Articles tagged with: social isolation

The lost art of communication

published: September, 29, 2017 Written by // Michael Yoder Categories // featured, Social Media, Aging, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Michael Yoder

Michael Yoder: "More and more I believe our social isolation (and not just for poz folk) is a symptom of disassociation and disconnection."

The lost art of communication

"The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place."  -- George Bernard Shaw When I was young, in my 20s, we had no internet or Skype. We had party lines and dial phones or those fancy new push button phones that were all the rage. We didn't have texting or sexting, or Scruff or Grindr, or phones that were used solely for the purpose of taking self-absorbed portraits of our dinners or our faces with duck lips. No, we had much more... We actually talked to

Defending uncritical art has consequences.

published: September, 14, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Art, Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Performances, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media, Opinion Pieces

Guest author Rahim Thawer: "... some people indiscriminately defend artistic expression without any room for considering how power and privilege operate in our world."

Defending uncritical art has consequences.

Club 120, Toronto, 2012. Photo courtesy of the author. Marvellous Grounds is the first publisher of this essay. Rahim Thawer (2017). Defending Uncritical Art has Consequences. In Special Issue #2 – Bodies as Archives: QTBIPOC Art and Performance in Toronto, Marvellous Grounds.  I grew up in Etobicoke and went to a racialized-majority middle school and then a white-majority high school. My undergraduate education spanned a few institutions, and in each one, I found enclaves of people o

What is “successful aging” for people living with HIV?

published: August, 30, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Aging, As Prevention , Gay Men, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media

From AIDSmap, Roger Pebody reports on a qualitative study by Ontario researchers on HIV, aging and disability.

What is “successful aging” for people living with HIV?

When Canadian researchers asked HIV-positive people over the age of 50 how they would define “successful ageing”, six key themes emerged – accepting limitations, staying positive, maintaining social support, taking responsibility, living a healthy lifestyle, and engaging in meaningful activities. Writing in the International Journal of STD & AIDS, Patricia Solomon and colleagues note the emphasis on individual control. Clinicians and service providers should work with people livin

Getting to 90-90-90 requires attention to mental health

published: February, 17, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, CATIE, Mental Health, Research, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health

CATIE: Studies have found that mental health conditions, including depression and problematic substance use, can, in some cases, increase the risk for non-adherence to ART.

Getting to 90-90-90 requires attention to mental health

Une version française est disponible ici. The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) has established goals for countries trying to achieve progress in the prevention, care and treatment of HIV infection. Countries and regions are encouraged to strive to meet these goals by the year 2020. The goals can be summarized in the phrase 90-90-90, which stands for the following: 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV

Two-thirds of HIV clinics in the UK don't think there's a current need for specialist services for older HIV-positive patients

published: February, 14, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Aging, Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

Only a minority of centres have specialist clinics for management of co-morbidities. For AIDSmap, Michael Carter reports.

Two-thirds of HIV clinics in the UK don't think there's a current need for specialist services for older HIV-positive patients

(Here is what is happening in the USA) Two-thirds of HIV clinics in the UK do not think there is a current need for specialist care services targeted at older adults, investigators report in HIV Medicine. “This is important as, although there is no current need because of a lack of a significant proportion of older adults within certain services, there is a clear trajectory towards cohort ageing within the UK,” write the authors. “We would anticipate clinic populations of older adult

2017 and I’m not Nostradamus.

published: February, 06, 2017 Written by // Colin Johnson Categories // Social Media, Aging, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Colin Johnson, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

On "self-imposed social inactivity".As 2017 opens, Colin Johnson knows where he is and what he'd like to see, even though the future looks cloudy.

2017 and I’m not Nostradamus.

I haven’t written for a while. Sorry Bob, it's not because I can’t think of a topic; quite the contrary there are so many topics. For example, I kept agreeing with the consensus that 2016 sucked. However, in re-examining the year, I’m forced to admit that as a Long-Term Survivor (LTS) it was no different than the last ten years. I lost friends. I’m still on disability which really limits one’s life possibilities. There’s a sense of depressing regularity which naturally I counter w

Many older people living with HIV in the UK worried about poverty, loneliness and social care

published: February, 03, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Aging, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, General Health, Mental Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Living with HIV

From AIDSmap, Roger Pebody examines what Terrence Higgins Trust is calling a "social care time bomb."

Many older people living with HIV in the UK worried about poverty, loneliness and social care

People over the age of 50 now represent one third of all people living with HIV, but the social care, healthcare and welfare systems aren’t ready for this growing cohort, according to research published by the Terrence Higgins Trust today. They describe the situation as a ‘social care timebomb’. A significant proportion of the older people living with HIV who took part in Terrence Higgins Trust’s research project were living below the poverty line and were socially isolated. Anxieti

Why a course on sexual health and dementia

published: January, 31, 2017 Written by // Megan DePutter Categories // Aging, Social Media, As Prevention , Mental Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Events, Sexual Health, International , Treatment, Megan DePutter, Sex and Sexuality

Megan DePutter: "Well-intended concerns about consent and capacity may lead to withholding information or efforts to restrict or manage sexual behaviour in ways that may be inappropriate."

Why a course on sexual health and dementia

Terrence Higgins Trust has partnered with Alzheimer Scotland to offer a course on Sexual Health and Dementia (for course details see bottom of post) in our new Learning Centre. Sexual health needs might not be the first thing you think of when it comes to supporting people with dementia. But sexual health is important for everyone. Here are a few reasons why we at Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland and Alzheimer Scotland felt it was important to create a course on Sexual Health and Dementia. 1.

Being trans and resilient: why I have chosen to be alone

published: November, 09, 2016 Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Jason Cole, Sex and Sexuality

"It is important to differentiate between momentary loneliness and pervasive isolation," says Maya Cole

Being trans and resilient: why I have chosen to be alone

As a child, I did not have many friends. My childhood was very much about survival: both at home and at school. In my current career as a school secretary, I have come to understand school as a place where children need to feel safe and have the space to grow without institutionalized barriers. In practice, I know this to not always be the case - especially in my own history. The power of friendship is incredibly important to breaking down so many of those barriers. The ratio of intense

Home base or jail cell?

published: October, 04, 2016 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Social Media, Activism, Aging, Gay Men, Mental Health, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Félix Garmendía

Our NYC guy,Félix Garmendía tells of the social isolation that often comes with disabilities and of what he did to beat that isolation back.

Home base or jail cell?

Isolation is a very common problem for a disabled person. Our lives changed forever the day we became disabled. Although I’ve been disabled for years, a turning point occurred when I became 100% wheelchair bound about four years ago. I have a progressive, degenerative neuromuscular condition called “Inclusion Body Myositis.” which primarily involves gradual destruction of the muscles in my arms and legs. Four years ago, I had a bad fall that rendered me unconscious and I ended up in the

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