Articles tagged with: HPTN 052

Our World AIDS Day message is celebratory

published: December, 01, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Publisher Bob Leahy says World AIDS Day tributes take many forms, but PositiveLite.com is saying World AIDS Day 2017 is a time to celebrate – and, with the Government of Canada now on board, names 2017 as the year of U=U.

Our World AIDS Day message is celebratory

Those charged with writing world AIDS day messages have a surprising array of options. They can honour our fallen – that’s important. Paying tribute to those living with HIV is also a worthy goal. Our messages can be reflective of the past, taking stock of where we are now, or aspirational. Inspirational too. All these topics I’ve addressed in the past. I’ve never done a celebratory World AIDS Day message before. But then 2017 has been no ordinary year. It has been a year of personal

U=U

published: July, 20, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Youth, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Women, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Media

From CATIE's Positive Side: It means different things to different people but the science is clear and it's reason to celebrate.

U=U

The evidence is in: If you are HIV+, take treatment and maintain an undetectable viral load, you can have sex knowing that you won’t pass HIV to your sex partner. In short, when HIV is undetectable, it’s untransmittable. How can I make this work for me? You can make this HIV prevention strategy work for you by taking your HIV treatment as prescribed and seeing your healthcare provider regularly. Your ongoing healthcare should include blood tests to check your viral load and ensure that

HIV stigma in sheep's clothing

published: June, 05, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Dating, As Prevention , Gay Men, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Guest author Émolas shares his experience of how the contradictory messages that are given by healthcare and social service providers in the field of HIV preventioncan sometimes reinforce HIV stigma by creating anxiety in HIV-negative people.

HIV stigma in sheep's clothing

Most of the time, HIV stigma is pretty easy to spot. It comes across in black and white on dating app profiles when guys write things like “clean and DDF (drug and disease free).” It’s evident in the ever-growing number of people living with HIV who have been prosecuted for not disclosing their HIV status prior to specific sexual encounters, even though the risk of HIV transmission during those encounters was extremely low (if not nonexistent). But I want to talk about a different kind o

Three reasons why CATIE supports U=U for sexual transmission

published: January, 25, 2017 Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , CATIE, Gay Men, Youth, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Newly Diagnosed, Women, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, International , Treatment

From CATIE, Camille Arkell with three reasons why this revolutionary message is so important

Three reasons why CATIE supports U=U for sexual transmission

This article by Camille Arkell previously apperared at CATIE blog, here. Une version française est disponible ici. CATIE recently endorsed the Consensus Statement of the Prevention Access Campaign, celebrating the fact that “undetectable equals untransmittable.” This revolutionary statement, pushed forward by a dedicated group of people living with HIV, has prompted CATIE to reflect on our sexual HIV prevention messaging. The research on treatment as prevention has been slowly ac

Good news? On this World AIDS Day, 2016, there is a lot to report.

published: December, 01, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , CATIE, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Sexual Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Treatment

CATIE details how 2016 has been a year of positive change for people living with HIV.

Good news? On this World AIDS Day, 2016, there is a lot to report.

 The science of treatment and prevention has much to inspire agencies delivering needed services to people living with, and at risk of, HIV.  We know that there are significant health benefits for people with HIV to begin treatment as soon as possible after diagnosis. Early treatment with good adherence in order to maintain an undetectable viral load allows an HIV-positive person to live a long and healthy life. A ground-breaking study called START (Strategic Timing of Antiretroviral Trea

Is PARTNER good news being ignored?

published: November, 05, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, As Prevention , Research, Sexual Health, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy on how Canada has interpreted the preliminary results of the ground-breaking PARTNER study. In some quarters it’s still “wait and see”,But wait and see what? And does “wait and see” cut it with poz gay men?

Is PARTNER good news being ignored?

“As always, it takes time for scientific results to diffuse from the scientific community to the public, and when it does, one can be sure it will trigger all kind of debates and arguments more than often entrenched in beliefs and prejudices as facts.” Incidence.org   Slow reaction Odd, isn’t it, that eight months after preliminary results were announced, reference to the ground-breaking PARTNER study is missing in action from any AIDS Service Organization (ASO) website or gay men

What it means to be undetectable

published: September, 23, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // As Prevention , Features and Interviews, Sexual Health, Health, Treatment, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bop Leahy talks to the folks at AIDS Vancouver about their innovative campaign “The New Face of HIV – What It Means to Be Undetectable”. It refers to the new realities of living with HIV in the era of highly effective antiretrovirals

What it means to be undetectable

Bob Leahy: Thanks for agreeing to talk to us. We’re intrigued by what you are doing at AIDS Vancouver. Explain the name you have chosen for this new campaign “The New Face of HIV” and why now is the time for it.  AIDS Vancouver: The full name of the initiative is "The New Face of HIV – What It Means to Be Undetectable". It refers to the new realities of living with HIV in the era of highly effective antiretrovirals (ARVs), which most of us in Canada  - and everyone who tests positiv

Undetectable - a drama in three parts

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

Have the benefits of an undetectable viral load been realized or are those who are undetectable still labouring under the burden of being seen as being as infectious as ever. And what’s the potential of that message for causing harm? Bob Leahy reports

Undetectable - a drama in three parts

The HIV landscape is ever changing. Rooted in tragedy, the plot twist introduced in 1996 with the advent of antiretroviral therapy is still playing out, with fresh twists coming thick and fast. The future is uncertain but targeting the end of the epidemic has never been more focussed It’s like a huge three-part drama, with HIV prevention in all its forms - once there was just one -  taking.centre stage. ****** Prologue The plot has never been quite this complicated. At one time, prevent

Howdy PARTNER

published: June, 03, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // CATIE, As Prevention , Gay Men, Features and Interviews, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

PositiveLite.com editor Bob Leahy in conversation with CATIE’s James Wilton on what the PARTNER study tells us about the risk of HIV transmission in gay men where one partner is HIV-positive but who’s viral load is undetectable

Howdy PARTNER

Bob: Leahy: Hi James Thanks for agreeing to talk to PositiveLite.com again, this time on the PARTNER study. Now I read your analysis of the interim results - Positive Lite.com published it here - which took me back to the day the news first broke from CROI that we finally had data about the risk of HIV transmission involving gay men with an undetectable viral load. I was really excited that day. Would you agree that this was ground-breaking stuff? Yes, I think the prelimi

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

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