Women

In the search for an HIV cure, David Evans explains “freedom” and how to better involve women & people of color

published: February, 21, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Women, Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Media

From Betablog, Emily Newman reports on an ambitious HIV cure social science research project funded recently by Gilead Sciences.

In the search for an HIV cure, David Evans explains “freedom” and how to better involve women & people of color

To read the entire article by Emily Newman, visit Betablog, here. At an international AIDS Conference last year, David Evans, director of research advocacy at Project Inform, asked conference attendees to share their ideas about what an HIV cure—that worked for everyone and was freely available—would mean to them or the people they loved. “By far, the most common answer was ‘freedom,’” he said. “Whether it was freedom from stigma, from discrimination, or from knowing they would

I am HIV-positive. This is what it's like to date.

published: February, 09, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Dating, Mental Health, Women, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Lifestyle, Living with HIV

Must-read from Redbook: Dating after a breakup is hard enough — now add being HIV positive to that.

I am HIV-positive. This is what it's like to date.

To read the complete article by Karen Fratti visit Redbook, here. I was living in New York City with a boyfriend I'll call Matt when I was diagnosed with HIV. I was 28 and he was just hitting 35. It was my first steady, long-term relationship, and we did what I used to think of as "grown-up" things. Like having Sunday football parties or fighting in Home Depot about what color to paint an accent wall in our living room. We made complex weekday dinners to distract ourselves from the fact th

Stopped at the border

published: February, 08, 2017 Written by // Denise Wozniak Categories // Social Media, Denise Wozniak, Women, International , Living with HIV

Denise Wozniak:compares her own arrival to that of immigrants detained by a Trump order. "No matter what, human rights are not negotiable..."

Stopped at the border

My life in Canada as a new immigrant began on February 7, 1980. My meeting with immigration officials at the border was not as expected. I was held up for hours, but more about that later. Three generations of my family: my grandparents,, my mother and myself all immigrated separately to Canada; strange but true. My grandparents were from the north of England. My family included generations of farmers. Before his immigration, my grandfather worked briefly in a local quartz quarry and then be

How the Obamacare repeal will impact HIV-positive people

published: February, 02, 2017 Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Hep B and C, As Prevention , Gay Men, General Health, Youth, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Research, Women, Health, Revolving Door, International , Legal, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media, Opinion Pieces

For The Advocate, Carl Schmid provides an analysis of the likely effects of the Trump administration's repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

How the Obamacare repeal will impact HIV-positive people

This article previously appeared at The Advocate, here. A lot is happening these days that most of us are finding, frankly, pretty hard to believe. But it is not a dream. Donald Trump, who ran on repealing the Affordable Care Act, is now our president, and Republicans, who control the entire Congress, wasted no time and have already set in motion the process to repeal parts of health care reform. As someone who has advocated for years to ensure that people living with HIV have access to qual

Risk of pregnancy loss among smokers much higher for women with HIV

published: February, 01, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Research, Women, Revolving Door, Smoking Cessation , International , Guest Authors

From AIDSmap.com, Michael Carter on the results of the Women’s Interagency HIV Study (WIHS), examining the impact of smoking on pregnancy loss in HIV-positive and HIV-negative women over a 20-year period.

Risk of pregnancy loss among smokers much higher for women with HIV

Smoking “dramatically” increases the risk of pregnancy loss – miscarriage or stillbirth – in HIV-positive women, US investigators report in the online edition of AIDS. Researchers from the large Women’s Interagency HIV Study (WIHS) examined the impact of smoking on pregnancy loss in HIV-positive and HIV-negative women over a 20-year period. The effect of smoking on pregnancy loss differed dramatically by HIV status, increasing the absolute risk by 19% in HIV-positive women compare

What it's like living as an HIV-positive teen

published: January, 26, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, Youth, Women, Features and Interviews, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

From SELF. Amy Marturana interviews Ontario's Ashley Rose Murphy, 18, who found out she had HIV when she was 7 and has been speaking at medical conferences in Canada about being HIV-positive since she was 10.

What it's like living as an HIV-positive teen

To read the full article by Amy Marturana visit SELF, here. When she was an infant, Ashley Rose Murphy was extremely sick. Murphy was born with HIV, which she contracted from her late birth mother. After spending over three months in a coma, she was placed into palliative care, taken in by adoptive parents, and given just weeks to live. Over 18 years later, the teen’s very much alive—and making her voice heard as a fierce advocate for HIV awareness. “I found out I was HIV positi

Three reasons why CATIE supports U=U for sexual transmission

published: January, 25, 2017 Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, As Prevention , CATIE, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Youth, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Newly Diagnosed, Mental Health, Women, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, International , Treatment

From CATIE, Camille Arkell with three reasons why this revolutionary message is so important

Three reasons why CATIE supports U=U for sexual transmission

This article by Camille Arkell previously apperared at CATIE blog, here. Une version française est disponible ici. CATIE recently endorsed the Consensus Statement of the Prevention Access Campaign, celebrating the fact that “undetectable equals untransmittable.” This revolutionary statement, pushed forward by a dedicated group of people living with HIV, has prompted CATIE to reflect on our sexual HIV prevention messaging. The research on treatment as prevention has been slowly ac

Implants and injectables: PrEP in the future

published: January, 25, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Women, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors

Is the future all about implants, or will it offer multiple options for people who want to use PrEP? For AIDSmap.com, Keith Alcorn reports on several developments in PrEP delivery.

Implants and injectables: PrEP in the future

Last month’s announcement that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will give up to $140 million to a Boston drug device manufacturer to develop an implantable mini-pump to deliver drugs for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) against HIV infection has focused attention on the future of PrEP. Is the future all about implants, or will it offer multiple options for people who want to use PrEP? Implants and other long-acting drug delivery systems have attracted interest as a means of delivering P

HIV Disclosure and Criminalization

published: January, 23, 2017 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Social Media, Gay Men, Women, Research, Legal, Opinion Pieces

OHTN Research Quarterly's focuses on the impact of Canadian HIV disclosure laws and what the research says

HIV Disclosure and Criminalization

In Canada, HIV-positive people who do not tell their sexual partner(s) that they are positive before having sex may face criminal charges ranging from sexual assault to common nuisance. This use of law was established in the 1990s, and further complicated by a 2012 Supreme Court decision, which stated that people living with HIV must disclose before having sex that poses a “realistic possibility of HIV transmission.” As well, women who do not inform care providers about their HIV status

Commentary: HIV and human rights organizations welcome federal government's interest in ending unjust HIV criminalization

published: December, 06, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Women, Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO) respond to World Aids Day statement by Canadian Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould

Commentary: HIV and human rights organizations welcome federal government's interest in ending unjust HIV criminalization

Toronto, December 1, 2016 – The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and the HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO) welcomed today's statement by Canadian Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould recognizing the ongoing problem of overly-broad, unjust criminalization of people living with HIV. Today, fittingly for World AIDS Day, the federal government has signaled its intent to address a critical issue that has long been of concern to people living with HIV and human rights advocates across

UN raps Canada's knuckles over criminalization record and more

published: November, 28, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Current Affairs, Women, Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network reports UN forcefully calls into question Canada’s status as a world leader in gender equality

UN raps Canada's knuckles over criminalization record and more

GENEVA, November 18, 2016 — The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women issued its Concluding Observations today following its review of Canada’s compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. This is the first time the Committee reviewed women’s rights in Canada since 2008.The UN experts forcefully called into question the country’s status as a world leader in gender equality and confirmed that wo

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, Research, Women, 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

U=U: HIV Undetectable = Untransmittable = Unifectious

published: November, 01, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Women, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

People with HIV are speaking out loud and clear. Now The Body.com has just posted a great new video from the Prevention Access Campaign (PAC), where community members share what U=U means to them.

U=U: HIV Undetectable = Untransmittable = Unifectious

This article previously appeared at The Body.com, where you can also watch the video. Research shows that people with HIV who are on effective treatment cannot pass on the virus to their partners. People with HIV and our allies are working together to ensure that message is shared -- loud and clear! Stay on treatment. Stay undetectable. Stay uninfectious. Thank you to Linus Ignatius for all your work and creativity in producing this video. #UequalsU #FactsNotFear #ScienceNotStigma For m

Profile: border crossings

published: October, 31, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, CATIE, Women, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, International , Living with HIV

From CATIE's Positive Side, Sane Dube with the stories of two HIV-positive African immigrant women living in Canada and the sometimes difficult paths they’ve walked to get to where they are today

Profile: border crossings

Esther and Marvelous are both animated storytellers. It’s hard to be anything but mesmerized in their presence. I spent an afternoon with each of them in conversations peppered with boisterous laughter. In the quiet moments they wove words together, effortlessly bringing their memories to life. They talked about their lives as HIV-positive African immigrant women living in Canada and the sometimes difficult paths they’ve walked to get to where they are today. To understand how far they’v

Ask the experts: meno-poz

published: September, 30, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Aging, Social Media, CATIE, General Health, Women, Sexual Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

From CATIE's Positive Side, RonniLyn Pustil asks a naturopath, two medical doctors and a person living with HIV what women with HIV can expect as they approach menopause

Ask the experts: meno-poz

“What can I expect as an HIV-positive woman who is entering menopause? Will menopause be different for me because of my HIV status?” — P.W., Twillingate, NL Valerie Nicholson, Person living with HIV, Vancouver I am an Indigenous woman living with HIV since 2004. When I was 54 years old, my periods (moon time) became irregular, and when they did come they were very heavy. Then I hit menopause. When I was going through “the change,” I started to dislike the word menopause. What

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