Treatment

I just want to feel ‘normal’!

published: October, 06, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Women, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Guest writer Julie Musonda “It’s not that I want to go out roaming the streets and having unprotected sex with the whole of the local rugby club.”

I just want to feel ‘normal’!

This article by Julie Musonda was originally published in Baseline (Life with HIV and Hepatitis) here.  The debate about the infectiousness of people living with HIV has been raging for a few years now. The first to put their heads above the parapet were the Swiss National AIDS Commission (EKAF) who published The Swiss Statement back in 2008. This highlighted that the risk of HIV infection between sero-discordant, monogamous heterosexuals is negligible if HAART is taken consistently, viral l

Research needs you!

published: October, 01, 2012 Categories // Research, Health, Treatment

New writer Heiko Decosas of the CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network (CTN) with the first of his regular blogs on PositiveLite.com. Today he talks about the work of the network and what clinical trials are about.

Research needs you! That’s the tag line of a poster we put about enrolling CTN clinical trials in Canada. It really is the truth. Clinical trials have been a critical part of advancing HIV treatments, but these advances would not amount to much if it were not for the thousands of people who have given significantly of themselves to participate in clinical research in Canada. In the early to mid 1990s the CTN worked closely with pharmaceutical companies in drug development. Testing new drugs

New insights in HIV management and strategies for a cure

published: October, 01, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, Events, Health, Events, Treatment, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

ACT’s second Community Health Forum in the current series is on new insights in HIV management and strategies for a cure. Attendance is free. The forum will also be available via webcast.

New insights in HIV management and strategies for a cure

The second workshop in the current series of free open discussion forums for people living with HIV hosted by the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) will be held on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 7:00pm at the Ramada Plaza Hotel, 300 Jarvis Street in Toronto.  The topic this month is New insights in HIV Management and Strategies for a Cure. The forum will address questions such as:  What is the current problem with curing HIV infection? Reservoirs and immune containment. What shou

Reflecting

published: September, 12, 2012 Categories // Health, Treatment, Opinion Pieces

In “a pill will fix it” era, are we missing the real impact of the disease, or how our fate is determined by so many other variables. MT O’Shaughnessy asks the hard questions.

Right now might not be the best time for me to write a column for PositiveLite.com. September 6th is the seven year anniversary of the death of a man I loved very much.  As such every year I find myself, around now, focused on a deep sense of melancholy and reflection.  John died after three months in the hospital, from AIDS.  He had been a long term survivor and had, ultimately, run the course of his ability to deal with the disease.  Stopping medications for over a year his system ev

Pharmapride?

published: September, 10, 2012 Categories // Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Ken Monteith: By now all — or at least most — of the LGBT pride activities across Canada and generally in the northern hemisphere are over. I'm left with a bit of a bitter aftertaste from some of the spectacle that we have been forced to swallow.

Pharmapride?

Don't get your knickers in a twist just yet: I have absolutely no objections to seeing our community in all of its diversity, from the parents to the drag queens to the leather community to the sports teams, all being as tame or outrageous as they want to be on a day (or a few days) that, for once, is reserved for our free expression. What I really choke on is the increasing tendency of pharmaceutical companies to use these occasions to flog their products to us.  I totally understand the di

How to live well with HIV

published: September, 04, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Community Events, As Prevention , General Health, Events, Features and Interviews, Mental Health, Research, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

John McCullagh talks with Robin Rhodes of ACT about his agency’s monthly educational workshops for people living with HIV - workshops that are now webcast across Canada and around the world.

How to live well with HIV

For those of us who work or volunteer in the HIV sector, there are often opportunities to attend workshops and conferences about new developments in HIV prevention and treatment and, for those of us living with HIV, on managing our heath in all of its dimensions - physical, emotional and spiritual. For most other HIVers though, such opportunities are not as readily available, due to cost, time, location or inclination. This is where the Community Health Forums put on by the AIDS Committee of

Does treatment as prevention work less well with gay and bi men?

published: August, 30, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Gay Men, Research, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Increased rates of unprotected sex among undiagnosed gay men wipe out benefits of diagnosis and HIV treatment, reports aidsmap.

Does treatment as prevention work less well with gay and bi men?

This article by Michael Carter was first published by NAM/aidsmap. Republished with permission.  The ongoing HIV epidemic among gay men in the Netherlands is due to increased rates of unprotected sex, investigators report in the online edition of AIDS. Higher rates of risky sex, especially among undiagnosed individuals and men who are not taking anti-HIV drugs, are offsetting the benefits provided by testing and antiretroviral treatment. “The resurgent epidemic in the Netherland

Starting Treatment Early

published: August, 26, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

Three-quarters of clinicians in the US willing to prescribe early HIV treatment for the purpose of prevention, reports aidsmap

Starting Treatment Early

This article by Michael Carter first appeared on NAM/aidsmap.  Republished with permission.  There is an overwhelming consensus among clinicians who prescribe HIV treatment in the US that people who are taking antiretroviral therapy are less likely to transmit HIV to their sexual partners, according to results of a study published in the online edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. Results also showed that over three-quarters of care providers would be willing to

Sick Enough?

published: August, 23, 2012 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Louis "Kengi" Carr

What happens when you are HIV and relying on supports that prefer you to be sicker. Our LA friend Kengi reports.

Sick Enough?

There isn’t too much in my daily life that reminds me I’m HIV positive. In fact it’s really not something I think about at all unless I’m speaking about it, reading about, writing about it or going to the doctor. Even with all the community work I do around HIV, it still never dominates my life. From the day I was diagnosed I’ve refused to allow HIV to take over my life. At that time it was pretty hard because I was homeless and so uncertain of what the outcome would be. If I am to

Pills

published: August, 21, 2012 Written by // Michael Yoder Categories // Health, Treatment, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Michael Yoder

Michael Yoder: “I wonder that with all this modern medicine have we become a society that is dependent on the pharmaceutical industry to provide us with a pill for everything?.But . . there’s no pill for living a full and kaleidoscopic life.”

Pills

“One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small, And the ones that Mother gives you don’t do anything at all…” From White Rabbit, Jefferson Airplane  On a Facebook group to which I belong, a man spoke at length about his current regime and the problems he’s been facing. At an evening over coffee with Positively Connected, we started talking about the variety of pills to which we are constantly directed. There’s a pill for this and a pill for that, and another pill to c

Money problems lead to poor adherence

published: August, 21, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

Australian research says yes. But does this apply to your country?

Money problems lead to poor adherence

his article first appeared on NAM/aidsmap’s HIV Weekly' Australian researchers have found that having money problems can mean that people interrupt or stop their HIV treatment, or have difficulties travelling to clinic appointments. For HIV treatment to work properly it needs to be taken correctly. Taking your treatment correctly is often called adherence. The best results are seen in people who take all or nearly all of their treatment doses at the right time and in the right way. Resea

Downtown Eastside

published: August, 19, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Current Affairs, Health, Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

A video report. The epi-centre of HIV in Vancouver, B.C is also a centre for innovation in diagnosis, treatment and provision of a range of other social services.

Downtown Eastside

PositiveLite.com editor Bob Leahy says:  HIV work, it seems to me, is difficult without really knowing the neighbourhoods you serve, their social mores, their challenges, their success stories.  Same goes for our ability to discuss the work of others; it really helps to know and understand the environment. We in Eastern Canada often speak of Vancouver’s downtown Eastside without really knowing it well.  Here’s a piece which will help change that just a little. From the Treatment as Pr

Where new HIV infections come from.

published: August, 17, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Health, Research, International , Sexual Health, Treatment, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

Newly infected individuals sustaining HIV epidemic in Geneva, says research reported by aidsmap

Where new HIV infections come from.

This article by Michael Carter first appeared in NAM/aidsmap.  Republished with permission.  Individuals with recent HIV infection are sustaining the epidemic, a Swiss study published in the online edition of AIDS suggests. The investigators believe that their results further support the use of antiretroviral therapy as prevention, but also show that its impact on the epidemic will be blunted because of the high number of transmissions which can be attributed to individuals who have been re

On Your Mark, Get Set, StART

published: August, 11, 2012 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, Newly Diagnosed, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Living with HIV, Population Specific

CATIE says “HIV treatment can be a lifesaver, but before you start, you’ll want to be mentally and emotionally prepared.”

On Your Mark, Get Set, StART

This article first appeared in The Positive Side, a publication of CATIE. Une version française est disponible ici.   Most people with HIV start taking HIV treatment (sometimes called antiretroviral therapy, ART or HAART) sooner or later. Maybe you are preparing to start, or maybe you know someone who is. Part of getting ready is thinking about how treatment may affect your life. Here we suggest some questions to consider. And two HIV-positive women share their stories of walking the

Truvada: Troubles Ahead?

published: August, 10, 2012 Categories // As Prevention , Health, Treatment, Opinion Pieces

Dave R writes...the use of Truvada as an HIV prevention tool, PrEP, has caused waves of excitement in many quarters but is it a case of premature exhilaration, leading to unwanted consequences!

Truvada: Troubles Ahead?

Sometimes a sort of HIV-related sixth sense kicks in and you get that feeling in your water that the latest advance regarding prevention and treatment just doesn’t ring true. Do you feel that occasionally? This story about Truvada, being used as a prevention tool, (PrEP) just gives me the chills. It’s as if they just haven’t taken into account the foibles of human nature when it comes to doing what you’re supposed to do. Let me start by disclaiming. I’m not a doctor but I have been

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