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Then and now... the transition!

published: June, 26, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Youth, Kimutai Kemboi, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Kenya's Kimutai Kemboi: "I am where I am today being whom I am because of opening up, speaking about myself to the people around me."

Then and now... the transition!

I used to hear that situations are not permanent but had not believed it until it happened to me. It has been a long journey but today I confidently say, 'those days'. It was not easy as such but it took a strong heart, believing in myself and keeping a focus on the dreams I had since my childhood! These have been the pillars of my achievement. Sometimes I look at myself and smile, not because I am funny but at how I managed to overcome the situations I was in. Today I am living a free life t

How I deal with my problems

published: June, 20, 2017 Written by // Billy Santo Categories // Social Media, Youth, Mental Health, Health, Billy Santo, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

From the Philippines, Billy Santo on the virtues of keeping life simple.

How I deal with my problems

I can get by even if I have no money. It matters, but it’s not everything. I am used to problems because I’ve had enough of them already and I’ve been at my lowest. I can endure a single day without food because I know how it feels to have no food to eat for almost a week. I can sleep in any house without complaint because I’ve experienced sleeping in the streets. I can go out without having to worry about what brand my clothes are because I only had one uniform in college that I bare

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

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

FDA approves a generic form of PrEP

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

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, Guest Authors, Media

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

The first SENIOR intergenerational LGBTQ Toronto Pride event!

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

Why China Is selling cheap HIV tests in campus vending machines.

published: May, 10, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Current Affairs, Youth, International , Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

But not many are buying. From NPR.org, Emily Feng reports.

Why China Is selling cheap HIV tests in campus vending machines.

HIV testing kits in a vending machine in a university in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China. Reuters To read the complete article by Emily Feng, visit NPR.org, here. Vending machines are selling increasingly novel items: cupcakes, live crabs and fresh baguettes. In China, you can now add HIV testing kits to that list. China is piloting the use of vending machines that sell HIV testing kits on university campuses. The goal is to reach students who may be reluctant to go to a clinic f

Attending CAHR2017 as a CATIE rapporteur

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

Positive in the Philippines: an interview with Billy Santo.

published: April, 11, 2017 Written by // Billy Santo Categories // Social Media, Activism, Youth, Mental Health, International , Spirituality, Billy Santo, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Billy Santo, of the Philippines interviews himself for PositiveLite.com.

Positive in the Philippines: an interview with Billy Santo.

Preferred name for credits? Billy Santo Organizational Affiliation(s)? Bi Positive What would you do today if nothing scared you? I would educate people regarding the HIV/AIDS Epidemic and would never have to be afraid of disclosing my status. I'd like to make them aware that people like me exist and should be treated normally, without the prejudice and discrimination that comes from every family, the community, the church, the workplace. What is something that you expected to happen but

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, 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

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

published: March, 15, 2017 Written by // Billy Santo Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Youth, International , Billy Santo, 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, International , Revolving Door, 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

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