Articles tagged with: HIV prevention

HIV testing: how can we build on success?

published: June, 10, 2013 Categories // Health, International , Sexual Health, Opinion Pieces

Roy Kilpatrick on how you get the most out of HIV testing strategies as a fundamental component of HIV prevention.

Over the last few years, testing has been one of the most prominent of HIV messages. Many more individuals are testing and testing more regularly than before. Its centrality to HIV, including HIV prevention, is galvanised by the benefits of treatment, so the earlier the better.  To reduce the nearly 50% levels of late and very late diagnosis currently recorded, early recognition and detection are essential. Stubbornly high levels of late diagnosis and their negative effect on health take the

This PrEP-ed life

published: May, 25, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, As Prevention , Features and Interviews, Health, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific

From comes an interview with PrEP-er Damon Jacobs on sex and dating in a new era of HIV prevention

This PrEP-ed life

This article by Mathew Rodriguez first appeared on here.   As a licensed therapist working with people living with HIV, Damon Jacobs heard about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) as an HIV prevention strategy. When he found himself newly single after being out of the dating game for almost a decade, he re-entered a dating pool that was not at all condom-friendly. To deal with this, and to finally come to terms with his distaste for condoms, Damon began taking PrEP in July

Thirteen reasons why I made ‘The Key’

published: May, 13, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Arts and Entertainment, As Prevention , Gay Men, Movies, Health, Music, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Guest Magpie Suddenly made a music video supporting negative guys taking PrEP to prevent HIV, with a powerful message about stigma: “Taking Truvada as PrEP doesn’t make someone a whore.” Here is the video and Magpie’s explanation of why he made it.

Thirteen reasons why I made ‘The Key’

1.  Because I was possessed by a demon.  And because I was pregnant for 22 months with its child.  That’s why I made ‘THE KEY.’  2.  Last week, a young friend of mine started PrEP.   He's 24 and heard about it online, has good health insurance, so has it covered.  He told me the news as we were catching up after a recent sex party we were at together.  His news shocked me. And not because he started PrEP.  The shocking part was that none of his peers believed him when h

Reinventing HIV prevention

published: May, 09, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Guest Jason McDonald says “there needs to be a new call to action, one in which the new ways of the internet and the social media expertise of the young are merged with the proven, effective methods of prevention."

Reinventing HIV prevention

The challenge for the new Safe Sex 2.0 effort will be trying to capture the attention span of someone who lives life and thinks in 140 characters. In this Internet age, we in the HIV+ and HIV- community (basically that is everyone) have been given the dual-edged sword of the internet as a tool for advocacy and outreach.  The internet is definitely useful in finding the answer to almost anything, and it has exponentially increased the means by which information can be disseminated to the mass

Confessions of an HIV+, sexually active man under 30

published: May, 01, 2013 Categories // Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Josh Kruger on different times, different sexual tactics: “our experience as HIV+ people born post-AIDS outbreak is entirely different than that of those who lived during this time as sexual adults.”

“Some people are going to think, ‘Oh god, why did he not take steps to prevent HIV? Why did he act recklessly, and who the hell does he think he is, I saw people die from AIDS!’” A friend and colleague whose candor is always helpful said this to me over lunch recently, and his words have stuck with me over the past day Most interestingly, I’ve noticed that those most receptive to my messages are under 30, those 30-50 are generally receptive but ask more poignant questions, and those

PrEP HIM for better sex?

published: April, 25, 2013 Categories // As Prevention , Gay Men, Health, Sexual Health, Treatment, Population Specific

Robert Birch talks to Jody Jollimore of B.C.’s Health Initiative for Men, whose position on Pre- Exposure prophylaxis remains “cautiously optimistic.”

PrEP HIM for better sex?

Conscious choices make for better sex. Discussing our options is vital if we’re going to break the statistical stalemate of HIV infections for gay men. Is another bio-medical approach advancing the interests of gay men? While options are necessary, few of us in this country have access to one of the latest: PrEP. It seems many local health authorities have barely begun to dive into the mix. If we are going to get anywhere on this we need to shake it up. More conversations are needed. 

Us and them

published: April, 19, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Guest Jason McDonald advocates for those with HIV. But, he says, the thing that drives him most is the part of him that wants to fight for others, those who are HIV-negative.

Us and them

Being an HIV advocate means straddling two different, diametrically opposed worlds.  Engaging in battle on two fronts, much like a war, I advocate for both HIV+ (us) and HIV- people (them).  Each battle has it's own challenges and rewards, some of them immediate but most of them are unknown or more long-term in the rewards.  It is sometimes hard to juggle two hats - fighting for those with HIV and fighting for those who do not have HIV.  Both groups of people have their separate challenge

Undetectable blood viral load and HIV transmission risk: results of a systematic review

published: April, 01, 2013 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // As Prevention , CATIE, Research, Health, Sexual Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Living with HIV

CATIE; “Our findings suggest minimal risk of sexual HIV transmission for heterosexual serodiscordant couples when the HIV-positive partner has full viral suppression on ART, with caveats . . “

Undetectable blood viral load and HIV transmission risk: results of a systematic review

This article by James Wilton originally appeared on the CATIE  website here.  Une version française est disponible ici. The sexual transmission of HIV occurs after an exposure to fluids that contain HIV, such as semen and fluids from the vagina and rectum. Research shows that a higher amount of HIV (viral load) in these fluids increases the risk of HIV transmission and that a lower viral load decreases the risk.1 Treatment, viral load and HIV transmission T

HIV in Toronto’s African, Caribbean and Black communities

published: March, 21, 2013 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Features and Interviews, Health, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

John McCullagh talks on video with Shannon Ryan, the executive director of the Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention, about HIV prevention and support among Toronto’s African, Caribbean and Black communities.

HIV in Toronto’s African, Caribbean and Black communities

Canada’s African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) communities are disproportionately affected by HIV. Large and diverse, they comprise both people born in Canada as well as immigrants and refugees from a broad range of countries, often countries where HIV is endemic. It is also a community where, uniquely, HIV predominantly affects those who are heterosexual.  It was to address the specific needs of these communities that Toronto’s Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP) was founded in

HIV prevention research: what’s next

published: March, 14, 2013 Categories // Gay Men, Conferences, Health, Sexual Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Roy Kilpatrick with a conference report that provides a useful guide for action, including scaling up – and mending holes - in treatment as prevention efforts.

Report of the 20th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) of a presentation by Susan Buchbinder .  Reports of the HIV ‘cure’ of a baby in the USA have attracted global attention. My guess is that although this provides further support for the concept of cure, and will add momentum to research, it will make no immediate difference to mothers and their babies. Once more information emerges from the conference, I might return to this topic. Reading other conference

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