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Undetectable viral load is as effective as condoms

published: February, 01, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

Aidsmap reports UK experts announce successful treatment is "as effective as consistent condom use" in reducing HIV transmission

Undetectable viral load is as effective as condoms

(PositiveLite.com Editor's Note: I can’t underestimate the significance of this announcement. The UK doctors are saying, with some important cautions, EXACTLY what we published here over two years ago in Mark S King's conversation with Sean Strub "Five thIngs They Are Not Telling You about HIV". The implications of this announcement for all people living with HIV, for public health and for the  Canadian prevention community are significant. ) Aidsmap reports UK experts announce successful

2013 OCIC Global Changemaker

published: February, 01, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Youth, Features and Interviews, Health, International , Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy recently spoke with 23 year-old Nadha Hassen who has been honoured with an Ontario Council for International Cooperation Global Changemaker Award for her work with HIV/AIDS in Toronto and Tanzania.

2013 OCIC Global Changemaker

Bob Leahy: Nadha, congratulations on your award, first of all. Nadha Hassen: Thank you very much. What’s your background? I consider myself to be a little bit of a person of the world.  I was born in Saudi Arabia and my family moved to the United Arab Emirate when I was five and that was where I grew up. And how long have you been in Canada? I’m originally Sri Lankan so that’s been a crucial part of my upbringing as well but I moved to Canada for university when I was about 17. So

Playing Russian Roulette With HIV

published: January, 31, 2013 Categories // International , Living with HIV

Dave R writes...with 200 cases a day, Russia leads the world in new HIV infections. LGBT people are not the largest infection group but that’s not surprising when the risks of declaring yourself both gay and living with HIV in Russia are great

Playing Russian Roulette With HIV

Until the middle of the 1990s, there were relatively few cases of HIV in Russia. However in 2012, Russia and the other Eurasian countries were experiencing the highest rate of new infections in the world. It’s a potential pandemic that could have devastating consequences if the right sort of action isn’t taken soon. The World Bank has estimated that by 2020, as many as twenty thousand Russians could die every month as a result of HIV/AIDS and that the total HIV+ population could be five a

Scotland’s HIV epidemic: Part IV

published: January, 30, 2013 Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Health, Sexual Health, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

In his fourth and final piece describing the course of the HIV epidemic in his native Scotland, guest Roy Kilpatrick brings us up to the present day.

Scotland’s HIV epidemic: Part  IV

Clyde Arc Bridge WAD 2012 - Darren McShane Scotland is a fairly small, relatively wealthy country with a population of some 5.3 million, 70% of whom live in the central belt. Just over one million live in the two cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh. In contrast to the mid 1980s, HIV is now transmitted predominantly through sex, and for the first time since 1999, sex between men accounts for more cases than heterosexual transmission. None of this occurs in a bubble, and it is helpful to see HIV a

Ra Ra RasPutin, lover of the Russian queen...nyet!

published: January, 24, 2013 Categories // International , Opinion Pieces

Dave R writes...Since Communism fell, Russia has gone through many beneficial changes but LGBT people across that huge country may justifiably feel that many of them have not been to their benefit

Ra Ra RasPutin, lover of the Russian queen...nyet!

It’s a common mistake in Western thinking: overthrow a dictatorship, or a despotic and authoritarian regime and the people are so thankful to have been released from the yoke that they embrace all things liberal and Western. Many people may well want to do that but the new men in power are generally more concerned with establishing and keeping control under whatever system has emerged. There’s generally no room for liberalism because liberalism, in their minds, equates to chaos and un

Death for their love/love them to death

published: January, 24, 2013 Written by // Daniel Uy Categories // Current Affairs, International , Opinion Pieces, Daniel Uy

Daniel Uy on the bill to outlaw homosexuality in Uganda

Death for their love/love them to death

Several months ago I got a call from one of my brothers.  He was quite upset. Normally my brother does not pick up the phone and call me.  It’s not that we are close, but sometimes we have a challenge connecting with each other and finding common ground.  Anyhow he was quite upset and wanted me to know what was bothering him.  His topic of conversation?  Uganda.  He had heard about the “Kill the Gays” Bill and it outraged him so much that he had to call me on the phone to tell me

Phil’s Story

published: January, 19, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Health, International , Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Guest writer Phil was diagnosesd in 2011 at age 47 and is an advocate for HIV testing: “Early diagnosis has been the key for me. It should mean I will lead a full and hopefully long life. A positive diagnosis didn’t end my life – it just changed it”

Phil’s Story

This article originally appeared on the blog of Savings Lives UK here. I’m 47.  I’ve been having sex since the age of 13 and have always been a safe sex advocate.  In the summer of 2011 I was struggling with life. Work had gone horribly wrong and I was low and depressed. Nothing really mattered – the future looked bleak and I longed to sleep and never wake up.  My health didn’t matter and I made short-sighted decisions. At the end of July I was unusually ill and then, at 3.15 o

Scotland’s HIV Epidemic, Part Three

published: January, 17, 2013 Categories // Gay Men, Health, Sexual Health, International , Population Specific

Guest Roy Kilpatrick continues his account of the response to HIV, initially an epidemic fuelled by injection drug use, later appearing predominantly in gay men, in his home country of Scotland

Scotland’s HIV Epidemic, Part Three

Whilst drug-related HIV diagnoses peaked in the 1980s, HIV among gay men formed a plateau. In recent years, HIV in gay men is rising, a global trend.  There were significant differences in the spread, and in Scotland’s response to HIV in these two populations.  Foresight  The rapidity and geographically limited spread of HIV through needle-sharing  came as a shock.  Its impact on gay men in the USA, however, served as an early warning on the other side of the Atlantic. In 1982, a gro

We’re still here . . .

published: January, 15, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Health, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Guest writer Iain Murtagh has been keeping us informed of the struggle to keep The Crescent, a Hertfordshire (UK) based ASO, afloat, despite a withdrawal of its government funding. But how long can it survive without more cash from somewhere?

We’re still here . . .

Back in early 2011, as some of you may remember, we had our funding pulled after almost 25 years of providing prevention, education, testing and support services for those living with or affected by HIV, and the wider population of Hertfordshire. This was not the result of a funding cut, more from a desire to transfer funding to another organisation chaired by an employee of lead funding body Hertfordshire County Council (HCC). This decision was taken without consultation, and resulted in a s

Scotland’s HIV epidemic, Part Two

published: January, 10, 2013 Categories // Health, International , Sexual Health, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality

Enter harm reduction. Guest Roy Kilpatrick continues his story about how needle sharing and injection drug use fueled Scotland'’s HIV epidemic initially– and the response of communities and individuals.

Scotland’s HIV epidemic, Part Two

Overnight, Edinburgh and Scotland had acquired an HIV problem. Progress would be slow and hard won. Gained it was, however, at least in drug-related HIV. Sexual transmission would remain problematic as we will note.  What was to become a twentieth century public health success started in the response of communities and individuals immediately affected. The 1986 peak fell dramatically as drug users tested almost universally and formal interventions reinforced behavior changes. Now, for the la

The Private War That Killed Spencer Cox

published: January, 08, 2013 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Health, International , Lifestyle, Treatment, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Mark S King on the death of a leading American activist from “AIDS related causes”, a story which weaves activism, mental health, crystal meth addiction and finally treatment failure in to one compelling – and important – tale of our times

The Private War That Killed Spencer Cox

“My most courageous self, the best man that I’ll ever be, lived more than two decades ago during the first years of a horrific plague… I miss the man I was forced to become.”  – “Once, When We Were Heroes,” 2007 AIDS did not kill Spencer Cox in the first, bloodiest battles of the 1980’s. It spared him that. The reprieve allowed Spencer’s brilliance as co-founder of the Treatment Action Group (TAG) to forge new FDA guidelines for drug approval and help make effective HIV m

Putting an end to the epidemic - can we do it?

published: January, 06, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // International AIDS Conference , Conferences, Health, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

A US physician ponders the value of AIDS conferences and what they contribute to ending the epidemic. “I believe ending the epidemic is absolutely achievable. But doing so may require a sharp right pivot from current conversations and business as usual.”

Putting an end to the epidemic - can we do it?

This article by Lisa Fitzpatrick, M.D., M.P.H. first appeared on TheBodyPRO.com here. Republished with permission.  The last two years have been filled with wonderful news for HIV science, including the focus on treatment as prevention, the availability and endorsement of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for high-risk populations, and efforts across the country to scale up testing and linkage to HIV care. Expansive discussions about each of these advancements have loomed large at each infecti

Scotland’s HIV epidemic, Part One

published: January, 03, 2013 Categories // Health, Sexual Health, International

Guest Roy Kilpatrick with the first part of his story about how needle sharing and injection drug use fueled Edinburgh’s HIV epidemic.

Scotland’s HIV epidemic, Part One

In the late 1970s and early ‘80s, Edinburgh’s drug outreach workers noticed a shift in patterns of use in the city.  Heroin supply to the streets of Scotland’s capital was plentiful, thanks to the routes from a troubled Afghanistan via the Middle East and Southern Europe. Injecting drug use was a new phenomenon in peripheral council house estates where the effects of Margaret Thatcher’s policies were hitting hardest.  Warnings sounded by local activists went unheeded, but they coul

Urbi et Orbi: an address to the city and the world

published: December, 26, 2012 Categories // Current Affairs, International , Opinion Pieces

Dave R writes..Do you see yourself as a threat to the future of humanity? In a cynical attack on the validity of LGBT existence and its potential for destroying marriage and the family, the Pope has used Christmastime to attack non-heterosexual sexuality

Urbi et Orbi: an address to the city and the world

These days, there’s not much that makes me really angry. I guess the older you get, the more you’ve seen it all before and can let it go like water off a duck’s back. Oh sure I get irritated and positively grumpy at times, especially at perceived injustices, but I'm never really angry to the point of rumbling, blood boiling rage. Then a rather frail, 85 year old man said something that made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up and made me angrier than I have been in years. He was b

Why it is important to have HIV treatment guidelines

published: December, 16, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Newly Diagnosed, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Research, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Canada doesn’t have its own treatment guidelines, so there are no recommended standard treatments or start dates. Is this good? Aidsmap.com details Swiss research which identifies factors associated with the use of non-recommended HIV therapy

Why it is important to have HIV treatment guidelines

This article by Michael Carter first appeared on aidsmap.com here.  New Swiss research shows the importance of observing antiretroviral treatment guidelines, even in people who have well-controlled HIV infection. Published in the online edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, the study demonstrated that toxicities and concerns about long-term side-effects were common reasons for switching to recommended treatment. CD4 cell count, viral load and adherence either remain

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