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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, Research, Health, Revolving Door, International , 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

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, CATIE, Gay Men, Research, Sexual Health, 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

Research update: meta-analysis shows PrEP is effective in women with high adherence

published: February, 24, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, CATIE, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Research, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors

From CATIE, Camille Arkell discusses the results of five randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that included women.

Research update: meta-analysis shows PrEP is effective in women with high adherence

Une version française est disponible ici. What do we know about PrEP effectiveness in women? Oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has demonstrated high levels of effectiveness in research conducted among gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM);1however, research in women has shown mixed results,2,3,4,5,6 leading to concerns that PrEP may be less effective for women. Of the five randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that included women, 2,3,4,5,6 two trials (in women alone) fou

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, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media

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

Getting to 90-90-90 requires attention to mental health

published: February, 17, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, CATIE, Mental Health, Research, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health

CATIE: Studies have found that mental health conditions, including depression and problematic substance use, can, in some cases, increase the risk for non-adherence to ART.

Getting to 90-90-90 requires attention to mental health

Une version française est disponible ici. The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) has established goals for countries trying to achieve progress in the prevention, care and treatment of HIV infection. Countries and regions are encouraged to strive to meet these goals by the year 2020. The goals can be summarized in the phrase 90-90-90, which stands for the following: 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV

The Men's Fertility Study: understanding the fertility desires and intentions among HIV positive men living in Ontario

published: February, 17, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, General Health, Research, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media, Sex and Sexuality

Interdisciplinary HIV Parenting Research Group (IHPREG) is looking for study participants.

The Men's Fertility Study: understanding the fertility desires and intentions among HIV positive men living in Ontario

Advances in HIV treatment have contributed to tremendous shifts in the lives of people with HIV in Canada. The prospect of HIV-positive individuals starting families is becoming increasingly accepted and supported among the medical community. For many men living with HIV, the desire and intention to have children requires greater attention, education, research and support. However, it is becoming increasingly evident that HIV research concerning reproductive health and family planning has foc

Could cannabis treat HIV?

published: February, 15, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Alternative Therapies, General Health, Research, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors

Jeannie Wraight and Mariel Selbovitz: More and more studies are surfacing that show just how important cannabis may be for the treatment of HIV.

Could cannabis treat HIV?

To read the entire article by Jeannie Wraight and Mariel Selbovitz, visit Plus, here. Support for medicinal marijuana has reached an all-time high in the United States. with over 70 percent of Americans in favor of the use of cannabis to lessen the effects of a large number of chronic medical conditions. People with HIV have long realized that cannabis can ease many HIV-related conditions, including nausea, loss of appetite, depression, weight loss, and neuropathic pain. In addition to trea

Two-thirds of HIV clinics in the UK don't think there's a current need for specialist services for older HIV-positive patients

published: February, 14, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Aging, Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

Only a minority of centres have specialist clinics for management of co-morbidities. For AIDSmap, Michael Carter reports.

Two-thirds of HIV clinics in the UK don't think there's a current need for specialist services for older HIV-positive patients

(Here is what is happening in the USA) Two-thirds of HIV clinics in the UK do not think there is a current need for specialist care services targeted at older adults, investigators report in HIV Medicine. “This is important as, although there is no current need because of a lack of a significant proportion of older adults within certain services, there is a clear trajectory towards cohort ageing within the UK,” write the authors. “We would anticipate clinic populations of older adult

PrEP in Canada: What do we know about awareness, acceptability and use?

published: February, 14, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, As Prevention , CATIE, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Sexual Health, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Media

For CATIE, Camille Arkell reports on the current state of PrEP in Canada.

PrEP in Canada: What do we know about awareness, acceptability and use?

Une version française est disponible ici. Introduction A growing body of evidence tells us that oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a highly effective strategy for reducing the risk of HIV transmission when used consistently and correctly. In February 2016, Health Canada approved the daily use of the drug Truvada as PrEP, in combination with safer sex practices, to reduce the risk of sexual HIV transmission for people at high risk of HIV infection. This approval was a necessary step

Study explores how to tell children they have HIV

published: February, 13, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Youth, Mental Health, Research, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

For UCSF Global Health Sciences, Anne Wolf reports on an intervention to help Ugandan parents find ways to tell their children that the child has HIV

Study explores how to tell children they have HIV

For the past two years, Rachel King, PhD, MPH, an academic coordinator at UCSF Global Health Sciences, has been helping Ugandan parents and caregivers find developmentally appropriate ways to tell their children that the child has HIV. There are an estimated 150,000 HIV-infected children in Uganda, and studies indicate less than a third of children under the age of 15 know they are infected. King, and the collaborating team, designed and implemented a study to determine the effectiveness of

What are the key steps to effective delivery of PrEP care?

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

From AIDSmap.com, Roger Pebody on one of several recent articles attempting to define a continuum of care for PrEP or other HIV prevention interventions.

What are the key steps to effective delivery of PrEP care?

Providing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to people who need it entails at least nine key steps, which can be conceived of as a PrEP continuum of care, according to an article published online ahead of print by Amy Nunn and colleagues in AIDS. This continuum can help define benchmarks by which progress in implementing PrEP in different programmes can be compared. This is one of several recent articles which have attempted to define a continuum of care for PrEP or other HIV prevention interv

Good news from CATIE: what people need to know about Undetectable viral load and HIV sexual transmission

published: February, 08, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Activism, CATIE, As Prevention , General Health, Current Affairs, Mental Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Sexual Health, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment

CATIE says "people who are engaged in regular healthcare, are on treatment and have an ongoing undetectable viral load do not pass HIV to their sexual partners".

Good news from  CATIE: what people need to know about Undetectable viral load and HIV sexual transmission

This article previously appeared on the CATIE website here. Une version française est disponible ici. Studies have shown that HIV-positive people who are engaged in regular healthcare, are on treatment and have an ongoing undetectable viral load do not pass HIV to their sexual partners. This is great news! If I am HIV-positive how can I make this work for me? Talk to your doctor about treatment and an undetectable viral load as a prevention strategy. Before depending on this strategy,

How the Obamacare repeal will impact HIV-positive people

published: February, 02, 2017 Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Hep B and C, Gay Men, As Prevention , General Health, Current Affairs, Youth, Mental Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Research, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Legal, Guest Authors, Media, Opinion Pieces

For The Advocate, Carl Schmid provides an analysis of the likely effects of the Trump administration's repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

How the Obamacare repeal will impact HIV-positive people

This article previously appeared at The Advocate, here. A lot is happening these days that most of us are finding, frankly, pretty hard to believe. But it is not a dream. Donald Trump, who ran on repealing the Affordable Care Act, is now our president, and Republicans, who control the entire Congress, wasted no time and have already set in motion the process to repeal parts of health care reform. As someone who has advocated for years to ensure that people living with HIV have access to qual

Risk of pregnancy loss among smokers much higher for women with HIV

published: February, 01, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Research, Women, Revolving Door, International , Smoking Cessation , Guest Authors

From AIDSmap.com, Michael Carter on the results of the Women’s Interagency HIV Study (WIHS), examining the impact of smoking on pregnancy loss in HIV-positive and HIV-negative women over a 20-year period.

Risk of pregnancy loss among smokers much higher for women with HIV

Smoking “dramatically” increases the risk of pregnancy loss – miscarriage or stillbirth – in HIV-positive women, US investigators report in the online edition of AIDS. Researchers from the large Women’s Interagency HIV Study (WIHS) examined the impact of smoking on pregnancy loss in HIV-positive and HIV-negative women over a 20-year period. The effect of smoking on pregnancy loss differed dramatically by HIV status, increasing the absolute risk by 19% in HIV-positive women compare

New Tools for Community-Based Research course: February 2017

published: January, 31, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Community Events, OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Activism, Upcoming Events, Research, Health, Ontario HIV Treatment Network

Universities Without Walls has partnered with the Faculty of Education at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) to launch a professional certificate program.

New Tools for Community-Based Research course:  February 2017

Tools for Community-Based Research is a seven week course that incorporates self-directed education modules and live online discussion. Our goal is to get you ready to participate in and contribute to community-based research teams, especially those engaged with health research. When? The course will run from February 6 - March 31, 2017. You can find the curriculum overview and registration information here. Scholarships: The Ontario HIV Treatment Network will offer a number of scholars

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