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HIV’s milder cousin may be less mild than previously thought

published: March, 29, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // International AIDS Conference , African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, Conferences, Current Affairs, Research, Health, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

Gus Cairns: Seventy per cent of people with HIV-2 progress to AIDS within 20 years

HIV’s milder cousin may be less mild than previously thought

HIV-2’s virulence may have been underestimated and although progression to AIDS  and death in HIV-2 infection was slower than with HIV-1, it was the rule rather than the exception, new research from West Africa presented at last month's Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2017) indicates. HIV-2 crossed over into human beings from the sooty mangabey monkey, rather than from chimpanzees and gorillas like HIV-1. Its entry into humans probably precedes that of HIV

The irony of aging: the HIV/AIDS seniors conference

published: March, 27, 2017 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Aging, Social Media, Conferences, Gay Men, Upcoming Events, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Mark S. King

Mark S. King reports on the upcoming HIV/AIDS Seniors Conference in Fort Lauderdale and has his fridge raided by Nelson Vergel.

The irony of aging: the HIV/AIDS seniors conference

Thirty-two years ago this month, I received a phone call from a nurse at my doctor’s office telling me that I had tested HIV positive. We didn’t schedule a follow-up visit or begin a treatment plan, because there wasn’t a single medication approved for the virus, which had only been identified the previous year. The story of those times is achingly familiar to many of us. I lived in two-year increments, waiting for whatever illness would signal the beginning of my decline. I spent a lot

Studies look at brain and cognitive changes in people with HIV as they age

published: March, 22, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Aging, Social Media, Conferences, Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Mental Health, Research, Health, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

From AIDSmap, Liz Highleyman reports on several studies looking into the efffects of HIV on brain function.

Studies look at brain and cognitive changes in people with HIV as they age

People with HIV often show persistent signs of cognitive impairment and abnormalities in brain structure despite suppressive antiretroviral therapy (ART), but they do not appear to experience accelerated decline compared to HIV-negative people as they age, according to research presented at the 2017 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) last month in Seattle. HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder remains a poorly-understood co-morbidity in HIV-positive people. Wh

That time 37 years ago I won a car on The Price is Right

published: March, 16, 2017 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, International , Living with HIV, Media, Mark S. King

Mark S. King: "Year after year I’ve seen that video and find myself pulling farther away from the image on my television screen..."

That time 37 years ago I won a car on The Price is Right

When I was nineteen years old, I vacationed to Los Angeles and won a car on “The Price is Right.” In the following years, if I really liked you and wanted to impress you — or give you a small, wacky glimpse of my life — then at some juncture I’d say “So hey, have you ever been to Los Angeles?” Or, “Did I ever tell you about the car?” It was a long time ago. Thirty-seven years. I have a videotape of the entire episode and it gets trotted out and viewed from time to time. Now

Lose some or gain some... embracing my new life

published: March, 15, 2017 Written by // Billy Santo Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Youth, International , Billy Santo, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

From the Philippines, Billy Santo says, "I am simply satisfied with what I have at the moment and where I am right now."

Lose some or gain some... embracing my new life

Many things have been lost since I was diagnosed and disclosed myself with HIV but seeing where I am right now, I can truly say that I have lost some things, but these are those that I actually never needed - like fake friends, unsatisfying lifestyle, discontented relationships, unwanted affairs and that extreme feeling of loneliness and the guilt of engaging into so many bad habits that led me to be more and more lost. Now, I have gained some things that I never could have imagined.. Loving

AIDS United affirms evidence that proves people living with HIV with a sustained, undetectable viral load cannot transmit HIV to sexual partners

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

AIDS United joins Prevention Access Campaign consensus statement and issues implementation recommendations.

AIDS United affirms evidence that proves people living with HIV with a sustained, undetectable viral load cannot transmit HIV to sexual partners

In a statement released today, the AIDS United Public Policy Committee—the largest and longest-running national coalition of community-based HIV/AIDS organizations—strongly affirmed the conclusive evidence proving that people living with HIV who have achieved a sustained, undetectable viral load cannot transmit HIV to sexual partners. This evidence-based declaration reinforces AIDS United’s programmatic, policy and advocacy work to expand access to antiretroviral medications to all peo

Better depression care could improve outcomes for HIV treatment programmes

published: March, 02, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Aging, Social Media, Mental Health, Health, Research, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

For AIDSmap.com, Roger Pebody reports from the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2017) in Seattle.

Better depression care could improve outcomes for HIV treatment programmes

Improved management of depression and other mental health disorders has the potential to improve the outcomes of HIV treatment programmes, Pamela Collins of the National Institute of Mental Health told the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2017) in Seattle last week. Mental health treatment should be integrated into HIV services in resource-limited settings, she said. Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancers, lung disease and other non-communicable diseases ha

Views from the front lines: PrEP in Canada

published: March, 01, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , CATIE, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Media

CATIE spoke to three service providers about PrEP and finds very different conditions in different regions, but a common need for PrEP access.

Views from the front lines: PrEP in Canada

We spoke to three service providers to find their views and insights on how they talk to their clients about PrEP: Holly Taylor, Women's HIV/AIDS Community Development Coordinator, Regional HIV/AIDS Connection, London, Ontario Brook Biggin, Community Education Facilitator, HIV Edmonton; Founder, Edmonton Men’s Health Collective, Edmonton, Alberta Jessica Quijano, Travailleuse de rue, RÉZO, Montreal, Quebec Holly Taylor Are the communities or clients that you work with a

February 28 Webinar Alert: Generations, life course, & gay men’s health: findings from the 2014/2015 National Sex Now Survey

published: February, 27, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, CATIE, Research, Health, Sexual Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Media, Sex and Sexuality

From CATIE be first to hear findings from the 2014/2015 National Sex Now Survey, the largest survey of sexual minority men in Canada.

February 28 Webinar Alert: Generations, life course, & gay men’s health: findings from the 2014/2015 National Sex Now Survey

Event Date: 28 February 2017, 13:00 EST Register here Presented by: Community-Based Research Centre and BC’s gbMSM Health Network, in partnership with CATIE Over 8,000 participants completed the 2014/15 iteration of the Sex Now survey (SN15), making it the largest survey of sexual minority men in Canada. The theme explored for SN15 was Gay Generations: Life Course and Gay Men’s Health, which provided an unprecedented opportunity to learn more from Canadian men about life course in

Women significantly more likely than men to have suboptimal adherence to HIV therapy

published: February, 27, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Revolving Door, Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Guest Authors

Canadian research "shows that sex maintains a significant and independent effect on adherence.” For AIDSmap, Michael Carter reports.

Women significantly more likely than men to have suboptimal adherence to HIV therapy

Women are more likely than men to have poor adherence to combination antiretroviral therapy (cART), according to Canadian research published in HIV Medicine. Adherence was monitored in a cohort of over 4000 people in British Columbia over 14 years. After controlling for injecting drug use (IDU) and ethnicity, 57% of women and 77% of men attained optimum 95% adherence. “Our findings indicate that women are significantly less likely to achieve optimal adherence to cART than men,” com

This is HIV stigma 2016.

published: February, 24, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, General Health, Mental Health, Health, International , Legal, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Media

Lessons for Canada? FS magazine presents their third annual survey on the state of stigma in the UK.

This is HIV stigma 2016.

This article originally appeared in the UK’s FS magazine, a publication of GMFA, here. For the last three years, FS has asked gay and bisexual men living with HIV for their thoughts on HIV stigma, how it affects them and the challenges they face. Since 2014, we have listened to thousands of these men and they have spoken very honestly with us. In 2016, we surveyed another 750 gay and bisexual men living with HIV to see if anything has changed. Here are the results: Stigma in 2016 We aske

Living with diagnosed HIV infection for a long time is associated with poor quality of life

published: February, 23, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Aging, Social Media, Gay Men, General Health, Mental Health, Research, Health, International , Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Media, Guest Authors

Long term survivor news. From AIDSmap, Michael Carter reports on the Antiretrovirals, Sexual Transmission Risk and Attitudes (ASTRA) study.

Living with diagnosed HIV infection for a long time is associated with poor quality of life

Longer time living with diagnosed HIV infection is strongly associated with depression, anxiety and poor quality of life, according to UK research published in HIV Medicine. Older age in itself was not associated with symptoms of distress or poor mental health but did have an association with lower physical functioning. “The association between longer time with diagnosed HIV infection and poorer health is likely to be related to earlier calendar time of diagnosis: having been diagnos

Should gays defend Milo? No.

published: February, 22, 2017 Written by // Michael Bouldin Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Performances, Women, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Michael Bouldin

Michael Bouldin on Milo: "... sexist, transphobic, racist, pick what you wish from the long catalogue of human cruelties, he will likely embrace it this very instant, already has, or will at some future time of greater convenience."

Should gays defend Milo? No.

The question arises – I suppose – whether Milo should be able to rely on the good offices of Gay, Inc℠ or of the broader velvet mafia in media and culture. We do tend to defend our own, even if only for the reason that they are indeed our own. Do we, more specifically gay white men, do so for conservatives as reliably as for liberals? I propose that this is the wrong question to ask. My guess would be that Milo won’t be afforded the warm embrace of Ellen or Anderson Cooper, let al

No more sex shaming: why my 2017 will be sex-positive.

published: February, 21, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Dating, Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, International , Sexual Health, Lifestyle, Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality

From FS, Vish says, "Perhaps it’s time we banish the world ‘slut’ from our vocabulary or at least reclaim it to mean something more sex-positive."

No more sex shaming: why my 2017 will be sex-positive.

This article originally appeared in the UK’s FS magazine, a publication of GMFA, here. I want to be a ‘slut’. There, I said it. You might be thinking, “why would anyone want to be a slut?” After all, this word is deeply misogynistic, where  women are criticised for dressing a certain way and for having openly active sex lives. Heaven fucking forbid! This negativity also spills into the gay world to some extent, particularly when STIs are involved, and people get on their high hor

In the search for an HIV cure, David Evans explains “freedom” and how to better involve women & people of color

published: February, 21, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Women, Health, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

From Betablog, Emily Newman reports on an ambitious HIV cure social science research project funded recently by Gilead Sciences.

In the search for an HIV cure, David Evans explains “freedom” and how to better involve women & people of color

To read the entire article by Emily Newman, visit Betablog, here. At an international AIDS Conference last year, David Evans, director of research advocacy at Project Inform, asked conference attendees to share their ideas about what an HIV cure—that worked for everyone and was freely available—would mean to them or the people they loved. “By far, the most common answer was ‘freedom,’” he said. “Whether it was freedom from stigma, from discrimination, or from knowing they would

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