Articles tagged with: United Kingdom (UK)

STI rates in PrEP users very high, but evidence that PrEP increases them is inconclusive

published: March, 17, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // International AIDS Conference , Conferences

AIDSmap.com's Gus Cairns: Modelling study predicts STI rates will fall with regular testing

STI rates in PrEP users very high, but evidence that PrEP increases them is inconclusive

A study of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) users presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2017) last week in Seattle, showed that PrEP users had very high rates of sexually transmitted infection (STI) diagnosis – in the order of 20 times higher than among HIV-negative gay men in the general population. There was also an increase in STI diagnoses from a time point a year before they sought PrEP to the date they started it. And the percentage of men r

HIV and dating: toe in the water

published: March, 13, 2017 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Dating, Social Media, Gay Men, International , Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Alex Sparrowhawk

Newly single after a long time in a relationship, the UK's Alex Sparrowhawk braves the currents of modern dating.

HIV and dating: toe in the water

Following my diagnosis it was a mere three months before I met my ex-partner. He was someone I spent another six and a half years with until we broke up at the end of last summer. I think I am in a little bit of an unusual situation; living with HIV for 87 months but during that period only being single for nine of them. I’ve been avoiding dating since the split, enjoying time by myself and busying myself with work, family and friends. Over the past few weeks I’ve been toying with the

Women: What HIV/AIDS organisations aren’t telling us about our amazing bodies!

published: March, 09, 2017 Written by // Megan DePutter Categories // Social Media, Women, Sexual Health, Health, International , Megan DePutter, Opinion Pieces

Megan DePutter:"there’s a considerable lack of understanding, respect and information-sharing going on about the basic elements of women’s sexual health, enjoyment, and reproduction."

Women: What HIV/AIDS organisations aren’t telling us about our amazing bodies!

When delivering training on HIV transmission, I like to ask the participants to name the five bodily fluids that can transmit HIV. Blood is always stated first. Next, the participants will (incorrectly) state saliva. People usually get semen next. And often one person will identify breastmilk. The remaining two tend to be a bit of a puzzle. The answers are of course, anal mucous and vaginal fluid. I have yet to encounter any participant who is not already working/volunteering in the field wh

Support people with HIV: stop the cuts!

published: March, 09, 2017 Written by // Christian Dolan Categories // Activism, Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Upcoming Events, Health, International , Treatment, Opinion Pieces, Christian Dolan

The U. K.'s Christian Dolan: "There will always be those who will try to shut you down, but when you are fighting for what is right, when you are fighting for love, you do not give up."

Support people with HIV: stop the cuts!

After a lot of hard work and protesting by various organisations and individuals, with particular reference to that of the National AIDS Trust (NAT), the end of last year saw NHS England announced plans to fund PrEP for at least 10,000 people through a new trial. This of course is amazing news and worth all the hard work undertaken to get here by those involved. That was not all, there was more amazing work happening. The work of Greg Owen, someone I have had the pleasure to meet personally,

Breastfeeding with an undetectable viral load: what do we know?

published: March, 07, 2017 Written by // Megan DePutter Categories // Social Media, Women, Health, International , Megan DePutter

Megan DePutter on why undetectable does not equal untransmittable in the case of breastfeeding, but why women should be supported to make an informed choice anyway

Breastfeeding with an undetectable viral load: what do we know?

I’m not a mother and sometimes I think that when it comes to breastfeeding I should just keep my big trap shut. I have started and stopped this blog so many times. But I’ve decided to write it and here’s why. I don’t think women are given enough information about breastfeeding. And I don’t think their choices are respected enough. I believe that women should be empowered to make their own choices about breastfeeding and they should be supported – not policed – in these decision

HIV stigma: My fear of the red ribbon

published: March, 06, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Community Events, Gay Men, Mental Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

From FS, Ruaidhri O’Baoill tells of dealing with the internalized stigma made apparent by wearing the red ribbon.

HIV stigma: My fear of the red ribbon

This article originally appeared in the UK’s FS magazine, a publication of GMFA, here. I remember the first time I wore the red ribbon for World AIDs Day and how uncomfortable and self-conscious I felt. I had only been diagnosed with HIV six months before, so looking back now I can appreciate that I had a lot going on. However, I remember being incredibly nervous of the looks or the attention I might receive as a result of wearing it. Would wearing it mean people would automatically assu

This is HIV stigma 2016.

published: February, 24, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, General Health, Mental Health, Health, Revolving Door, International , Legal, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media

Lessons for Canada? FS magazine presents their third annual survey on the state of stigma in the UK.

This is HIV stigma 2016.

This article originally appeared in the UK’s FS magazine, a publication of GMFA, here. For the last three years, FS has asked gay and bisexual men living with HIV for their thoughts on HIV stigma, how it affects them and the challenges they face. Since 2014, we have listened to thousands of these men and they have spoken very honestly with us. In 2016, we surveyed another 750 gay and bisexual men living with HIV to see if anything has changed. Here are the results: Stigma in 2016 We aske

Living with diagnosed HIV infection for a long time is associated with poor quality of life

published: February, 23, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Aging, Social Media, Gay Men, General Health, Mental Health, Research, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media

Long term survivor news. From AIDSmap, Michael Carter reports on the Antiretrovirals, Sexual Transmission Risk and Attitudes (ASTRA) study.

Living with diagnosed HIV infection for a long time is associated with poor quality of life

Longer time living with diagnosed HIV infection is strongly associated with depression, anxiety and poor quality of life, according to UK research published in HIV Medicine. Older age in itself was not associated with symptoms of distress or poor mental health but did have an association with lower physical functioning. “The association between longer time with diagnosed HIV infection and poorer health is likely to be related to earlier calendar time of diagnosis: having been diagnos

No more sex shaming: why my 2017 will be sex-positive.

published: February, 21, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Dating, Gay Men, Mental Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, International , Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Media, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality

From FS, Vish says, "Perhaps it’s time we banish the world ‘slut’ from our vocabulary or at least reclaim it to mean something more sex-positive."

No more sex shaming: why my 2017 will be sex-positive.

This article originally appeared in the UK’s FS magazine, a publication of GMFA, here. I want to be a ‘slut’. There, I said it. You might be thinking, “why would anyone want to be a slut?” After all, this word is deeply misogynistic, where  women are criticised for dressing a certain way and for having openly active sex lives. Heaven fucking forbid! This negativity also spills into the gay world to some extent, particularly when STIs are involved, and people get on their high hor

Two-thirds of HIV clinics in the UK don't think there's a current need for specialist services for older HIV-positive patients

published: February, 14, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Aging, Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

Only a minority of centres have specialist clinics for management of co-morbidities. For AIDSmap, Michael Carter reports.

Two-thirds of HIV clinics in the UK don't think there's a current need for specialist services for older HIV-positive patients

(Here is what is happening in the USA) Two-thirds of HIV clinics in the UK do not think there is a current need for specialist care services targeted at older adults, investigators report in HIV Medicine. “This is important as, although there is no current need because of a lack of a significant proportion of older adults within certain services, there is a clear trajectory towards cohort ageing within the UK,” write the authors. “We would anticipate clinic populations of older adult

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