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The Canadian Consensus Statement. Sign it. Use it. I have and here’s why.

published: September, 22, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, CATIE, Gay Men, As Prevention , Youth, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Newly Diagnosed, Research, Women, Health, Sexual Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Opinion Pieces

From the CATIE blog, Glenn Betteridge on what the Community Consensus Statement is and why it's so important to all people living with HIV

The Canadian Consensus Statement. Sign it. Use it. I have and here’s why.

Une version francaise est disponible ici. Many of you may have noticed the ebb and flow of the community-based HIV movement, influenced by medical and scientific breakthroughs, funder priorities, community activism and larger political, social and economic forces.  Throughout my 20-plus years in HIV community-based work and volunteering, I have tried to ground myself in a few bedrocks as a way of anchoring my work. The essential connection between health and human rights. The need for polic

Religion + gay sex = guilt?

published: September, 21, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Youth, Mental Health, Sexual Health, Spirituality, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

"Religion has a part to play in society, of that I’m sure. But the relationship between religion and the LGBT community needs to be examined," says FS Magazine's Mark Reed

Religion + gay sex = guilt?

This article by Mark Reed originally appeared in FS Magazine, a publication of GMFA, here.  “As a devout Roman Catholic I know I’m committing a mortal sin which must be confessed. It's difficult to square that with the concept that God made me who I am, what I am, have a divine purpose, and more importantly, isn’t answering my prayers to be free from this sexual self or give this former husband and father a more acceptable outlet.” - Randy, USA via FS porn survey 2016 Last year, th

“Looks like I’m gonna live, I'd better get a job”.

published: September, 19, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Youth, Mental Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

How Robert Newman found his dream job and empowered his youngest son in the process.

 “Looks like I’m gonna live, I'd better get a job”.

Ten years ago this month I made the decision to return to school … in fact return to work, to life, real life or some semblance thereof.  I had joked for some time with regard to my life with AIDS… “looks like I’m gonna live, I'd better get a job”. Although it was a running joke in my life it was also fast becoming a reality. I retired from normal life, if you will, in January 1991 immediately after the diagnosis of me and my family. The doctors pretty much told me to. “You need

Youth Unleashing Power: reflections (an editorial piece)

published: September, 08, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, Community Events, Conferences, Youth, Events, Revolving Door, Spirituality, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

A report on Youth Unleashing Power: A Pozitive Youth Symposium (YUP) 2016

Youth Unleashing Power: reflections (an editorial piece)

It was at the Canadian Aids Society's Pozitive Youth forum in 2015 when Piotr Burek, one of the organizers of Youth Unleashing Power: A Pozitive Youth Symposium (YUP), met a positive person from his generation for the very first time. For seven years since he tested positive, he had not had the opportunity to meet a positive peer his age. The empowering feelings of connecting with peers at the forum, something he yearned to experience for years, was one of the reasons we, as organizers of Yout

CATIE with a new assessment of the risk associated with undetectable viral load, cites Prevention Access Campaign

published: September, 08, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Youth, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Newly Diagnosed, Women, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, International , Legal, Treatment

Negligible Risk: Updated results from two studies continue to show that antiretroviral treatment and an undetectable viral load is a highly effective HIV prevention strategy

CATIE with a new assessment of the risk associated with undetectable viral load, cites Prevention Access Campaign

Successful antiretroviral treatment (ART) can reduce the amount of HIV in the bodily fluids (the viral load) to below the levels that tests can detect (undetectable). Interim analyses from two important studies—HPTN 052 in 2011 and PARTNER in 2014—clearly demonstrated that ART and an undetectable viral load is a highly effective HIV prevention strategy for heterosexual and gay male serodiscordant couples. Recently, these two studies released updated findings reaffirming that successful AR

More gay men say bareback porn is to blame for riskier sex...

published: September, 07, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Youth, Research, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

From FS Magazine, Iain Howley on the results of the big 2016 FS porn survey

More gay men say bareback porn is to blame for riskier sex...

This article by Iain Howley originally appeared in FS Magazine, a publication of GMFA, here.  Back in 2012, FS conducted what was then its biggest ever survey. We asked over 1,000 gay and bisexual men to tell us all about their porn habits. One question we asked was: Do you think watching bareback porn has led to you personally having unprotected sex? Back then six percent of the men who responded said yes, while another seven percent said they didn’t know. Fast forward to 2016, and we d

YouthCO takes a stand against HIV criminalization

published: September, 06, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, Youth, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

The law surrounding non-disclosure of HIV status is unjust, unhelpful and doesn’t make sense, says YouthCO’s Executive Director Sarah Chown

YouthCO takes a stand against HIV criminalization

When getting sexy with our partner(s), we all have an opportunity to talk about sexual health. Yet in practice, many of us are reluctant to start a conversation, bring up condoms, or ask about HIV and STIs. For those of us who are HIV-positive, not having one of these conversations means we may face charges of aggravated sexual assault. In fact, last month, we have seen two Toronto-area people living with HIV charged with aggravated sexual assault, and a call for their sexual partners to come

Porn. Sex. XXX - is porn affecting our health?

published: September, 02, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Youth, Current Affairs, Research, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Media

With sex education off the classroom agenda, many gay teenagers may have no choice but to learn about sex through porn, but is porn helpful or harmful when it comes to learning about sex by watching porn. For FS Magazine, Stuart Haggas reports.

Porn. Sex. XXX - is porn affecting our health?

This article by Stewart Haggas originally appeared in FS Magazine, a publication of GMFA, here.  It’s perhaps to be expected that previous generations of gay men, when homosexuality was legislated against, had to look beyond obvious channels for information about gay sex and relationships – but what about the gay youth of today? Recently, the Government announced that it wouldn’t be requiring schools to provide Sex and Relationships Education (SRE), despite widespread support for the

Shaming promotes ignorance

published: August, 30, 2016 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Gay Men, Youth, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Alex Sparrowhawk

"Shaming peers and failing to acknowledge the prevalence of HIV amongst men who have sexual relationships with other men is dangerous," says the UK's Alex Sparrowhawk

Shaming promotes ignorance

The ‘chesty cough stuff’ didn’t work and I endured the sore throat for a good few more weeks into the Autumn of 2009. I must have journeyed to the GP at least three times, each visit being told I would be alright and whatever it was causing the cough was just being stubborn and would sort itself out of it’s own accord (spoiler – it didn’t). During the final trip the term ‘persistent virus’ was used and the cogs started to turn in my mind. Persistent virus; THE virus? I li

'That's criminal to me': How Canada is failing to end HIV/AIDS at home

published: August, 30, 2016 Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Youth, Current Affairs, Women, Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors, Media

Stigma remains a major problem that discourages people from getting tested. From CBC News, Rob Easton reports.

'That's criminal to me': How Canada is failing to end HIV/AIDS at home

This article by Rob Easton previously appeared at cbc.ca. Read the whole thing here. Two studies released last month show the tools exist to potentially end the more than three-decades-old scourge of HIV/AIDS, but activists and front-line public health workers in Canada say we simply aren't using them effectively. The first study found it's nearly impossible for an HIV-positive person to transmit the virus if they're undergoing effective antiretroviral therapy (ART). The other showed the

Are we losing our passion as AIDS activists?

published: August, 26, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Features and Interviews, Women, Revolving Door, International , Legal, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Has passion been replaced by complacency in the HIV movement? From Betablog.org, Emily Newman reports on AIDS activism across the ages.

Are we losing our passion as AIDS activists?

This article by Emily Newman previously appeared at Betablog.org here. We’ve come a long way since the days when fighting for LGBT rights demanded action such as the Stonewall Riots. Or a critical need for HIV medications prompted protests blocking traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge. The world saw success come from those tactics—and now, more than ever before, people who are part of marginalized populations are able to stand up and demand that their voices are heard. For access to bath

It’s not as simple as using a condom.

published: August, 24, 2016 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Youth, International , Living with HIV, Sex and Sexuality , Alex Sparrowhawk

"Condoms don’t work for everyone and condom use isn’t always a choice," says the UK's Alex Sparrowhawk.

It’s not as simple as using a condom.

I take responsibility for my HIV status, I don’t blame myself (or anyone else); accidents happen and unfortunately the consequences of some are more severe than others. Living the rest of my life with a long-term condition is a slightly bigger deal than a slap on the wrist but I’m lucky to have handled my diagnosis relatively well and with a level head. It’s hard to explain what growing up queer or gay is like, identifying when you first had thoughts about the same sex, trying to

HIV cure research: slow going at AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa

published: August, 08, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, International AIDS Conference , Social Media, Gay Men, Conferences, Current Affairs, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Research, Women, Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors

Guest Author Robert Reinhard gives a first-hand account of the highlights of AIDS2016 and the HIV Cure Symposium.

HIV cure research: slow going at AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa

I attended the recent IAS Durban Conference and the preceding two-day HIV Cure symposium hoping to learn of significant advances in the search for interventions that could place HIV infection into remission with durable immune system control of virus without the need for lifetime antitretroviral therapy (ART). That’s one working definition, among several, of what HIV cure might mean for the 37 million people who currently have HIV. My appetite for progress was not substantially rewarded al

New strategy aims to end AIDS in children by 2020

published: July, 28, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, International AIDS Conference , Conferences, Youth, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors

From aidsmap's coverage of AIDS2016, Keith Alcorn reports on a new initiative to ensure that children and adolescents do not get left behind as treatment programs strive to achieve the 90-90-90 targets

New strategy aims to end AIDS in children by 2020

A new strategy to end paediatric AIDS launched at the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) in Durban, South Africa, last Tuesday calls for antiretroviral treatment services to reach 1.6 million children and 1.2 million adolescents by 2018. The Super-Fast Track strategy is intended to close the gap between adult and paediatric treatment access, says UNAIDS, and will pull together the actions of numerous agencies. The strategy is intended to ensure that children and adolescents

Young People's Leadership in Ending AIDS and Achieving Universal and Reproductive Sexual Health Rights by 2030

published: July, 24, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // International AIDS Conference , Social Media, Activism, Conferences, Current Affairs, Youth, Events, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

"You can't fund an attitude change," says Health Minister. From the Global Forum on MSM and HIV, Charlie Tredway reports from AIDS 2016

Young People's Leadership in Ending AIDS and Achieving Universal and Reproductive Sexual Health Rights by 2030

There is a lot about this session that I adored and that moved me immensely so I will start with what went right. This session was organized and lead by 52 young people from 15 different countries who banded together to creatively share challenges and perspectives on making sure that their views and their vision was more than just the token "youth voice on a panel or a board" that is so often the case. This combined with an incredibly exhilarating and joyous percussive opening that flowed in

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