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Homophobia and PrEP in the UK

published: August, 09, 2016 Written by // Megan DePutter Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, International , Legal, Treatment, Megan DePutter, Opinion Pieces

Homophobia and HIV stigma run high in the UK, with the Daily Mail leading the charge, as Megan Deputter relates.

Homophobia and PrEP in the UK

The Daily Mail has published some rubbish in its time, but yesterday’s news takes the cake. One of the first things I did since starting my new role as Training Manager at Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland is develop an HIV Awareness training course. In my introduction to the topic, I provide an overview to where we are with HIV today. In a nutshell, I explain, we have grown immensely in our ability to understand, prevent and treat HIV. But stigma is stubborn. Stigma has been with us since th

LHIVE Healthy is looking for study participants

published: August, 09, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Yoga, Alternative Therapies, Aging, Social Media, General Health, Food, Nutrition and Recipes, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Research, Fitness and Exercise, Health, Sexual Health, Smoking Cessation , Revolving Door, Treatment, Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Vitamins - Supplements

The LHIVE Healthy study is currently looking for 750 adults living with HIV across Canada to participate in the study.

LHIVE Healthy is looking for study participants

People living with HIV are living longer – but are also disproportionately affected by diabetes, heart disease and smoking-related illness. These ailments are not only a result of HIV, but rather are usually the result of lifestyle choices and risks factors such as tobacco use, low physical activity and poor diet. “One of the real challenges today for people living with HIV is to grow old in an healthy way,” said Dr. Jose Côté, principal investigator of the LHIVE Healthy study. It is i

High Court rules NHS England is responsible for funding PrEP

published: August, 03, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, International , Legal, Treatment, Guest Authors

The ruling does not mean PrEP will succeed as a candidate for funding. From AIDSmap, Keith Alcorn reports

High Court rules NHS England is responsible for funding PrEP

This article by Keith Alcorn previously appeared at AIDSmap.com here.   A judicial review in the High Court has ruled that NHS England is responsible for funding pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and decisively rebutted all the arguments used by NHS England to avoid paying for the use of PrEP. NHS England said today in response that the High Court ruling does not mean the medication will end up being funded by the NHS, and warned today that manufacturer Gilead Sciences now faces a bli

New strategy aims to end AIDS in children by 2020

published: July, 28, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, International AIDS Conference , Conferences, Youth, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors

From aidsmap's coverage of AIDS2016, Keith Alcorn reports on a new initiative to ensure that children and adolescents do not get left behind as treatment programs strive to achieve the 90-90-90 targets

New strategy aims to end AIDS in children by 2020

A new strategy to end paediatric AIDS launched at the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) in Durban, South Africa, last Tuesday calls for antiretroviral treatment services to reach 1.6 million children and 1.2 million adolescents by 2018. The Super-Fast Track strategy is intended to close the gap between adult and paediatric treatment access, says UNAIDS, and will pull together the actions of numerous agencies. The strategy is intended to ensure that children and adolescents

Young women treated in very early HIV infection stay HIV negative and preserve immune function

published: July, 26, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, International AIDS Conference , Social Media, As Prevention , Conferences, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Research, Health, Sexual Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors

From aidsmap, Gus Cairns reports on the Fresh Study.

Young women treated in very early HIV infection stay HIV negative and preserve immune function

This article by Gus Cairns previously appeared at aidsmap here. A group of young South African women who were diagnosed in very early infection and immediately given antiretroviral therapy (ART) preserved their CD4 counts and the function of cells that HIV normally disrupts. And the majority of them never seroconverted, staying HIV-negative despite having evidence of low levels of HIV infection in cells. It is planned to follow these young women for two to three years, at which point a jud

Mark S. King from #AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa: gay HIV advocates speak out

published: July, 19, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, International AIDS Conference , Gay Men, As Prevention , Conferences, Youth, Current Affairs, Newly Diagnosed, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Sexual Health, International , Legal, Living with HIV, Sex and Sexuality , Mark S. King

Mark S. King chats with gay HIV advocates from around the world about criminalization, chem sex and PrEP

Mark S. King from #AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa: gay HIV advocates speak out

Mark S. King is in Durban, South Africa for #AIDS2016 and his video coverage begins today. In this first installment it seems remarkable, with such draconian laws in place in their home countries that so many gay men have the courage to even show up. Mark speaks with gay HIV advocates from around the world about what life is like for them back home and the ongoing criminalization of homosexuality in 75 countries. He also chats with them about PrEP, the difficulty of obtaining PrEP in some cou

Drugs, mobile phones and HIV prevention

published: June, 23, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, CATIE, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Sexual Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Population Specific

From CATIE, Kate Jongbloed tells how The Cedar Project is using mobile phones to contribute to the health and healing of young Indigenous people who use drugs.

Drugs, mobile phones and HIV prevention

This article previously appeared on the CATIE blog here. How’s it going? These three little words have tremendous power. Sent as a simple text message, it creates an opportunity for dialogue between a case manager and a person seeking health care. It is the power of those three words that drives a new mobile phone program in B.C. that connects young Indigenous people living with or vulnerable to HIV with much-needed care and services. The initiative is part of The Cedar Project, a co

Positive on PrEP

published: May, 26, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors

From POZ, guest author Trenton Straube offers insight into PrEP failure and what it means for HIV prevention

Positive on PrEP

Meet three guys who got HIV after starting Truvada as pre-exposure prophylaxis. How does this happen, and how are they doing today? By Trenton Straube If you take Truvada daily, the antiretroviral pill reduces your chances of contracting HIV by 99 percent. The FDA approved Truvada as a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in 2012, but the drug only recently gained traction, with more than 40,000 people now taking it in the United States; thousands more have taken it in clinical trials and studie

Five big ideas to stop the spread of HIV and Hepatitis C in Canada

published: May, 25, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // As Prevention , Conferences, CATIE, Hep B and C, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV

The CATIE Forum in October 2015 heard speakers from across Canada and beyond. Here are some of the recommendations they put forth.

Five big ideas to stop the spread of HIV and Hepatitis C in Canada

This article previously appeared on the CATIE website, here. Une version française est disponible ici.  by Andrew Brett Research over the past several years has opened up new possibilities for the prevention of both HIV and hepatitis C. From greater knowledge to newer technologies, we are now in a better position to prevent infections than we have ever been. But are we making the most of these new possibilities? That was one of the questions tackled at the CATIE Forum in October 2015.

Conference reporting: From Winnipeg with love (Part Two)

published: May, 25, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Aging, Conferences, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Sexual Health, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy continues his report on what went down at two recent conferences he attended in Winnipeg, Manitoba - CAHR and CAS.

Conference reporting: From Winnipeg with love (Part Two)

(Not acronym friendly? CAHR stands for Canadian Association for HIV Research. CAS stands for the Canadian AIDS Society.) In part one of this story I provided a user-friendly guide to what goes on at HIV conferences, why biding advocates should consider going and how to get to them. In this part, I’ll take last week’s two conferences and break their highlights down for you, again in user-friendly terms. First let’s deal with Winnipeg itself. This was my second visit and I remain not qu

The benefits of prompt HIV treatment

published: March, 23, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors

Aidsmap reports yet more evidence that starting testament early produces better outcomes including quality of life and “should provide reassurance to people who worry about HIV medications being ‘strong’, ‘toxic’ or causing more harm than good.”

The benefits of prompt HIV treatment

This article previously appeared in aidsmap's HIV Update here. Further findings from START, a major study which aimed to identify the benefits and harms of beginning HIV treatment at a high CD4 cell count, have recently been released. These findings concern cancer, heart disease and quality of life.  This study enrolled 4685 men and women with HIV who had never taken HIV treatment, were in generally good health and had a CD4 cell count over 500 cells/mm3. Based on random allocation, half t

Starting HIV treatment at first clinic visit improves outcomes in African study

published: March, 04, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Newly Diagnosed, Research, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

What once seemed like a rash idea is becoming validated as more research suggests same day treatment initiation works best and is well accepted

Starting HIV treatment at first clinic visit improves outcomes in African study

This article by Liz Highleyman produced in collaboration with hivandhepatitis.com first appeared on aidsmap.com here.   A programme to accelerate the process of HIV diagnosis, preparation and starting antiretroviral therapy (ART) in South Africa led to a higher proportion of people initiating treatment and better health outcomes, according to results from the RapIT trial presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2016) taking place this week in Boston, US

Dumbing down HIV treatment hurts everybody

published: February, 10, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Alternative Therapies, Activism, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy says there is so much faulty information on what being on treatment means and when to start that it is hurting us all. But there are solutions which can successfully balance patient rights with the benefits of starting treatment early

Dumbing down HIV treatment hurts everybody

Balancing act There has always been a balancing act between what science or even common sense suggests what’s best for us and our right to freedom of choice, to do what we think is right for our bodies. That applies to both prevention and treatment decisions. Sometimes we have got it right like saying “give people relevant and accessible information to make them feel in control of their sexual health“.  Sometimes we get it wrong, like the highly prescriptive, but once popular “use a

Treatment turns 20 – a personal perspective

published: January, 12, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Population Specific

From CATIE’s The Positive Side, The transformative impact of antiretroviral therapy—on the epidemic, HIV care and what it means to live with the virus.

Treatment turns 20 – a personal perspective

This article by Darien Taylor first appeared in The Positive Side, a publication of CATIE, here.  Une version française est disponible ici. Twenty years ago the lives of people with HIV suddenly changed. Since the early 1980s, we had been living in the shadow of death, watching as friends, lovers and entire communities got sick and died. Our doctors tried to treat the opportunistic infections that occurred as our immune systems weakened; we marched in the streets to demand political action

Laurie Edmiston: Now is time for leadership in fight against HIV in Canada

published: November, 25, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

The Executive Director of CATIE says “With new targets at the global level, and new federal leadership in Canada, now is the time to renew our own HIV response and catch up with the rest of the world.”

Laurie Edmiston: Now is time for leadership in fight against HIV in Canada

“HIV in Canada?”  It’s a question I often hear on World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, when much of our attention turns to the global HIV epidemic. Many of us think of HIV/AIDS as an issue affecting other countries. But an HIV epidemic in Canada? More than 70,000 Canadians are living with HIV and, on average, seven to eight new infections happen every day. While these numbers are concerning, Canada’s overall rate of new infections is still lower than the global average. What these numbers don’

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