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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, Current Affairs, Youth, Women, Revolving Door, International , Legal, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

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

Lose some or gain some... embracing my new life

published: March, 15, 2017 Written by // Billy Santo Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Youth, Billy Santo, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

From the Philippines, Billy Santo says, "I am simply satisfied with what I have at the moment and where I am right now."

Lose some or gain some... embracing my new life

Many things have been lost since I was diagnosed and disclosed myself with HIV but seeing where I am right now, I can truly say that I have lost some things, but these are those that I actually never needed - like fake friends, unsatisfying lifestyle, discontented relationships, unwanted affairs and that extreme feeling of loneliness and the guilt of engaging into so many bad habits that led me to be more and more lost. Now, I have gained some things that I never could have imagined.. Loving

Like the Mark of Cain, we carry stigma with us.

published: March, 01, 2017 Written by // Michael Yoder Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Mental Health, Women, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Michael Yoder

Michael Yoder: "... I wonder if, in some ways, we perpetuate stigma by trying to diminish it."

Like the Mark of Cain, we carry stigma with us.

"Then the Lord put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him" Genesis 4:15-16 I see a lot of campaigns about reducing stigma and each time I see a new one there's a little knot in my stomach that makes me uncomfortable. While I strongly believe that we need to reduce HIV stigma and discrimination, I wonder if, in some ways, we perpetuate stigma by trying to diminish it. Here some people's heads will be exploding, but nonetheless, every time we talk about how we're stigmatiz

Study explores how to tell children they have HIV

published: February, 13, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Youth, Mental Health, Research, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors

For UCSF Global Health Sciences, Anne Wolf reports on an intervention to help Ugandan parents find ways to tell their children that the child has HIV

Study explores how to tell children they have HIV

For the past two years, Rachel King, PhD, MPH, an academic coordinator at UCSF Global Health Sciences, has been helping Ugandan parents and caregivers find developmentally appropriate ways to tell their children that the child has HIV. There are an estimated 150,000 HIV-infected children in Uganda, and studies indicate less than a third of children under the age of 15 know they are infected. King, and the collaborating team, designed and implemented a study to determine the effectiveness of

How the Obamacare repeal will impact HIV-positive people

published: February, 02, 2017 Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Hep B and C, Gay Men, As Prevention , Youth, Current Affairs, General Health, Mental Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, 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

The inner beauty

published: January, 31, 2017 Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Youth, Billy Santo, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Billy Santo says it’s what’s inside that counts. If we seek peace in ourselves that is the way to be truly happy. Acceptance of yourself and inner peace will make you reach your full potential.

The inner beauty

Good morning Every day I see changes in myself. PHYSICALLY, I am becoming far from the image I once was. My skin has sagged and wrinkles in my face come forth. My hair falls from the thickness it has once been. My skin is not as flawless, with scars and burns  - and my physique?  Not as pumped as how I always wanted it to be. I am losing my color. I don't look good and I look restless, tired and used. NOT ENTICING anymore; my youth is fading slowly. However, what has evolved farther than

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

published: January, 26, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, 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, Gay Men, As Prevention , CATIE, Current Affairs, Youth, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Newly Diagnosed, Women, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, 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

Embracing a positive life

published: January, 24, 2017 Written by // Billy Santo Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Billy Santo, International , Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

New blogger Billy Santo from the Philippines, living with HIV since May 2015, tells his story of hard times, redemption and making a difference

Embracing a positive life

I have had a difficult life. My mom committed suicide when I was three years old and my dad had a heart attack when I was nine. I am a product of child abuse, being passed from one relative to another. I was lost on track when I reached college where I decided to run away from my uncle who had treated me like an animal and went on searching for a place where I could survive. I begged from strangers, asked them to keep me in their homes in exchange for labor. I met up with many gay men for mo

BC’s YouthCO talks to PositiveLite.com about its decision to back U = U

published: January, 17, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, As Prevention , Youth, Features and Interviews, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks to dynamic YouthCO executive director Sarah Chown about how and why she led her agency to say what few others would then say: that if you are undetectable you can’t transmit the virus.

BC’s YouthCO talks to PositiveLite.com about its decision to back U = U

YouthCO, a Canadian youth-led HIV and Hep C AIDS Service Organization that seeks to reduce stigma related to HIV and Hep C throughout British Columbia  through peer education and support, produced this graphic promoting U=U  Bob Leahy: Thank you for talking to PositiveLite.com Sarah. The obvious question I have to ask you is why? What made you decide as an agency to support the Prevention Access Campaign messaging about the impact of an undetectable viral load? Sarah Chown:  Well we have

Beating HIV stigma in Uganda with Love to Love Organization

published: December, 30, 2016 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Youth, Current Affairs, Mental Health, Features and Interviews, Photography, Health, International , Treatment, Music, Living with HIV, Media, Rob Olver - Editor

"We provide and advocate for the rights of the innocent children who are orphaned and vulnerable and youth who we believe deserve love, care and support." William Matovu of Love to Love Organization tells his story

Beating HIV stigma in Uganda with Love to Love Organization

One of the things that delights me most in my work with PositiveLite.com is the window it allows me onto a worldwide community that affords me boundless uplift and inspiration. Recently I was privileged to make contact online with William Matovu, a young HIV activist working at Love to Love Organization, which supports orphans and children living with HIV in Uganda.  "We provide and advocate for the rights of the innocent children who are orphaned and vulnerable and youth who we believe des

Mirvan Ereon - revisiting his story for World AIDS Day 2016

published: November, 30, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Four years ago PostiveLite.com mourned the death of its youngest writer, Mirvan Ereon, who passed away in his home country of the Philippines after a brave struggle with AIDS. Here's why it needs to be heard again

Mirvan Ereon - revisiting his story for World AIDS Day 2016

A November 2016 update from Editor Bob Leahy In August 2014 I wrote about the death of our youngest contributor, Mirvan Ereon. I never met Mirvan, although - and this speaks to the role of social media in the modern world and in the HIV community in particular - we knew each other well. For reasons I strive to understand, I have never been more moved by the death of someone with HIV than this. I still cry about it. And, be warned, you may well too. Some context: on World AIDS Day we traditi

U=U: HIV Undetectable = Untransmittable = Unifectious

published: November, 01, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, 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

Funding for Camp Moomba!

published: October, 25, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, Community Events, Youth, Fundraisers, Mental Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

Your vote in the Aviva Community Fund challenge could be what allows up to 70 youth living with HIV, aged six to seventeen, to attend camp.

Funding for Camp Moomba!

Did you know there are about 150 children and youth who are growing up with HIV in Canada? Medical advances and good clinical care mean that nowadays there are very few cases where HIV is passed from a parent who is accessing HIV treatment to their baby but worldwide, many parents do not have consistent access to the kinds of HIV care that can prevent HIV from being passed. Many children growing up with HIV in Canada were born in places where effective therapies were not available, have come

PrEP and the battle of ‘getting to zero’

published: September, 28, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, As Prevention , General Health, Youth, Sexual Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

From FS Magazine, Hadley asks, "Shouldn’t this Government be striving towards achieving zero new cases of HIV?"

PrEP and the battle of ‘getting to zero’

This article by Hadley originally appeared in FS Magazine, a publication of GMFA, here.  HIV seems to be at the front of our minds at the moment, given the storm caused by NHS England’s decision not to fund PrEP on the NHS. Many HIV campaigners, gay men, healthcare professionals and even politicians were all eager to join a movement that will hopefully see PrEP becoming widely accessible. Perhaps it was only a timely coincidence that I finished reading The Normal Heart, just as the mod

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