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The PARTNER study, a licence to bareback?

published: June, 30, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Research, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

From Incidence.org “Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. Does the PARTNER study signal the death of condoms or should we curb our enthusiasm, and carry on pretending we use them?”

The PARTNER study, a licence to bareback?

The preliminary results of the PARTNER study were one of the most talked about data presented at the CROI 2014 conference held in Boston this year. This multicentre study conducted across 75 centres in the EU was and still is looking at the risks of HIV transmission within couples where one partner is HIV-negative and the other is HIV-positive on treatment.  So far, the study has enrolled over 1,100 couples and based on an interim analysis including 16,400 occasions of sex in gay men and 28,

Early antiretroviral treatment reduces risk of AIDS and HIV-related illness

published: May, 11, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors

Aidsmap reports that coupling clinical benefits of treatment with a striking effect on transmission risk gives additional strength to the argument for early initiation of antiretroviral treatment

Early antiretroviral treatment reduces risk of AIDS and HIV-related illness

This article by Michael Carter originally appeared on aidsmap.com here.   Early antiretroviral therapy significantly reduced the risk of AIDS and HIV-related illness in a large study in low and middle-income countries, according to the final results of the HPTN 052 study published in Lancet Infectious Diseases. Participants in this large multi-site study were randomised to take immediate or delayed HIV therapy. Overall, participants in the early treatment arm had a lower risk of AIDS, tuber

One night stand with James Wilton

published: May, 09, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Community Events, Dating, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Events, Research, Health, Sexual Health, Lifestyle, Treatment, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

AIDS Committee of Toronto’s One Night Stand Workshop Series features CATIE’s James Wilton talking May 8 in Toronto about the study that’s redefining risk for poz gay men and others with undetectable viral loads.

One night stand with James Wilton

Bob Leahy says: Regular readers of PositiveLite.com will know the name James Wilton.  He’s CATIE’s affable expert on HIV transmission risk and has been an amazing resource for PositiveLite.com to interview, exchange ideas and on occasion, argue with, albeit amiably. (An example of an interview on transmission risk I’ve had with him, which also appears on the CATIE website, is here.) Now comes a chance to hear James speak on what I consider the most exciting news to come down the HIV p

Dear Husband, when will the condom come off?

published: May, 06, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality

From the Condom Monologue website comes a letter which well illustrates how serodiscordant couples are grappling with the evolving science of HIV transmission and how their conclusions are reflected in their day to day lives and the use of condoms in part

Dear Husband, when will the condom come off?

This article originally appeared on The Condom Monologue webiste here.   The reality of TasP (treatment as prevention) is having a profound effect on serodiscordant couples today. Scientific evidence shows that under certain conditions, the risk of HIV transmission is so low that doctors now recommend some serodiscordant couple have condomless sex if they want to get pregnant. But for many, updated evidence cannot match the deep-seeded fear of contracting HIV. Armed with sources and facts,

Detecting change: A landmark in HIV prevention

published: April, 20, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Blogger/activist Tyler Curry with the lowdown about what undetectable viral load means: “A new HIV study (PARTNER) with stunning results should have the LGBT community cheering, but some are stuck on finger pointing”

Detecting change: A landmark in HIV prevention

The full text of this article previously appeared on DallasVoice.com here.   For years, the legitimacy of being undetectable and what that means in the fight against HIV transmission has been questioned, criticized and rebuked. Although many doctors and HIV activists have said for years that having an undetectable viral load makes HIV transmission virtually impossible, this message was met with skepticism and even contempt from the outside community.  But now, according to a study titled

The TasP train has left the station

published: April, 10, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Conferences, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Newly Diagnosed, Health, International , Sexual Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy at the International Treatment as Prevention Workshop in Vancouver highlights global progress in effectively implementing treatment as prevention to reduce new infections and improve the health of HIV+ people. But who's been left behind and why?

The TasP train has left the station

The big picture: the evidence is in that it works “It’s time” was the unofficial theme, or perhaps subtext, of the International Treatment as Prevention Workshop held last week in Vancouver, a gathering of policy and decision makers, researchers and community from around the world. Altogether 250 delegates came from 41 countries to review progress and plan next steps.  PositiveLite.com was there. Next steps do not necessarily call for gathering yet further evidence to prove that treat

Beyond "poz" and "neg": five HIV Statuses, plus a new one

published: April, 07, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Health, Sexual Health, Lifestyle, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

And guess which one is the safest in this article from the Huffington Post. Hint: it’s not negative.

Beyond

This article by Renato Barucco, Transgender Family Program Manager, Community Healthcare Network previously appeared in the Huffington Pos/Gay Voices here.   That awkward negotiation before imminent encounter with a sexual partner met on mobile apps, online or at a bar often includes a brief health information exchange about HIV. Health educators recommend discussing HIV status before sexual encounters. Disclosure could lead to safer sex, more relaxed rendezvous and enhanced intimacy. Whil

Serosorting in Seattle and Germany

published: March, 29, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Dating, Conferences, Gay Men, Research, Health, International , Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Only having sex with same-status partners is an HIV prevention strategy for 40% of gay men. 'Condom serosorting', viral load less used reports aidsmap.com

Serosorting in Seattle and Germany

This article by Gus Cairns first appeared in aidsmap.com here. A study from Seattle has found that only having sex with men of the same HIV status was by far the most common method of trying to avoid HIV in gay men who did not always use condoms, according to findings presented at the 21st Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI). This study found that 'condom serosorting' – being open to sex with serodiscordant partners, but always using condoms with them – was fa

Zeroing in on zero risk

published: March, 24, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // As Prevention , Current Affairs, Research, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

If you have an undetectable viral load, you're probably non-infectious say the just-released PARTNER Study results. But is there still a risk from sex without condoms and why are people still arguing about what is safe? Bob Leahy reports.

Zeroing in on zero risk

“When asked what the study tells us about the chance of someone with an undetectable viral load transmitting HIV, presenter Alison Rodger said: "Our best estimate is it's zero." aidsmap.com “The PARTNER study still recommends using condoms.” PARTNER study Q and A document. Confusion. Elation. Anger. All were much in evidence following this month's release of the interim PARTNER study results from CROI 2014. "No-one with an undetectable viral load, gay or heterosexual, transmits HIV

Treatment as prevention needs scale up in the UK, experts say

published: March, 21, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Conferences, Gay Men, Health, International , Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Aidsmap reports a m assive scale-up of HIV testing, plus HIV treatment on diagnosis,is needed to curtail the UK gay HIV epidemic

Treatment as prevention needs scale up in the UK, experts say

This article by Roger Pebody first appeared on aidsmap.com here.  Increasing the proportion of HIV-positive gay men in the UK who have an undetectable viral load from the current figure of around 60% to 90% could result in a substantial drop in new HIV infections, a modelling study suggests. In order to achieve this, it wouldn’t be enough to change treatment guidelines – a substantial increase in HIV testing rates would also be required, Andrew Phillips of University College London

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