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After daily HIV pills may come long-acting injectables

published: May, 13, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Treatment, Population Specific

CATIE reports on long-acting therapies—the safety and other issues to consider

After daily HIV pills may come long-acting injectables

This article first appeared in Treatment in Focus, a publication of CATIE, here.   Une version française est disponible ici.    Potent combination anti-HIV therapy (commonly called ART) can help control HIV disease and help some people have near-normal lifespans. However, current formulations of ART need to be taken every day, sometimes twice daily, for the rest of a person’s life.  Long-acting formulations of ART are under development. Such formulations could be offered as part of

Interview with a young survivor

published: May, 09, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Youth, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks to a New Brunswick native whose life took a hard turn with his HIV diagnosis leading to drugs, prison and life on the street. But you should see advocate and writer Steven Tingley now!

Interview with a young survivor

Bob Leahy: Hi Steven I’ve already read some of your story through your blog. I thought a good place to jump in would be ithe point you were diagnosed  - because that was a pretty hard point in your life. Were you living on the streets at that time?  Steven Tingley: I was actually living at Covenant House, a homeless youth shelter in downtown Toronto. I came to Toronto about fourteen years ago from a small town called Salisbury, just outside Moncton, New Brunswick. I was about 20 at the ti

An HIV-negative guy asks why he hears "Do you bareback?" so often

published: May, 06, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

From FS Magazine, our neg guy says “I feel cautious opening up a discussion about this preference for condomless sex amongst HIV-positive men because I am not HIV-positive and do not want to contribute to the stigma people with HIV face.”

An HIV-negative guy asks why he hears

This article by Wilson Shaw @WilsonShawBeats first appeared in FS Magazine, a publication of GMFA, here.   “Do you bareback?” is a phrase I have heard so many times now I reckon it’s up there with how many times Adele’s album is being played round the world this second.  I’m a HIV-negative guy (as far as I know from my last test!) who really wants to get to the bottom of why I have noticed a pattern in my own sex life: I have encountered several men who tell me they are positive

Who is transmitting HIV most – those who don’t know they are infected or the already diagnosed?

published: May, 04, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Newly Diagnosed, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Read this Mark S. King for “The Comfort of Blaming Other People for New HIV Cases". The truth may surprise you.

Who is transmitting HIV most  – those who don’t know they are infected or the already diagnosed?

“More new HIV infections are now caused by people who know they are positive. That’s the truth. And by a wide margin”.  The college student had real concern in his eyes when he asked me a question during a recent presentation at American University. “Isn’t it true,” he asked, “that the HIV epidemic continues because people who know they are positive keep infecting other people?”  It is a question I have heard before, in one way or another, and it always makes me cringe. Not

When a long term suppressed viral load turns into viral rebound

published: May, 03, 2016 Categories // Gay Men, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

David Phillips with “Waiting for the other shoe”. As a long-term non-progressor (sometimes called an elite controller), he has been doing fine without HIV drugs until recently. Now he’s back on them. Here’s what happened.

When a long term suppressed viral load turns into viral rebound

“For the moment, at least, I was Samson without his hair.”  Many of us living with HIV and other potentially life-threatening conditions know the anxiety well, the fear and self-limiting manifested in those hours, weeks, and years waiting for the proverbial “other shoe” to drop. We can spend hours telling others the intimate details of our physical ailments, but we can’t share the experience of demoralization--helplessness that descends into hopelessness in the face of an existenti

Living with HIV in New York - and the people you meet

published: May, 02, 2016 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Félix Garmendía

Our prolific writer Felix Garmendia introduces some of the characters that intersect with his daily like – and what they mean to him

Living with HIV in New York - and the people you meet

Introduction On our way home from the doctor, four years ago, when the issue of marriage equality in New York was still controversial, another New Yorker taught me a lesson. This pocket of Manhattan is a village of diversity. The area is known as Washington Heights and has been the home of a vibrant Jewish community since the 1930s. The area is also the home of more Dominicans than Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. It was a typical crisp autumn day, getting chillier as the sun was get

Controversy: are women using the contraceptive Depo-Provera at an increased risk of acquiring HIV?

published: April, 26, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Current Affairs, Women, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

From a guest writer, an “HIV Insider” - behind the red rerring of HIV warnings and precautions is coerced sterilization of women in Africa

Controversy: are women using the contraceptive Depo-Provera at an increased risk of acquiring HIV?

The problem with Depo-Provera I have learned of forced or coerced sterilization of women in Africa, mostly through advocacy groups who work to put pressure on governments and health care systems who sanction the practice and by raising public awareness of this practice.  Coerced sterilization is still taking place but in a more formal, legitimate fashion - through study upon study of women in Africa using Depo-Provera, a contraceptive which is injected every twelve weeks to prevent pregna

Mr. Gay World entry gets personal on PrEP and testing poz

published: April, 25, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, Gay Men, As Prevention , Features and Interviews, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Mark S. King writes about the UK’s Sadiq Ali, Mr Gay Great Britain, who tested HIV-positive just as he was to embark on a PrEP trial.

Mr. Gay World entry gets personal on PrEP and testing poz

When Sadiq Ali heard about a clinical trial for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) happening in the United Kingdom in 2013, the athletic 26-year old hesitated. He worried about what starting PrEP might say to people about his sexual behavior. The stigma he associated with being on the prevention pill was just too much for him.  I was ashamed to even be offered this thing, even though I barely knew what it was,” the Londoner says now. “I thought that only highly promiscuous and risky sex pra

A writer returns – with a hi after a hiatus

published: April, 25, 2016 Written by // Christian Dolan Categories // Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Christian Dolan

The UK’s Christian Dolan survives a serodiscordant relationship breakup, a broken ankle and a very public naked photo shoot to return to writing for PositiveLite.com

A writer returns – with a hi after a hiatus

It has been a while since I wrote my last article. For those who like precision, it has been exactly 593 days since I last put ‘finger to keyboard’ and thrashed out my thoughts and feelings.  Where was I at this time?  After what felt like the longest 6-8 weeks of my life, I was at the end stages of wearing my protective boot after breaking my ankle at a musical festival being an idiot roller skating to 70’s disco music. This confined me to being indoors a lot for the duration of tha

A Marine with HIV's story

published: April, 22, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

North Carolinan Brian Ledford whom we met in Chicago last week writes a blog called A Marine with HIV. Here he tells the story of being diagnosed while on leave, how he reacted to the news and what came next.

A Marine with HIV's story

PositiveLite.com editor Bob Leahy with Brian Ledford in Chicago, April 2016 It was January 2008 when I went to boot camp at Parris Island, SC. to join the United States Marine Corps. I went in knowing I was gay and was proud of it.  On February 23, 2010 I was diagnosed with HIV. It was a life changer for me. I didn’t know where to turn or who to go to. This is the story of what happened to me when being a gay Marine, I was diagnosed with HIV.  I was on pre-deployment leave for a total o

Nine ways to survive an open relationship

published: April, 21, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

The UK’s FS Magazine decided to knock up a guide to help you negotiate your relationship, whether it’s already open or you’re thinking about opening it up.

Nine ways to survive an open relationship

This article by Ian Howley @ianhowley first appeared in the UK’s FS Magazine, a publication of GMFA here.  “Open relationships are not real relationships”. “Gay men are greedy”. “You can’t truly love someone if you can have sex with other men”. You name it, we’ve heard it.  Everyone seems to have an opinion about open relationships, but not many will tell you how to make them work for you. Every relationship, whether you’re open or closed, needs some groundwork. Here at

Combining life with a disability with LGBT pride

published: April, 21, 2016 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Félix Garmendía

Out NYC poz guy Felix Garmendia says “For the longest time, I wanted an LGBT symbol to decorate my wheelchair”. So he did it –and immediately got noticed.

Combining life with a disability with LGBT pride

For the longest time, I wanted an LGBT symbol to decorate my wheelchair. I thought about a pink triangle, in the tradition of paying homage to all those LGBT concentration camp victims of WW2. For those of you who are not familiar with the pink triangle history, it was the Nazi's way of “tagging” LGBT people. LGBT prisoners in concentration camps were identified by a pink triangle sewn onto their prison uniforms.  Another very well known symbol of gay pride is our rainbow flag. “The r

The sound of stigma

published: April, 18, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Mark S. King

On treatiing each other badly, Mark S. King says "Today, our attitudes about HIV and other gay men range from self-righteousness to outright contempt." Powerful stuff!.

 The sound of stigma

Stigma is insidiously quiet. It is conjured in the mind, born of discomfort and fear, and then it is projected at “the other” among us. It judges them and isolates them. And it happens without a sound.  Stigma lets us take comfort in seeing things in others about which, we believe, they must be ashamed. It is a lazy way to feel better about ourselves—and therefore a popular human activity—and gay men are remarkably good at it. So many of us survive childhood taunts that by the time w

Innovation preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission

published: April, 15, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Women, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Guest author Leah Hardenbergh with news of a device that delivers treatment for babies of HIV-positive mothers at home

Innovation preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission

Although the HIV epidemic is still touching all corners of the world, the sub-populations at risk differ from region to region. The subject of this article is infants at risk because their mothers are HIV positive.  In North America, pediatric AIDS is simply not a major issue. Rates of transmission from an HIV-positive mother to her baby are approaching zero, as we have the means of effective antiretrovirals (ARV) treatment for both mother and baby.  Without any treatment, the risk of trans

My first serodiscordant relationship

published: April, 13, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Revolving Door, Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Brian Ledford aka “A Marine with HIV“ falls in love with an HIV-negative guy – and it’s working. Says Brian “We all deserve to be happy in our lives and nothing including HIV should stop us from finding it.”

My first serodiscordant relationship

Not too long ago I started talking to this really awesome guy on the social media app. Moovz.  If you do not know about this app, it is for the LGBTQ community.  I was nervous as hell when he was actually interested in me.  We talked back and forth for a while and I finally decided before we even went on our first date to ask him if he knew about my status.  Now usually in the past when a guy has found out about my HIV status, they typically run in the other direction and I never hear from

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