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Survey: using evidence to inform HIV and Aging programs

published: January, 30, 2017 Categories // Social Media, Aging, Upcoming Events, Research, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From Realize, a chance to share your experience in using evidence to inform HIV and aging programs

Survey:  using evidence to inform HIV and Aging programs

This survey is designed for individuals and organizations interested in developing programs, services or policies with an impact on people aging with HIV in Canada. Realize, formerly the Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation (CWGHR), would like to hear about your experience and/or comfort level using evidence to inform this work. Realize will use the results of this assessment to determine what we can do to support the development of evidence-informed HIV and aging programs,

Implants and injectables: PrEP in the future

published: January, 25, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Research, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Is the future all about implants, or will it offer multiple options for people who want to use PrEP? For AIDSmap.com, Keith Alcorn reports on several developments in PrEP delivery.

Implants and injectables: PrEP in the future

Last month’s announcement that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will give up to $140 million to a Boston drug device manufacturer to develop an implantable mini-pump to deliver drugs for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) against HIV infection has focused attention on the future of PrEP. Is the future all about implants, or will it offer multiple options for people who want to use PrEP? Implants and other long-acting drug delivery systems have attracted interest as a means of delivering P

HIV Disclosure and Criminalization

published: January, 23, 2017 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Women, Research, Legal, Opinion Pieces

OHTN Research Quarterly's focuses on the impact of Canadian HIV disclosure laws and what the research says

HIV Disclosure and Criminalization

In Canada, HIV-positive people who do not tell their sexual partner(s) that they are positive before having sex may face criminal charges ranging from sexual assault to common nuisance. This use of law was established in the 1990s, and further complicated by a 2012 Supreme Court decision, which stated that people living with HIV must disclose before having sex that poses a “realistic possibility of HIV transmission.” As well, women who do not inform care providers about their HIV status

High rates of injury found among some HIV-positive people in B.C.

published: January, 16, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, CATIE, General Health, Mental Health, Research, Health, International , CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

CATIE reports on a study that undertook an assessment of rates and predictors of injury in HIV-positive and HIV-negative adults in British Columbia

High rates of injury found among some HIV-positive people in B.C.

Une version française est disponible ici.   In Canada and other high-income countries, the widespread use of potent combination HIV therapy (ART) has significantly reduced AIDS-related deaths and illness—at least among people who are aware of their infection, in care and taking ART every day exactly as prescribed and directed. Due to the tremendous life-saving effects of ART, researchers increasingly expect that a young adult who is infected today and who initiates treatment shortly t

No guinea pig

published: January, 11, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Research, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy is one of several thousand participants in the Ontario Cohort Study (OCS), a years-long project to find out more about people living with HIV in the province that is now also contributing to Canada’s 90-90-90 effort

No guinea pig

193 Yonge Street Toronto, the study site I want to write about a research study that isn’t the first I ever participated in - I was a participant in the clinical trial of saquinavir, the first ever protease inhibitor back in 1996 – but certainly the longest running. I’ve written about this before, but it’s due for an update.  Why? Because it strikes me as important for people living with HIV to understand how and why they are researched, what it feels like - and because research opp

Gates Foundation Invests Up to $140M in Implant That Prevents HIV

published: January, 06, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Alternative Therapies, Social Media, As Prevention , Research, Health, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Intarcia Therapeutics develops tiny implants that release meds. Here’s why they may be better than daily pills.

Gates Foundation Invests Up to $140M in Implant That Prevents HIV

To read the full version of this article, go to POZ.com, here. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is investing as much as $140 million in Intarcia Therapeutics Inc. so the company can develop an implant that could prevent HIV, Bloomberg reports. Gates will provide $50 million upfront so that Intarcia can use its proprietary implant technology called the Medici Drug Delivery System to develop an HIV prevention that could be administered once or twice a year. If Intarcia’s research on

Why voters who put Trump in power are at high risk of HIV and Hepatitis C

published: January, 04, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Research, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

98 percent of the 220 counties most at risk of HIV and hep C outbreaks voted for Trump.

Why voters who put Trump in power are at high risk of HIV and Hepatitis C

This article previously appeared at POZ.com, here. A group of Americans at high risk for HIV turn out to be Trump voters—and they aren’t gay Republicans or other men who have sex with men. In fact, they’re mostly white heterosexuals who are rural and poor. Here’s the story. In 2015, nearly 200 people contracted HIV during an outbreak in rural Scott County, Indiana, the result of injection drug use fueled by the opioid epidemic (a significant proportion were coinfected with hepatitis

Going beyond current ideas about the cascade of HIV care

published: January, 03, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, International , Treatment, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

CATIE reports on the effects of ART and the need for further measurement as a possible impediment to reaching UNAIDS 90-90-90- targets.

Going beyond current ideas about the cascade of HIV care

Une version française est disponible ici.   When initiated and taken every day exactly as prescribed and directed, HIV treatment(ART) can greatly reduce the amount of HIV in the blood (viral load), allowing the immune system to begin the process of gradually repairing itself. As the use of ART continues, the amount of HIV in the blood eventually falls very low—below the level at which it can accurately be counted with routine tests. This low level is commonly called undetectable. Conti

Long term decline in consistent condom use among Australian gay men

published: December, 23, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Roger Pebody of AIDSmap.com reports on changing prevention strategies among gay men in Australia as reflected in the Australian Gay Community Periodic Surveys.

Long term decline in consistent condom use among Australian gay men

Data from the last ten years of the Australian Gay Community Periodic Surveys shows a steady decline in consistent condom use, with more gay men attempting to minimize their risk by serosorting or by having an undetectable viral load. While HIV-positive men appear to be increasingly confident in their low risk of HIV transmission, it is not clear that HIV-negative men have fully embraced the impact of antiretrovirals on HIV prevention. “Our report highlights the urgent need for HIV preven

Chemsex and slamming “suffused with romantic, emotional and communal attachments”

published: December, 15, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, Research, Sexual Health, International , Living with HIV, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap.com, Roger Pebody reports on French research suggesting that many young gay men’s practices of drug use are entangled with the search for love.

Chemsex and slamming “suffused with romantic, emotional and communal attachments”

While gay men’s use of drugs in sexual contexts is often portrayed as deviant, extreme and unconnected with the sentimental norms of stable relationships, ethnographic research in France suggests that many young gay men’s practices of drug use are entangled with the search for love and a willingness to build emotional bonds with other men. “The suffering and loneliness that follow romantic breakups can trigger uncontrolled drug use while feelings of ‘love fusion’ between ‘slam

Measuring Canada's Progress on the 90-90-90 HIV Targets

published: December, 12, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, Treatment, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), the methodology PHAC used to determine the national 90--90-90 progress first announced by the health minister on PositiveLite.com, .

Measuring Canada's Progress on the 90-90-90 HIV Targets

PositiveLite.com says:  This explanation from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has not been universally well received. We join with others who recognize it's deficiencies - but applaud its existence Canada has a patchwork of provincially based health care systems, each with its own particular difficulties in collecting data of this nature. The manner in which each province has supplied data to PHAC, often where it does not exist, has not been explained. Note though that the numbers

"Callous, cold and deliberately duplicitous": calling out racism in Canadian newspaper coverage of HIV non-disclosure cases 1989-2015

published: November, 30, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Current Affairs, Research, Legal, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Report issued by Canadian university researchers calls for fairness and accuracy in the newsroom and an end to coverage that stigmatizes people with HIV.

For the entire report go here. Toronto, Canada – A pioneering study of Canadian media, focusing on the newspaper coverage of HIV non-disclosure and transmission cases has identified a clear pattern of racism towards Black men in Canadian mainstream newspaper articles from 1989 through 2015. These startling findings dovetail with the theme of World AIDS Day 2016 (December 1, 2016): “HIV Stigma: Not Retro, Just Wrong.” The just-released report, “Callous, Cold and Deliberately Duplicit

In a serodiscordant relationship? Make your voice heard.

published: November, 29, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, General Health, Research, Sexual Health, Health, Living with HIV, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

The Positive Plus One study -- an update and an opportunity to make your issues known.

In a serodiscordant relationship? Make your voice heard.

As HIV-positive individuals are living longer lives, more and more people today are in relationships where only one of the two people has HIV (an HIV-serodiscordant relationship). As many as 16,000 HIV-positive people in Canada may be in serodiscordant relationships. While there has been research on living with HIV, far less is known about the issues faced by serodiscordant couples. This newsletter provides an update on Positive Plus One - a national, mixed-methods study of serodiscordant cou

Why are HIV groups charging Gilead with bad behavior in new PrEP trial

published: November, 22, 2016 Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, International , Treatment

Anna Forbes and Marc-André LeBlanc are among a coalition of HIV activists and organizations from Europe and North America calling Gilead out on their bad corporate behavior. Here they present the story so far.

Why are HIV groups charging Gilead with bad behavior in new PrEP trial

This article originally appeared at TheBody.com, here. Gilead is not following the accepted standard for community engagement in its new pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) trial, and we are among a coalition of HIV activists and organizations from Europe and North America calling them out on their bad corporate behavior. We root our criticism in the Good Participatory Practice (GPP) guidelines that were inspired, in part, by controversies in earlier PrEP trials. Truvada (FTC/TDF) is approve

Live from the OHTN Conference HIV Endgame II, What’s Hot with Peer Researchers?

published: November, 14, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Upcoming Events, Research, Health, Ontario HIV Treatment Network

Maximizing Support: Highlights from the Supporting Peer Research Asistant Effectively workshop

Live from the OHTN Conference HIV Endgame II, What’s Hot with Peer Researchers?

Hosted by James Watson Tuesday, November 22nd @ 2:30pm EST This in demand workshop offers an exciting learning experience for peer researchers & emerging academic researchers interested in community-based research. It provided a broad overview of how, why and when peer research assistants (PRAs) should be supported. The support framework introduced in the workshop offers practical support tools and best practices for PRAs in five key areas: administrative, financial, debriefing, educati

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