Newly Diagnosed

Seeking decompression

published: April, 04, 2017 Written by // Dennis Battler Categories // Social Media, Aging, Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Mental Health, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Dennis Battler

Dennis Battler: "My efforts in the gay community, in the self-development community and in the spiritual community occurred in a context of self-sacrifice, martyrdom and self-denial, foundational tenets of Christendom. Not this time."

Seeking decompression

Of the four options offered by online dictionary defining the word decompression, I choose #4, “• a surgical procedure that relieves excessive pressure on an internal part of the body such as the cranium or spinal cord.” The innate desire to fit in, to be accepted, welcomed and wanted remains a desire present in every person to varying degrees if we were to be honest. It is the main stay of psychoanalysis, religion, sociology, government, society, education, sports entertainment and th

If you just found out you are HIV-positive...

published: March, 16, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , CATIE, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Newly Diagnosed, Mental Health, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Sexual Health, Treatment, Living with HIV

CATIE's must-read information for the newly diagnosed.

If you just found out you are HIV-positive...

Finding out you have HIV may be a shock. You do not have to go through this alone: There is help. With ongoing treatment, care and support, HIV can be managed. You can live long and well with HIV. You’ve already taken the first step by getting tested. Now it is important to get care and treatment as soon as you can. 1. HIV can be treated. Talk to the person who gave you your test result about finding a doctor who treats people with HIV. If they cannot give you the name and number of an HI

Like the Mark of Cain, we carry stigma with us.

published: March, 01, 2017 Written by // Michael Yoder Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Mental Health, Women, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Michael Yoder

Michael Yoder: "... I wonder if, in some ways, we perpetuate stigma by trying to diminish it."

Like the Mark of Cain, we carry stigma with us.

"Then the Lord put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him" Genesis 4:15-16 I see a lot of campaigns about reducing stigma and each time I see a new one there's a little knot in my stomach that makes me uncomfortable. While I strongly believe that we need to reduce HIV stigma and discrimination, I wonder if, in some ways, we perpetuate stigma by trying to diminish it. Here some people's heads will be exploding, but nonetheless, every time we talk about how we're stigmatiz

Three reasons why CATIE supports U=U for sexual transmission

published: January, 25, 2017 Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, CATIE, Current Affairs, Youth, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Newly Diagnosed, Women, Mental Health, Health, International , CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment

From CATIE, Camille Arkell with three reasons why this revolutionary message is so important

Three reasons why CATIE supports U=U for sexual transmission

This article by Camille Arkell previously apperared at CATIE blog, here. Une version française est disponible ici. CATIE recently endorsed the Consensus Statement of the Prevention Access Campaign, celebrating the fact that “undetectable equals untransmittable.” This revolutionary statement, pushed forward by a dedicated group of people living with HIV, has prompted CATIE to reflect on our sexual HIV prevention messaging. The research on treatment as prevention has been slowly ac

Embracing a positive life

published: January, 24, 2017 Written by // Billy Santo Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, International , Billy Santo, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

New blogger Billy Santo from the Philippines, living with HIV since May 2015, tells his story of hard times, redemption and making a difference

Embracing a positive life

I have had a difficult life. My mom committed suicide when I was three years old and my dad had a heart attack when I was nine. I am a product of child abuse, being passed from one relative to another. I was lost on track when I reached college where I decided to run away from my uncle who had treated me like an animal and went on searching for a place where I could survive. I begged from strangers, asked them to keep me in their homes in exchange for labor. I met up with many gay men for mo

Mirvan Ereon - revisiting his story for World AIDS Day 2016

published: November, 30, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Four years ago PostiveLite.com mourned the death of its youngest writer, Mirvan Ereon, who passed away in his home country of the Philippines after a brave struggle with AIDS. Here's why it needs to be heard again

Mirvan Ereon - revisiting his story for World AIDS Day 2016

A November 2016 update from Editor Bob Leahy In August 2014 I wrote about the death of our youngest contributor, Mirvan Ereon. I never met Mirvan, although - and this speaks to the role of social media in the modern world and in the HIV community in particular - we knew each other well. For reasons I strive to understand, I have never been more moved by the death of someone with HIV than this. I still cry about it. And, be warned, you may well too. Some context: on World AIDS Day we traditi

U=U: HIV Undetectable = Untransmittable = Unifectious

published: November, 01, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Women, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

People with HIV are speaking out loud and clear. Now The Body.com has just posted a great new video from the Prevention Access Campaign (PAC), where community members share what U=U means to them.

U=U: HIV Undetectable = Untransmittable = Unifectious

This article previously appeared at The Body.com, where you can also watch the video. Research shows that people with HIV who are on effective treatment cannot pass on the virus to their partners. People with HIV and our allies are working together to ensure that message is shared -- loud and clear! Stay on treatment. Stay undetectable. Stay uninfectious. Thank you to Linus Ignatius for all your work and creativity in producing this video. #UequalsU #FactsNotFear #ScienceNotStigma For m

Media reports of a British HIV cure 'breakthrough' are premature

published: October, 11, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Newly Diagnosed, Research, Health, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap.com, Keith Alcorn reports on the RIVER study and yesterday's clarification.

Media reports of a British HIV cure 'breakthrough' are premature

The Sunday Times yesterday reported that HIV had become undetectable in the blood of one man taking part in the RIVER study, a trial of an intensive treatment regimen designed to test whether it is possible to reduce levels of HIV-infected cells in the bodies of people recently infected with HIV. The researchers hope that the treatment may eradicate HIV infection altogether. The Sunday Times reported that British scientists are on the “brink of an HIV cure”. In fact, the study is

The Canadian Consensus Statement. Sign it. Use it. I have and here’s why.

published: September, 22, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , Youth, CATIE, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Newly Diagnosed, Women, Health, Research, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Sexual Health, Treatment, Opinion Pieces

From the CATIE blog, Glenn Betteridge on what the Community Consensus Statement is and why it's so important to all people living with HIV

The Canadian Consensus Statement. Sign it. Use it. I have and here’s why.

Une version francaise est disponible ici. Many of you may have noticed the ebb and flow of the community-based HIV movement, influenced by medical and scientific breakthroughs, funder priorities, community activism and larger political, social and economic forces.  Throughout my 20-plus years in HIV community-based work and volunteering, I have tried to ground myself in a few bedrocks as a way of anchoring my work. The essential connection between health and human rights. The need for polic

Important Change to HIV Testing and Reporting in Ontario

published: September, 09, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Current Affairs, Newly Diagnosed, Sexual Health, Legal, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From HIV and AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO), a bulletin about HIV testing anonymously

 Important Change to HIV Testing and Reporting in Ontario

The reporting regulation under the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA) has changed: the names and contact information of people who test positive for HIV at anonymous testing clinics may not have to be reported to Public Health in Ontario. If you have your initial HIV test at an anonymous testing clinic you may be able to use your positive anonymous HIV test code to have anonymous HIV viral load testing. For more information please visit our website. Anonymous HIV tests are free in O

CATIE with a new assessment of the risk associated with undetectable viral load, cites Prevention Access Campaign

published: September, 08, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , Youth, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Newly Diagnosed, Women, International , CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Legal, Treatment

Negligible Risk: Updated results from two studies continue to show that antiretroviral treatment and an undetectable viral load is a highly effective HIV prevention strategy

CATIE with a new assessment of the risk associated with undetectable viral load, cites Prevention Access Campaign

Successful antiretroviral treatment (ART) can reduce the amount of HIV in the bodily fluids (the viral load) to below the levels that tests can detect (undetectable). Interim analyses from two important studies—HPTN 052 in 2011 and PARTNER in 2014—clearly demonstrated that ART and an undetectable viral load is a highly effective HIV prevention strategy for heterosexual and gay male serodiscordant couples. Recently, these two studies released updated findings reaffirming that successful AR

Are we losing our passion as AIDS activists?

published: August, 26, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Women, Features and Interviews, International , Legal, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

Has passion been replaced by complacency in the HIV movement? From Betablog.org, Emily Newman reports on AIDS activism across the ages.

Are we losing our passion as AIDS activists?

This article by Emily Newman previously appeared at Betablog.org here. We’ve come a long way since the days when fighting for LGBT rights demanded action such as the Stonewall Riots. Or a critical need for HIV medications prompted protests blocking traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge. The world saw success come from those tactics—and now, more than ever before, people who are part of marginalized populations are able to stand up and demand that their voices are heard. For access to bath

HIV cure research: slow going at AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa

published: August, 08, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, International AIDS Conference , Social Media, Gay Men, Conferences, Youth, Current Affairs, Newly Diagnosed, Women, Research, Health, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Guest Author Robert Reinhard gives a first-hand account of the highlights of AIDS2016 and the HIV Cure Symposium.

HIV cure research: slow going at AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa

I attended the recent IAS Durban Conference and the preceding two-day HIV Cure symposium hoping to learn of significant advances in the search for interventions that could place HIV infection into remission with durable immune system control of virus without the need for lifetime antitretroviral therapy (ART). That’s one working definition, among several, of what HIV cure might mean for the 37 million people who currently have HIV. My appetite for progress was not substantially rewarded al

Mark S. King from #AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa: of wrongful charges, sex trade advocacy and cruising the conference.

published: July, 21, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, International AIDS Conference , Activism, Conferences, Gay Men, Youth, Current Affairs, General Health, Newly Diagnosed, Events, Women, Health, International , Sexual Health, Legal, Mark S. King

Day three: Mark S. King speaks with former Lt. Col. Kenneth Pinkela, a sex trade education advocate, a London PrEP advocate, and later learns that the gay cruising apps are working hard at this conference.

Mark S. King from #AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa: of wrongful charges, sex trade advocacy and cruising the conference.

On day three of Marks video coverage of AIDS 2016 we find him chatting with former U. S. Army Colonel Ken Pinkela, who was dismissed from military service and sentenced to 11 months of military confinement after being wrongfully accused of not disclosing his HIV status to a sex partner. We also hear from Rosemary Namiburu, a nurse wrongfully imprisoned for HIV exposure via a needle and jailed for months. Mark also chats with Elizabeth Taylor's HIV activist grandchildren, Ayanda Denge of the S

Mark S. King from #AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa: demanding treatment rights for all.

published: July, 20, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, International AIDS Conference , Gay Men, As Prevention , Conferences, Youth, Current Affairs, Newly Diagnosed, General Health, Women, International , Sexual Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Mark S. King

Day two: The AIDS2016 Treatment Access March

Mark S. King from #AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa: demanding treatment rights for all.

Amid all the “end of HIV” rhetoric, 13 of 14 UNAIDS member countries have decreased their HIV funding and 20 million people who need it have no access to treatment. Day two of Mark S. King's video coverage of AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa sees him joining the AIDS2016 Treatment Access March and chatting with advocates about why they've come. PositiveLite will be posting Mark's video coverage each day of the conference. This video previously appeared on TheBodypro.com here.

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