Mental Health

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, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Health, International , Revolving Door, 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, Women, Mental Health, 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, International , Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

"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 , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Mental Health, Health, Research, International , Legal, Treatment, Theatre, Revolving Door, 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 , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Mental Health, Research, Health, International , Revolving Door, 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, International , Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

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

Stigma Stings

published: June, 22, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Mental Health, Women, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

From CATIE's Positive Side, Kath Webster speaks to three women who face stigma with courage and resilience.

Stigma Stings

Last January, my partner and I flew to Mexico for a vacation. On Day 1, out of the blue, I was stung by stigma. While swimming in the Pacific Ocean, I put my foot down, expecting to feel the soft sand, and instead stepped on a stingray, which spurred an excruciating sting and deep wound. At the local clinic, I considered disclosing my HIV status, but this was a small Catholic town and I didn’t want to face people’s judgment or, worse, not be treated at all. So I decided against it. The do

How I deal with my problems

published: June, 20, 2017 Written by // Billy Santo Categories // Social Media, Youth, Mental Health, Health, Billy Santo, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

From the Philippines, Billy Santo on the virtues of keeping life simple.

How I deal with my problems

I can get by even if I have no money. It matters, but it’s not everything. I am used to problems because I’ve had enough of them already and I’ve been at my lowest. I can endure a single day without food because I know how it feels to have no food to eat for almost a week. I can sleep in any house without complaint because I’ve experienced sleeping in the streets. I can go out without having to worry about what brand my clothes are because I only had one uniform in college that I bare

Trump doesn't care about HIV. We're outta here.

published: June, 20, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Youth, General Health, Newly Diagnosed, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Mental Health, Health, International , Legal, Revolving Door, Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

Six members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) have resigned. From Newsweek, Scott A. Schoettes has this report.

Trump doesn't care about HIV. We're outta here.

To read the complete article by Scott A. Schoettes, visit Newsweek, here. Five of my colleagues and I resigned this week from the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). As advocates for people living with HIV, we have dedicated our lives to combating this disease and no longer feel we can do so effectively within the confines of an advisory body to a president who simply does not care. The Trump Administration has no strategy to address the on-going HIV/AIDS epidemic, seeks z

Chatty CATIE: What is the one thing you wish you had known when you were first diagnosed with HIV?

published: June, 15, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Newly Diagnosed, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Features and Interviews, Mental Health, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

And, what advice would you have for someone newly diagnosed? For CATIE, RonniLyn Pustil interviews two people living with HIV.

Chatty CATIE: What is the one thing you wish you had known when you were first diagnosed with HIV?

BRITTANY CAMERON, 31 Peterborough, Ontario People living with HIV engagement worker, PARN Diagnosed with HIV: 2006, at 36 weeks pregnant I wish I had known that it would be OK. That I wasn’t the first HIV-positive woman to give birth, and I wouldn’t be the last. That HIV-positive women can and do have HIV-negative babies. That one day, advocating for women with HIV to have babies would become a passion of mine and I would inspire other positive women to have babies of their own. I

Are you 60-plus? Have your voice heard!

published: June, 14, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Aging, Social Media, As Prevention , General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Upcoming Events, Health, Research, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Media

Your participation will be of benefit to yourself, service providers, policy makers, the field of social work, gerontology and sexuality and the community in general.

Are you 60-plus? Have your voice heard!

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Shame: what is it?

published: June, 09, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Kimutai Kemboi, Mental Health, Health, International , Living with HIV, Media

From Nairobi, Kenya, Kimutai Kemboi: "HIV can feed in my tissues but not my soul. It may (rarely) weaken my immunity but not my thinking."

Shame: what is it?

At times I try to figure out what shame is, to draw comparisons and relations between acts associated with shame, but what I find does not substantiate what people say and believe. Many people have a negative view about HIV positive people where they take HIV to be a shameful condition. I strongly condemn this perception and I wish people could view it from my point of view. I see HIV as a mere infection that can be managed only with a positive mind set. Whenever I see myself or any other HI

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for June: as the darkness descends.

published: June, 08, 2017 Written by // Ed Wolf Categories // Aging, Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Mental Health, International , Ed Wolf, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Long-time activist Ed Wolf: "Trump may bring out the narrow-minded hate in other people, but he’s bringing out the best in me. See you in the streets!"

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for June: as the darkness descends.

Day 42. Follow the Witches The recount failed to stop him, the Electoral College raised our hopes, but the darkness of his presidency continues to descend. What can we do with the ache of it, the anger, the grief and the fear? Follow the witches! Go to the ocean, the plain, the mountain, a place where you can watch the sun set into the longest night. Sing to it, cry to it, whisper to it, dance before it, ask it to return to help us through the darkening paths ahead. And then watch it rise tom

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