Treatment Guidelines -including when to start

The science-based U=U message is everywhere - but some aren’t biting.

published: December, 12, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Features and Interviews, Health, International , Treatment, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy: Are organizations passing up on the chance to end HIV stigma and inform people living with HIV who are durably undetectable that they can’t transmit the virus? What people are saying

The science-based U=U message is everywhere - but some aren’t biting.

The images accompanying this article are from campaigns around the world informing people living with HIV that if their viral load is durably suppressed, they can not transmit the virus to others. There were no Canadian images used because no such campaigns exist in Canada.  It’s getting heated People living with HIV have never played a greater part in designing and implementing prevention messaging. In just a few months, the U = U message from the Prevention Access Campaign, arguably the

CATIE statement on the use of antiretroviral treatment (ART) to maintain an undetectable viral load to prevent the sexual transmission of HIV.

published: December, 09, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Living with HIV

From CATIE, these statements were developed to help service providers in Canada adapt their programs and incorporate this evidence into their messaging.

CATIE statement on the use of antiretroviral treatment (ART) to maintain an undetectable viral load to prevent the sexual transmission of HIV.

Une version française est disponible ici.    Over the past several years the HIV prevention toolbox has expanded significantly. This is due to a rapid growth in our knowledge of effective approaches that help prevent the transmission of HIV. However, to maximize the impact on the HIV epidemic, we must effectively increase awareness, uptake and proper use of these approaches. The CATIE statements summarize the best available evidence on the effectiveness of three approaches to help pre

The "epidemic" of misunderstanding about HIV

published: December, 02, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Hep B and C, As Prevention , CATIE, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment

Laurie Edmiston of CATIE shares some thoughts about where we are in the fight against HIV.

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Many Canadians likely think of HIV as a challenge experienced by other parts of the world, such as Sub-Saharan Africa. And they're correct. But it's also true Canada faces its own HIV epidemic-- a reality to be reminded of on World AIDS Day (December 1) and throughout the year. The most visible face of our HIV epidemic is the 75,000 Canadians living with the virus. Less visible, but perhaps equally significant, is the widespread lack of knowledge about new advances in HIV prevention. If more o

An exclusive interview with Health Minister Jane Philpott

published: December, 01, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Hep B and C, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Features and Interviews, Health, Legal, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors

In an exclusive interview for PositiveLite.com for World AIDS Day, Rob Easton talks with federal Health Minister Jane Philpott about Canada’s 90-90-90 achievements, a renewed federal initiative on HIV, criminalization of non-disclosure and more.

An exclusive interview with Health Minister Jane Philpott

Photo: Motswari Mofokeng Rob Easton: Minister Philpott, thank you for taking the time for this interview with PositiveLite.com. Jane Philpott: My pleasure. You’ve had a very busy few weeks with health accords and a number of different announcements. How challenging is it to get HIV on the list of priorities, both within your ministry, and also around the cabinet table? I think it would be fair to say that HIV and other sexually transmitted and blood born infections have not b

Good news? On this World AIDS Day, 2016, there is a lot to report.

published: December, 01, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , CATIE, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Sexual Health, Treatment

CATIE details how 2016 has been a year of positive change for people living with HIV.

Good news? On this World AIDS Day, 2016, there is a lot to report.

 The science of treatment and prevention has much to inspire agencies delivering needed services to people living with, and at risk of, HIV.  We know that there are significant health benefits for people with HIV to begin treatment as soon as possible after diagnosis. Early treatment with good adherence in order to maintain an undetectable viral load allows an HIV-positive person to live a long and healthy life. A ground-breaking study called START (Strategic Timing of Antiretroviral Trea

Show your support: Sign the Canadian Consensus Statement

published: November, 30, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Activism, Hep B and C, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Health, Sexual Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment

CATIE's Laurie Edmiston: "We, the organizing committee – CATIE, CTAC and PositiveLite.com – consulted various communities across Canada over a 20-month period for their input. The resultant Statement reflects those insights."

Show your support: Sign the Canadian Consensus Statement

A message from Laurie Edmiston, executive director, CATIE: As we head into World AIDS Day, I am today asking for your assistance in taking a step that could help to greatly enhance our country’s response to HIV. You may have heard about the Canadian Consensus Statement on the Health and Prevention Benefits of HIV Antiretroviral Medications and HIV Testing. Essentially, the Canadian Consensus Statement, or CCS (for short), declares the importance of certain principles and app

Sexy, serene, undetectable and uninfectious: AIDES Paris launches groundbreaking "Revelation" campaign

published: November, 28, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Art, Activism, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Photography, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

France scores big time! Guest author Denis Leblanc reports on an amazing French publicity campaign designed to explain to the public what undetectable viral load means and in doing so, puts a big dent in HIV stigma

Sexy, serene, undetectable and uninfectious: AIDES Paris launches  groundbreaking

PositiveLite.com has published many articles to share the news and discuss the facts around the Undetectable = Uninfectious campaign: that people living with HIV who are on successful treatment and undetectable for six months cannot transmit HIV. PositiveLite.com is a community partner with the Prevention Access Campaign and has endorsed the Consensus Statement given the wealth of scientific support for these facts. France’s oldest HIV/AIDS organisation, AIDES, has just launched a publicity

Why are HIV groups charging Gilead with bad behavior in new PrEP trial

published: November, 22, 2016 Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Research, International , Treatment

Anna Forbes and Marc-André LeBlanc are among a coalition of HIV activists and organizations from Europe and North America calling Gilead out on their bad corporate behavior. Here they present the story so far.

Why are HIV groups charging Gilead with bad behavior in new PrEP trial

This article originally appeared at TheBody.com, here. Gilead is not following the accepted standard for community engagement in its new pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) trial, and we are among a coalition of HIV activists and organizations from Europe and North America calling them out on their bad corporate behavior. We root our criticism in the Good Participatory Practice (GPP) guidelines that were inspired, in part, by controversies in earlier PrEP trials. Truvada (FTC/TDF) is approve

What is sex really like for a gay trans man?

published: November, 21, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Features and Interviews, Mental Health, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

On top of worries about disclosure or transphobia, sexual health can be a tough field to navigate for a lot of trans people too. From FS Magazine, Aedan Wolton

What is sex really like for a gay trans man?

This article by Aidan Wolton previously appeared at FS Magazine, here. Despite the wonderful diversity within our LGBTQ communities, it can sometimes feel like the ‘T’ is silent. Trans people are often left off the sexual health agenda, and even within community spaces, transphobia is rife. On the often hyper-masculine, phallocentric gay scene, queer trans men (guys assigned female at birth) can experience unique forms of invisibility and discrimination, making even a simple hook-up fee

NHS England loses appeal – it must consider providing PrEP

published: November, 18, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors

Nonetheless NHS England may still try to put obstacles in the way of NHS provision of PrEP, as AIDSmap.com's Roger Pebody reports.

NHS England loses appeal – it must consider providing PrEP

Not all the UK press has been enthusiastic At the Court of Appeal in London, three judges just now confirmed that NHS England is responsible for providing PrEP. Key to the case is the fact that NHS England already commissions post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) which is not substantially different to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). Nonetheless NHS England may still try to put obstacles in the way of NHS provision of PrEP. As Lord Justice Underhill wrote, the judgement “does not mean tha

Are we 'Generation Bareback'?

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

Bareback sex is on the rise in the UK and elsewhere. From FS Magazine, Stuart Haggas reports on the possible reasons and on what it all might mean for HIV prevention.

Are we 'Generation Bareback'?

This article by Stuart Haggas previously appeared at FS Magazine, here. It’s been 35 years since the New York Times reported on a ‘rare cancer seen in 41 homosexuals’ – an article from the summer of 1981 that’s considered the first major news story about HIV/AIDS. A generation of gay men have since grown up with condoms and safer sex campaigns a familiar part of everyday life. Recent studies show an increase in unprotected sex among HIV-negative gay men. Why are some of us ditch

Why we need to rethink HIV prevention

published: November, 11, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Research, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

The game has changed and we need to change tactics. From FS Magazine, Ian Howley asks, "If you don’t care about yourself, why would you care about remaining HIV-negative?"

Why we need to rethink HIV prevention

This article previously appeared at FS Magazine, here. I was born in 1984. I know, I know, if you’re older than me you’ve already rolled your eyes so far back in your head you’ve just won gold at the ‘Eye Rolling Olympics’, hear me out. I was born in 1984. I obviously don’t remember much of that whole decade. It wasn’t until the mid 1990s that I learned about AIDS and HIV. I had no idea what it was, how you ‘got it’ or just how serious it was around the time I was born. So i

HIV drug costs: potential for 90% reduction in costs coming soon?

published: November, 11, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Conferences, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Insurers in the United States are liable to pay up to four times the price paid by the UK’s NHS for branded antiretrovirals. From AIDSmap.com, Keith Alcorn of thebody.com on the need for more pricing transparency.

HIV drug costs: potential for 90% reduction in costs coming soon?

This article by Keith Alcorn previously appeared at AIDSmap.com, here. The costs of making drugs to treat viral hepatitis, HIV and tuberculosis (TB) are now so low that each disease could be treated for less than $90, Dr Andrew Hill of St Stephen’s AIDS Trust told the opening plenary of the International Congress on Drug Therapy in HIV Infection (HIV Glasgow) on Sunday in Glasgow. The cost of generic drugs to cure TB is already below $90 for a six-month treatment course, and some anti

People who maintain an undetectable viral load cannot transmit HIV says BC's Julio Montaner.

published: November, 07, 2016 Written by // Samantha Categories // Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Research, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Samantha

Our Samantha reports on a recent encounter with Canada's leading expert on the impact of antiretroviral therapy, who confirms the Undetectable = Uninfectious message that people living with HIV have been waiting for

People who maintain an undetectable viral load cannot transmit HIV says BC's Julio Montaner.

I was recently present at McGill University in Montreal to hear Dr Julio Montaner speak about Treatment as Prevention (TasP).  For those who are not aware, Dr. Montaner is a well known Argentinian-born Canadian physician, professor, researcher and a strong advocate for people living with HIV. He is the Director of the British Columbia Center for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, the chair in AIDS Research and Head of the Division of AIDS in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia

Eight changes in HIV prevention

published: November, 03, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Research, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

As he leaves his role as CEO of GMFA, Matthew Hodson takes stock of how HIV prevention work has changed during his tenure there.

Eight changes in HIV prevention

Matthew when he first started at GMFA. This article by Matthew Hodson previously appeared at FS Magazine, a publication of GMFA, here. A child who was born on the day I started at GMFA would now be old enough to join the army or get married – two rights that British gay men didn’t have back then. I’ve been with GMFA about half of my adult life. After 17 years with GMFA it’s time for me to move on. It’s been at various times wonderful and gruelling and frustrating and inspiring

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