Mental Health

Us and them

published: July, 21, 2017 Written by // Michael Yoder Categories // Aging, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Mental Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Media, Michael Yoder

Michael Yoder: "Unfortunately, we're all too human and we're all too convinced that we are separate from each other and everything else in the Universe."

Us and them

"If you understand, things are just as they are... If you do not understand, things are just as they are..."  Anonymous Something's been bothering me for a while now and I wanted to write about it, but couldn't put my finger on it until just the other day. What's been bothering me is how factions are appearing everywhere - Black Lives Matter, U=U, Politics and Pride parades, anger at just about everything and separation from each other. My little "aha" moment was that all this is about dual

U=U

published: July, 20, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, General Health, Youth, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Women, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Media

From CATIE's Positive Side: It means different things to different people but the science is clear and it's reason to celebrate.

U=U

The evidence is in: If you are HIV+, take treatment and maintain an undetectable viral load, you can have sex knowing that you won’t pass HIV to your sex partner. In short, when HIV is undetectable, it’s untransmittable. How can I make this work for me? You can make this HIV prevention strategy work for you by taking your HIV treatment as prescribed and seeing your healthcare provider regularly. Your ongoing healthcare should include blood tests to check your viral load and ensure that

My coming out story: realizing my bisexual identity

published: July, 18, 2017 Written by // Joshua Middleton Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Youth, Mental Health, Health, International , Living with HIV, Media, Joshua Middleton

Joshua Middleton is now out as bisexual and feeling good about it. Here Joshua explains how he got to this point.

My coming out story: realizing my bisexual identity

Yes you read the title correctly; this is my coming out story. I have recently come to the realization and acceptance that I am indeed bisexual and I’m excited to share this new part of my life with all of you. For years I have had both romantic, sexual feelings, and experiences with those of the same and opposite sex. Up until this moment I have identified as heterosexual because I was still in the process of exploration, discovery, and acceptance of what these feelings and experiences mea

Ontario proposes creation of OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare Program.

published: July, 14, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Current Affairs, General Health, Youth, Mental Health, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

Proposed Amendments to Ontario Regulation 201/96 made under the Ontario Drug Benefit Act

Ontario proposes creation of OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare Program.

Ontario's Regulatory Registry Regulation - LGIC Proposed Amendments to Ontario Regulation 201/96 made under the Ontario Drug Benefit Act Regulation Number(s): O. Reg. 201/96 Bill or Act: Ontario Drug Benefit Act  Summary of Proposal: As part of the 2017 Budget and the government's ongoing commitment to provide better and faster access to high-quality health services, Ontario is proposing to create OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare Program. Under the program, the province would, as

‘Blood disgust’ is nothing new to people with HIV

published: July, 12, 2017 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, Health, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Mark S. King: "Unrealistic fear of HIV blood isn’t limited to the history books. HIV criminalization... preys upon outdated fears and public disgust with people living with the virus."

‘Blood disgust’ is nothing new to people with HIV

It is coursing through our veins, sustaining life and fighting disease, and yet we fear it. The sight of a few drops can make an adult faint. A bucket of it in a movie is the very definition of horror. Even as Donald Trump contributes his perverted, sexist new layer of blood revulsion (through a history of insults that include journalist Megyn Kelly’s bloody “whatever” and his most recent fabrication about a “bleeding” face lift that cable news anchor Mika Brzezinski never had)

Zambian activists launch ‘Team No Shame About HIV+’ campaign

published: July, 11, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Activism, Current Affairs, Mental Health, Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media

Activists adapt Kevin Maloney's "No Shame About Being HIV+" campaign to raise HIV awareness in Zambia. From The Zambian Analyst, Paul Shalala reports

Zambian activists launch ‘Team No Shame About HIV+’ campaign

Some of the activists who are part of the campaign   -Photos by Rise Up To HIV Over a dozen Zambian youths living with HIV and those who are passionate about fighting the spread of the virus have taken to social media to launch a campaign dubbed ‘Team No Shame About HIV+.’ The youths aim to raise awareness about their HIV status and inspire others to come out in the open and live positive lives. In a country where being HIV positive is sometimes associated with bad behaviour, these ac

Restoring life again

published: July, 07, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Activism, Kimutai Kemboi, Mental Health, Health, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

From Kenya, Kimutai Kemboi: "My appeal to people out there, who are stuck in a pool of denial and confusion, is to make a positive decision to start medication."

Restoring life again

"Is it true I am HIV positive?" I asked the lady in the white lab coat. "As per the test, it shows you are HIV positive." She replied.  I left the place immediately immediately. I had no interest in further discussion or counselling. I had drawn my own conclusions and I would decide my next course of action without influence from anybody. This was my life, though it wasn't life anymore, and I had a mandate to do what best suited me in my new condition. Suicide! Suicide! Suicide! Suicide!

We must listen to science not stigma

published: July, 06, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, General Health, Mental Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Media

Around 1 in 3 Brits would be ‘uncomfortable’ giving First Aid to someone with HIV on effective treatment, according to Terrence Higgins Trust survey, while nearly 40% would be ‘uncomfortable’ going on a date.

We must listen to science not stigma

Medical evidence has shown that people living with HIV and who are on effective treatment cannot pass on the virus. However, a major new survey by Terrence Higgins Trust has shown that only 9% of the British public are aware of this fact, which has been evidenced by scientific research. Meanwhile around one in three (32%) adults would feel uncomfortable giving first aid to someone living with HIV who is on effective treatment, according to the YouGov survey of 2,022 adults. And nearly 40% o

“I would not have consented to sex had I known of their HIV status.” This statement is problematic and here’s why.

published: July, 05, 2017 Written by // Samantha Categories // Social Media, Conferences, Current Affairs, Mental Health, Women, Legal, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Samantha

"How can the general public insist upon disclosure when they set the tone and grounds for unsuccessful disclosure?" Samantha offers her takeaway from " Rethinking Justice: the 7th Symposium on HIV Law and Human Rights."

 “I would not have consented to sex had I known of their HIV status.” This statement is problematic and here’s why.

On June 15, 2017 the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network held a symposium in Toronto, Ontario, Rethinking Justice: the 7th Symposium on HIV Law and Human Rights. The symposium focused on unjust HIV criminal legislation in Canada. Canada unfortunately has one of the worst records in the world for the overly broad use of criminal laws to address HIV nondisclosure. Panels of experts and those with lived experience of HIV criminalization presented their research and experiences. The legal experts di

Taboo sex, racism, and gay men: a chat in black and white

published: July, 03, 2017 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Mental Health, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Mark S. King

In this interview by Mark S. King, Charles Stephens provides a searing indictment of racism among gay men and within HIV organizations. If you consider yourself a white ally to people of color, the level of your real commitment is about to be challenged.

Taboo sex, racism, and gay men: a chat in black and white

Detail from Rotimi Fani-Kayode’s “Untitled,” courtesy of Autograph, London In thirty years of HIV work alongside black advocates, I have rarely written on the topic of race. It makes me uncomfortable, or perhaps I feel unequipped, unqualified. But it’s that very hesitancy, according to black gay academic Charles Stephens, that only makes racism worse. Charles, the founder of the Counter Narrative Project in Atlanta, proved to be the perfect person with whom to chat about race (and

Researchers say rule out depression, anxiety, unemployment and other stresses before blaming cognitive impairment for everyday difficulties

published: June, 29, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Mental Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Media

"Failure to recognise these important elements of patients’ lived experiences risks diagnostic delay, failure to address important needs, unnecessary investigations and further anxiety.” From AIDSmap. Michael Carter reports on the CIPHER Study.

Researchers say rule out depression, anxiety, unemployment and other stresses before blaming cognitive impairment for everyday difficulties

One in five people living with HIV in a European study reported a decline in everyday functioning as a result of cognitive problems such as memory loss, difficulties in solving problems, poor concentration or reduced attention span, researchers from the CIPHER study group report in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. But, researchers say, people who reported these problems were also more likely to have comorbid conditions, to be depressed or anxious, to be unemployed and e

Life is a puzzle and death is its final piece.

published: June, 29, 2017 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Aging, Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, International , Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Félix Garmendía

New York guy Félix Garmendía: "Every day we have left is one more day to dare ourselves to love and be loved."

Life is a puzzle and death is its final piece.

HIV has taught me several things. I actually believe that HIV changed my life forever with a mix of sad and beautiful memories of fighting for my life, after receiving a “death sentence” back in the late 1980s. I mean this literally, I was told over the phone that I had, at the most “6 months to a year to live”. Getting a death sentence is probably one of the most terrifying things I have ever confronted so far. The bleak circumstances surrounding my death sentence were very poignan

Change in social security disability: HIV-positive recipients may now have to go through reviews

published: June, 28, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Research, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Legal, Theatre, Guest Authors, Media

As of March 1, the Social Security Administration (SSA) began requiring that people living with HIV prove they are still disabled. From TheBody.com, Enid Vázquez reports.

Change in social security disability: HIV-positive recipients may now have to go through reviews

People living with HIV (PLWH) who receive government disability checks have previously received that income without going through reviews. As of March 1, the Social Security Administration (SSA) began requiring that PLWH prove they are still disabled. Like others receiving disability payments, they will have to go through a Continuing Disability Review (CDR). These are conducted every one to seven years. There are exceptions. Not subjected to a CDR are those with HIV who have Multicentr

Join us: community response to the effects of HIV treatment and viral suppression on sexual transmission – webinar

published: June, 27, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , General Health, Mental Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

Richard Wolitski, Ph.D., Director, Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, US Department of Health and Human Services invites you to attend. Scroll down for the registration link.

Join us: community response to the effects of HIV treatment and viral suppression on sexual transmission – webinar

On Friday, June 30, 2017 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm ET, the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy will host a community led “Community Response to the Effects of HIV Treatment and Viral Suppression on Transmission” webinar. To register CLICK HERE In the last year, compelling new evidence has demonstrated that HIV treatment significantly reduces sexual transmission of HIV. In addition, this research found no cases of HIV that were transmitted sexually by individuals with a suppress

Nationwide service to tackle loneliness and self stigma among people with HIV launched in Scotland

published: June, 26, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Mental Health, Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Media

Leading HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust has launched a brand new, Scotland-wide peer support service, to enable people to live well with HIV.

Nationwide service to tackle loneliness and self stigma among people with HIV launched in Scotland

Although advances in medication mean that people with HIV can now live long and healthy lives medically, they still face stigma and discrimination, which can lead to isolation and low self-esteem. Nearly 60 per cent of people with HIV in Scotland have experienced low self-esteem, and a quarter have felt suicidal. [1] Now, Peer Support Scotland, funded by the Big Lottery Fund Scotland, will bring together people living with HIV to share their experiences, knowledge and advice, to support other

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