Sexual Health

What are the key steps to effective delivery of PrEP care?

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

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

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, Gay Men, As Prevention , General Health, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Sexual Health, International , Legal, Treatment, 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, Gay Men, As Prevention , General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, 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, Current Affairs, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, 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, Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , Current Affairs, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, 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, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Living with HIV

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, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Living with HIV

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

Good news? On this World AIDS Day, 2016, there is a lot to report.

published: December, 01, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , CATIE, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Sexual Health, Treatment

CATIE details how 2016 has been a year of positive change for people living with HIV.

Good news? On this World AIDS Day, 2016, there is a lot to report.

 The science of treatment and prevention has much to inspire agencies delivering needed services to people living with, and at risk of, HIV.  We know that there are significant health benefits for people with HIV to begin treatment as soon as possible after diagnosis. Early treatment with good adherence in order to maintain an undetectable viral load allows an HIV-positive person to live a long and healthy life. A ground-breaking study called START (Strategic Timing of Antiretroviral Trea

Show your support: Sign the Canadian Consensus Statement

published: November, 30, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Activism, Hep B and C, As Prevention , General Health, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Sexual Health, Treatment

CATIE's Laurie Edmiston: "We, the organizing committee – CATIE, CTAC and PositiveLite.com – consulted various communities across Canada over a 20-month period for their input. The resultant Statement reflects those insights."

Show your support: Sign the Canadian Consensus Statement

A message from Laurie Edmiston, executive director, CATIE: As we head into World AIDS Day, I am today asking for your assistance in taking a step that could help to greatly enhance our country’s response to HIV. You may have heard about the Canadian Consensus Statement on the Health and Prevention Benefits of HIV Antiretroviral Medications and HIV Testing. Essentially, the Canadian Consensus Statement, or CCS (for short), declares the importance of certain principles and app

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, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

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

Are we 'Generation Bareback'?

published: November, 16, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors

Bareback sex is on the rise in the UK and elsewhere. From FS Magazine, Stuart Haggas reports on the possible reasons and on what it all might mean for HIV prevention.

Are we 'Generation Bareback'?

This article by Stuart Haggas previously appeared at FS Magazine, here. It’s been 35 years since the New York Times reported on a ‘rare cancer seen in 41 homosexuals’ – an article from the summer of 1981 that’s considered the first major news story about HIV/AIDS. A generation of gay men have since grown up with condoms and safer sex campaigns a familiar part of everyday life. Recent studies show an increase in unprotected sex among HIV-negative gay men. Why are some of us ditch

Canadian coalition formed to fight HIV criminalization

published: November, 08, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Current Affairs, Sexual Health, Health, Legal, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy reports on how a new player has emerged in Canada that has the potential to change the legal landscape against a background of emerging science which could strengthen their case against unjust prosecution of people living with HIV

Canadian coalition formed to fight HIV criminalization

The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network announced this week that a coalition has been formed comprising community members of various backgrounds united to fight unjust criminalization of HIV non-disclosure. The issue has long been a thorn in the side of HIV advocates frustrated at the number of people living with HIV who are being prosecuted and jailed, sometimes where there was no chance of transmission taking place, for not disclosing their HIV status to their sexual partners. The Canadian justi

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