatment Network Cohort Study has some sobering answers.

Why do people with HIV smoke so much?

At the beginning of last August I quit smoking for the last time, after having smoked for roughly half my life, but in spells of about seven years on and seven off. An odd pattern, I know. It wasn’t planned, it just worked out that way. And so I got lots of experience at giving up the habit, sometimes successfully, sometimes not. And at times it was easy to quit, while at others it was incredibly hard and sometimes downright impossible. For instance, one day fairly early in my smoking care

Two-thirds of HIV clinics in the UK don't think there's a current need for specialist services for older HIV-positive patients

published: February, 14, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Aging, Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Research, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

Only a minority of centres have specialist clinics for management of co-morbidities. For AIDSmap, Michael Carter reports.

Two-thirds of HIV clinics in the UK don't think there's a current need for specialist services for older HIV-positive patients

(Here is what is happening in the USA) Two-thirds of HIV clinics in the UK do not think there is a current need for specialist care services targeted at older adults, investigators report in HIV Medicine. “This is important as, although there is no current need because of a lack of a significant proportion of older adults within certain services, there is a clear trajectory towards cohort ageing within the UK,” write the authors. “We would anticipate clinic populations of older adult

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years, part two: organize, sympathize, realize, mobilize, neutralize, reorganize, criticize. It’s exhausting.

published: February, 06, 2017 Written by // Ed Wolf Categories // Social Media, Aging, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Health, International , Ed Wolf, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Respected activist Ed Wolf offers ways to channel the wisdom gained from past campaigns.

Ed Wolf's  journal of the Trump years, part two: organize, sympathize, realize, mobilize, neutralize, reorganize, criticize. It’s exhausting.

Day 12. Praise every bridge. When I worked on the AIDS ward at San Francisco General in the mid-80s I was asked to go up to the locked unit on the seventh floor, where patients with mental health issues were admitted. As I approached the patient’s room, I saw a sitter outside, which meant the patient had recently tried to hurt himself. When I entered the room, I met Roy. He had a cast on his arm and he immediately started telling me his story, how he’d been kicked out by his Texas famil

2017 and I’m not Nostradamus.

published: February, 06, 2017 Written by // Colin Johnson Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Aging, Social Media, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Colin Johnson

On "self-imposed social inactivity".As 2017 opens, Colin Johnson knows where he is and what he'd like to see, even though the future looks cloudy.

2017 and I’m not Nostradamus.

I haven’t written for a while. Sorry Bob, it's not because I can’t think of a topic; quite the contrary there are so many topics. For example, I kept agreeing with the consensus that 2016 sucked. However, in re-examining the year, I’m forced to admit that as a Long-Term Survivor (LTS) it was no different than the last ten years. I lost friends. I’m still on disability which really limits one’s life possibilities. There’s a sense of depressing regularity which naturally I counter w

Many older people living with HIV in the UK worried about poverty, loneliness and social care

published: February, 03, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Aging, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, General Health, Mental Health, International , Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap, Roger Pebody examines what Terrence Higgins Trust is calling a "social care time bomb."

Many older people living with HIV in the UK worried about poverty, loneliness and social care

People over the age of 50 now represent one third of all people living with HIV, but the social care, healthcare and welfare systems aren’t ready for this growing cohort, according to research published by the Terrence Higgins Trust today. They describe the situation as a ‘social care timebomb’. A significant proportion of the older people living with HIV who took part in Terrence Higgins Trust’s research project were living below the poverty line and were socially isolated. Anxieti

Why a course on sexual health and dementia

published: January, 31, 2017 Written by // Megan DePutter Categories // Social Media, Aging, As Prevention , Events, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Sexual Health, International , Treatment, Sex and Sexuality , Megan DePutter

Megan DePutter: "Well-intended concerns about consent and capacity may lead to withholding information or efforts to restrict or manage sexual behaviour in ways that may be inappropriate."

Why a course on sexual health and dementia

Terrence Higgins Trust has partnered with Alzheimer Scotland to offer a course on Sexual Health and Dementia (for course details see bottom of post) in our new Learning Centre. Sexual health needs might not be the first thing you think of when it comes to supporting people with dementia. But sexual health is important for everyone. Here are a few reasons why we at Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland and Alzheimer Scotland felt it was important to create a course on Sexual Health and Dementia. 1.

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