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As the autumn leaves turn

published: October, 20, 2017 Written by // Patrick Italo Ettenes Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Patrick Italo Ettenes

Patrick Ettenes in praise of the simple pleasures

As the autumn leaves turn

Standing by the window, watching the autumn leaves turn, actually taking the time to watch as nature silently reminds me that seasons are real, the year is coming to an end, and life is taking place. I stand still, ever so slowly watching and taking in the fact that the trees have leaves still on them. The air is chirpy and the people are still clubbing away while I sit perched like a crow on the ledge of my office window on a Sunday. Why am I watching people? Because it’s a long lost art,

Backlash from civil society as PEPFAR announces three-year strategy

published: October, 19, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , General Health, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Media, Opinion Pieces

The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is to accelerate efforts in just 13 countries under its news strategy. But critics say this narrowed focus could lead to a resurgence of the HIV epidemic..

Backlash from civil society as PEPFAR announces three-year strategy

PEPFAR's new three-year strategy, which was announced at the UN General Assembly in September, focuses efforts on 13 countries with high HIV prevalence that are nearing epidemic control – the point at which there are more annual AIDS-related deaths than there are new HIV infections. Under PEPFAR’s 2017-2021 strategy, Botswana, Côte d’Ivoire, Haiti, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Rwanda, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe will see PEPFAR-funded programmes renewed and ex

Dying in silence!!

published: October, 18, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, As Prevention , Kimutai Kemboi, Mental Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Treatment, Media, Opinion Pieces

From Kenya, Kimutai Kemboi: "John (not his real name) is a barber in one of the estates in Nairobi. He hails from a family where stigma is bred! He is among the many people for whom disclosure is a hell because stigma is their immediate surrounding."

Dying in silence!!

"I tested positive seven years ago and up to date no member from my immediate family knows about and I am not ready to disclose to them soon. I just vowed to live with my condition in silence rather than taking the risk of looking for worse by revealing my status. I saw what my aunt went through before she passed on and I can't imagine going through the same hell." This is what John, a barber in an estate within Nairobi, told me as he shaved me. We came to be friends after I went to his shop

Deadly secrets: China and HIV/AIDS

published: October, 16, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

From AsiaSociety.org, Heather Clydesdale reports on the Chinese govenments slow and secretive response to HIV and other pandemics.

Deadly secrets: China and HIV/AIDS

China's officials are now leading a more open campaign against infectious diseases. (2dogs/Flickr) China, with its state-controlled media and strong government presence, has traditionally tried to keep news of a pandemic under wraps. An outbreak of an illness can weaken public confidence and scare away tourists, business travelers, and investors. But as China has discovered, this strategy in fact can help deadly diseases boil over and become epidemics. The Chinese government’s slow and sec

What I've learned through training

published: October, 13, 2017 Written by // Megan DePutter Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Megan DePutter, Opinion Pieces

Megan DePutter reflects on some of the high points as she prepares to go on maternity leave.

What I've learned through training

I’ve spent the last 1.5 years delivering training on HIV and related topics in Scotland. The audience has been diverse – it’s included nurses, GP’s, infant feeding advisors, midwives, therapists, social workers, addictions and criminal justice workers, dieticians and occupational therapists, psychologists, early childcare workers, people who work with vulnerable adults, students and people in a wide variety of other roles! During this period I’ve delivered training for nearly 550 peo

Many gay/bisexual men currently taking PrEP would switch to injectable forms of the therapy should it become available

published: October, 12, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

"It removes the requirement to take daily treatment and the need to maintain high levels of treatment adherence." From AIDSmap, Michael Carter reports.

Many gay/bisexual men currently taking PrEP would switch to injectable forms of the therapy should it become available

Approximately a third of gay and bisexual men who are currently taking oral (tenofovir/emtricitabine) pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) would prefer long-acting injectable PrEP should it become available, investigators report in AIDS and Behavior. Individuals were less likely to prefer injectable PrEP if they had concerns about the level of protection it provided against HIV and/or about its durability. “About one-third of GBM [gay and bisexual men] currently taking oral PrEP would prefer LA

Sweet money, bitter source

published: October, 12, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Activism, Kimutai Kemboi, Features and Interviews, International , Media, Opinion Pieces

Kenya's Kimutai Kemboi interviews "Janet", a sex worker based in River Road, Nairobi.

Sweet money, bitter source

"Mr. Kimboi or whoever you call yourself, I demand some respect. I have human dignity as you do and deserve to be treated with decency. I do what I do because I am passionate of, this is my source of livelihood as well as my profession. And by the way you need to apologize if you are still interested in getting what you came for!" Janet fumed! I had no option but to be submissive and apologize though I also had to correct her: I am not Kimboi but Kemboi. She felt offended when I innocently re

Films open up the lives of Christians affected by HIV

published: October, 11, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Mental Health, International , Spirituality, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media

From Church Times, Hattie Williams reports on Positive Faith, a new online resource exploring the relationship between HIV and faith.

Films open up the lives of Christians affected by HIV

Talking about faith: a Christian with HIV, Horcelie Sinda Wa Mbongo (currently Miss Congo UK), and Vida Boateng, in one of the videos in the resource A NEW government-funded video series produced by Christians living with, or affected by, HIV has been praised by church leaders and health professionals. The online resource, Positive Faith, explores the relationship between HIV and faith. It is due to be launched in London next Thursday, 12 October, by the charity Catholics for A

Moscow Buyers Club: Russia's AIDS patients work together to overcome medication shortages

published: October, 10, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, As Prevention , General Health, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

"Russia is virtually the only developed country where the number of new HIV infections and the number of AIDS-related deaths is on the rise." From Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty, this report by Robert Coalson and Anastasia Kuzina.

Moscow Buyers Club: Russia's AIDS patients work together to overcome medication shortages

When the Russian government's system for purchasing and distributing the vital drugs needed to combat the virus that causes AIDS breaks down, patients use social-media networks to give one another medicine and hope. (file photo) MOSCOW -- Many of the posts on the website Pereboi.ru -- a chat room for Russians diagnosed with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS -- are alarming. "Today my husband went to the clinic and they told him that they gave out all the medicine on Monday," wrote Nelli from U

Review: ‘The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson’ is Trans Film Noir

published: October, 09, 2017 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Movies, Women, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Mark S. King

Mark S. King reviews the new documentary by David France.

Review: ‘The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson’ is Trans Film Noir

Marsha P. Johnson, in a photo from the new documentary. Victoria Cruz, a dogged crime-victim advocate in New York City, has taken on one last case before retirement. She wants to solve the mysterious 1992 death of Marsha P. Johnson — a trans woman like Cruz herself — who’s body was pulled from the Hudson river after disappearing the evening before. The cause of death had been ruled a suicide, but that doesn’t wash with Marsha’s friends or with much of the LGBT population of New Yor

Psychological impact of PrEP: beyond efficacy and cost-effectiveness

published: October, 09, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

What is the impact of PrEP on quality of life? From HIV i-Base, Simon Collins reports

Psychological impact of PrEP: beyond efficacy and cost-effectiveness

The impact of PrEP on quality of life in reducing HIV-related anxiety and more dynamic and fulfilled sex lives is potentially as important as hard endpoints for reduced HIV infections. Mitzy Gafos presented experiences from using PrEP as part of the UK PROUD study, based on semi-structured interviews with 41 participants. In addition to reporting behavioural changes, the results gave insight into psychological impact of PrEP. Many of these imply significant changes in outlooks and approach

Virally suppressed people have “effectively no risk” of transmitting HIV, says US CDC: but how many are suppressed?

published: October, 06, 2017 Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

Over 60% of gay men have viral suppression, but less than 30% of under 25s. From AIDSmap, Gus Cairns reports.

Virally suppressed people have “effectively no risk” of transmitting HIV, says US CDC: but how many are suppressed?

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) used 27 September, National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, to announce that HIV diagnoses had fallen in white gay and bisexual men and remained stable among African-American gay men between 2010 and 2014, its last complete year of figures. The CDC went further in its release: for the first time, it attributed this slowing of diagnoses to “the prevention effectiveness of antiretroviral therapy (ART)” and said that data from

80 days of HIV

published: October, 05, 2017 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Activism, Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Youth, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Alex Sparrowhawk

Alex Sparrowhawk checks in and talks about his new project, "...to show a daily snapshot of life with the virus."

80 days of HIV

I’ve not written anything for a while, or more accurately I have written a lot and left the contents of my ramblings in the draft vaults of WordPress.com. So what’s going on in my life? Well I’ve been dating someone since May and it’s going well enough for us to venture on our first trip away this weekend. Work is good and over the summer I was so proud to see our Can’t Pass It On campaign launch as well as tick off a number of other projects I’ve been working on this year. M

How do you know if someone has HIV?

published: October, 03, 2017 Written by // Billy Santo Categories // Social Media, Activism, Youth, Billy Santo, Health, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

From The Philippines, out poz guy Billy Santo speaks out on the importance of early testing and treatment.

How do you know if someone has HIV?

How do you know if someone has HIV? You don't. A lot of people who have HIV don't know that they have it. They don't have the slightest idea that they are already carrying it and still continue to engage in risky behaviors. That is why it is important to seek early testing and treatment to diminish harmful effects the virus can cause. If it stays in the body for a long time without medication, the virus can replicate into thousands of copies and can entirely destroy the immune system. Once t

A note to bisexual men in the closet

published: October, 03, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Media, Opinion Pieces

Lewis Oakley is a bisexual activist. To mark Bi Visibility Day, Oakley wrote for PinkNews about standing in the face of biphobia in 2017.

A note to bisexual men in the closet

This article by Lewis Oakley previously appeared at Pink News, here Hey lads, Today is an important day and I wanted to send you a message. As Twitter and some decent news sites erupt in a blue, pink and purple celebration of Bi Visibility, I know you can’t show your support for fear someone may find out. Mates that would never accept bisexuality and insist you must be a gay man now. A girlfriend that will be embarrassed and worried your relationship will be seen as a joke by everyone. Fa

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