Articles tagged with: treatment as prevention

An interview with Ron Rosenes, C.M.

published: July, 21, 2014 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Health, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

Long-time survivor, witness and pioneer Ron Rosenes was recently made a member of the Order of Canada for his contribution to the wellbeing of people living with HIV. In this interview he talks about what the award means for himself and for the community

An interview with Ron Rosenes, C.M.

On Canada Day earlier this month, self-described HIV “survivor, witness and pioneer” Ron Rosenes was made a member of the Order of Canada for “improving access to health care and social justice resources for people living with HIV and AIDS through his advocacy, fundraising and community leadership”.  One of our country’s highest civilian honours, the Order of Canada was established in 1967, Canada’s centennial year, to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the communit

PrEP vs TasP – it shouldn’t be a contest

Bob Leahy and the current debate around the use of PrEP. Has PrEP become the distraction that some warned against and are we forgetting the more readily available ways of stemming new infections waiting to be expanded, like testing and TasP?

PrEP vs TasP – it shouldn’t be a contest

The PrEP debate Anyone idly following the HIV press lately could be forgiven for thinking that pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is not just the latest big thing  in HIV prevention but the way we will end the epidemic. Single handedly. Forget condoms. Forget TasP. Forget PEP. Forget microbicides.  Forget cure research. PrEP is the answer – or so  it may seem to the casual observer Let’s say up front I’m a fan of PrEP. In fact PositiveLite.com has been a proponent since the early days

The Atlanta Principles – words worth noting

published: June, 17, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, As Prevention , Health, International , Sexual Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy reviews a new document from activists led by ACTUP NY which sets out a detailed framework for HIV prevention that highlights the need for biomedical solutions like Tasp, PeP and PrEP to prominently figure in the fight to stem the epidemic.

The Atlanta Principles – words worth noting

A perceptive analysis of what needs to be done to put a dint in the epidemic has just been released by a collation of US activists led by ACTUP NY. Called the Atlanta Principles it mirrors the resolve of 1983’s much revered Denver Principles  to change the way we think about HIV, or in this case, HIV prevention.  Not heard of the Denver Principles?. Coming from the people living with HIV in the early days of the epidemic their importance in part lies with their message of empowerment of p

Alberta—reducing deaths by strengthening the HIV Treatment Cascade

published: May, 29, 2014 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // As Prevention , Research, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Living with HIV

From CATIE “More focus is being paid to the HIV Treatment Cascade as researchers realize that gaps in the Cascade impair a person’s health and contribute to the spread of HIV.”

Alberta—reducing deaths by strengthening the HIV Treatment Cascade

This article previously appeared on the CATIE website here. Une version française est disponible ici.    In Canada and other high-income countries, deaths from AIDS-related illnesses have decreased dramatically since the arrival of potent combination anti-HIV therapy (commonly called ART or HAART) in the mid-to-late 1990s. The benefits of ART are so tremendous that researchers in high-income countries expect that young adults who become infected today and who are diagnosed and begin tre

One way to reduce new HIV infections

published: May, 28, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Newly Diagnosed, Research, Health, International , Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Aidsmap reports annual HIV tests for high-risk groups and one-off screening for all others could have a big impact on UK's HIV epidemic

One way to reduce new HIV infections

This article by Michael Carter first appeared on aidsmap.com here.  The UK’s HIV epidemic could be partially curtailed by annual testing of high-risk groups and one-off screening for other populations, investigators report in PLOS ONE. The authors calculated this strategy would prevent between 4 and 15% of future HIV infections and would be highly cost-effective. Their estimates assumed current levels of antiretroviral use. “Targeted HIV testing of specific key populations is cost-effe

When push comes to shove…how far would you go to eradicate HIV?

published: May, 20, 2014 Categories // As Prevention , Health, Sexual Health, Treatment, Opinion Pieces

Dave R's spin on treatment as prevention: Make it compulsory to be tested for HIV; treat those who are found to have the virus; get them to ‘undetectable’ and end HIV-transmission for good. Fact, Fascism, or fantasy?

When push comes to shove…how far would you go to eradicate HIV?

There is mounting evidence that someone who is on HIV medications and has a healthy immune system and an undetectable viral load, is in fact incapable of passing the virus on to someone else. Is ‘undetectable’ then the new ‘negative’? Maybe but what’s the significance of this? In effect the end of HIV could be in sight, we just have to test everyone and treat those who are found to be carrying the virus. HIV would be history in twenty years tops! A Dutch professor and renowned HIV

Ramping up testing to make treatment as prevention work

published: April, 11, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Conferences, Research, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors

Aidsmap reports on BC research that says expanded HIV testing in to local hospitals and primary care may find more acute infections as well as more late presenters

Ramping up testing to make treatment as prevention work

This article by Gus Cairns previously appeared on aidsmap.com here.  Expanding HIV testing into local hospitals and primary care may not only find more people who have lived with HIV for a long time without knowing it, but may also find more people who have only recently become infected, a pilot study from Vancouver in Canada has found.  The study was presented in Vancouver itself, at last week’s 2014 Treatment as Prevention Workshop there. The workshop’s chair, Dr Julio Montaner, tol

The PEP experience — Raj’s story

published: April, 01, 2014 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Gay Men, As Prevention , Features and Interviews, Health, Sexual Health, Treatment, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

In part two of our three-part series on PEP, we hear from Raj Singh, a forty-something Toronto gay guy who was potentially exposed to HIV at a sex party.

The PEP experience — Raj’s story

This week, PositiveLite.com is focusing on Post-exposure Prophylaxis, or PEP — medication that can help prevent HIV after a possible exposure. Yesterday, I sat down with Duncan MacLachlan, the Director of Community Health Programs at the AIDS Committee of Toronto, to talk about PEP, its effectiveness and its availability. Join me today, as I have a conversation with Raj Singh, a Toronto gay man, who took PEP a year ago after a potential exposure to HIV.  John McCullagh: Raj, thank

Our latest Top Ten

published: March, 25, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // As Prevention , Research, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In this occasional series, Bob Leahy reviews our articles that have recently generated the most traffic. Time to play catch-up if you missed any?

Our latest Top Ten

It's been a cold - very cold - past month here in southern Ontario where PositiveLite.com is put together. But the pace didn’t slacken as we recorded one of our best months ever, in part due to a slew of game-changing treatment news that had us and others smiling. We are not infectious if we have an undetectable viral load, gay or straight, was the news that filtered down from first results of the PARTNER study that were announced at CROI2014  just weeks ago. The import of that news, surpr

The community speaks on Treatment as Prevention

published: March, 02, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, As Prevention , Research, Health, International , Sexual Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

This important statement on the use of antiretroviral therapy to reduce the rate of transmission for people with HIV has come from aidsmap and the European AIDs Treatment Group. They are seeking your support. PositiveLite.com has signed on. Will you?

The community speaks on Treatment as Prevention

"This isn't a simple thing, which is why it took a year to get together (and is still not perfect). It came out of a conviction that disagreement within the communities (both of PLHA, and of medics/researchers/programmers) about how to use of Treatment as Prevention was harmful, and we needed some basic principles most people could sign up to that, without being bland, would be balanced, and have at their base one axiom: the right to patient choice, freedom, dignity and agency. Gus Cairns, ai

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