Walking with Dab The AIDS Bear

published: November, 26, 2012 Categories // AIDS Walk for Life, Fundraisers, International , Living with HIV

Danny Miller with a first-hand account, with photos, of what it was like taking part in the Washington D.C. AIDS Walk.

On October 27th 2012 thousands and thousands of people all gathered together in Memorial Plaza, Washington DC for the annual AIDS Walk DC which benefits Whitman-Walker Clinic, one of the best HIV treatment centers on the east coast. This blogger was there with four of my closest friends as well as my Dab the AIDS Bear Darby as “Team Special” (don’t ask, we had already had way too much coffee when we came up with the team name). It was a beautiful fall day, perfect weather for so ma

Africa 420 (The Africa Diaries) Part Two

published: November, 22, 2012 Categories // Women, Research, Health, Sexual Health, International , Population Specific

Follow along on the second part of the journey as Ed Wolf arrives in Uganda, part of a mission to provide training tools for counseling women participating in HIV microbicide (vaginal gels) trials. He used Facebook to keep a record of his experiences.

Part One saw Ed leave his native San Francisco and fly to Johannesburg and then on to Durban and Kampala, Uganda. You can read that episode here. April 18  On the flight to Uganda yesterday I got up to stretch my legs. I stood back in the galley area, near the toilets, looking out the window. We were flying over a vast confluence. Two mighty rivers, flowing into a delta, all merging together to form a magnificent waterway. There were no roads or houses as far as I could see. Just mile after

Not Cheering Over Here

published: November, 22, 2012 Categories // Hep B and C, Current Affairs, International , Opinion Pieces

Ken Monteith like the recent gains in same sex marriage status in some states in the USA, but the process leaves him cold. “Human rights protection is not something that you submit to a popular vote” he says.

Not Cheering Over Here

To many, it must seem like the recent US elections were a great victory for the LGBT community. Not only did they bring a victory for Obama, responsible for removing a number of impediments to equality, albeit after a great deal of pushing by the community, but also a number of remarkable victories for other openly gay or lesbian candidates.  Your mind might have gone directly to the marriage votes when I brought up those elections. Maine voters decided to allow the state to issue marriage l

Know the risk

published: November, 19, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Health, International , Sexual Health, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

What’s the risk when gay men fuck and don’t use condoms? A new campaign looks at the ways gay men use to reduce the risk of HIV transmission, with a Risk Calculator anyone can use that comes up with results that may surprise. Bob Leahy checks it out.

Know the risk

It’s sexy on the surface – and that’s good - but scratch below the skin and you’ll find there’s much that’s new – and controversial -  in an Australian campaign designed to help gay men seriously understand the risks associated with unprotected sex and the strategies they can use to reduce the risk. That approach isn’t new in itself, but the risk assessments are. They’ll challenge what you thought you knew. Is fucking without a condom ALWAYS high risk, for instance?  Think

Armageddon, averted: America votes

published: November, 19, 2012 Written by // Michael Bouldin Categories // Current Affairs, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Michael Bouldin

Michael Bouldin: “One thing, however, is clear: the sound defeat of Republican presidential candidate Willard Mitt Romney is enormously important to this country for quite a few reasons.” Including HIV.

Armageddon, averted: America votes

As you may have heard, the U.S. Presidential election is over at last, after an epic two-year slog. Now, because our Byzantine system of governance baffles even many Americans, and given the stakes – for us, our friends and our neighbors – I thought I’d explain some of the intricacies and idiosyncrasies of the system to readers. Key to understanding it is that America is not actually a democracy, it is a republic substantially devised at the end of the Eighteenth Century

Big day

published: November, 16, 2012 Categories // Gay Men, Current Affairs, International , Living with HIV, Population Specific

Danny Miller is happy that his home state, Maryland, has finally adopted same-sex marriage. But for Danny, it’s a bittersweet victory.

So November 6th was our big election day here in The States. Americans went out in record numbers to vote! On the ballot? President, Senate, local government, legalizing marijuana, gambling and same-sex marriage. Well, Barack Obama was re-elected president; we have our first openly gay congress woman.  Two states legalized marijuana, but the big news is we now have three more states in which gay marriage is legal! WHOOP WHOOP! Maryland has the distinction of being one of those states; we

Africa 420 (The Africa Diaries) Part One

published: November, 15, 2012 Categories // Women, Research, Health, Sexual Health, International , Population Specific

Ed Wolf travelled to Africa in 2011 to provide training tools for staff who were engaged in counseling women participating in HIV microbicide trails. He used Facebook to keep a record of his experiences.

May 4, 2011. I was hired last year, April 2011, to be a training consultant for the MTN (Microbicide Treatment Network) to help create and facilitate a series of trainings for their clinical trial staff in South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe. The trials were trying to assess the effectiveness of microbicidal vaginal gels, products that could someday help women protect themselves from HIV in situations where condoms were not an option. My colleague R and I were asked to deliver trainings that f

Great American Smokeout: An Opportunity for Smokers Living with HIV to Improve their Health

published: November, 15, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Events, Health, International , Smoking Cessation , Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

OK, this is from the US, but we couldn’t resist posting it, given’s interest in helping people living with HIV have healthier, longer lives. Today, November 15, 2102 is the Great American Smokeout. Thought of making it a Canadian one too?

Great American Smokeout: An Opportunity for Smokers Living with HIV to Improve their Health

This article by  Ronald Valdiserri, M.D., M.P.H., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Infectious Diseases, and Director, Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, origiinally appeared on Blog here.  Across the country, many people are preparing to take an important step to improve their health today; they are planning to quit smoking. Why today? It’s the 37th Great American Smokeout. Organized annually by the American Cance

Ed Wolf’s "We Were Here" Diary, Part Two

published: November, 08, 2012 Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Events, Features and Interviews, International , Living with HIV, Population Specific

Ed Wolf went to Kiev in the Ukraine, a country with a history of repressive attitudes towards gay, lesbians and people with HIV, to speak at a screening of "We Were Here." Here's part two of the record he kept..

Ed Wolf’s

You can read Part One of Ed's story here.  Monday morning, October 22nd The grey mist of the last two days here in Kiev disappears and the sun shines bright. The screening of “We Were Here” isn’t til tomorrow night; I have most of the day free and decide to take a city bus tour. Everywhere posters announce that Marilyn Manson, Seal, and the next Twilight movie are ‘Coming Soon.’ The tour guide describes the great battle of Kiev in 1941, how when the city fell, 600,000 soldiers wer

Meeting Nina

published: November, 07, 2012 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // Activism, International , Living with HIV, Louis "Kengi" Carr

Kengi: "Nina is unlike any leader I’ve ever met.....she is brilliant, very accomplished and has an unmatched record of compassion and great care as well as a commitment to healthcare and HIV services for populations hardest hit by HIV and AIDS."

Meeting Nina

I’ve been very busy lately with photographing various HIV events here in Los Angeles. This is how I had the pleasure of meeting Nina Harawa. She was one of the guests in attendance at the Leadership Awards put on by the Los Angeles Women’s HIV Task Force which I wrote about recently. She is also the reason I was able to photograph and video the Breaking the Silence event in Los Angeles. I know you’re wondering what is Breaking the Silence and let me start by saying, no I did not complet

Victories not undetectable on the criminalization front., but . .

published: November, 03, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // International , Legal, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

Viral load will be no defence against prosecution for HIV exposure or transmission in Norway

Victories not undetectable on the criminalization front., but . .

This article by Gus Cairns first appeared on here. Republished with permission.  HIV campaigners reacted with dismay today to the issuing of a report by a Norwegian Commission on HIV and the Law which, while making one significant concession in the shape of allowing condom use as a defence, in some other ways strengthens the options the state has to prosecute individuals who infect, or expose others to, HIV. Until now individuals were prosecuted in Norway under a 1902 law intend

Ed Wolf’s "We Were Here" Diary, Part One

published: October, 31, 2012 Categories // Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, International

Ed Wolf: “I was invited to Kiev to attend a screening of "We Were Here." I didn't realize the intensity of what I was getting into until the trip began to unfold, so I thought I would keep in touch with my Facebook family while I was gone.."

Ed Wolf’s

Friday, October 12th, 2012  A week from tonight I’ll be flying to the city of Kiev, in the Ukraine. “We Were Here”, the award winning AIDS documentary by David Weissman, will be screened there as part of the Molodist International Film Festival, “the major regular cinema event in Ukraine and Eastern Europe. Every year the festival presents more than 250 films from all over the world.”  Attending the IFF this year will be especially interesting because a law is trying to be pass

Down to the wire

published: October, 29, 2012 Categories // Current Affairs, International , Opinion Pieces

DJ Relentless on the US presidential, race. “So, we are down to the wire. The election is a week away and all the debates are over”

Down to the wire

Now....I know this is not my normal blog about music, but I felt as an American in Canada I should say something about what is happening in this election (at least from my point of view).  Obama’s performance in the last two debates was just what his campaign needed. I’m not sure if CNN is trying to appear unbiased but they will not let the President enjoy his victory. They keep saying that he won the debates, but Romney still did better on getting his points across. According to their p

AIDS-free generation?

published: October, 25, 2012 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // International AIDS Conference , Conferences, As Prevention , CATIE, Health, Sexual Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, International , Treatment

CATIE reviews the landscape. "While we are still years away from an ‘AIDS free generation,’ we appear to be on the right path."

AIDS-free generation?

This article first appeared on the website of CATIE  here.   Une version française est disponible ici.  Recent advancements in our understanding of HIV transmission, treatment, prevention and testing are changing the landscape of our response to HIV and generating a significant amount of optimism. The buzz at the International AIDS Conference this past July in Washington D.C. was that we may now be able to achieve an ‘AIDS-free generation’ where first, no one will be born with the vi

Down under

published: October, 25, 2012 Categories // Current Affairs, International , Living with HIV

Nathaniel Casco is from Australia. Here he talks about the state of HIV in his home country, whose response to the disease is recognized globally as a success.

An estimated 24,731 people were living with diagnosed HIV infection in Australia at the end of 2011. Of this 16,122 people were diagnosed with HIV infection in New South Wales, Australia alone. Approximately a quarter of people living with HIV are diagnosed by a general practitioner (GP) who has not previously diagnosed HIV. The rate of HIV diagnosis in New South Wales declined steadily from around 6.1 per 100 000 population in 2002 – 2006 to 5.3 in 2007 – 2011. In Victoria, the rate incr

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