Articles tagged with: undetectable viral load

The CDC’s Gay Dance Video about HIV is Flat Out Fabulous

published: October, 04, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Health, Sexual Health, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Mark S. King

HIV research has never been presented so entertainingly, as Mark S. King shares.

The CDC’s Gay Dance Video about HIV is Flat Out Fabulous

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has produced a music video that joyfully educates gay men about HIV prevention options. And it is foot-stomping fabulous. The song, “Collect My Love,” was released by The Knocks and it features vocals by Alex Newell, the young gender-bending singer who rose to fame by stealing season three of the television series, Glee (his rendition of “Boogie Shoes” on that show is a one-way ticket to my happy place). In the CDC music vid

CPPN joins PositiveLite.com in endorsing Prevention Access Campaign’s Undetectable = Uninfectious message

published: September, 13, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, International , Legal, Treatment, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy writes about the growing support in Canada for a science-based grass roots movement which has the potential to empower people living with HIV like never before, reduce stigma and contribute to the fight against criminalization

CPPN joins PositiveLite.com in endorsing Prevention Access Campaign’s Undetectable = Uninfectious message

Call it uninfectious, call it untransmittable. Bottom line is that HIV is not what it used to be. If you maintain an undetectable viral load you are not putting anyone else at risk. You cannot transmit the virus. That science-based conclusion is unusual in that its messenger is, this time, not conventionally funded AIDS organizations but those most affected - people living with HIV, like New York City’s Bruce Richman, a poz gay man whom I interviewed for PositiveLite.com here. He’s the c

PositiveLite.com endorses the Undetectable = Uninfectious message

published: August, 10, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, As Prevention , Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy joins with Bruce Richman and the Prevention Access Campaign in saying that if you take your medications properly, you will not pass on HIV to your partner

PositiveLite.com endorses the Undetectable  = Uninfectious message

Today we publish an interview with Bruce Richman, co-founder of the Prevention Access Campaign whose much publicized slogan is “Uninfectious = Undetectable”. You can read the interview here.  Also today PositiveLite.com joins those progressive American organizations, many esteemed in their field, who have publicly endorsed the campaign. (You can read a list of them at the end of this article.) If you read the interview and access the campaign material, you may will come to the same conc

HIV has been good to me…here’s how…

published: July, 12, 2016 Written by // Christian Dolan Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, General Health, Mental Health, International , Living with HIV, Christian Dolan

From London, England, Christian Dolan counts the blessings of living with HIV.

HIV has been good to me…here’s how…

Recently I was at a house party where I met a bunch of new people for the first time. I realized I hadn’t taken my meds that evening yet, so proceeded to do so. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t stand on a chair in the middle of the room and make a point of what I was doing but at the same time I didn’t go hide in a room alone to take them either. During the course of taking them I had a guy stop me and ask if I had any more and could he buy some off me. I then realised he thought I was ta

When a long term suppressed viral load turns into viral rebound

published: May, 03, 2016 Categories // Gay Men, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

David Phillips with “Waiting for the other shoe”. As a long-term non-progressor (sometimes called an elite controller), he has been doing fine without HIV drugs until recently. Now he’s back on them. Here’s what happened.

When a long term suppressed viral load turns into viral rebound

“For the moment, at least, I was Samson without his hair.”  Many of us living with HIV and other potentially life-threatening conditions know the anxiety well, the fear and self-limiting manifested in those hours, weeks, and years waiting for the proverbial “other shoe” to drop. We can spend hours telling others the intimate details of our physical ailments, but we can’t share the experience of demoralization--helplessness that descends into hopelessness in the face of an existenti

From the front lines: Gay men’s knowledge of new prevention strategies

published: April, 06, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Gay Men, CATIE, Health, Sexual Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

CATIE spoke to three service providers to find their views and approaches on the issues related to talking to gay men about new prevention strategies

From the front lines: Gay men’s knowledge of new prevention strategies

This article previously appeared in CATIE’s Prevention in Focus here.   Une version française est disponible ici.   We spoke to three service providers to find their views and approaches on the issues related to talking to gay men about new prevention strategies:  Brook Biggin, Community Education Facilitator, HIV Edmonton, Edmonton, Alberta Phillip Banks, Executive Director, Peel HIV/AIDS Network (PHAN), Brampton, Ontario Chris Aucoin, Gay Men’s Health Coordinator, AIDS Coali

People with HIV considerably overestimate their chance of infecting someone

published: February, 29, 2016 Categories // Gay Men, As Prevention , Research, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Aidsmap reports no relationship seen between a person’s view of their infectiousness and their viral load in research presented at CROI 2016

People with HIV considerably overestimate their chance of infecting someone

This article by Gus Cairns first appeared on aidmap.com here.  Only a small proportion of HIV-positive people in a large US treatment study, ACTG A5257, regarded themselves as non-infectious after up to three years on antiretroviral therapy (ART), and a third of participants regarded their chance of infecting a partner as still “high”, even though only 10% of participants actually had a detectable viral load, the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2016) heard y

Tiny explosion of panic

published: January, 25, 2016 Categories // Activism, Women, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

No condoms, no PrEP. Poppy Morgan on her latest efforts to conceive with her HIV-positive husband. “There have been a few times when the thought crossed my mind..."What if I got HIV from him?" It’s weird when that happens.”

Tiny explosion of panic

I ovulated last week and we had condom-less sex in hopes of conceiving. We've done this before, but this time it was different.  This time, I wasn't on PrEP! It has taken us years to get to this point, and we both felt very comfortable with this decision. The last time I thought I could go through with condom-less sex, it ended up that I couldn't. As I mentioned before, I am starting to trust the science about how low my risk is because he has an undetectable viral load. Of course, I gotta

Treatment turns 20 – a personal perspective

published: January, 12, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Living with HIV, Population Specific

From CATIE’s The Positive Side, The transformative impact of antiretroviral therapy—on the epidemic, HIV care and what it means to live with the virus.

Treatment turns 20 – a personal perspective

This article by Darien Taylor first appeared in The Positive Side, a publication of CATIE, here.  Une version française est disponible ici. Twenty years ago the lives of people with HIV suddenly changed. Since the early 1980s, we had been living in the shadow of death, watching as friends, lovers and entire communities got sick and died. Our doctors tried to treat the opportunistic infections that occurred as our immune systems weakened; we marched in the streets to demand political action

I think I trust the science now

published: January, 04, 2016 Categories // Women, Population Specific

On letting go of PrEP. Poppy Morgan’s husband is HIV-positive and undetectable. She wants to have a baby and she’s comfortable doing so now without PrEP in the background

I think I trust the science now

Well, our move to Chicago hasn't been as smooth as I thought it would be. I underestimated the difficulty of the transition, but neither of us regret it...it’s just been harder than we thought.  My hubby has found a clinic to receive HIV related care...it’s an hour away.  The doctors run about an hour late on their appointments, and it takes all day to get back home with traffic, but it’s the best in the area so we're doing what needs to be done to make sure he gets to his appointment

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