International

We the LGBT

published: June, 09, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Gay Men, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

Here’s a call to arms from prominent members of the US HIV and LGBT communities calling for HIV to be put back on the agenda, from the We The LGBT campaign.

We the LGBT

Over the last 30 years, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community has seen great strides in the movement for full equality. Much of this success is the result of a concerted movement, which was galvanized in response to the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. In the decades since, our movement has seen incredible victories. Today, twenty-one states and Washington, DC, have implemented nondiscrimination laws in employment to protect LGBT employees. Eighteen states allow gay couples to adopt

Mzungu!

published: June, 05, 2013 Categories // International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Our regular contributor David Phillips is an HIVer on his first visit to Africa – and finds the stories of stigma and discrimination he hears are painfully familiar there.

Mzungu!

If you're like me, fair-skinned and visiting East Africa, "mzungu" will probably be one of the first Swahili words you learn. Originally meaning “someone who moves around wanting to see everything,” as a result of domination by meddlesome European powers it came to mean "white person." Even if one may have been working here among Africans for many years, one is still mzungu in the eyes of most.  For an HIVer on his first visit to Africa, mzungu makes me feel like a magical being when it

Good news, bad news in UK new infection stats.

published: June, 02, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Health, Sexual Health, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Aidsmap.com reports a small fall in new HIV diagnoses in London, but rate of new diagnoses among gay men continues to increase. And a quarter are diagnosed with a CD4 cell count below 200

Good news, bad news in UK new infection stats.

This article by Michael Carter first appeared in aidsmap.com here.   There was a modest fall in the number of new HIV diagnoses in London in 2011, new figures show. A total of 2,637 new diagnoses were made in the UK capital in 2011, a 4% fall compared to 2010. However, this decline was attributed to changing patterns of migration with a fall in the number of new diagnoses involving black Africans. The number of new diagnoses among gay and other men who have sex with men (MSM) actually incr

The new national voice of people with HIV in the U.S is…

published: June, 01, 2013 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, International , Opinion Pieces, Mark S. King

Mark S King on the demise of the US advocacy organization NAPWA and what has risen from the ashes.

The new national voice of people with HIV in the U.S is…

PositiveLite.com says: This story will be of interest to Canadian readers even though Canada does not have anything like the equivalent of The National Association for People with AIDS, the US advocacy organization which has just folded after allegations of financial mismanagement and ultimately declaring bankruptcy.  At a recent town hall forum in Washington, DC for people living with HIV, the very idea of what it means to be positive — and who is our national voice of advocacy — was qu

Everyone has a past

published: May, 28, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Health, International , Sexual Health, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy with an effective little video from the UK about HIV testing for gay men, with a difference.

Everyone has a past

We like this video. It’s different and not at all preachy. And let’s face it, when was the last time you saw an HIV prevention video that actually made you smile?.Plus the subtly placed messages at the end like “HIV treatments have never been better”, “Get tested – for him, for you, for the community” and “Regular testing means peace of mind” are spot on. It’s brought to you by the award winning MESMAC, a community-based agency that provides social well-being sexual and m

Being Alive is the spirit of hope

published: May, 27, 2013 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Louis "Kengi" Carr

Our guy Kengi pays tribute to Being Alive, an LA AIDS Service Organization that helped him in his hour of need and has continued to do so ever since.

Being Alive is the spirit of hope

I’ll never forget the day I walked through the doors of Being Alive Los Angeles. I had been diagnosed a few months and services with other area ASO’s (AIDS Service Organizations) were not going well at all. I was already well over a year into homelessness and the night before I was in a pretty bad fight for my laptop and digital camera down on Skid Row. I hadn’t been able to shower in over a month and as far as HIV was concerned I was completely lost and feeling very defeated. I was an

Sex, drugs and . . .

published: May, 26, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Health, Research, Sexual Health, International , Revolving Door, Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Population Specific

More drugs, more alcohol often means more risky sex for HIV-negative gay men, reports aidsmap.com.

Sex, drugs and . . .

This article by Michael Carter first appeared on aidsmap.com here.   There is a highly significant relationship between frequency and intensity of drug and alcohol use and risky sex among American HIV-negative gay men, a study published in the online edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes shows. “HIV risk among MSM [men who have sex with men] increases with both frequency of substance use and the number of substances used,” write the authors. “These practices

This PrEP-ed life

published: May, 25, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Population Specific

From TheBody.com comes an interview with PrEP-er Damon Jacobs on sex and dating in a new era of HIV prevention

This PrEP-ed life

This article by Mathew Rodriguez first appeared on TheBody.com here.   As a licensed therapist working with people living with HIV, Damon Jacobs heard about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) as an HIV prevention strategy. When he found himself newly single after being out of the dating game for almost a decade, he re-entered a dating pool that was not at all condom-friendly. To deal with this, and to finally come to terms with his distaste for condoms, Damon began taking PrEP in July

No, HIV Is NOT about to be cured in three months

published: May, 21, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Research, Health, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

From TheBody.com, David Evans of Project Inform dissects the hype and urges caution in interpreting press reports telling us a cure is near.

No, HIV Is NOT about to be cured in three months

Contrary to some hysterically hyped headlines this past week, HIV is not on the verge of being cured in the next three months, nor have scientists found an effective vaccine. The truth is that a hopeful compound to force HIV out of hiding is under study, and the results should be known in the near future. Unfortunately, however, even if researchers hit a home run with this drug, it won't likely be a cure by itself and we will still be waiting for the day that we have a vaccine or other types

Another voice for treatment as prevention

published: May, 20, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // As Prevention , Health, International , Treatment, Opinion Pieces

South Africa’s Brian Williams says there is no other way to end the epidemic.

Another voice for treatment as prevention

At last month’s International Treatment and Prevention Workshop  in Vancouver which I wrote about here, Dr. Brian Williams from South Africa particularly impressed. Williams is a distinguished researcher and advocate for  people living with HIV, and currently heads the South African Centre for Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis (SACEMA)/ Says Williams in the interview you can watch below “treatment as prevention is absolutely essential if we are to have any hope of getting an AIDS-

Gay men and sex

published: May, 14, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Health, Research, International , Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Aidsmap.com reports consistent decline in partner numbers in US gay men in last decade, but no change in condom use

Gay men and sex

This article by Gus Cairns first appeared on aidsmap.com here.   Data from two national sex surveys in the United States show that gay and bisexual men (men who have sex with men, MSM) reported significantly fewer sexual partners in the previous year in a survey conducted between 2006 and 2010 than they did in one conducted in 2002. This decline was consistent across most ethnicities and age groups, but was particularly marked, and statistically significant, in younger men aged under 24. I

Get it on –- with condoms

published: May, 14, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Health, Sexual Health, International , Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

It’s back to the basics for this winning New Zealand HIV prevention campaign which stresses condom use and tells us why with sexy pictures and videos.

Get it on –- with condoms

We don’t see as many condom-based campaigns, once the mainstay of HIV prevention, as we once did. Often we’ve gone off in different directions, like focussing on the social determinants of health to affect, hopefully, behavioural changes, or more recently, test and treat strategies which fall under the ubiquitous Treatment as Prevention (TasP)  banner.  But even TasP supporters like myself acknowledge the important place of condoms, so we’ll need to see today’s type of campaign for s

Viral load and condomless sex

published: May, 07, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Health, Research, International , Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

A majority of HIV-positive gay men in Dutch survey take their viral load into consideration if having unprotected sex

Viral load and condomless sex

This article by Gus Cairns first appeared on aidsmap.com here.   About 40% of men who answered a community survey for HIV-positive gay men in the Netherlands said they took their viral load into consideration in deciding whether or not to use condoms. This represents about two-thirds of those who actually did have unprotected sex. This published paper adds new data to this study’s original conference presentation at the AIDS Impact conference in 2011. The survey found that consideration

Fly in, fly out

published: May, 07, 2013 Categories // Research, Health, International , Opinion Pieces

View from an insider “Go in, take what you need and leave: Why helicopter research is especially damaging in the context of HIV" by Amy C. Willis

My first concrete experience with HIV research took place in 2007. I had applied, interviewed and been selected to participate in a 2-month research and volunteer internship in the country of Namibia. The internship program that I joined had been established several years prior and had a reputation for being an incredible learning experience for those selected to participate. Undergraduate students from various faculties within the University of Toronto were selected to travel to Namibia to co

Terrence Higgins Trust backs treatment as prevention

published: May, 06, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // As Prevention , Gay Men, Health, Sexual Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy report that their new “It Starts With Me” campaign promotes test and treat– and condoms.

Terrence Higgins Trust backs treatment as prevention

Terrence Higgins Trust, generally considered the UK's leading HIV and AIDS organization, and the largest in Europe, is promoting treatment as prevention, including for gay men, on its new “It Starts With Me” campaign. "England", it says, “can halt HIV within a generation”.  The campaign is the largest scale by THT to date, running until Spring 2015. Read their press release here.  Cary James, Head of Health Improvement Programmes at Terrence Higgins Trust says “While a cure or va

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