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Health educators should work with the inner contradictions that 'barebackers' express

published: June, 16, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific

“This isn’t the first study to show that many HIV-negative gay men who bareback remain concerned about the prospect of acquiring HIV and want to avoid infection. However, previous studies have given little attention to how men deal with this tension."

Health educators should work with the inner contradictions that 'barebackers' express

This article by  Roger Pebody originally published by NAM/www.aidsmap.com is republished with permission. When asked by researchers to talk about their practice of having ‘bareback’ sex (unprotected anal intercourse), HIV-negative gay and bisexual men express a contradiction between their concern to remain uninfected and their simultaneous awareness that their behaviour may expose them to infection, according to a study published in the July issue of Qualitative Health Research. The res

The Berlin Patient: Man or Superman?

published: June, 11, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

Guest piece from TheBody.com on the man cured of AIDS. “By realizing that Tim Brown wasn't going to come flying in on a cape, I realized that the Berlin Patient lives in all of us.”

The Berlin Patient: Man or Superman?

By Thomas DeLorenzo. Reposted with permission from  www.thebody.com Sometime in the beginning of the year, I was consumed by a legal writing project. It was only fifteen pages but was going to be 80 percent of my grade. The sweats it brought on had not occurred on my body since my T cells were under 100. I couldn't sleep. I could, however, eat -- and eat and eat. In the middle of this hell, I learned about a conference to be held at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California

The New Frontier

published: June, 09, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, As Prevention , Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

The case for new solutions. “HIV prevention, like most American entities, has failed to adopt tactics that are sustainable in the long term to keep people uninfected” says this PrEP user

The New Frontier

This article was first published in My PrEP Experience, formerly a project of Chicago’s LifeLube.  My PrEP Experience  is a site featuring real stories submitted by people who have chosen to use PrEP as one way to protect themselves from HIV. Republished with permission. by anon, San Franciso [name withheld for now] "Prevention, PrEP, the whole damn thing — it all boils down to the human impulse to have sex without condoms. Thirty years into an epidemic, that’s still hard to talk ab

Antiretroviral therapy may be stabilising HIV epidemic in Danish gay men

published: June, 08, 2012 Categories // As Prevention , Research, Health, Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

New Danish research, aidsdmap reports, suggests stabilising of the epidemic in that country is due to antiretroviral therapy rather than changes in sexual behaviour

Antiretroviral therapy may be stabilising HIV epidemic in Danish gay men

This article by Michael Carter originally published by NAM/www.aidsmap.com is republished with permission. The use of antiretroviral treatment appears to have stabilised the HIV epidemic in Danish gay men, even though rates of risky sex have increased, research published in the online edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes suggests. “While unsafe sex among MSM [men who have sex with men] has increased substantially and the number of HIV-positive MSM living in Denma

Buffalo Bills Player Tweets HIV Test Results: Over-Share or Encouraging?

published: June, 04, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

A guest piece from TheBody.com news editor Kellee Terrell on the football player whose HIV test results made waves, in social media and beyond.

Buffalo Bills Player Tweets HIV Test Results: Over-Share or Encouraging?

By Kellee Terrell.  Reposted with permission from  www.thebody.com. Earlier this week, Buffalo Bills wide receiver David Clowney tweeted a picture of his negative HIV test results with the text "Got My HIV Results Back!! Thank God for keeping my body healthy and safe." And while plenty of individuals showed him love for encouraging people to get tested, I was really taken aback by the snarky and malicious responses he received. One Twitter follower wrote, "Just putting ya number out there

Excerpt from MSF's 'Positive Generation: Voices for an AIDS-free future'

published: June, 03, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Arts and Entertainment, International , Music, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

A music video with a difference, featuring support group choirs, largely made up of Zimbabweans who are being treated for HIV.

Excerpt from MSF's 'Positive Generation: Voices for an AIDS-free future'

Music makes life easier, wherever you are. In Zimbabwe as well. HIV/AIDS is widespread in this country: Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is currently treating over 34,000 patients, including many children and teenagers. Zimbabweans use music to educate people about the virus, to explain to patients and their families that they’re not alone, that treatment can stabilise the illness and that the stigma must be broken. Support group choirs, largely made up of Zimbabweans who are already in t

Views from the front lines: Pre-exposure prophylaxis

published: June, 01, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // CATIE, Health, Sexual Health, Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality

CATIE asked four people who work within the HIV community to give their pesrpectuves on Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP).

Views from the front lines: Pre-exposure prophylaxis

This article first appeared in Prevention in Focus , Spring 2011 edition, a publication of CATIE.  Une version française est disponible ici.  We spoke to four people with very different perspectives on PrEP. Dr. Mark Tyndall—Professor of Medicine, University of Ottawa Dr. Peter A. Newman—Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto Canada Research Chair in Health and Social Justice Jody Jollimore—Program Manager, Health Initiative for Men, Vancouver, Brit

More from the UK AIDS Service Organization that had its funding withdrawn

published: May, 31, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

We continue to follow the story of the Crescent, the Hertfordshire UK agency whose funding was cut in favour of another agency, but which continues to provide services to clients. The Crescent’s Ian Murtagh provides an update.

More from the UK AIDS Service Organization that had its funding withdrawn

For our previous, coverage please refer to the "related stories" links below. Despite numerous appeals, and providing many examples of the disparity in service provision between the east and west of the county, Hertfordshire County Council are still seemingly reluctant to address this. We have repeatedly drawn attention to the plight of PLWHIV in Hertfordshire and have gained fantastic levels of support from some of the most influential people in the land. However it seems that Hertfordshire

Million-Dollar Smile

published: May, 25, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // CATIE, General Health, Health, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

Ron Rosenes knows that good dental care is critical for people with HIV, but the cost has him grimacing.

Million-Dollar Smile

This article first appeared in The Positive Side, a publication of CATIE.   Une version française est disponible ici.  AS IF TRYING to age gracefully with HIV — at 63, I have lived with the virus for 29 years now — weren’t a sufficient challenge, I find myself facing a growing effort and cost to maintain the health of my teeth and gums. And there is good reason to put my money where my mouth is: Good oral health is integral to our overall health and well-being. A case in point: At

Embrace Truth. Celebrate You.

published: May, 24, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, Events, Events, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Read aboiut CANFAR’s exciting Unmasked: Fire and Ice Event coming up in Toronto June 2.

Embrace Truth. Celebrate You.

What is UnMasked? CANFAR presents UnMasked, a celebration of individualism.  An energizing, provocative, and highly-entertaining masquerade party, UnMasked will bring Toronto’s LGBTA community and friends together for an unforgettable experience. Timed to launch as Toronto embraces Pride, UnMasked will feature top DJs and entertainers from the LGBTA community against a playful backdrop of gothic elegance and acrobatic fantasy that will take guests on a magical journey of self-indulgence.

WORLD PREMIERE IN TORONTO - Positive Women: Exposing Injustice

published: May, 20, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Events, Women, Legal, Events, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Positive Women: Exposing Injustice takes the audience into the hearts and minds of four positive women bravely speaking out on this important issue.

WORLD PREMIERE IN TORONTO  - Positive Women: Exposing Injustice

Announcement from the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network  Women's voices have rarely been heard on this important issue. What happens if a woman does not disclose her HIV-positive status to a sexual partner? How does criminalization impact HIV-positive women in Canada, who are trying to live their lives in the shadow of stigma and fear? Does the law actually protect women's health? How do women feel about their experience with the criminal law with respect to HIV non-disclosure? Positive Women

Art Posi+ive: Bead It

published: May, 18, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Hobbies, CATIE, Health, Revolving Door, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

After overcoming a drug and alcohol dependence, Ron Horsefall started to string his life back together with beadwork and so reconnected with his stolen culture.

Art Posi+ive: Bead It

This article first appeared in The Positive Side, a publication of CATIE.  Une version française est disponible ici.  MY NAME is Mashkiki-waabika-inini (Medicine Circle of Stones Man); my given name is Ron Horsefall. I am from Pasqua First Nation, Saskatchewan. I am 45 years old and currently reside in Vancouver, BC. The first time I was tested for HIV was December 1996 and I was diagnosed with AIDS. At the time I was living in a room in a single-occupancy hotel in the Downtown Eastside

“Is it still necessary to bring attention to homophobia?”

published: May, 17, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Gay Men, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

A guest post from Matt Smith of AIDS New Brunswick

“Is it still necessary to bring attention to homophobia?”

This post first appeared on the bloig of AIDS New Brunswick, here. People sometimes ask me why we still feel it necessary to recognize International Day Against Homophobia. I’m never quite sure how to answer that question in a short concise way, so instead I tell them a story. In October of 2006, I was sitting in my (then) favourite study hall frantically looking for a topic for a soon to be overdue sociology paper. I was in my first year of university, I had been openly gay for about two

The HIV-Positive Sex Worker

published: May, 17, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Current Affairs, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

Guest Alex Garner from FrontiersLA.com asks “What exactly are the dynamics at play if one is an HIV-positive escort?”

The HIV-Positive Sex Worker

This article by Alex Garner, Frontiers’ Editor-at-Large first appeared on the website of FrontiersLA.com here. I’m sure you’ve seen the sensational headlines, “HIV-Positive Prostitutes Arrested” or, “Greek Panic over HIV-Positive Prostitutes.” 17 female prostitutes in Greece were arrested for having HIV. It’s being covered as a scintillating story full of drama and intrigue. It has all the makings of an 80s miniseries. All that is missing is Phoebe Cates asking, “Which one o

Reigniting the HIV/AIDS Conversation = TeamWork: @HashTagHIV Campaign

published: May, 17, 2012 Categories // Social Media, International AIDS Conference , Activism, Conferences, Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

Guest author Daniel Bauer says “T-E-A-M-W-O-R-K!!! Yes that is what is going to create the most effective, super-global vaccine to END AIDS during this generation.”

Reigniting the HIV/AIDS Conversation = TeamWork: @HashTagHIV Campaign

Listen, I get it! We are all doing our own thing. . . outreach, prevention, testing and much more. Kudos to all of you who are getting their hands in the mix of the work that is necessary to care for those living with HIV/AIDS and necessary to educate those not living with HIV/AIDS to prevent contracting this virus and other STI's / STD's as well as to combat stigma and to get tested! On a serious note. . . I hear the following being repeated a lot (in fact I hear myself saying this too) . .

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