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Erotic touch

published: May, 05, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Dating, International , Lifestyle, Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

From Australia comes underwear that makes your erogenous zones tingle, with the help of your partner’s smart phone.

Erotic touch

It's all about touch over the internet.  Connect while you are apart. Says the manufacturer of  Fundawear “we positioned the sensors right on the money”  and adds “ way more fun than angry birds>’ Watch the video – the two actors are quite charming –and I think you’ll find it pretty self explanatory about how this vibrating underwear works, but there are two other videos you can see on YouTube which will give you an idea of the technology and how the garments are construct

Winning AIDS Conference logo

published: May, 04, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // International AIDS Conference , Conferences, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Tanzanian youth working with Toronto-based Charitable Organisation wins global logo design competition for International AIDS Conference

Winning AIDS Conference logo

Toronto, Canada – A Tanzanian youth, with links to a Toronto-based charitable organisation, was today announced as having created the winning logo design for AIDS 2014 - the 20th International AIDS Conference – being held in Melbourne, Australia in July 2014. This follows a global competition for youth aged between 10 and 30 years old launched by the International AIDS Society.  Yohana Haule (21) is a young artist who has been working with the organisation Africa’s Children-Africa

Researchers stop the only current HIV vaccine efficacy trial

published: May, 03, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Research, Health, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Aidsmap.com reports vaccine did not prevent HIV infection: non-significant increase in infections in vaccine recipients

Researchers stop the only current HIV vaccine efficacy trial

This report by Gus Cairns first appeared on aidsmap.com here.  The US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has announced that it is discontinuing the HVTN 505 HIV vaccine trial. This trial, which started in July 2009, has involved 2,504 gay and transgender volunteers in 19 US cities. Since the successful conclusion of the RV144 vaccine trial in September 2009, HVTN 505, as a randomised, placebo-controlled phase IIb trial, has been the only ongoing HIV vaccine trial l

Moving forward on treatment as prevention

published: April, 29, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Conferences, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy was in Vancouver last week for the International Treatment as Prevention Workshop, an important gathering of global leaders, experts and community, which left him highly optimistic that we have the tools to end the epidemic. Here’s his report.

Moving forward on treatment as prevention

“We have an obligation to decide whether the evidence is enough. We’ve waited too long to do what we know is right. Enough is enough. We need to move to implement.” Acknowledging that “we have a consensus in this room but not outside this room” BCCFE’s Dr. Julio Montaner, looking dapper in a dark suit and bright red tie, opened the third annual International Treatment as Prevention Workshop in Vancouver last week.  Fitting that we should be there in his home town. Vancouver wa

PrEP doesn't lead to increases in risky sex among gay men

published: April, 28, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, As Prevention , Research, Health, Sexual Health, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Aidsmap.com reports taking HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) does not lead to increased levels of sexual risk behaviour among gay men, investigators from the United States say.

PrEP doesn't lead to increases in risky sex among gay men

This article by Michael Carter first appeared on aidsmap.com here.   Aidsmap.com reports taking HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) does not lead to increased levels of sexual risk behaviour among gay men, investigators from the United States say. Taking HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) does not lead to increased levels of sexual risk behaviour among gay men, investigators from the United States report in the online edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. Numbers

Modelling suggests treatment by itself won’t reduce HIV prevalence

published: April, 26, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, As Prevention , Research, Health, Sexual Health, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Aidsmap.com reports increasing testing frequency and changes in sexual risk behaviour after HIV diagnosis may have greater impact on new infections in US gay men.

Modelling suggests treatment by itself won’t reduce HIV prevalence

This article by Gus Cairns first appeared on aidsmap.com here.  Increasing HIV testing frequency, and giving everyone antiretroviral therapy (ART), would not in themselves reduce HIV prevalence in US gay men, a mathematical model suggests. These measures would produce, in the model’s baseline scenario, a 34% reduction in the cumulative number of new infections and a 19% reduction in cumulative deaths by the year 2023. This would lead to the annual number of new HIV infections in gay men a

New global survey of young gay men examines housing, violence, and access to HIV services

published: April, 21, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Youth, Research, Health, International , Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Study of over 2,400 young gay men shows higher rates of homophobia and violence, lower access to HIV prevention and treatment compared to older gay men.

New global survey of young gay men examines housing, violence, and access to HIV services

April 15, 2013 - A new study indicates that young men who have sex with men (YMSM) around the world experience higher levels of homophobia, unstable housing, violence, and other factors that hinder access to HIV services, compared to older MSM. Conducted by the Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF), the analysis shows YMSM fare worse than older MSM in their attempts to access numerous HIV services, including HIV treatment.  “Existing data indicates that rates of HIV are rapidly increas

Toronto Public Health issues Meningitis Travel Alert

published: April, 20, 2013 Categories // Gay Men, Current Affairs, Health, International , Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Latest notice suggests Canadian doctors offer vaccinations to MSM who are planning to travel to New York City and who are either HIV-positive or who may have close or intimate contact with other men met either online or at a bar or party in New York City

Toronto Public Health issues Meningitis Travel Alert

Vaccine Alert issued by Toronto Public Health. Invasive Meningococcal C Outbreak among Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM) in New York City: Recommendations for Travel April 18, 2013: An ongoing outbreak of invasive meningococcal disease serogroup C has been occurring among men who have sex with men in New York City. Since 2010, there have been 22 cases reported: one in 2010, four in 2011, 13 in 2012 and four in 2013. Seven men have died, including three of the last five cases. The age range of

Revisiting my sad and trivial night with Rock Hudson

published: April, 14, 2013 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, International , Living with HIV, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Mark S. King: “This memory still brings back fear and melancholy, like a ghost story that stubbornly haunts me after all these years…”

Revisiting my sad and trivial night with Rock Hudson

Over and over, footage of Rock Hudson standing next to Doris Day was playing on television, and he looked ghastly. His skin was wrinkled and sunken as if by very old age. It was 1985, and it was one of the last close-up images most of us would ever see of the movie icon. And it was terrifying.  My heart was pounding, and I tried to listen to the voice-over, which spoke of the sudden illness of Rock Hudson and speculation that he might have AIDS. Throughout the newscast, memories of a night i

I am deserving of the same rights and dignities as a heterosexual

published: April, 10, 2013 Categories // Gay Men, International , Legal, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Josh Kruger: “Gay people are equal and deserving of the same rights and dignities as straight people. So, I changed my Facebook profile picture. And, I suggest you do too.”

Normally, I eschew Facebook “Like” contests and changing profile pictures en masse to show solidarity under the misguided notion that the modern equivalent of jingoistic chanting does anything to influence policy. Surprisingly, then, yesterday I changed my Facebook profile picture to a simple red square with a white equality symbol, as did seemingly everyone in the LGBT community I’m friends with, to demonstrate my support for opponents of Proposition 8 in California, who just wrapped up

Lessons learned

published: April, 05, 2013 Categories // Gay Men, International , Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Guest Jason McDonald on finding the gold in living with HIV: ”Sometimes you have to bake a crappy batch of cupcakes before you figure out how to make good ones.”

Lessons learned

This morning, I woke up like I usually do on a Saturday morning, earlier than I planned to get up, yet later than I ever sleep during the week.  Each Saturday morning, it is my routine to get up and flip the television over to Food Network, and I spend the morning soaking up culinary inspiration. The highlight of my morning is watching The Pioneer Woman. For some reason, I connect to her show, her food, her way of life. She and her family live and work on a cattle ranch in Oklahoma. She i

Bacterial meningitis: new killer kid on the block

published: April, 04, 2013 Categories // General Health, Health, International

Dave R writes…Just as we are beginning to hope that the worst of HIV/AIDS is over and that there may be a vaccine or cure on the horizon; along comes another killer bacteria aimed at gay men. Will meningitis be the new AIDS?

Bacterial meningitis: new killer kid on the block

The problem with scare-monger titles like this one is that you can be accused of over-reacting (especially if it turns out to be a false alarm) and therefore devaluing every warning in the future. That said, sometimes the message is more important than the delivery and a dramatic title may at least catch the eye. Recent reports concerning the deaths of HIV positive men in New York who have suddenly contracted a new strain of meningitis may seem localised (especially when you look at the numbe

Tales of the late diagnosed

published: March, 31, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Newly Diagnosed, International , Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Aidsmap.com’s Gus Cairns talks to four people who were diagnosed with HIV only just in time to save their lives – and the daughter of one who wasn’t.

Tales of the late diagnosed

This article first appeared on aidsmap.com here.  Now that antiretroviral therapy (ART) works so well, we can sometimes forget how remorseless a virus HIV can be if left untreated. Yet you don’t have to go to countries with poor treatment access to see what AIDS looks like. Even in the UK, people are still turning up at hospital desperately ill, with no immune system, and with severe pneumonia, cancers, wasting, dementia... everything we used to associate with HIV in the bad old days. Why

Life insurance for people with HIV

published: March, 29, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Finances, General Health, Health, International , Legal, Revolving Door, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

Times change. Aidsmap.com reports people doing well on HIV therapy "should be eligible" for life insurance cover.

Life insurance for people with HIV

This article by Michael Carter first appeared on aidsmap.com here.  The long-term effectiveness of antiretroviral therapy means that many HIV-positive people should be eligible for affordable life insurance, European investigators write in the online edition of AIDS. Even though HIV-positive people doing well on treatment had a higher mortality risk compared to insured HIV-negative individuals, this excess was within acceptable limits for life insurance cover. “Our study provides evidence

Robert's walk with AIDS (Epilogue): What I'd like to say to those With HIV/AIDS

published: March, 29, 2013 Categories // Gay Men, International , Living with HIV, Population Specific

This is the epilogue to the series of blog posts by Gary Nelson chronicling life with his partner, Robert, who died of AIDS March 21, 2002.

At some point Robert decided to stop taking his medicine. He had his reasons, and I respected his decision. A friend of his, Kevin, told me not to blame Robert, because "he chose to go without meds." Robert had lost hope. He didn't think he was going to get any better. His health was always going to be a roller coaster ride, and he was tired of it.  If Robert were living now, life for him would be completely different. I remember him having to take up to 15 pills daily. Some of them looked a

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