Treatment Guidelines -including when to start

Remember, people with HIV invented safe sex.

published: January, 19, 2017 Written by // Megan DePutter Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Health, International , Sexual Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Megan DePutter

Megan DePutter debunks the logic that it is people who are aware of their HIV status who are responsible for spreading HIV and the ethics of withholding the information that U=U.

Remember, people with HIV invented safe sex.

"Withholding information on the assumption that it will be misused is not only misguided, it is unethical." Like most PositiveLite.com readers, I’ve been following the undetectable = untransmittable saga with interest. I was thrilled to read about the new statement from CATIE, which endorses this clear message. This ground-breaking change comes directly from the efforts of people living with HIV themselves. It represents a fine example of the profound work of people living with HIV and illu

Changes

published: January, 18, 2017 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Alex Sparrowhawk

The UK's Alex Sparrowhawk discusses his recent change in meds

Changes

Merely two weeks into the year and it feels like a lot has happened already. Back to work, into the swing of building up my fitness again and feeling much more human than I did over Christmas. The biggest change has been to my medication, after two years on Eviplera I’ve made the switch to Stribild due to interaction issues with other medication.  It’s about a week since I started the new combination but I seem to be tolerating it well so far.   It’s a once-a-day pill just like my l

PrEP, discrimination and HIV stigma

published: January, 17, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

The UK's FS magazine says: "When it comes to HIV, stigmatisation and discrimination are rife in gay-land, now more than ever."

PrEP, discrimination and HIV stigma

This article by Mario | @Londondiaries2 previously apperared at FS, here. Every day in the UK, about ten gay/bisexual men are diagnosed with HIV. About 11% of HIV-positive gay men are on meds but not undetectable. You would think that these figures alone would help the NHS gods see the light and work towards an end to the PrEP saga. Unless you’ve been living in isolation for the past year, by now you will know that there is a pill out there which, if taken daily, within seven days can p

French U=U campaign posters attacked as "pornography", charges may be laid.

published: January, 13, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

French poster campaign promoting U = U message is met with vandalism, complaints and possible prosecution. Based on a report in Marianne by Thomas Vampouille, which was translated by Denis LeBlanc

French U=U campaign posters attacked as

The campaign, designed by TBWA\Paris, uses black and white visuals, photographed by Mathieu César. - Aides Aides, the French association fighting HIV, was summoned to the police station after the public prosecutor of Laval (a town in western France) found that three complaints were admissible. The complaints denounced the "broadcasting of a violent or pornographic message" on the posters of its latest prevention campaign, according to a January 10 report by Thomas Vampouille on the French ne

Want to understand HIV? Ask the 'why' questions.

published: January, 12, 2017 Written by // Megan DePutter Categories // Social Media, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Megan DePutter

Megan DePutter finds that being asked difficult questions benefits both the trainee and the trainer. Test your HIV knowledge with Megan's quiz!

Want to understand HIV? Ask the 'why' questions.

Think you understand HIV? Really know your stuff? So did I. Then I started training. When I first started my job at Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland, I had been out of the field for two years. I was worried that some of the information I held was out of date, or not relevant to a UK context. This was true to some degree. I’ve had to update and geographically re-position my information. All of this has been acquired learning for me. However, this has paled in comparison to the amount of new k

U = U gains an important ally..Human Rights Campaign Partners With Prevention Access Campaign to Correct Misinformation About HIV

published: January, 09, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, As Prevention , Current Affairs, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Features and Interviews, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

Enter an accuracy watchdog to address inaccuracies about undetectable viral load. From TheBody.com, Noël Gordon interviews Prevention Access Campaign co-founder Bruce Richman

U  = U gains an important ally..Human Rights Campaign Partners With Prevention Access Campaign to Correct Misinformation About HIV

People living with HIV deserve accuracy Today, HRC announced a partnership with the Prevention Access Campaign (PAC) to correct misinformation about HIV in the news media through a new joint initiative called the Accuracy Watchdog. PAC is one of a growing number of organizations, including HRC, to champion the fact that people living with HIV cannot transmit the virus to a partner if they've consistently taken their medication and achieved an "undetectable viral load." This means the a

Four London clinics report dramatic drops in HIV incidence in gay men: PrEP, early testing and early ART are likely to be key

published: January, 09, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Health, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Simon Collins of HIV i-Base reports some encouraging PrEP news.

Four London clinics report dramatic drops in HIV incidence in gay men: PrEP, early testing and early ART are likely to be key

To read the entire article by Simon Collins, go to HIV i-Base, here. At the end of December, several leading London sexual health clinics used social media to report significant drops in number of gay men who were diagnosed HIV positive during 2016.These preliminary data are based on early reviews. A similar number of tests were run each year and a similar number of STIs were reported for each period. This suggests that increased use of PrEP together with early diagnosis and early ART are li

Going beyond current ideas about the cascade of HIV care

published: January, 03, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, International , Treatment

CATIE reports on the effects of ART and the need for further measurement as a possible impediment to reaching UNAIDS 90-90-90- targets.

Going beyond current ideas about the cascade of HIV care

Une version française est disponible ici.   When initiated and taken every day exactly as prescribed and directed, HIV treatment(ART) can greatly reduce the amount of HIV in the blood (viral load), allowing the immune system to begin the process of gradually repairing itself. As the use of ART continues, the amount of HIV in the blood eventually falls very low—below the level at which it can accurately be counted with routine tests. This low level is commonly called undetectable. Conti

World Health Organization urges scale-up of HIV self-testing

published: December, 30, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

WHO hopes to increase testing rates in men, adolescents, men who have sex with men and other key populations.as AIDSmap.com's Roger Pebody reports.

World Health Organization urges scale-up of HIV self-testing

HIV self-testing (sometimes called ‘home testing’) should be offered as an additional approach to HIV testing services, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends in new guidelines issued today. HIV self-testing “represents another step in line with efforts to increase patient autonomy, decentralize services and create demand for HIV testing among those unreached by existing services,” say WHO. They hope that it may increase testing rates in men, adolescents, men who have se

The UK’s largest sexual health clinic saw a 40 percent drop in new HIV infections this year

published: December, 29, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors

AIDSmap reports: PrEP and immediate treatment probably both contributing, doctors say

The UK’s largest sexual health clinic saw a 40 percent drop in new HIV infections this year

The clinic at 56 Dean Street in Soho, central London, the largest sexual health clinic in the UK, saw an unprecedented 40% drop in new HIV diagnoses this year. A press release from the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, which runs Dean Street, said that in the period between January and November 2016, the clinic diagnosed 373 new HIV infections. In the same period in 2015, they diagnosed 626 – a fall of 40.4%. The Dean Street clinic accounts for one in nine HIV diagnoses in the UK and one

Long term decline in consistent condom use among Australian gay men

published: December, 23, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Roger Pebody of AIDSmap.com reports on changing prevention strategies among gay men in Australia as reflected in the Australian Gay Community Periodic Surveys.

Long term decline in consistent condom use among Australian gay men

Data from the last ten years of the Australian Gay Community Periodic Surveys shows a steady decline in consistent condom use, with more gay men attempting to minimize their risk by serosorting or by having an undetectable viral load. While HIV-positive men appear to be increasingly confident in their low risk of HIV transmission, it is not clear that HIV-negative men have fully embraced the impact of antiretrovirals on HIV prevention. “Our report highlights the urgent need for HIV preven

Lifegiving gifts

published: December, 20, 2016 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Community Events, Activism, Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Health, International , Sexual Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Alex Sparrowhawk

From the U.K., Alex Sparrowhawk says, "... perhaps the best gift of all would be to share our knowledge and spirit with one another."

Lifegiving gifts

During another successful National HIV Testing Week I’ve spoken to a lot of different people about my own experiences of testing, and the one test that altered my life forever. I’m now seven years into my journey with HIV and with World AIDS Day 2016 approaching I’ve been thinking about the remarkable changes that have happened during that time. Seven years ago I was told I would need to start medication immediately, I was diagnosed ‘late’ and even though it was only five or six mon

NHS England announces major new PrEP trial for 2017

published: December, 16, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors

For AIDSmap.com, Gus Cairns and Roger Pebody report: previous funding increased fivefold, but trial still depends on drug price deal

NHS England announces major new PrEP trial for 2017

NHS England, in collaboration with Public Health England, has announced in a press release today that a major new implementation trial of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) will start next year. It is planned to enrol at least twice as many as previously anticipated and the funding announced is five times higher than the money for a trial originally announced in March this year. NHS England says that the three-year trial will start in “early financial year 2017/18”, which implies next A

Meet Jorge: He's undetectable and uninfectious.

published: December, 13, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

From Ontario's The Gilbert Centre, George G. P. Tesseris shares the good news about having an undetectable viral load.

Meet Jorge: He's undetectable and uninfectious.

Hi, I’m Jorge. I am a healthy HIV-positive man living happily in Barrie since my diagnosis ten years ago. The profile pic I chose symbolizes the state of HIV stigma today. I would like to share my identity with you but since I have publicity shy family members, I felt the need to keep it private. (George subsequently agreed to use his real name.)  That really sucks. Yet there is an explosion of stars in the photo and they represent an explosion of good news. Medical science is working mir

Measuring Canada's Progress on the 90-90-90 HIV Targets

published: December, 12, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Research, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

From the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), the methodology PHAC used to determine the national 90--90-90 progress first announced by the health minister on PositiveLite.com, .

Measuring Canada's Progress on the 90-90-90 HIV Targets

PositiveLite.com says:  This explanation from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has not been universally well received. We join with others who recognize it's deficiencies - but applaud its existence Canada has a patchwork of provincially based health care systems, each with its own particular difficulties in collecting data of this nature. The manner in which each province has supplied data to PHAC, often where it does not exist, has not been explained. Note though that the numbers

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