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“I would not have consented to sex had I known of their HIV status.” This statement is problematic and here’s why.

published: July, 05, 2017 Written by // Samantha Categories // Social Media, Conferences, Current Affairs, Mental Health, Women, Legal, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Samantha

"How can the general public insist upon disclosure when they set the tone and grounds for unsuccessful disclosure?" Samantha offers her takeaway from " Rethinking Justice: the 7th Symposium on HIV Law and Human Rights."

 “I would not have consented to sex had I known of their HIV status.” This statement is problematic and here’s why.

On June 15, 2017 the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network held a symposium in Toronto, Ontario, Rethinking Justice: the 7th Symposium on HIV Law and Human Rights. The symposium focused on unjust HIV criminal legislation in Canada. Canada unfortunately has one of the worst records in the world for the overly broad use of criminal laws to address HIV nondisclosure. Panels of experts and those with lived experience of HIV criminalization presented their research and experiences. The legal experts di

Stigma Stings

published: June, 22, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Women, Mental Health, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

From CATIE's Positive Side, Kath Webster speaks to three women who face stigma with courage and resilience.

Stigma Stings

Last January, my partner and I flew to Mexico for a vacation. On Day 1, out of the blue, I was stung by stigma. While swimming in the Pacific Ocean, I put my foot down, expecting to feel the soft sand, and instead stepped on a stingray, which spurred an excruciating sting and deep wound. At the local clinic, I considered disclosing my HIV status, but this was a small Catholic town and I didn’t want to face people’s judgment or, worse, not be treated at all. So I decided against it. The do

Trump doesn't care about HIV. We're outta here.

published: June, 20, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Youth, General Health, Newly Diagnosed, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Women, Health, International , Legal, Revolving Door, Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

Six members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) have resigned. From Newsweek, Scott A. Schoettes has this report.

Trump doesn't care about HIV. We're outta here.

To read the complete article by Scott A. Schoettes, visit Newsweek, here. Five of my colleagues and I resigned this week from the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). As advocates for people living with HIV, we have dedicated our lives to combating this disease and no longer feel we can do so effectively within the confines of an advisory body to a president who simply does not care. The Trump Administration has no strategy to address the on-going HIV/AIDS epidemic, seeks z

The intersection between clinic law and health: responding to issues faced by people with HIV

published: June, 16, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Women, Legal, Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

HALCO's Ryan Peck:"The fact is that rights, especially for marginalized communities, are constantly under attack."

The intersection between clinic law and health: responding to issues faced by people with HIV

Note: This speech was presented by Ryan Peck, Executive Director of the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO) upon accepting the Legal Aid Ontario 2016 Sidney B. Linden Award. Before focusing on what we at HALCO humbly refer to as holistic and revolutionary (or at least incremental reformist) lawyering, as well as on legal injustices facing people with HIV, I pay tribute to the countless who are no longer with us. HALCO was founded in a dark time. Death was an everyday experience and p

FDA approves a generic form of PrEP

published: June, 16, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Youth, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

Sexual health advocates hope this will make widen access to PrEP, the medication that helps prevent people contracting HIV

FDA approves a generic form of PrEP

To read the complete article by David Hudson visit Gay Star News, here. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US has approved the first generic form of PrEP. PrEP is medication that can be taken by someone to prevent them becoming infected with HIV. It’s a daily pill of Truvada, produced by Gilead Sciences. Truvada is a combination of Emtricitabine and Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate The use of PrEP has been credited with driving down HIV infection rates in countries where it has

U=U and the overly-broad criminalization of HIV nondisclosure

published: June, 13, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , Youth, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Legal, Treatment, Media, Opinion Pieces

From CATIE Blog, Nicholas Caivano and Sandra Ka Hon Chu give their take on the legal ramifications of Undetectable = Untransmittable (U = U).

U=U and the overly-broad criminalization of HIV nondisclosure

People living with HIV in Canada have been charged with some of the most serious offences in the Criminal Code, even in cases of consensual sex where there was negligible or no risk of HIV transmission, no actual transmission and no intent to transmit. The Undetectable=Untransmittable (“U=U”) campaign is based on scientific research, including the ground-breaking PARTNER study, establishing that when a person living with HIV on treatment maintains an undetectable viral load for at least

Zoe Saldana's stunning performance in Sia's HIV video will have you in tears

published: June, 09, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Social Media, Arts and Entertainment, Women, Performances, Photography, International , Music, Media, Rob Olver - Editor

Sia's new video, "Free Me" is an achingly beautiful tour de force.

Zoe Saldana's stunning performance in Sia's HIV video will have you in tears

Sia’s gorgeous new song, “Free Me”, and the even more gorgeous video that goes with it both aim to spread awareness for the #endHIV campaign and benefit the Abzyme Research Foundation (all proceeds of the song will be used to advance a new potential HIV/AIDS cure).  The video, starring Zoe Saldana and narrated by Julianne Moore, details the story of an expectant mother who has just learned that she is HIV-positive and that without treatment the virus will enter her child. Zoe Saldana

Many physicians are wary of providing HIV PrEP for young people

published: May, 31, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Youth, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Health, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap, Liz Highleyman reports: "While 42% of the physicians overall said they were highly or somewhat likely to recommend PrEP, only 34% said they were likely to actually prescribe it."

Many physicians are wary of providing HIV PrEP for young people

Tanya Mullins at the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting. Photo by Liz Highleyman, hivandhepatitis.com Only about a third of family practice and paediatric providers said they would be likely to prescribe HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to adolescent patients, underlining the need to educate providers outside the HIV and sexually transmitted disease fields, according to a report at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting last week in San Francisco. Tanya Mullins of Cincinnati Chil

Yes, drug laws absolutely hurt HIV prevention and treatment, study shows.

published: May, 26, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Health, International , Legal, Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

"In the five countries where the HIV epidemic is now being driven by injection drug use—China, Malaysia, Russia, Ukraine and Vietnam—drug users are the least likely to know their HIV status and be taking HIV medications." From Newsweek, Jessica Wapner

Yes, drug laws absolutely hurt HIV prevention and treatment, study shows.

To read the complete story by Jessica Wapner, visit Newsweek, here. When it comes to HIV risk factors, IV drug use is catching up to sex. Among people who inject drugs, an estimated 13 percent have HIV. About 30 percent of new infections outside of sub-Saharan Africa are the result of sticking dirty needles into vulnerable veins. In 2014, more than half of new HIV infections in Eastern Europe and central Asia were due to drugs. In the Middle East and northern Africa, nearly one-third of inf

The first SENIOR intergenerational LGBTQ Toronto Pride event!

published: May, 26, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Community Events, Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Events, Upcoming Events, Women, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Media, Guest Authors, Population Specific

All welcome -- come out and mingle, socialize, chat, have fun, share your stories!

The first SENIOR intergenerational LGBTQ Toronto Pride event!

 SAVE THE DATE - Sunday June 4, 2017 The Senior Pride Network Presents In Partnership with The 519 and The Buddies Youth/Elders Project  The First SENIOR Intergenerational LGBTQ Toronto Pride Event!  Date: Sunday June 4, 2017 Time: 5 pm - 8 pm Location: The 519 Community Centre (519 Church St.) Entertainment: DJ's and dancing Free, but donations to the Senior Pride Network are welcome!  PERFORMANCES, PRIZES, HENNA ARTIST AND MUCH MORE! Physically accessible/scent free/substan

Shout Sister Toronto South West fundraiser concert to benefit Realize

published: May, 26, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, Events, Upcoming Events, Women, Music, Media

Grace Church-on-The-Hill; Concert hall doors open at 7:00 pm Concert starts at 7:30

Shout Sister Toronto South West fundraiser concert to benefit Realize

Event Details Start: 7 June 2017 6:30 pm Venue: Grace Church-on-The-Hill Tickets are available for online purchase here. Tickets available at the door:  Pay-as-you-can (suggested minimum $10) Refreshments will be available for purchase from 6:30 pm Concert hall doors open at 7:00 pm Concert starts at 7:30 Accessible entrance from Russell Hill Road (East side of the church) Can’t attend? Support realize with a donation!

CTAC talks! Treating the sickest first: exploring Hepatitis C treatment in Canada

published: May, 17, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Hep B and C, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Health, Treatment, Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

CTAC Talks is an innovative web series highlighting treatment access issues and solutions for Canadians living with HIV and Viral Hepatitis.

CTAC talks! Treating the sickest first: exploring Hepatitis C treatment in Canada

CTAC's expert guests, Dr. Lisa Barrett, Carrielynn Lund and Dr. Jordan Feld explore the current landscape of Hepatitis C treatment in Canada; a cure is available but there are significant treatment access barriers. For more information, visit the Canadian Treatment Access Council (CTAC), here.

CTAC Talks! U = U: The Undetectable = Untransmittable Campaign

published: May, 12, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Women, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media, Opinion Pieces

CTAC Talks is an innovative web series highlighting treatment access issues and solutions for Canadians living with HIV and Viral Hepatitis.

CTAC Talks! U = U: The Undetectable = Untransmittable Campaign

CTAC's expert guests, Dane Griffiths, Bob Leahy, Sandra Wesley, Sipiwe Mapfumo and Joshua Edward discuss the impact of the U=U campaign, which states that if a person has an undetectable viral load they cannot pass on the HIV virus. For more information, visit the Canadian Treatment Access Council (CTAC), here.

CTAC Talks! PrEP: A Game Changer for HIV Prevention in Canada?

published: May, 11, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, Hep B and C, Women, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

CTAC Talks is an innovative web series highlighting treatment access issues and solutions for Canadians living with HIV and Viral Hepatitis.

CTAC Talks! PrEP: A Game Changer for HIV Prevention in Canada?

CTAC's expert guests, Joshua Edward, Dane Griffiths, Sipiwe Mapfumo and Fanta Ongoiba discuss the impact of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP, which involves the use of antiretroviral medications by an HIV-negative person to prevent possible HIV transmission. For more information, visit the Canadian Treatment Access Council (CTAC), here.

Rethinking justice: seventh symposium on HIV, law and human rights

published: May, 08, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Women, Legal, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

You’re invited to join us for the day on Thursday, June 15, 2017, for Rethinking Justice, our 7th Symposium on HIV, Law and Human Rights.

Rethinking justice: seventh symposium on HIV, law and human rights

This year’s Symposium is devoted to a critical look at the unjust criminalization of HIV non-disclosure. Themes to be discussed include: Current state of criminalization: Canada and the world  Voices rising: Speaking out about the experience of HIV criminalization Science of HIV transmission: recent applications, emerging issues Advocacy updates and ways forward The full-day event will take place at the Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard St. W., in Toronto. We will release

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