Is there a hidden population of heterosexual men who have sex with trans women and who are themselves at high risk of acquiring and transmitting HIV? From AIDSmap, Gus Cairns reports on a study that begs this question and others.
There is a lot we don’t know about trans women’s HIV risk, why they are so vulnerable to HIV and who trans women are acquiring HIV from. A study presented at last month’s 9th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2017) attempted to answer these questions, but in the process uncovered another mystery. This is whether there is a hidden population of heterosexual men who have sex with trans women and who are themselves at high risk of acquiring and transmitting HIV. On
Kenyan HIV activist Kimutai Kemboi shares the story of one of his Facebook friends who is a reformed sex worker.
This evening I was privileged to have a conversation with one of my Facebook friends who is a reformed sex worker. We discussed several issues at length and when I asked her if I could share her sentiments. She agreed but requested anonymity, to which I agreed.
She said she has been one of my followers but had not found courage to interact with me or share her experience with me. That only lasted till this evening when she got the courage to share with me about her life. This is how the conve
From AIDSmap, Roger Pebody reports on a qualitative study by Ontario researchers on HIV, aging and disability.
When Canadian researchers asked HIV-positive people over the age of 50 how they would define “successful ageing”, six key themes emerged – accepting limitations, staying positive, maintaining social support, taking responsibility, living a healthy lifestyle, and engaging in meaningful activities.
Writing in the International Journal of STD & AIDS, Patricia Solomon and colleagues note the emphasis on individual control. Clinicians and service providers should work with people livin
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Keeping love alive in Uganda: guest author William Matovu of Uganda's Love To Love Organization discusses the current state of HIV stigma, treatment and prevention and the challenges faced there.
Uganda is one of the most under developed countries in Africa, with a population of about 40 million people.
There are a number of factors that have led Uganda to lag behind as far as HIV is concerned. I would like to take this great opportunity to talk more about stigma, treatment and prevention in detail.
Due to misinformation about the virus, stigma is rising at a high rate; HIV-positive people are facing a very big challenge in the communities where they live and this has caused
To help answer that question, T.J. Miller initiated a survey of HIV peers and physicians. Here are the results.
About two months ago, in anticipation of the upcoming International AIDS Society Conference in Paris, France, along with the United States Conference on AIDS in Washington, DC I decided to attempt a poll of both HIV-positive individuals and healthcare providers who treat HIV-positive clients.
The topic of this poll was Undetectable Equals Untransmittable (U=U).
In order to reach HIV-positive survey participants, I submitted posts for participants on Facebook to several HIV based groups. Thes
Wayne Bristow: I have a list of things that I need to do and no determination to attempt any of them."
I’ve realized, I’m not burning out, I’m having days when I wake up and say, “I just don’t want to do anything today”.
August 15th, 2017, I received an email from the editor of PositiveLite asking if I had something for publication, that it’s been a while since my last submission. I haven’t responded to the email yet, deciding I would write something to explain why instead. I sat here most of the day and tried to think of a place to start, and it honestly became a struggle.
Robert Olver in conversation with Zambian HIV activist, Brenda Musenga.
Brenda Musenga is a determined woman. I’d had a sense of that already from reading this story by Paul Shalala, about a group of young HIV activists who had adapted Kevin Maloney’s “Rise Up to HIV+” campaign for stigma-busting use in their communities in Zambia.
Paul’s story introduced and told a bit about each member of the group and what shone through to me at the time about all of them was their sheer determination not only to thrive in the face of adversity and ostracism, but to
From CTV News, Joanne Schnurr reports on the imminent closure of Ottawa's only transition house for people living with HIV.
To read the full article by Joanne Schnurr, visit CTV News, here.
Ottawa's only transition house for people living with HIV will close September 1st.
Bruce House says the high cost of running the facility and the changing needs of its clients are behind the closure. For nearly three decades, Bruce House has operated a specially-equipped transition house in Ottawa's west end to provide round the clock care for people living with HIV. But this past year has been the "perfect storm”, Br
Mark S. King shares "one terrifying night during my #Meth #Addiction that I must share to get well."
When my guard is down, it comes to me. It flashes across my mind, an uninvited assault, sometimes when I am beginning to drift off to sleep or, more cruelly, when my mind is enjoying a pleasant reverie. It is then that the dark memory rushes in like a raid.
He lived in a house with nice furnishings. That reassured me when I arrived for the hookup, given that so many of the other crystal meth addicts I encountered were barely holding on to the remnants of their lives. The others might have a s
From Kenya, Kimutai Kemboi writes about the "sponsor" phenomenon and how it feeds into the spread of HIV there..
'Daniel' as she used to call me, 'you are so young and unfit to be working at such a tender age. You seem to have a potential of doing something better and in this connection, what is that good thing that a person can do for that will change your life forever? '
I had one unchangeable dream and that was to go back to school. That is something I always wished for but no one asked. Her question drew a lot of thoughts in my mind but in the long run, I settled on one decision; that was to open u
From HIV i-Base, Simon Collins: "Purely theoretical risks are no longer a good enough level of evidence to sustain stigma and discrimination and certainly not criminalisation."
Over the last year, hundreds of HIV organisations have joined a new campaign to endorse the statement that HIV transmission does not occur when viral load is undetectable on ART.
And while the dramatic impact of ART on reducing HIV transmission has been known for a long time, it is new to say ART stops transmission completely.
This change is especially important given that prejudice and discrimination against HIV positive people is still widespread. So while it is easy to simply answer “n
From AIDSmap, Michael Carter reports on the first study to predict the incidence of anal cancer in HIV-positive MSM long term, taking into account cART [combination antiretroviral therapy] coverage and individual CD4 cell trajectories.
The incidence of anal cancer among HIV-positive gay men peaked in 2009 and will decline substantially by 2030, even with current levels of antiretroviral therapy (ART) coverage and no cancer-screening programme, Swiss investigators report in AIDS. Further significant reductions would be achieved with 100% treatment coverage and various screening strategies. These would be more effective at preventing cases of anal populationcancer than screening for cervical cancer among women in the gener
From Universities Without Walls, a series of informative discussions hosted by James Watson.
The Greater Involvement of People Living with HIV (GIPA) is a set of principles that highlights engagement, equity and social justice and places people living with HIV at the centre of the HIV movement. However, implementing GIPA in the workplace can be challenging. Is it doable? Are the principles still relevant in today’s work environment?
James Watson talks with two people living with HIV who work in the sector to find out, Marvelous Muchenje a Program Coordinator at the Women’s Heal