Sexual Health

No more sex shaming: why my 2017 will be sex-positive.

published: February, 21, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Dating, Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, Sexual Health, International , Lifestyle, Media, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From FS, Vish says, "Perhaps it’s time we banish the world ‘slut’ from our vocabulary or at least reclaim it to mean something more sex-positive."

No more sex shaming: why my 2017 will be sex-positive.

This article originally appeared in the UK’s FS magazine, a publication of GMFA, here. I want to be a ‘slut’. There, I said it. You might be thinking, “why would anyone want to be a slut?” After all, this word is deeply misogynistic, where  women are criticised for dressing a certain way and for having openly active sex lives. Heaven fucking forbid! This negativity also spills into the gay world to some extent, particularly when STIs are involved, and people get on their high hor

Sex after diagnosis: my journey to believing that undetectable HIV viral load means uninfectious

published: February, 20, 2017 Written by // Joshua Middleton Categories // Dating, Social Media, As Prevention , Activism, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Sexual Health, Health, International , Treatment, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Joshua Middleton

Joshua Middleton tells of how he addressed self-stigma and maintained a sexual identity post-diagnosis.

Sex after diagnosis: my journey to believing that undetectable HIV viral load means uninfectious

To read the entire  article by Joshua Middleton, visit TheBody.com, here. An image of the moment I was diagnosed HIV positive remains vivid in my mind. The feelings and emotions that ran through my body like a lightening bolt that day are not easily forgotten. They will be with me forever, as will my feeling of infectiousness upon hearing the words that have played in my mind like a broken record all these years: "Josh, I am sorry, but you are HIV positive." I remember telling myself that

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, Health, Sexual Health, Living with HIV, Media, Sex and Sexuality , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

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 // Alternative Therapies, Social Media, General Health, Research, Health, Sexual Health, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, 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

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, As Prevention , African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, CATIE, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Sexual Health, Health, Treatment, Media, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

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

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, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Research, Sexual Health, Health, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, 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

I am HIV-positive. This is what it's like to date.

published: February, 09, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Dating, Social Media, Mental Health, Women, Sexual Health, International , Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Must-read from Redbook: Dating after a breakup is hard enough — now add being HIV positive to that.

I am HIV-positive. This is what it's like to date.

To read the complete article by Karen Fratti visit Redbook, here. I was living in New York City with a boyfriend I'll call Matt when I was diagnosed with HIV. I was 28 and he was just hitting 35. It was my first steady, long-term relationship, and we did what I used to think of as "grown-up" things. Like having Sunday football parties or fighting in Home Depot about what color to paint an accent wall in our living room. We made complex weekday dinners to distract ourselves from the fact th

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, As Prevention , Activism, CATIE, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Current Affairs, General Health, Mental Health, Research, Health, Sexual Health, Treatment, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

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,

Why a course on sexual health and dementia

published: January, 31, 2017 Written by // Megan DePutter Categories // Social Media, Aging, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Events, Sexual Health, International , Treatment, Megan DePutter, Sex and Sexuality

Megan DePutter: "Well-intended concerns about consent and capacity may lead to withholding information or efforts to restrict or manage sexual behaviour in ways that may be inappropriate."

Why a course on sexual health and dementia

Terrence Higgins Trust has partnered with Alzheimer Scotland to offer a course on Sexual Health and Dementia (for course details see bottom of post) in our new Learning Centre. Sexual health needs might not be the first thing you think of when it comes to supporting people with dementia. But sexual health is important for everyone. Here are a few reasons why we at Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland and Alzheimer Scotland felt it was important to create a course on Sexual Health and Dementia. 1.

Doubleplusgood in the land of alternative facts

published: January, 30, 2017 Written by // Michael Yoder Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Current Affairs, Mental Health, Sexual Health, International , Treatment, Legal, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Michael Yoder

Big Brother is watching... America does not end at its borders. Michael Yoder foresees carnage and offers some resistance tips.

Doubleplusgood in the land of alternative facts

"And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?"  Genesis 4:9 The world is different now and we should all be afraid. The new President of the United States is passing so many Executive Orders, it's surprising he doesn't get carpal tunnel syndrome from all those majestic strokes of the pen. His administration is not concerned with facts or with people, rather the man and his minions are concerned with looking good to a handful of f

People taking ART in the UK have an accurate understanding of their viral load

published: January, 26, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Sexual Health, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Overall, 96% of people who told researchers their viral load was undetectable had a clinic-recorded viral load below 50 copies/ml, with 99% having a viral load below 1000 copies/ml. For AIDSmap.com, Michael Carter reports on new study.

People taking ART in the UK have an accurate understanding of their viral load

The vast majority of people taking antiretroviral therapy (ART) in the UK have an accurate knowledge of their current viral load (VL) level, investigators report in HIV Medicine. Overall, 96% of people who told researchers their viral load was undetectable had a clinic-recorded viral load below 50 copies/ml, with 99% having a viral load below 1000 copies/ml. “The accuracy of reporting an undetectable VL [viral load] by HIV-positive individuals on ART is directly relevant to their HIV

Remember, people with HIV invented safe sex.

published: January, 19, 2017 Written by // Megan DePutter Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Current Affairs, General Health, Sexual Health, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Megan DePutter, Opinion Pieces

Megan DePutter debunks the logic that it is people who are aware of their HIV status who are responsible for spreading HIV and the ethics of withholding the information that U=U.

Remember, people with HIV invented safe sex.

"Withholding information on the assumption that it will be misused is not only misguided, it is unethical." Like most PositiveLite.com readers, I’ve been following the undetectable = untransmittable saga with interest. I was thrilled to read about the new statement from CATIE, which endorses this clear message. This ground-breaking change comes directly from the efforts of people living with HIV themselves. It represents a fine example of the profound work of people living with HIV and illu

Lifegiving gifts

published: December, 20, 2016 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Community Events, Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Current Affairs, Mental Health, Sexual Health, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Alex Sparrowhawk

From the U.K., Alex Sparrowhawk says, "... perhaps the best gift of all would be to share our knowledge and spirit with one another."

Lifegiving gifts

During another successful National HIV Testing Week I’ve spoken to a lot of different people about my own experiences of testing, and the one test that altered my life forever. I’m now seven years into my journey with HIV and with World AIDS Day 2016 approaching I’ve been thinking about the remarkable changes that have happened during that time. Seven years ago I was told I would need to start medication immediately, I was diagnosed ‘late’ and even though it was only five or six mon

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

HIV prevention and the gay community

published: December, 02, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Sexual Health, International , Living with HIV, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Do we need to rethink HIV prevention in the UK and elsewhere? And is PrEP the answer? FS Magazine surveyed over 1,500 gay men about the current state of HIV prevention... here's what they had to say.

HIV prevention and the gay community

This article previously appeared at FS Magazine, here. It’s been 35 years since the first cases of AIDS were reported. In that time we have seen millions die from the virus. In the late 1980s the UK government rolled out the ‘Tombstone’ adverts – a campaign to drive fear about just how deadly the virus was. In the mid 1990s a breakthrough in medication meant that HIV changed from being a ‘death sentence’ to becoming manageable. Today, HIV treatment means that HIV need no longer

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