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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, International , Revolving Door, 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, Legal, Revolving Door, 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, International , Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

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, Legal, Revolving Door, 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, Women, Features and Interviews, International , Legal, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, 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, Women, Research, Health, International , Revolving Door, 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, International , Revolving Door, 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

Mark S. King from #AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa: no pants, no problem at the Global Village

published: July, 23, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // International AIDS Conference , African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, Conferences, Current Affairs, Youth, Events, General Health, Women, Health, Research, International , Living with HIV, Mark S. King

The final installment of Mark S. King's video coverage of AIDS2016: HIV advocates from around the world and dancing with no pants.

Mark S. King from #AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa: no pants, no problem at the Global Village

The International AIDS Conference (AIDS2016) has been inspiring to say the least, but it's also hard work. What better way to unwind than the No Pants No Problem Dance Party, organized by Canada's Jessica Whitbread. Next, for this final installment of Mark's video coverage from AIDS2016 Mark speaks with teenage HIV advocates, grandmothers who care for children orphaned by HIV and a sexually explicit HIV prevention campaign. He also speaks with a team from Amsterdam, Netherlands, where the ne

Mark S. King from #AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa: of wrongful charges, sex trade advocacy and cruising the conference.

published: July, 21, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, International AIDS Conference , Activism, Gay Men, Conferences, Youth, Current Affairs, Newly Diagnosed, General Health, Events, Women, Health, International , Sexual Health, Legal, Mark S. King

Day three: Mark S. King speaks with former Lt. Col. Kenneth Pinkela, a sex trade education advocate, a London PrEP advocate, and later learns that the gay cruising apps are working hard at this conference.

Mark S. King from #AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa: of wrongful charges, sex trade advocacy and cruising the conference.

On day three of Marks video coverage of AIDS 2016 we find him chatting with former U. S. Army Colonel Ken Pinkela, who was dismissed from military service and sentenced to 11 months of military confinement after being wrongfully accused of not disclosing his HIV status to a sex partner. We also hear from Rosemary Namiburu, a nurse wrongfully imprisoned for HIV exposure via a needle and jailed for months. Mark also chats with Elizabeth Taylor's HIV activist grandchildren, Ayanda Denge of the S

Mark S. King from #AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa: demanding treatment rights for all.

published: July, 20, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, International AIDS Conference , Gay Men, Conferences, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Youth, General Health, Newly Diagnosed, Women, International , Sexual Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Mark S. King

Day two: The AIDS2016 Treatment Access March

Mark S. King from #AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa: demanding treatment rights for all.

Amid all the “end of HIV” rhetoric, 13 of 14 UNAIDS member countries have decreased their HIV funding and 20 million people who need it have no access to treatment. Day two of Mark S. King's video coverage of AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa sees him joining the AIDS2016 Treatment Access March and chatting with advocates about why they've come. PositiveLite will be posting Mark's video coverage each day of the conference. This video previously appeared on TheBodypro.com here.

Mark S. King from #AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa: gay HIV advocates speak out

published: July, 19, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, International AIDS Conference , As Prevention , Conferences, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Sexual Health, International , Legal, Living with HIV, Sex and Sexuality , Mark S. King

Mark S. King chats with gay HIV advocates from around the world about criminalization, chem sex and PrEP

Mark S. King from #AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa: gay HIV advocates speak out

Mark S. King is in Durban, South Africa for #AIDS2016 and his video coverage begins today. In this first installment it seems remarkable, with such draconian laws in place in their home countries that so many gay men have the courage to even show up. Mark speaks with gay HIV advocates from around the world about what life is like for them back home and the ongoing criminalization of homosexuality in 75 countries. He also chats with them about PrEP, the difficulty of obtaining PrEP in some cou

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