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CPPN joins PositiveLite.com in endorsing Prevention Access Campaign’s Undetectable = Uninfectious message

published: September, 13, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, International , Legal, Treatment, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy writes about the growing support in Canada for a science-based grass roots movement which has the potential to empower people living with HIV like never before, reduce stigma and contribute to the fight against criminalization

CPPN joins PositiveLite.com in endorsing Prevention Access Campaign’s Undetectable = Uninfectious message

Call it uninfectious, call it untransmittable. Bottom line is that HIV is not what it used to be. If you maintain an undetectable viral load you are not putting anyone else at risk. You cannot transmit the virus. That science-based conclusion is unusual in that its messenger is, this time, not conventionally funded AIDS organizations but those most affected - people living with HIV, like New York City’s Bruce Richman, a poz gay man whom I interviewed for PositiveLite.com here. He’s the c

Looking for PrEP, part five

published: September, 12, 2016 Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Treatment, Opinion Pieces

"...I’m not quite sure I’m ready to use disco dosing as my preferred method of prevention, says Alex Aviance on intermittent PrEP as he takes his first pill

Looking for PrEP, part five

I’m not coming to you as a Truvada virgin. I had a run in with the drug a year ago while taking it in combination with another HIV drug, Kaletra, as Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) after an encounter in which I thought I might become positive. My thirty days on the two drugs were basically a hot mess from start to finish.  In those 30 days I constantly felt the need to throw up for most of the day, every day. It eventually got so bad that I was prescribed an anti-nausea drug that’s

CATIE with a new assessment of the risk associated with undetectable viral load, cites Prevention Access Campaign

published: September, 08, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, International , CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Legal, Treatment

Negligible Risk: Updated results from two studies continue to show that antiretroviral treatment and an undetectable viral load is a highly effective HIV prevention strategy

CATIE with a new assessment of the risk associated with undetectable viral load, cites Prevention Access Campaign

Successful antiretroviral treatment (ART) can reduce the amount of HIV in the bodily fluids (the viral load) to below the levels that tests can detect (undetectable). Interim analyses from two important studies—HPTN 052 in 2011 and PARTNER in 2014—clearly demonstrated that ART and an undetectable viral load is a highly effective HIV prevention strategy for heterosexual and gay male serodiscordant couples. Recently, these two studies released updated findings reaffirming that successful AR

Repeat after me: undetectable equals uninfectious

published: September, 07, 2016 Written by // Samantha Categories // Activism, Social Media, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Research, International , Legal, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Samantha

Our Samantha on why the Prevention Access Campaign and Undetectable = Uninfectious should matter to all people living with HIV

Repeat after me: undetectable equals uninfectious

The science  - and fears of reckless sex I am celebrating the news that treatment as prevention means people living with HIV, on treatment with an undetectable viral load, cannot transmit the HIV virus. That fact is celebrated too by the Prevention Access Campaign and its high profile supporters like PositiveLite.com who are finally using words like "uninfectious" and "untransmittable." to reflect what we have learned from recent research. There are many, however, even within the HIV commu

Looking for PrEP, part three

published: August, 29, 2016 Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Sexual Health, Treatment, Opinion Pieces

So how does one get PrEP anyway? As Alex Aviance tells us, there are a number of pretty large hurdles to clear.

Looking for PrEP, part three

As much as it’s touted as an effective prevention strategy, actually getting your hands on that expensive, blue pill is a giant pain. I first heard about PrEP years ago while the first trials of it’s use as a preventative measure were underway. I had always considered taking it, but it seemed prohibitively expensive and was I even ready to divulge the most intimate details of my sex life in order to get it? In 2016 it’s no longer relegated to the pages of obscure medical journals. PrEP

The end of the end of AIDS

published: August, 26, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, International AIDS Conference , As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

Don't believe the "end of HIV" hype -- the sober truth is that we face a long generational fight against a dogged virus, as David Wilson and Marelize Gorgens of Worldbank.org explain.

The end of the end of AIDS

This article by David Wilson and Marelize Gorgens previously appeared at Worldbank.org here. The recent Durban 2016 International AIDS Conference celebrates the success of AIDS treatment in reducing illness and death. The pall of despair and wasting death that hung over the Durban 2000 International AIDS Conference has truly been lifted. In KwaZulu-Natal, where the conference was held, AIDS treatment has increased community life expectancy by a full 11 years, reversing decades of decline --

“PrEP and Sex Work: Possibilities and Limitations"

published: August, 18, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Conferences, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Women, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Sex and Sexuality

Sex workers in most countries have no mechanism to provide direct input into public health policies or programs for implementing PrEP in the sex workplace. Guest author Andrew Sorfleet reports on a group working to change that in Canada.

“PrEP and Sex Work: Possibilities and Limitations

This article previously appeared at NakedTruth.ca here. There's been a lot of hype lately about a new drug that you can take every day which prevents you catching HIV. The antiretroviral medication – Truvada - had been used for a while now as an effective treatment for people who have HIV. Recently, large demonstration research trials have proven that Truvada also works as effective prevention: Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV, or “PrEP.” Sexual Health & Safety: WTF is PrEP? A s

Looking for PrEP, part one

published: August, 15, 2016 Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Treatment, Opinion Pieces

Toronto guy Alex Aviance on the many attractions of PrEP and the road to getting on it. First in a series

Looking for PrEP, part  one

There are thousands of queer men in this city, and we’re all looking for something. Some of us are looking for sex, some are looking for acceptance, and some I assume are looking for love. I was looking for a man that knew what he was doing, respected my boundaries, and could keep it hard with a condom on. Little did I know that man is practically mythical. Welcome to the age of Grindr; your next orgasm is only a tap of a smart phone away. In a society that can’t seem to get anything fast

Can PrEP Limit My HIV Treatment Options if I Become Positive?

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

"The benefit of PrEP in terms of HIV prevention far outweighs the small risk of PrEP-associated resistance," as Myles Helfand reports from The Body.com

Can PrEP Limit My HIV Treatment Options if I Become Positive?

This article by Myles Helfand previously appeared at TheBody.com, where you can read the entire piece. The practice of people taking an oral medication to ensure they don't contract HIV if they're later exposed to the virus -- known as HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP -- continues to gain acceptance. With PrEP's efficacy firmly established and usage rates steeply rising, the way is being paved for widespread adoption of PrEP as an HIV prevention strategy. That said, some questions abo

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, Opinion Pieces, Megan DePutter

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, Food, Nutrition and Recipes, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Fitness and Exercise, Research, Health, Sexual Health, Smoking Cessation , Lifestyle, Treatment, Revolving Door, Vitamins - Supplements, Guest Authors

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, Health, International , Sexual Health, Legal, Revolving Door, 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, International , Revolving Door, 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, Conferences, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Women, Research, Health, International , Sexual Health, 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

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