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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

Are women prepared for HIV PrEP?

published: May, 05, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Dating, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Women, Research, International , Revolving Door, Lifestyle, Treatment, Guest Authors

From KALW.org, Chloe Lessard: "some women and trans folks are wondering why a drug that could potentially save their lives hasn’t been aggressively promoted in their communities."

Are women prepared for HIV PrEP?

To read the complete article by Chloe Lessard, visit KALW.org, here. Did you know that you can take a drug to reduce your risk of getting HIV? If you’re a gay man, you’ve probably heard of it. It’s a daily regimen called PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis. Maybe you’ve even seen ads for it on BART trains or clinic brochures, usually targeting men who sleep with other men. But PrEP doesn’t only benefit men, and some women and trans folks are wondering why a drug that could potential

What women want – sexual and reproductive health rights

published: May, 03, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, Current Affairs, Women, Research, Health, International , Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap, Greta Hughson reports on the first consolidated guideline on sexual and reproductive health and rights of women living with HIV, recently issued by the World Health Organization (WHO)

What women want – sexual and reproductive health rights

“HIV is not only driven by gender inequality, but it also entrenches gender inequality, leaving women more vulnerable to its impact. Providing sexual and reproductive health interventions for women living with HIV that are grounded in principles of gender equality and human rights can have a positive impact on their quality of life; it is also a step towards long-term improved health status and equity.”  -- WHO Consolidated guideline on sexual and reproductive health and rights of women

TRANSforming JUSTICE

published: May, 03, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Women, Legal, Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

HALCO is leading the TRANSforming JUSTICE (Trans* Legal Needs Assessment Ontario) project to help ensure that the legal needs of trans* people in Ontario are being met and to determine the barriers that trans* people face in accessing justice

TRANSforming JUSTICE

The project is using “trans*” as an umbrella term to refer to a diverse array of experiences and identities, including two-spirit, non-binary, agender, gender queer, cross dresser, transgender, transsexual, as well as those who identify as men or women but have a history that involves a gender transition. The project is to assess the legal needs of trans* community members, document problems trans* people have getting legal services, explore structural causes of trans* people’s challeng

Campaign to Stop Unjust HIV-related Criminal Prosecutions in Ontario

published: April, 26, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Women, Legal, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

An update from HALCO about the current state of HIV criminalization in Ontario

Campaign to Stop Unjust HIV-related Criminal Prosecutions in Ontario

People living with HIV continue to be charged with aggravated sexual assault – one of the most serious offences in Canada’s Criminal Code, designed to respond to the most horrific of forced sex acts — which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment and designation as a sex offender. These prosecutions are happening even in circumstances where: (i) sexual behaviour is consensual; (ii) there is negligible to no risk of HIV transmission; (iii) there is no intention to transmit HIV;

Iris's story: "I thought the doctor must be mistaken"

published: April, 19, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Newly Diagnosed, Women, Health, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Finding out late in life you are HIV-positive can be a shock. Here is how Guelph, Ontario’s iris Budd handled it with the help of her local AIDS Service Organization

Iris's story:

Back in 2005 I ended up in the hospital, deathly ill. The doctor first thought that I had a brain tumor (cancer). I had been in a coma for 2 weeks and when I came out of it, I couldn’t use my left side, as it was paralyzed. The doctor diagnosed me and summoned my children to the hospital, because he said, your mother probably won’t live. They said they had to perform a brain biopsy, so they shaved a triangle out of my hair and drilled a hole in my scalp to take a small part of my brain.

Attending CAHR2017 as a CATIE rapporteur

published: April, 13, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Aging, Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Conferences, Youth, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Mental Health, Health, Research, Legal, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Rob Olver - Editor

Rob Olver reports back on #CAHR2017

Attending CAHR2017 as a CATIE rapporteur

As I prepared to attend CAHR2017 in Montreal I was elated, but a bit nervous as well. I hadn’t qualified for a community scholarship but had been accepted as a CATIE rapporteur. This meant I’d be covering the event for CATIE as well as for PositiveLite.com and then on the final day, my fellow rapporteurs and I would present a report back to the rest of the conference with a distillation of what we’d seen and heard. So yes, I had butterflies, mostly because I haven’t done much science w

The capsid inhibitor—a new class to enter clinical trials

published: April, 13, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, As Prevention , Youth, CATIE, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Women, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, International , Sexual Health, Treatment, Media

From CATIE: "This finding suggests that the capsid inhibitor has potential for intermittent dosing in people—perhaps every one or two months."

The capsid inhibitor—a new class to enter clinical trials

Most approved anti-HIV drugs work by interfering with an enzyme and/or protein that is needed by HIV-infected cells to make new viruses. A journey through the cell The capsid is the name given to the proteins that surround HIV’s genetic material. Upon HIV attaching itself to a target cell of the immune system, the virus sends its genetic material (RNA) into the cell. As the genetic material is surrounded by the capsid, it is protected from detection by the cell’s internal sensors. The ca

Legalisation of sex work associated with lower prevalence of HIV in sex workers

published: April, 03, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Women, Health, Research, International , Sexual Health, Legal, Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

From AIDSmap, Roger Pebody reports on a study suggesting that legalization of some aspects of sex work might help reduce HIV prevalence in this high-risk group.

Legalisation of sex work associated with lower prevalence of HIV in sex workers

Countries that have legalized some aspects of sex work have fewer sex workers living with HIV than countries that criminalize all aspects of sex work, according to an ecological analysis of 27 European countries published online ahead of print in The Lancet HIV. The association remained statistically significant after adjustment for countries’ economic development, HIV prevalence, antiretroviral therapy coverage and proportion of sex workers who inject drugs. “Our findings suggest th

Q&A with Oghenowede Eyawo: research points to major shifts in mortality and causes of death among people living with HIV

published: March, 31, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Women, Health, Research, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors

Two recent studies by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) point to what else has changed now that people living with HIV are expected to live much longer lives.

Q&A with Oghenowede Eyawo: research points to major shifts in mortality and causes of death among people living with HIV

People with HIV are now living longer, and are less likely to die from an AIDS-defining illness. What do we know about their health and quality of life today? People with HIV who are receiving combination antiretroviral drugs can now live full, long lives—increasingly comparable to those who are HIV-negative. Two recent studies by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) point to what else has changed now that people living with HIV are expected to live much longer lives. One study

HIV: prosecution or prevention? HIV is not a crime

published: March, 31, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Youth, Current Affairs, Women, International , Legal, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

From POZ, an excerpt from Sean Strub's book, The War on Sex, edited by David M. Halperin and Trevor Hoppe.

HIV: prosecution or prevention? HIV is not a crime

This excerpt from Sean Strub's book, The War on Sex previously appeared at POZ, here. Iowan Nick Rhoades is HIV-positive and has had an undetectable viral load for many years, making it virtually impossible for him to sexually transmit the virus. When he had sex with a man he met online in 2008, he also used a condom. Despite these protective measures, Rhoades was prosecuted and convicted for not disclosing his HIV status to his partner before they had sex. He was sentenced to 25 years i

Studies look at brain and cognitive changes in people with HIV as they age

published: March, 22, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Aging, Social Media, Conferences, Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Mental Health, Research, Health, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

From AIDSmap, Liz Highleyman reports on several studies looking into the efffects of HIV on brain function.

Studies look at brain and cognitive changes in people with HIV as they age

People with HIV often show persistent signs of cognitive impairment and abnormalities in brain structure despite suppressive antiretroviral therapy (ART), but they do not appear to experience accelerated decline compared to HIV-negative people as they age, according to research presented at the 2017 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) last month in Seattle. HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder remains a poorly-understood co-morbidity in HIV-positive people. Wh

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