Bob Leahy in conversation with Minas from Istanbul about the face of activism in Turkey and how Minas bravely burst onto the world stage in July 2017.
If you followed the International AIDS Conference in Paris this last summer, you might have read that community activists caused quite a stir. In particular they interrupted one plenary session and took over the stage. They danced, chanted and spoke about the impact U=U had on their lives. One of these activists was Minas, 36, from Istanbul. He’s tall, striking looking - and straight. His words were striking too – the fact that people with HIV have sex and the good news that U=U can bring
“Although these transgender men had access to HIV medical care, many experienced poor health outcomes and unmet needs,” write the authors. From AIDSmap, Michael Carter reports.
HIV-positive transgender men in the United States have significant unmet social and healthcare needs, according to a study published in Research and Practice. Approximately half were living in poverty and only 60% had sustained viral suppression.
“Many transgender men receiving HIV medical care in the United States face socioeconomic challenges and suboptimal health outcomes,” write the authors. “Although these transgender men had access to HIV medical care, many experienced poor hea
Bob Leahy says the news on World AIDS Day that the approach to criminalizing HIV non-disclosure in Canada has changed has left some confused. Here is an easy to follow laymens’ guide to what went down.
World AIDS Day 2017 saw a dizzying array of announcements. Two in particular contained news of particular importance to people living with HIV. They were about the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure, a complicated topic that generated more commentary and some controversy. The purpose of this article is to explain what the news meant for people living with HIV. Part two will deal with what people are saying about it – and our opinion too.
Background: It’s important for people living wit
From New York, Félix Garmendía: "Every sundown is counted, every smile is felt deeply and appreciated, every new day is a gift full of life..."
As a secular humanist, I have no particular spiritual connection to Christmas, but I do enjoy very much the atmosphere that surrounds the whole phenomenon of Christmas every year (“don we now our GAY apparel….”). In my neighborhood, Washington Heights in upper Manhattan, the main commercial street gets decorated with beautiful lights everywhere. It’s a playground of traditional consumerism and yet also a festive and exciting time for many, many people -- even jaded New Yorkers.
Heterosexual men had undiagnosed HIV longer than women who inject drugs or gay and bisexual men (a median of about five years, two years and three years, respectively).From AIDSmap, Liz Highleyman reports.
Many people with HIV in the United States are still being diagnosed with HIV late, and therefore not getting the full therapeutic and prevention benefits of starting antiretroviral therapy (ART) early, according to the latest Vital Signs report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), released in advance of World AIDS Day.
People at risk for HIV in the US are getting tested more often than they did in the past and are living with HIV for a shorter period of time bef
Ed Wolf: "It helps me to remember that though the tsunami was a terrible event, the story that’s most important is about people helping each other through Terrible Times."
Day 108. One Life, One Death
Two years ago, after a sweet birthday dinner, I couldn’t return to my apartment because policemen blocked the street I lived on. I could see flashing lights in front of my building and a body in the street. I waited for hours, with many of my neighbors, before police lead us back to our apartments. When I got to my door the body was gone but the street was still wet with his blood.
The following day I found out that the victim was our neighbor Amilcar Perez-Lop
People living with HIV are living long, strong, positive lives. From MalayMail Online.com, Audrey Edwards speaks to some of them to gain insights into their lives.
Jamaliah Sulaiman and Marhalem Mansor will soon be opening another shelter in Cheras for PLHIV. — Malay Mail pix
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 2 — Not victims. Not sufferers.
Although some in society still choose to label people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) with those terms, this perception is the furthest from the truth.
With access to treatment readily available and in some cases free, because of government policies, PLHIV are living longer, and definitely contributing to society and the eco
Dr. Gordon Arbess: "... as people age with HIV we now face other health risks that often mirror aging in uninfected people."
Dr. Gordon Arbess is a staff physician with the Department of Family and Community Medicine and St. Michael’s Academic Family Health Team in Toronto. He specializes in HIV Primary Care.
As a physician in the treatment and care of HIV, I see people living and thriving with HIV. Today, with early diagnosis and effective treatments, a 20-year old HIV-positive person can expect to live into his/her early 70s. In fact, the majority of people with HIV are now over the age of 50, and within
Michael Yoder: "When we keep closing doors we don't learn. When we constantly argue we risk pissing into the wind..."
"Hear no evil. See no evil. Speak no evil." Japanese proverb. The Three Wise Monkeys
I have to admit that I tend to look for only those opinions and ideas that support my own personal belief system. Most notably anything political. I'm left-leaning and so listening to people who are also left-leaning is my preference. I shut out anything that doesn't fit my idea of the world.
I think this is a human trait. I believe that we all, from whatever stripes we wear, look for only those things that
Healthline announces its annual HIV Influencer Honours. PositiveLite.com is number one in Canada. Elsewhere listed are allies Bruce Richman (Person of the Year) and the Prevention Access Campaign and U=U (Campaign of the Year.)
For the fifth consecutive year, PositiveLite.com has won an award for the best Canadian-focused HIV website, amongst a stellar list of influencers.
The presenter is Healthline, a U.S.-based giant in the field of web-based consumer health information .
Our citation says this: “PositivelIte.com remains a leading voice in HIV news and advocacy in Canada. For the fifth consecutive year, we name them the top Canadian HIV resource. This year the publication became a powerful advocate for the #Ue
CATIE Executive Director Laurie Edmiston on the November 30 joint statement from Canada’s chief public health officer and the chief medical officers of health of all Canadian provinces and territories.
It’s official! The Government of Canada supports U=U, the consensus statement that a person living with HIV does not transmit the virus sexually if they take treatment and maintain an undetectable viral load (“undetectable = untransmittable”).
The news came on November 30 in a joint statement from Canada’s chief public health officer and the chief medical officers of health of all Canadian provinces and territories.
“We have known for some time that ART [antiretroviral therapy] i
Publisher Bob Leahy says World AIDS Day tributes take many forms, but PositiveLite.com is saying World AIDS Day 2017 is a time to celebrate – and, with the Government of Canada now on board, names 2017 as the year of U=U.
Those charged with writing world AIDS day messages have a surprising array of options. They can honour our fallen – that’s important. Paying tribute to those living with HIV is also a worthy goal. Our messages can be reflective of the past, taking stock of where we are now, or aspirational. Inspirational too. All these topics I’ve addressed in the past.
I’ve never done a celebratory World AIDS Day message before. But then 2017 has been no ordinary year. It has been a year of personal
To achieve and exceed the three 90-90-90-targets, two new targets are proposed
As we approach World AIDS Day on December 1, CTAC is sending a strong message that “we’re not going away” by reaching out to select policymakers and their critics at all levels of government across Canada. We are providing them with an update on the issues of access to HIV and HCV treatment and care across Canada.
CTAC was created by HIV positive leaders in 1996 to ensure access to treatment, care and support for people living with HIV/AIDS and people living with HIV/hepatitis C co-infe
For World AIDS Day 2017, PositiveLite.com is proud to present this guest editorial by CATIE Executive Director, Laurie Edmiston.
Having turned 60 two months ago, I know there’s nothing quite like a milestone birthday to force you to get serious about your priorities and your future. The HIV response is facing our own wake-up call this December 1 as we mark the 30thWorld AIDS Day – a milestone I never imagined we would reach when I started working in HIV, 30 years ago.
I have spent more than half of my life working in the HIV response, and while our goals have remained unchanged – reducing HIV infections and kee
Isaac D. Joseph: "No one living with HIV wants to be remembered as the person who died of AIDS or AIDS-related illness."
This article is dedicated to the millions that we have lost to AIDS. Today, World AIDS Day, December 1, 2017, we remember you for the life you lived and not the virus you contracted.
I am sure that time and time again the thought of death has crossed the minds of people like me, people living with HIV. Most find it taboo to talk about their imminent death while others who feel that it is only human nature to think about death and the afterlife converse and plan out funerals without any ce