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The NIght Shift: Our Future Without Ignorance

published: May, 16, 2012 Categories // Activism, Community Events, Current Affairs, Events, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media, Opinion Pieces

CANFAR’s Young Professional Council held its second annual Our Future Without AIDS fundraiser last Saturday night. It reminds us why we need to keep caring about HIV—and why we’ll always need so much more than parties to remind us.

The NIght Shift: Our Future Without Ignorance

This article by  Paul Aguirre-Livingston  first appeared in The GridTO.  Republished with permission.   This year marks the 31st anniversary of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The issue, we know, is multi-dimensional and complicated. Even within my lifetime, the way we talk about it has changed from fear and self-loathing (riddled with homophobia) to far-reaching global advocacy tinged with optimistic complacency. On Saturday night, the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR) dispatched its

The once-a-day HIV Prevention Pill.

published: May, 13, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Health, Sexual Health, Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

PreP gets one step closer to reality. Truvada appears safe for HIV prevention, FDA says and may be approved for people at risk.

The once-a-day HIV Prevention Pill.

From The Associated Press via CTV News  WASHINGTON —  U.S. drug regulators on Tuesday affirmed landmark study results showing that a popular HIV-fighting pill can also help healthy people avoid contracting the virus that causes AIDS in the first place. While the pill appears safe and effective for prevention, scientists stressed that it only works when taken on a daily basis. The Food and Drug Administration will hold a meeting Thursday to discuss whether Truvada should be approved for p

Gay, Bisexual and MSM Trans Guys: No Assumptions!

published: May, 11, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Sex and Sexuality

What do we know about trans guys, their sexual attractions and how we should address their sexual health needs? A study conducted for theTrans Pulse project helps us understand more, in particular about trans men who identify as having sex with men.

Gay, Bisexual and MSM Trans Guys: No Assumptions!

This article is based on a report by Greta Bauer, Nick Redman and Kaitlin Bradley for the Trans PULSE team. E-Bulletins, presentations and articles available at www.transpulseproject.ca To contact Trans PULSE: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloak25e7f5fa6fc19a23c131863c621a2db5').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addy25e7f5fa6fc1

A Hard Day's Work

published: May, 10, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // CATIE, Lifestyle, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

Working while living with HIV presents its own challenges but, for those who can, it pays off—and not just in the bank account.

A Hard Day's Work

This article first appeared in The Positive Side, a publication of CATIE.   Une version française est disponible ici.  By Diane Peters It was 1998 and Ian Nelson’s friends were dying. HIV positive for 12 years, he was feeling terrible on a dual therapy of AZT and ddI. “My mind was mush,” recalls the now 51-year-old Vancouverite. His management job for Canada Post involved a 6:30 am start time and intensive problem solving, and the stress and workload were becoming unmanageable. Fe

The Personal Side of AIDS

published: May, 10, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Spirituality, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

A remarkable guest post from Christopher Sale, a Catholic religious brother from California, diagnosed with AIDS four years ago.

The Personal Side of AIDS

Editor's note: It’s odd that PositiveLIte.com has never really featured a religious perspective of living with HIV in our pages before. But Brother Christopher Sale (below, right) happened to write to us and we were immediately interested in the prospect of him sharing his rather unusual story. Christopher told me this about himself. “In 2008 I nearly died from AIDS and drug use. By the grace of God I'm still here. I'm now a Catholic religious brother. I'm the first openly gay man with A

What’s so Different for Women?

published: May, 09, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Women, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Men and women with HIV have different issues. This article from Positive Women’s Network explains the differences

What’s so Different for Women?

This article first appeared on the website of Positive Women’s Network (PWN). Stigma and discrimination are challenges for everyone with HIV, but women in particular can also face these issues: Women are more vulnerable to infection during unprotected heterosexual sex Women with HIV remain largely invisible Women face sexual stigma Power imbalances in relationships that usually favour men Medical care doesn’t acknowledge women’s risk for HIV Women are often caregivers with litt

Connections

published: May, 09, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Events, Events, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Guest writer Michael Yoder on BC’s Positively Connected, a pilot program to create something unique for gay/bi men living with HIV that includes social connection as well as support.

Connections

In the early days of HIV, gay men played a significant role in shaping the movement; not only because the gay community was severely impacted by HIV, but also because gay men were actively involved in providing services and programs.  Since those early days, and with more effective treatments, it seems that many gay men living with HIV are less involved. Partly because of improved health and partly because of a shift toward services that address the specific needs of other populations. Gay m

The Connections: Poverty, Homelessness and HIV

published: May, 06, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Lifestyle, Revolving Door, Treatment, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

Guest Post: A UCSF Study shows poverty undercuts otherwise major gains in HIV treatment

The Connections: Poverty, Homelessness and HIV

This article by Jeff Sheehy was first posted on the website of University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) here.  Published with permission.   In a groundbreaking study published last year, scientists reported that effective treatment with HIV medications not only restores health and prolongs life in many HIV-infected patients, but also curtails transmission to sexual partners up to ninety-seven percent. However, a new study by UCSF scientists shows that lack of basic living needs sever

Global Men’s Health and Rights Survey 2012

published: May, 04, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific

“MSM Around the World: Stand Up, Be Counted! “ says the Global Forum on MSM & HIV. Learn how you can participate in this global survey.

Global Men’s Health and Rights Survey 2012

Editor's note:  We don’t particularly like the term MSM – men who have sex with men - but prefer to use something like gay, bi and questioning men.  But MSM is a term frequently used by epidemiologists and others who look at gay/bi men on a population wide basis, so excuse the use of the term here. In any event we received the following notice from the Global Forum on MSN & HIV (MSMGF) and thought it was well worth passing on. You can read more about the MSMGF here. We did the s

The Numbers Game

published: May, 02, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Current Affairs, Women, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Positive Women’s Network in BC on the HIV funding issue and a comment about the relative merits of funding women’s HIV programs that found its way in to a controversial editorial in Xtra!

The Numbers Game

Editor’s note: This article first appeared on the blog of the Positive Women’s Network here.  We had published the Xtra article referred to below, without comment on our part, here. That's not to say we didn't recognize the controversial nature of some of Salerno's remarks relating to funding of women’s programming. So we welcomed this opportunity for a representative of the HIV women’s community to present her views. (Thank you, Janet.) *Sigh.* It was disheartening to

PrEP acceptable to UK gay men, studies find

published: April, 29, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Current Affairs, Research, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) would be an acceptable HIV prevention strategy for large numbers of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men in major UK cities, according to two studies presented at a British HIV conference this week.

PrEP acceptable to UK gay men, studies find

This article by Roger Pebody first  appeared on aidsmap.  The First Study Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) would be an acceptable HIV prevention strategy for large numbers of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men in major UK cities, according to two studies presented to the British HIV Association (BHIVA) conference in Birmingham this week. The conference also heard details of a small pilot PrEP study, likely to start recruiting later this year. A cross-sectional survey of 842

For the Health of It

published: April, 28, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Mental Health, Health, Revolving Door, Lifestyle, Guest Authors

Guest writer and naturopathic doctor Timothy Swift asks “So how is your emotional health as we enter, spring and summer and bathing suit season? Good, sort of good, lousy, in the toilet?”

For the Health of It

Emotional health is as important as is physical health.  You may be at the gym everyday, eating no carbs, no fat and lots of protein, but you have body aches, you feel down or depressed.  You are obsessed about everything you eat, what you wear, how you look. Perhaps you have developed an inflated opinion of yourself.  Do you put others down to make yourself feel good?  Have you found yourself criticizing others as a way to shift the focus off yourself?  Do you find the need to always ha

Small-Town Life

published: April, 26, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // CATIE, Lifestyle, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

HIV in Canada is often seen as an urban issue, but that’s far from the whole picture. Diane Peters talks with people about the challenges and benefits of living with HIV outside the big city.

Small-Town Life

This article first appeared in The Positive Side, a publication of CATIE.   Une version française est disponible ici. IT WAS SOMETHING you could probably only get away with at a house party in a small town: drinking directly from a wine bottle and alternating swigs with a young woman you just met. That was what 23-year-old George from Louisbourg, Cape Breton, was doing at a recent party — and having a blast. The new buddies were getting cheerfully drunk when a couple pulled the young w

Café Scientifique

published: April, 25, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Aging, Community Events, Events, Health, Events, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

Coming up in Toronto -an informative and interactive chance to talk about the good, the bad and the ugly - for men aging with HIV.

Café Scientifique

Café Scientifique*: HIV and Aging for Men with HIV When: Tuesday May 8, 6:30-9:00pm Where: Fuzion Resto-Lounge 580 Church Street Toronto, ON Who: RSVP This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloakfbb9b7317b6cc9077807e38b8a52d044').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addyfbb9b7317b6cc9077807e38b8a52d044 = 'gmitchell' + '@'

Top AIDS scientist declares end in sight for pandemic

published: April, 23, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Current Affairs, Health, International , Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

Anthony Faucii says today he can look a 25-year-old, HIV-positive patient in the eye and tell him, “If you start on one pill a day, you will live 50-plus years. There are few successes that can match that,”

Top AIDS scientist declares end in sight for pandemic

This article  by Ruthann Richter first appeared in the journal of Stanford School of Medicine. The end of the AIDS epidemic — one of worst pandemics the world has known — is now in sight, given the myriad scientific tools available today, from drug prevention to circumcision and methods to stop transmission from mother to child, Anthony Fauci, MD, the country’s top AIDS scientist, said today at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Al

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