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U=U laggards draw fire from the community

published: January, 29, 2018 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Health, Treatment, Media, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

The Global U=U picture is good, but community activists are stepping up the heat on organizations which have been slow to embrace it. Today the spotlight is on Greater than AIDS, GNP+ and in Canada, the Ontario AIDS Network. Bob Leahy reports.

U=U laggards draw fire from the community

This article originallly appeared on January 16, 2018 If 2017 was a good year for many people living with HIV, it was for a simple, three character slogan that seemed to be everywhere. POZ.com, in awarding Undetectable equals Untransmittable, or U=U, the campaign of the year described it as “perhaps the most discussed and rapidly shared message to hit the HIV arena in years”. The Washington Post called it  “the campaign credited with beginning to change public perception of HIV trans

Inclusion and respect – appreciating the role people living with HIV have with our research partners

published: January, 26, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, Current Affairs, Research, International , Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

Please sign this petition calling for GIPA to be acknowledged in HIV research findings

Inclusion and respect – appreciating the role people living with HIV have with our research partners

The partnerships forged between people living with HIV and researchers have been an essential foundation upon which the response to the HIV epidemic has grown and the time has come to reaffirm and recommit to principles of inclusion and respect in the conduct of presenting research findings that impacts on our lives. The early years of the HIV epidemic ushered in a radically different approach to traditional medical and clinical research. Academics and activists held a shared understanding th

The term ‘LGBTI’ confuses desire, behaviour and identity – it’s time for a rethink

published: January, 25, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

From The Conversation, Dennis Altman: "Desire, behaviour and identity are distinct, and do not always overlap."

The term ‘LGBTI’ confuses desire, behaviour and identity – it’s time for a rethink

This article by Dennis Altman prevously appeared at The Conversation, here. The rise of sexually transmissible diseases made front-page news in The Age, which tried to make sense of the rise among “gay men” and “heterosexual people”. This illustrates the increasingly common confusion between behaviour and identity. What is involved is sexual contact, or to use the expression common in the early days of the AIDS epidemic, “the exchange of bodily fluids”. Whether people involve

Report highlights the need to clean the conversation around drug use

published: January, 12, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Health, Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

The report, titled The World Drug PERCEPTION Problem was released on Tuesday by the Global Commission on Drug Policy. From The Globe and Mail, Andrea Woo reports.

Report highlights the need to clean the conversation around drug use

A naloxone anti-overdose kit is shown in Vancouver on Feb. 10, 2017. JONATHAN HAYWARD/THE CANADIAN PRESS To read the complete article by Andrea Woo, visit The Globe and Mail, here. Skewed perceptions of drugs and people who use them negatively affect both health and health care by feeding into harmful prohibitionist policies and sometimes directly affecting clinical care, according to a new international report that aims to counter such prejudices. The report, titled The World Drug PERCEPTI

Porn actor had condomless sex with HIV positive co-star to prove he wouldn’t get the virus

published: January, 11, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Performances, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Media

"I chose to do this to reinforce confidence that PrEP works even in “high risk” events.," says Jason Domino. From OutNews Global, Andy West reports.

Porn actor had condomless sex with HIV positive co-star to prove he wouldn’t get the virus

To read the complete story by Andy West and look at some video, visit Out News Global, here. Jason Domino had sex without a condom with a fellow star with HIV to make a point. He knew the actor wasn’t on any anti-viral medication and had a high viral load. A viral load is a metric for how much HIV is found in someone’s blood. Jason told OutNews Global: “I knew I wouldn’t get HIV. I chose to do this to reinforce confidence that PrEP works even in “high risk” events. “My scen

Experts worry about consequences of Trump’s HIV/AIDS council firings

published: January, 11, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

“Is this a signal that they’re moving away from evidence-based policy?" From Healio, this report.

Experts worry about consequences of Trump’s HIV/AIDS council firings

To read the complete story visit Healio, here. The AIDS czar under former U.S. President Barack Obama worries about the consequences of the Trump administration’s recent termination of the last members of a presidential HIV/AIDS council. “Is this a signal that they’re moving away from evidence-based policymaking? That’s what’s troubling,” Jeffrey S. Crowley, MPH, program director of infectious disease initiatives at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law

Brexit: Fears of disruption to flow of medicines means UK must stay under EU regulation, say government figures

published: January, 10, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Current Affairs, General Health, Health, International , Sexual Health, Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

Britain to push to remain under Brussels supervision - after warning that tens of millions will have to be diverted from developing new drugs to cope with Brexit

Brexit: Fears of disruption to flow of medicines means UK must stay under EU regulation, say government figures

Drug giants have warned of 'significant disruption to the supply chain for medicines' NHS Photo Library Looming disruption to the flow of medicines after Brexit means Britain must seek to stay under EU regulation, senior Government figures have conceded. Ministers are already pushing for the chemicals and aviation industries to remain under Brussels supervision – despite it clashing with Theresa May’s pledge to end oversight by the European Court of Justice (ECJ). Now three leading

'We dropped the ball': Some Indigenous people had access to HIV drug for years without knowing

published: January, 05, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Treatment, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Media

It shows gaps and fissures within our heath-care delivery system,' activist says of Truvada coverage. From CBC News, this report by Angela Sterritt.

 'We dropped the ball': Some Indigenous people had access to HIV drug for years without knowing

Two-spirit activist Harlan Pruden says First Nations organizations failed Indigenous people by not disseminating enough information about a groundbreaking HIV/AIDS treatment. When two-spirit organizer and HIV/AIDS activist Harlan Pruden heard the news that the preventative drug PrEP was now available cost-free in B.C. he was elated. "It's phenomenal news that B.C.'s community now has access to this evidence-based, effective HIV prevention intervention," Pruden said. But he said v

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for January: a little gee in the road of resistance

published: January, 03, 2018 Written by // Ed Wolf Categories // Activism, Social Media, Aging, Gay Men, Current Affairs, International , Living with HIV, Ed Wolf, Media

Ed Wolf: "We need to be resolute, committed and patient, which can be so hard when people’s lives and the planet are at stake."

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for January: a little gee in the road of resistance

Day 132.  Devil or Angel? Ed, you actually enjoy hating him and being outraged at his latest policies. Ed, you know all this resentment you’re feeling is just poisoning yourself. But all of those pictures of him looking so ugly really are funny. All those pictures of him looking so ugly are really mean. You want to contact your friends and family members who voted for him and tell them how disappointed you still are and that you’ll never be able to forgive them. You want to figure out ho

Selective suppression of inflammation could deplete HIV and control HIV activation

published: January, 03, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Current Affairs, Research, Health, International , Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

Study authors: "We are rigorously evaluating the effect of Jak inhibitors on key events that prevent eradication of HIV in culture, animal models, and humans."

Selective suppression of inflammation could deplete HIV and control HIV activation

A class of anti-inflammatory drugs already FDA-approved for rheumatoid arthritis could "purge" the reservoir of infected immune cells in people infected by HIV, according to new research. When culturing cells from HIV-infected individuals, researchers found the medications tofacitinib and ruxolitinib block viral production from infected cells, prevent transmission to bystander cells, and decay the viral reservoir. The results were published in PLOS Pathogens. "One of the major impediments t

The privileged amongst us

published: January, 02, 2018 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy on the tricky business of acknowledging privilege - how it works both for and against those who have it.

The privileged amongst us

Privilege; Definition a special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group of people. I’m a lucky person. I get to go on vacations. I also take a lot of photos while I’m away, not on an expensive camera now, but on my iPhone. It’s become a habit to share some of them on Facebook while I’m away. I also go to quite a few HIV-related conferences, some in Canada, some further away. Again I take photos and post them on Facebook. I sometimes fe

Trump administration fires all members of HIV/AIDS advisory council

published: January, 02, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

Committee members terminated by form letter, "effective immediately." From the Washington Post, this report.

Trump administration fires all members of HIV/AIDS advisory council

A red ribbon in recognition of World AIDS Day hangs at White House on Dec. 1. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) To read the complete article by Ben Guarino, visit The Washington Post, here. The remaining members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS were fired en masse this week. Months after a half-dozen members resigned in protest of the Trump administration's position on health policies, the White House dismissed the rest through a form letter. The notice “thanked me for my p

Preventative medication will protect people at risk of HIV

published: December, 29, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

PrEP will be available through the BC Centre for Excellence’s HIV Drug Treatment program. From B.C. Gov News, this report.

Preventative medication will protect people at risk of HIV

Effective Jan. 1, 2018, British Columbians at high risk of HIV infection will be able to receive pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a daily oral antiretroviral medication that prevents new HIV infection, at no cost. “Our government is committed to helping fight the spread of HIV/AIDS and supporting people as they take action to protect themselves from this virus,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “Making this medication free for people will prevent new HIV infections, remove barriers

An update from Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi

published: December, 27, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, Current Affairs, Legal, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Media

Attorney General Naqvi: "We join the Canadian Coalition to Reform HIV Criminalization in their request that the federal government examine potential law reform in this area..."

An update from Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi

Our Reference #:  MC-2017-7062 Thank you for your correspondence regarding criminal law and HIV. I would like to provide you with an update on recent developments. As so many do on World AIDS Day, it is important to pause and remember all those who have lost their lives to HIV/AIDS and those living with it. We stand in solidarity with everyone impacted by this virus across Ontario and the world.  We would like to recognize the dedicated individuals and organizations whose courageous work o

Year In Review 2017: Criminalizing people with HIV

published: December, 21, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Legal, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Media

After years of inaction, governments finally seem open to changes in prosecuting cases of HIV non-disclosure, but it’s not happening fast enough for those who end up behind bars. From NOW Magazine,

Year In Review 2017: Criminalizing people with HIV

Alexander McClelland says there should be a moratorium on the prosecution of cases of HIV non-disclosure. This article by Alexander McClelland originally appeared at NOW Magazine, here. For those of us working to change Canada’s laws for people living with HIV, 2017 has been a wild year. After years of bleak inaction and international condemnation – Canada is currently among the top five countries when it comes to criminalizing and incarcerating people living with HIV – the decisio

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