Sexual Health

What women want – sexual and reproductive health rights

published: May, 03, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, Current Affairs, Women, Research, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Living with HIV

From AIDSmap, Greta Hughson reports on the first consolidated guideline on sexual and reproductive health and rights of women living with HIV, recently issued by the World Health Organization (WHO)

What women want – sexual and reproductive health rights

“HIV is not only driven by gender inequality, but it also entrenches gender inequality, leaving women more vulnerable to its impact. Providing sexual and reproductive health interventions for women living with HIV that are grounded in principles of gender equality and human rights can have a positive impact on their quality of life; it is also a step towards long-term improved health status and equity.”  -- WHO Consolidated guideline on sexual and reproductive health and rights of women

Scotland says ‘yes’ to PrEP

published: April, 20, 2017 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Sexual Health, International , Treatment, Media, Alex Sparrowhawk

Alex Sparrowhawk: "The news today exacerbates a postcode lottery that already exists in the UK when it comes to sexual health and the impact that has on the communities living with and affected by HIV."

Scotland says ‘yes’ to PrEP

In just a couple of weeks we will also have an announcement in Wales – let’s hope it is as positive. I’m annoyed at my ignorance but I don’t even know what’s happening in Northern Ireland and a quick ‘Google’ isn’t answering the question. Meanwhile in England we’re still awaiting the start date of another trial – although in reaction to the news today a statement was released:  "Considerable progress has been made in preparing for the HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)

The capsid inhibitor—a new class to enter clinical trials

published: April, 13, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , CATIE, Gay Men, General Health, Youth, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Sexual Health, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, International , Treatment, Media

From CATIE: "This finding suggests that the capsid inhibitor has potential for intermittent dosing in people—perhaps every one or two months."

The capsid inhibitor—a new class to enter clinical trials

Most approved anti-HIV drugs work by interfering with an enzyme and/or protein that is needed by HIV-infected cells to make new viruses. A journey through the cell The capsid is the name given to the proteins that surround HIV’s genetic material. Upon HIV attaching itself to a target cell of the immune system, the virus sends its genetic material (RNA) into the cell. As the genetic material is surrounded by the capsid, it is protected from detection by the cell’s internal sensors. The ca

NAM's director talks about PrEP and the decline in HIV diagnoses on BBC2's Newsnight

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

From AIDSmap, NAM executive director Matthew Hodson: "If you roll it out to everyone who will benefit most, then we have the power to end the epidemic."

NAM's director talks about PrEP and the decline in HIV diagnoses on BBC2's Newsnight

NAM’s Executive Director, Matthew Hodson, appeared on BBC2’s Newsnight on Tuesday 21 February to talk about PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) and the dramatic decline in new HIV diagnoses in London in the past year. In the film sequence accompanying the interview, HIV consultant Dr Nneka Nwokolo of London’s 56 Dean St clinic explained that the reduction in new HIV diagnoses is real, substantial and is being seen in clinics across London. “The most significant thing that’s happene

Legalisation of sex work associated with lower prevalence of HIV in sex workers

published: April, 03, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Women, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, International , Legal, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

From AIDSmap, Roger Pebody reports on a study suggesting that legalization of some aspects of sex work might help reduce HIV prevalence in this high-risk group.

Legalisation of sex work associated with lower prevalence of HIV in sex workers

Countries that have legalized some aspects of sex work have fewer sex workers living with HIV than countries that criminalize all aspects of sex work, according to an ecological analysis of 27 European countries published online ahead of print in The Lancet HIV. The association remained statistically significant after adjustment for countries’ economic development, HIV prevalence, antiretroviral therapy coverage and proportion of sex workers who inject drugs. “Our findings suggest th

If you just found out you are HIV-positive...

published: March, 16, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , CATIE, General Health, Newly Diagnosed, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Sexual Health, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Living with HIV

CATIE's must-read information for the newly diagnosed.

If you just found out you are HIV-positive...

Finding out you have HIV may be a shock. You do not have to go through this alone: There is help. With ongoing treatment, care and support, HIV can be managed. You can live long and well with HIV. You’ve already taken the first step by getting tested. Now it is important to get care and treatment as soon as you can. 1. HIV can be treated. Talk to the person who gave you your test result about finding a doctor who treats people with HIV. If they cannot give you the name and number of an HI

AIDS United affirms evidence that proves people living with HIV with a sustained, undetectable viral load cannot transmit HIV to sexual partners

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

AIDS United joins Prevention Access Campaign consensus statement and issues implementation recommendations.

AIDS United affirms evidence that proves people living with HIV with a sustained, undetectable viral load cannot transmit HIV to sexual partners

In a statement released today, the AIDS United Public Policy Committee—the largest and longest-running national coalition of community-based HIV/AIDS organizations—strongly affirmed the conclusive evidence proving that people living with HIV who have achieved a sustained, undetectable viral load cannot transmit HIV to sexual partners. This evidence-based declaration reinforces AIDS United’s programmatic, policy and advocacy work to expand access to antiretroviral medications to all peo

Women: What HIV/AIDS organisations aren’t telling us about our amazing bodies!

published: March, 09, 2017 Written by // Megan DePutter Categories // Social Media, Women, Health, Sexual Health, International , Megan DePutter, Opinion Pieces

Megan DePutter:"there’s a considerable lack of understanding, respect and information-sharing going on about the basic elements of women’s sexual health, enjoyment, and reproduction."

Women: What HIV/AIDS organisations aren’t telling us about our amazing bodies!

When delivering training on HIV transmission, I like to ask the participants to name the five bodily fluids that can transmit HIV. Blood is always stated first. Next, the participants will (incorrectly) state saliva. People usually get semen next. And often one person will identify breastmilk. The remaining two tend to be a bit of a puzzle. The answers are of course, anal mucous and vaginal fluid. I have yet to encounter any participant who is not already working/volunteering in the field wh

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, Gay Men, CATIE, Research, Sexual Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, 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

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, International , Revolving Door, 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

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 , Revolving Door, Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Media, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality

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 // Social Media, Dating, Activism, As Prevention , 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, 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 // Alternative Therapies, Social Media, General Health, Research, Health, Sexual 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

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 // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , CATIE, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, Sexual 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

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