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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, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Sexual Health, Health, Treatment, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

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

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, Health, Sexual Health, Living with HIV, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

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, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, 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

From the front lines: living long with HIV

published: October, 25, 2016 Categories // Social Media, Aging, CATIE, General Health, Mental Health, Sexual Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

CATIE's Positive Side reports on four specialized services for older people living with HIV.

From the front lines: living long with HIV

Thanks to effective treatment, far more people with HIV are living into their 60s, 70s and beyond. So all that talk you hear of an “aging population” also applies to HIV. In fact, UNAIDS estimates that roughly one-third of HIV-positive adults in high-income countries are 50 years and older. A growing number of agencies across the country are stepping up to offer services that meet the needs of people who are aging with HIV. Here are just a few: Workshop Series: Planning for the Long Term

Another year on and still finding my way.

published: October, 25, 2016 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Social Media, Aging, As Prevention , Activism, Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Current Affairs, Mental Health, Sexual Health, Smoking Cessation , Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Rob Olver - Editor

In which Peterborough poz guy Robert Olver bangs on about his second year post-HIV diagnosis.

Another year on and still finding my way.

“It may be hard for some to understand, but far from feeling like a victim, I feel blessed. Sure, I would rather there was no such thing as HIV but there is and one day I contracted it. That's mine. It's a part of my life and it informs my life in ways that I love. From adversity, opportunity.” Those words come from a column I wrote some time ago about the first anniversary of my HIV diagnosis and the reasons why I found it something to celebrate and not to mourn. I find it a bit hard to

The Undetectable = Uninfectious doubters

published: October, 18, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // As Prevention , Activism, Sexual Health, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

If your virus is undetectable you can’t transmit the virus. But why do some living with HIV and their service providers struggle with that concept, or even deny its truth? Bob Leahy reports on the reasons why.

The Undetectable = Uninfectious doubters

The history I’ve spent the last couple of months arguing that undetectable equals uninfectious. Now, I shouldn’t have to argue that, because the science tell us so. The world’s leading HIV experts and savvy organizations are saying it too. Still, there is resistance to embracing this, the most significant science breakthrough since antiretrovirals hit the scene back in 1996. The power of those antiretrovirals to not only return people to good health but stop the transmission of HIV has

Positive Identities

published: October, 17, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Sexual Health, Treatment, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

From CATIE's Positive Side, Dr. Lisa Barrett: "What it means to live with HIV and to be on treatment varies dramatically depending on how and when you were diagnosed."

Positive Identities

I have worked with a wide range of people with HIV since about 2000, first as a PhD student working in an HIV clinic and then later as an MD—from long-term survivors who were diagnosed in the ’80s and ’90s to those who learned they were HIV positive in the past six months, from people in their 20s to an 86 year old. What it means to live with HIV and to be on treatment varies dramatically depending on how and when you were diagnosed. If you were diagnosed with an opportunistic infection

Gay men with overlapping partnerships are more likely to be recently and locally infected

published: October, 14, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Sexual Health, Health, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Study provides evidence that concurrent relationships sustain HIV transmission. From AIDSmap, Gus Cairns reports.

Gay men with overlapping partnerships are more likely to be recently and locally infected

A study analysing transmission patterns between gay men in a cohort of patients on San Diego, California has found the strongest scientific evidence so far that concurrency – having ongoing sexual relationships with more than one partner at the same time – is an independent predictor of HIV transmission. It found that men who said they had had condomless sex in the last three months with concurrent partners, rather than just serial partners, were 69% more likely to be in a local transmi

Advocating for a louder voice for treatment as prevention

published: October, 06, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // As Prevention , Activism, Features and Interviews, Health, Sexual Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy speaks to Noel Gordon Jr, a young activist who at the recent US Conference on AIDS made a plea for more attention to treatment as prevention, suggesting it’s been "left in the closet" due in part to the "sexiness" of PrEP

 Advocating for a louder voice for treatment as prevention

Bob Leahy: Hi Noel. If I can paraphrase what I hear the topic of your talk was, I think you felt that the attention being given to promotion and advocacy for PrEP is not being matched by our enthusiasm for treatment as prevention. But tell me how you came to this conclusion. Noel Gordon Jr:  Yes. I’ve been a PrEP user for the past three years and I started PrEP because as a young black gay man living in Washington D.C. which has one of the highest incidence rates of HIV in the country

Gay men and bottom shaming

published: October, 05, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, Sexual Health, International , Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From the UK's FS Magazine, Matthew Hodson examines the stigma around anal sex

Gay men and bottom shaming

This article by Matthew Hodson originally appeared in FS Magazine, a publication of GMFA, here.  The other day I found myself talking about anal sex with the sixty-something year old mother of a friend. I didn’t raise the subject, I hasten to add. She’d just seen a play which involved some descriptions of anal sex and wanted to know whether gay men actually enjoyed it (yes) and could they climax from it (sometimes). “It never did much for me,” she confessed. “That’s because yo

The CDC’s Gay Dance Video about HIV is Flat Out Fabulous

published: October, 04, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Social Media, Activism, Movies, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Health, Sexual Health, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Mark S. King

HIV research has never been presented so entertainingly, as Mark S. King shares.

The CDC’s Gay Dance Video about HIV is Flat Out Fabulous

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has produced a music video that joyfully educates gay men about HIV prevention options. And it is foot-stomping fabulous. The song, “Collect My Love,” was released by The Knocks and it features vocals by Alex Newell, the young gender-bending singer who rose to fame by stealing season three of the television series, Glee (his rendition of “Boogie Shoes” on that show is a one-way ticket to my happy place). In the CDC music vid

Ask the experts: meno-poz

published: September, 30, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Aging, CATIE, General Health, Women, Sexual Health, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

From CATIE's Positive Side, RonniLyn Pustil asks a naturopath, two medical doctors and a person living with HIV what women with HIV can expect as they approach menopause

Ask the experts: meno-poz

“What can I expect as an HIV-positive woman who is entering menopause? Will menopause be different for me because of my HIV status?” — P.W., Twillingate, NL Valerie Nicholson, Person living with HIV, Vancouver I am an Indigenous woman living with HIV since 2004. When I was 54 years old, my periods (moon time) became irregular, and when they did come they were very heavy. Then I hit menopause. When I was going through “the change,” I started to dislike the word menopause. What

My Attitude Adjustment About Sex, Gonorrhea, and Advocacy

published: September, 28, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Sexual Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Mark S. King

"In light of mounting data on STI’s, some of my own past writing makes me cringe," says Mark S. King

My Attitude Adjustment About Sex, Gonorrhea, and Advocacy

Amidst the happy haze of good news about the efficacy of PrEP in preventing new HIV infections and the growing consensus that people living with HIV who are undetectable are not infectious, there is troubling news from the CDC in two new reports about the golden oldies of sexually transmitted infections (STI’s): rates of syphilis are on the riseand antibiotics to treat gonorrhea may be nearing the end of their usefulness. The news underscores a simmering tension between those of us

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