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An atheist wonders about praying

published: September, 28, 2017 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Social Media, Aging, Gay Men, International , Spirituality, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Félix Garmendía

New York guy Félix Garmendía: "One of the things I have learned to understand is the ultimate rule of kindness."

An atheist wonders about praying

As an HIV-positive man who happens to be wheelchair bound, I have been told recently a lot by friends that they are praying for me. Those who are aware of the fact that I am a non believer, immediately follow their kind gesture with an apology like, “I know you are an atheist but...” Atheism is not a religion and I call myself a non believer of the prejudicial, judgmental, bigoted idea of “God”. I have encountered since I was a child, many situations and postures, many of them conf

How the anal cancer epidemic in gay and bi HIV-positive men can be prevented

published: September, 28, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, General Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Media

From The Conversation, this report on why some are calling anal cancer the next big health crisis.

How the anal cancer epidemic in gay and bi HIV-positive men can be prevented

Singers from the New York City Gay Men’s Choir sing Dec. 1, 2015 at the Apollo Theater in New York for World AIDS Day. A new health foe has emerged among gay and bisexual men. AP Photo/Seth Wenig Almost 620,000 gay and bisexual men in the United States were living with HIV in 2014, and 100,000 of these men were not even aware of their infection. These men are 100 times more likely to have anal cancer than HIV-negative men who exclusively have sex with women. Yet, no national screening g

Revenge amounts to a suicide attempt.

published: September, 27, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Kimutai Kemboi, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Kenya's Kimutai Kemboi speaks against those who would use their HIV as a weapon of revenge.

Revenge amounts to a suicide attempt.

As much as you think of going on a 'revenge mission', bear in your mind that your target might be also undertaking a similar mission. Be careful not to commit suicide! Some people become so bitter when they turn out to be HIV positive, they feel that they should not die alone. Such thoughts are so evil and should be highly condemned. In fact, tough laws should be formulated to prosecute these people with ill minds. I get surprised when I hear someone say, “HIV is not meant for trees but peo

Say goodbye to "risk."

published: September, 27, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

"Watch your words. Lose the labels if you want to prevent HIV." Enid Vázquez

Say goodbye to

Risky business. Risk taker. High risk. That’s not how people want to be seen when it comes to HIV. In the epidemic, the word “risk” is associated with the notion of “doing something wrong.” So using the words “at risk” becomes risky in itself. It runs the risk of turning people off, and away from prevention messages. People may not avail themselves of condoms or PrEP (the HIV prevention pill) if they don’t identify with risk. If they don’t identify with HIV ris

My road map to wellness

published: September, 26, 2017 Written by // Jason Cole Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, Health, Living with HIV, Jason Cole

Jason Cole returns to PositiveLite.com with this brief encapsulation of his coming to terms with PTSD, substance use, depression, lonliness, stigma and yes, HIV.

My road map to wellness

Ever since I was a child, I knew I related to the world differently than those around me. I was always the kid on the outside fringes, being bullied and yearning for acceptance from the common crowd. A problem child, as my parents would remark. I remember being full of anger and defiant. I felt as though I had little control over my mood. Self-regulation was something that escaped me. While in school, I went through the process of a psycho-educational assessment with the goal of providing sup

Supervised injection facilities in Canada: past present and future

published: September, 26, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, CATIE, General Health, Current Affairs, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Media

There has been an escalation of efforts to open new sites across Canada, spurred on by the ongoing opioid overdose epidemic.. From CATIE, Zak Knowles provides this overview.

Supervised injection facilities in Canada: past present and future

The current opioid epidemic in Canada has led to an increased understanding of the health-related and social harms associated with injection drug use. There is growing acceptance of the need for supervised injection facilities (SIFs) to help reduce these harms and the number of overdose deaths. A recent review1 looks at the history and future of SIFs in Canada and the impact of peers in the history and future of SIFs. SIFs in Vancouver In the mid to late 1990s, Vancouver’s health authorit

Going the distance

published: September, 25, 2017 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Social Media, Aging, Dating, Gay Men, International , Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow on long distance romance: " I can choose to be alone or I can trust this, try to make it work and be happy. I'm already happier."

Going the distance

It may be long distance but I’ve met someone I feel so much closer to than some of the people around me. They say there is someone out there for everyone. And they say love will find you when you least expect it. The only problem with that rhetoric is, they say it like the person is right down the street from me or close by. At last count, and according to what I’ve found online, there are more than 7.5 billion humans on the planet, so where is mine and what in the hell am I doing wrong?

Smokers with HIV doing well on treatment now at greater risk of lung cancer than AIDS

published: September, 25, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Health, Revolving Door, International , Smoking Cessation , Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media

Just under 60,000 people living with HIV are likely to die of lung cancer by the age of 80 (9.3% of all people with HIV currently in care in the United States), researchers estimate. From AIDSmap, Keith Alcorn reports.

Smokers with HIV doing well on treatment now at greater risk of lung cancer than AIDS

People living with HIV on antiretroviral treatment with fully suppressed viral load who smoke are much more likely to die of lung cancer than HIV-related causes, according to the findings of a modelling study published today in JAMA Internal Medicine. The study suggests that people on successful antiretroviral treatment are between six and thirteen times more likely to die of lung cancer than of any AIDS-related illness, and 10% of all people with HIV who are linked to care will eventually

Setting our minds to it! Attending the Realize 2017 Forum on HIV and Mental Health

published: September, 22, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Social Media, Aging, Activism, Gay Men, General Health, Mental Health, Research, Health, Spirituality, Living with HIV, Media, Rob Olver - Editor

Rob Olver picks up a few shots of inspiration at Realize Forum 2017.

Setting our minds to it! Attending the Realize 2017 Forum on HIV and Mental Health

“Today, by examining from the personal perspective of PLWHIV we want to zero in on what has worked... in terms of accessing services; what needs to be improved, and by listening to people who developed and implemented programs that are innovative, what they think can be adapted elsewhere, plus find out how they did what they did and finally where can these services go next.” – Tammy C. Yates, Opening Remarks to Realize Forum 2017 Realize is the only national organization that has worked

Ontario to cover HIV prevention pill under public health plan

published: September, 22, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , General Health, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

Once-daily pill contains two anti-HIV drugs that reduce the risk of sexual transmission of virus

Ontario to cover HIV prevention pill under public health plan

Generic versions of pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP to prevent HIV are becoming more available in Canada. (CBC) To read the complete article, visit CBC News, here. Ontario will soon cover a combination HIV prevention pill that is now available in generic form, HIV advocates say. The once-daily pill contains two anti-HIV drugs that reduce the risk of sexual transmission in HIV-negative individuals. Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, originally cost about $1,000 a month as the brand nam

Who are heterosexual women acquiring HIV from? Are heterosexual women's partners a hidden population?

published: September, 21, 2017 Written by // Samantha Categories // Social Media, Dating, featured, Gay Men, Women, International , Legal, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality , Samantha

Samantha: We need to dare to address the unspoken dynamic of how women acquire HIV.

Who are heterosexual women acquiring HIV from? Are heterosexual women's partners a hidden population?

Women represent 50% of the population of people living with HIV globally, yet there has been little research or sharing of information about who heterosexual woman acquire the HIV virus from. There is focus on stressors attributing to women living with HIV, including intimate partner violence, gender inequality, unequal power dynamics within relationships, race, ethnicity, poverty, education and various social disparities. Yet, there is little information about men as active participants other

How HIV became a matter of international security

published: September, 21, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, Current Affairs, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Media

Governments around the world were slow to get to grips with HIV/AIDS. But a big change came when they started understanding it not just as a health issue but as a security threat too. For Mosaic, Alexandra Ossola investigates.

How HIV became a matter of international security

This article by Alexandra Ossola originally apppeared at Mosaic, here. Richard Holbrooke sat in a blue striped chair in the meeting room of the United Nations Security Council. It was a rainy, unseasonably warm January day in New York City, just ten days into the new millennium. Many people were still relieved that the Y2K millennium bug hadn’t wreaked havoc on computers, as some experts had feared. And yet, during the council’s seven-hour meeting, it was clear that a bigger, real threat

GIPA takes a hit

published: September, 20, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, featured, Activism, As Prevention , General Health, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

As funding starts to slow, engagement and involvement of people living with HIV is often the first to go. Bob Leahy on the politics of inclusion, exclusion and how people living with HIV are fighting back

GIPA takes a hit

“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times: said Charles Dickens. “It was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity." That was about Paris in 1869. It could have been written about Canada in 2017 and the state of our response to HIV. The best of times? Many feel we are approaching the end of the epidemic with 2030 set as the target date by UNAIDS. We are closing in on 90-90-90 targets which means more people li

HIVMA Comprehensive Guidelines recommend screening everyone with HIV,  offering multidisciplinary treatment focusing on non-drug options

published: September, 20, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Aging, Yoga, Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Lifestyle, Media

Chronic pain common in people living with HIV. From The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), this report.

HIVMA Comprehensive Guidelines recommend screening everyone with HIV,  offering multidisciplinary treatment focusing on non-drug options

ARLINGTON, Va. – Because ongoing pain is a significant problem that affects 39 to 85 percent of people living with HIV, everyone with the infection should be assessed for chronic pain, recommend guidelines released by the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. Those who screen positive should be offered a variety of options for managing pain, starting with non-drug treatment such as co

SOS Venezuela: ARV’s urgently needed.

published: September, 19, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , General Health, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Features and Interviews, Sexual Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Rob Olver - Editor

Rob Olver speaks with ICASO Executive Director, Mary Ann Torres about her efforts to mobilize a Canadian response to the humanitarian crisis ongoing in Venezuela.

SOS Venezuela: ARV’s urgently needed.

Just a decade ago, Venezuela's AIDS program  was a model for countries throughout the developing world. Now it's a ruin. Recently, by way of our friends at the Canadian Positive People Network (CPPN), PositiveLite.com received an update on Venezuela's steadily worsening situation, along with an ask: "S.O.S. Venezuela: Urgent solidarity needed!" ran the header. Signed by ICASO Executive Director Mary Ann Torres, the appeal continued: "There is a humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, the home c

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