Articles tagged with: undetectable viral load

Looking for Clarity

published: September, 15, 2011 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // John McCullagh

Our new blogger John McCullagh, with a look at the unhealthy confusion in the courts and amongst people with HIV as to what constitutes significant risk of HIV transmission

Looking for Clarity

The other day, my eye was caught by a news item  that reported that the Supreme Court of Canada had agreed to hear two appeals of cases where the defendants, who had undetectable viral loads, had not disclosed their HIV status to sexual partners. Apparently, the court is being asked to determine what level of HIV in a person’s system is high enough to constitute a significant risk of harm. The law around HIV disclosure in Canada has not been legislated. Rather, it comes from a 1998 dec

Are YOU over it?

published: March, 28, 2011 Categories // Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy looks at the Post-AIDs phenomenon of the 1990’s, whether it is still alive and kicking and whether he, or anyone, still buys in to that notion that we are living in a Post-AIDS era

Are YOU over it?

I don’t think we’ve ever talked about being in a Post-AIDS era here before, even though that term has probably more relevance today than when people first started using it.  That was around 1996. The recently diagnosed may not even recognize the term, so here's a little history. The term "Post AIDS" seems to have first seen the light of day not long after protease inhibitors became generally available. The 1996 International AIDS Conference in Vancouver has in fact gained some notorie

The Long and Winding Road – Part 2

Danny Miller continues his inspirational story of how he never gave up fighting for a healthy and happy future.

Now I have repeatedly admonished you, constant readers, to keep pushing forward, to keep fighting this common enemy we share, to keep giving HIV/AIDS the middle finger. I’ve offered my opinions and insights as to why I want you to keep fighting, from “no surrender” to “quitting is not an option”, to “together we can win this battle”. More simply it’s because I want you to be happy and healthy and live long rich lives. I know fighting is not easy, and I know it can often se

Of Charts and Geekery: Following the progress of my treatment

published: March, 25, 2011 Categories // Health, Treatment, Living with HIV

Montreal HIVer Ken Monteith shows us his numbers, what they mean and how he tracks them

Of Charts and Geekery: Following the progress of my treatment

One of the biggest challenges in HIV treatment adherence is centred on how the meds can make you feel while they are doing their job on the virus within. If you have diabetes and need insulin, the effect of not having it is obviously negative, and the effect of having it is obviously positive. So what do you do when you can’t tell if your meds are working, especially if they actually come with side effects that make you feel worse? The answer I have found is to turn to a spreadsheet. But the

What's real and what's not; undetectable viral load, condoms and the risk of transmission

published: January, 24, 2011 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In which Bob Leahy ruminates on the condoms vs undetactable viral load debate – which is safer? - begun by Mark S. King and Sean Strub on this site last week

What's real and what's not; undetectable viral load, condoms and the risk of transmission

It’s been swirling around inside my head for a few days now, that video, so intriguing are the isssues raised. I’m talking about what Mark S, King and Sean Strub said in last week’s post : Five Things about HIV (They’re Not Telling You).  Here’s an excerpt from their conversation: MSK Fact number one: an undetectable viral load may rival a condom SS A person who is undetectable and has been undetectable for some time, there is very little chance of them transmitting the vir

On line hook-up profiles – what’s behind the quest for DDF guys

published: December, 08, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher

In which Bob Leahy looks at an innovative way to bring home the truth about meeting guys on the internet, understanding DDF, stigma, disclosure and more. INCLUDES VIDEO WITH LANGUAGE NSFW

First, skip to the bottom of this post to view the video, and then read this. Have to admit I think this video is pretty clever, pretty brilliant on a couple of levels. For one, the animation used is something that’s new and refreshing – and what HIV prevention messaging needs now more than ever is something that’s new and refreshing. (I’ll comment on the vid’s technical aspects later). Secondly the message contained in the video is pretty well spot on; it plays out, in fact, many of

Squashed out from receiving disability? The new realities . . .

published: September, 24, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

News from the States suggests it’s going to get much harder to qualify for HIV-related disability. In fact if you are newly diagnosed and your numbers look good . . .

 . . . , it sounds like it’s going to be pretty hard to get. It’s not yet clear what impact the suggested new guidelines for those already on disability will have, but it’s hard not to feel a little nervous about that. You can read the POZ story which talks about all this here.: I mentioned this is a US story. But what happens in the US in the world of HIV can ultimately affect us pozzies in Canada. (I know “pozzies” is hardly a technical term, but sometimes I just tire of the a

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