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U=U laggards draw fire from the community

published: January, 29, 2018 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Health, Treatment, Media, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

The Global U=U picture is good, but community activists are stepping up the heat on organizations which have been slow to embrace it. Today the spotlight is on Greater than AIDS, GNP+ and in Canada, the Ontario AIDS Network. Bob Leahy reports.

U=U laggards draw fire from the community

This article originallly appeared on January 16, 2018 If 2017 was a good year for many people living with HIV, it was for a simple, three character slogan that seemed to be everywhere. POZ.com, in awarding Undetectable equals Untransmittable, or U=U, the campaign of the year described it as “perhaps the most discussed and rapidly shared message to hit the HIV arena in years”. The Washington Post called it  “the campaign credited with beginning to change public perception of HIV trans

Women with HIV less likely to receive recommended treatments for gynaecologic cancers

published: January, 29, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Media

Toxicity and patient factors were the main reasons why women did not receive treatment recommended in guidelines.From AIDSmap, Michael Carter reports.

Women with HIV less likely to receive recommended treatments for gynaecologic cancers

The majority of HIV-positive women diagnosed with gynaecological cancer do not receive treatment recommended by cancer guidelines, according to research conducted in the United States and published in AIDS. Women whose care did not match guideline standards had poorer survival compared to women who received the recommended care. Toxicity and patient factors were the main reasons why women did not receive treatment recommended in guidelines. “To our knowledge, there is no case series de

Inclusion and respect – appreciating the role people living with HIV have with our research partners

published: January, 26, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, Current Affairs, Research, International , Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

Please sign this petition calling for GIPA to be acknowledged in HIV research findings

Inclusion and respect – appreciating the role people living with HIV have with our research partners

The partnerships forged between people living with HIV and researchers have been an essential foundation upon which the response to the HIV epidemic has grown and the time has come to reaffirm and recommit to principles of inclusion and respect in the conduct of presenting research findings that impacts on our lives. The early years of the HIV epidemic ushered in a radically different approach to traditional medical and clinical research. Academics and activists held a shared understanding th

Public forum: making all the tools better to prevent HIV

published: January, 25, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

Hear an update of how Toronto can end HIV transmissions.

Public forum: making all the tools better to prevent HIV

Leading Toronto researchers and clinicians invite you to a discussion of how HIV prevention tools are improving and combine to get us to zero new infections. (Speakers: Sharmistha Mishra, Rupert Kaul, Malika Sharma, Beth Rachlis, Taylor Sicard, Isaac Bogoch, Abigail Kroch.  Moderator: R. Reinhard) When: Wednesday, February 7, 2018 6:30-8:30 PM Where: Hart House Music Room (U. of Toronto campus) Elevator and access ramp accessible. Light refreshments will be provided. Please RVSP by email

The term ‘LGBTI’ confuses desire, behaviour and identity – it’s time for a rethink

published: January, 25, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

From The Conversation, Dennis Altman: "Desire, behaviour and identity are distinct, and do not always overlap."

The term ‘LGBTI’ confuses desire, behaviour and identity – it’s time for a rethink

This article by Dennis Altman prevously appeared at The Conversation, here. The rise of sexually transmissible diseases made front-page news in The Age, which tried to make sense of the rise among “gay men” and “heterosexual people”. This illustrates the increasingly common confusion between behaviour and identity. What is involved is sexual contact, or to use the expression common in the early days of the AIDS epidemic, “the exchange of bodily fluids”. Whether people involve

French study confirms the safety and effectiveness of varenicline for HIV-positive smokers

published: January, 25, 2018 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Research, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, International , Smoking Cessation , Media

Varenicline (combined with counselling) can clearly help some HIV-positive people to quit smoking. From CATIE, Sean R. Hosein reports.

French study confirms the safety and effectiveness of varenicline for HIV-positive smokers

- People living with HIV are known to be at increased risk for smoking-related illnesses. - Researchers find varenicline safe and effective at helping people with HIV quit smoking. - Cessation counsellors who are infectious disease specialists have higher quit rates. The widespread use of potent HIV treatment (ART) has led to improved measures of health and near-normal life expectancy for many people with HIV in Canada and other high-income countries. However, studies have found that ART us

Faster action on adherence is needed after viral load becomes detectable, researchers warn global treatment programmes

published: January, 24, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Newly Diagnosed, Research, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

“Our results show that any detectable viral load between 51 and 999 copies per ml leads to poorer treatment outcomes than successful virological suppression of less than 50 copies per ml,” write the investigators. From AIDSmap, Keith Alcorn reports.

Faster action on adherence is needed after viral load becomes detectable, researchers warn global treatment programmes

Low-level HIV viral load, above the limit of detection, is an important warning signal for future treatment failure and World Health Organization guidelines on spotting treatment failure need to be revised to encourage greater vigilance and swifter action by healthcare providers in lower- and middle-income settings, investigators report in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. The study, carried out by Annemarie Wensing and colleagues at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands and University

For auld lang syne: a letter to HIV-negative me

published: January, 24, 2018 Written by // Isaac D. Joseph Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, General Health, Isaac D. Joseph, Mental Health, International , Spirituality, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Isaac D. Joseph addresses his former, HIV-negative self: "My beautiful black sheep, be unapologetically proud of who you are..."

For auld lang syne: a letter to HIV-negative me

It has been five years since that day you were attacked and raped and as a result of that rape you were transmitted the HIV virus. On the day you find out that you are HIV-positive you are instantly thrown into a whirlwind of psychological and biological warfare mixed with 24 years of emotional baggage that we should have let go years ago, but nothing fuels a grudge better than anger. Right now you’re probably somewhere in a hotel room, getting high as a Georgia pine, listening to Erykah B

I’m a bad patient

published: January, 23, 2018 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Aging, Gay Men, General Health, Health, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy on those who stumble on the way to managing one’s health in the manner we are told to, and how he has got used to being a “bad” patient

I’m a bad patient

Colour me bad When I was diagnosed in 1993, I continued to work for six months, my life virtually unchanged except for a heavy heart and a secret few knew. I had time, though, to ponder the card that fate had dealt me. In 1994 I decided change was in order. So I left work for good, disclosed to everybody in sight and plunged into volunteerism. My first volunteer job involved manning the reception desk at ACT, then called the AIDS Committee of Toronto.  I thrived. During quiet times at the r

The power of "no"

published: January, 22, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Health, Legal, Lifestyle, Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality

From FS Magazine, Hadley Stewart: "Despite having consented to sex, we don’t necessarily make it clear what we’re consenting to. How able do you feel to negotiate in the bedroom?"

The power of

If, like me, you’ve never sat down and thought about the term ‘consent’, you’d be forgiven for thinking that it doesn’t really apply to you. Often we associate the term with the law, meaning that it’s easy to think it’s something that doesn’t form part of our lives unless we’ve been the victim of a crime. A sexual assault, for instance, is often paired up with the notion of consent. So does that mean we’ve never consented to anything or used our power of consent? Probably

So you tested positive for HIV

published: January, 19, 2018 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, As Prevention , Kimutai Kemboi, Newly Diagnosed, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Mental Health, Health, Sexual Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Kimutai Kemboi of Kenya offers his best advice for those newly diagnosed with HIV.

So you tested positive for HIV

So you tested for HIV a few hours, days, weeks, months or years ago and you found out that you are HIV-positive. I know that was the last thing you expected, yet you must have been worried since that day you messed up somewhere or unwillingly/unknowingly got involved in a mess. Don't even burden yourself with thinking of that; it is absolutely not important. What is important is what you do after getting the facts. Immediately you saw two lines appearing in that testing kit, your mind went i

The Hierarchy of HIV

published: January, 18, 2018 Written by // Michael Yoder Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Michael Yoder

Michael Yoder: "We pay a lot of lip service to the equality of people living with HIV, but a lot of times we don't actually practice that vision."

The Hierarchy of HIV

“Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.” Oscar Wilde I may catch shit for this article, and it's clearly my own personal thoughts and observations, but I believe there's a hierarchy in the HIV "community" and especially among gay men. This is me at my cynical worst, so take that as a warning... We pay a lot of lip service to the equality of people living with HIV, but a lot of times we don't actually practice that vision. I read an articl

Long-acting injectable ARVs are convenient and private, study participants report

published: January, 18, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Media

From NAM aidsmap, Roger Pebody reports on two studies, one using long-acting injectables as TasP and one using them as PrEP.

Long-acting injectable ARVs are convenient and private, study participants report

HIV-positive people who took injectable cabotegravir + rilpivirine every four or eight weeks as antiretroviral therapy found it more convenient and discreet than daily pills, also feeling that it eliminated a “daily reminder of living with HIV”, Deanna Kerrigan and colleagues report in PLOS One. Similarly, HIV-negative men who took injectable cabotegravir every 12 weeks as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) felt that it was probably more convenient and easier to adhere to than dai

Happy new year. Being marked by Big City Living

published: January, 17, 2018 Written by // Dennis Battler Categories // Aging, Social Media, Gay Men, Pets, Health, Spirituality, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Dennis Battler

Toronto poz guy Dennis Battler: 'Hi Robert To bring you up to date I've attached a "summary" of sorts ... Possibly this review sent to a friend could be manipulated into an article. Today's word is "painting." Happy new year.

Happy new year. Being marked by Big City Living

Hello Sheila, To respond to your email thoroughly (I believe you appreciate detail as much as I) I’m sending along a reply I wrote to Eric whom I worked with at Of Things Past. Eric also had a Whippet, Hudson, whom Shanti visited with. One day a week for a year when I set up the Rosedale store, Hudson and Shanti were canine staples there with many fans. Eric kindly sent this email: “Greetings Dennis. I wanted to reach out and send along well wishes for the holidays.  I know how challen

Common birth control shot linked to risk of HIV infection

published: January, 17, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Research, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

Research indicates alternative contraception methods may help protect women.

Common birth control shot linked to risk of HIV infection

Washington, DC - Transitioning away from a popular contraceptive shot known as DMPA could help protect women in Sub-Saharan Africa and other high-risk regions from becoming infected with HIV, according to a research review published in the Endocrine Society’s journal Endocrine Reviews. The predominant contraceptive in Sub-Saharan Africa is depot-medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA)—a birth control shot administered every three months. Human studies suggest DMPA use may raise the risk of H

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