Current Affairs

Another chance to hear Bruce Richman in Toronto

published: November, 02, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Youth, Events, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Upcoming Events, Health, Treatment, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

A November 22 community Forum brings New York City’s Bruce Richman back to Toronto for a don’t-miss community forum on U=U (Undetectable equals Untransmittable)=

Another chance to hear Bruce Richman in Toronto

He’s a colleague and a friend so I’m hardly impartial. but I’ve been doing this work for a very long time, and honestly, I’ve never met anyone quite like the Prevention Access Campaign’s Bruce Richman. We first met in Toronto one year ago when PositiveLite.com brought him to Toronto for a community forum in Toronto on what was then a lesser known concept. He preached, with the full weight of science behind him, that people who are virally suppressed – that means on treatment and

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for November: expect the unexpected

published: November, 01, 2017 Written by // Ed Wolf Categories // Social Media, Aging, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, International , Spirituality, Ed Wolf, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

HIV activist Ed Wolf copes with Trumpism as the malaise continues.

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for November: expect the unexpected

 Day 94.  Expect the Unexpected As some of you know, I had the great honor to be included in David Weissman’s award-winning documentary, “We Were Here,” and occasionally receive messages from people who’ve seen it. The following arrived a few days ago, a perfect reminder to all of us, in these polarized times, to continue to do our work, stay committed to our beliefs, and tell our stories. Hearts and minds can and do change. “Hi Ed. I just watched the movie in which you are feat

Talking about HIV and U=U in Russian

published: October, 27, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Features and Interviews, Health, International , Treatment, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy interviews the Switzerland HIV non-profit organization director Dr. Alex Schneider, an expert on the troubling HIV epidemic in Russia, the largest in the world

Talking about HIV and U=U in Russian

Bob Leahy: Hi Alex, thank you for agreeing to talk to PositiveLite.com. Tell me a little about yourself. You live in Switzerland? Alex Schneider: Yes, I have lived in Switzerland for three years, not far from Zurich. I live here because of my husband and his job. I moved here from Germany. Before that I lived in Russia and USSR (the Ukraine). I’m 38 years old. I’ve been HIV-positive for five-six years and I’m undetectable. How would you describe your profession, because I know you have

Facing prosecution for challenging HIV policies in Tanzania

published: October, 25, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Health, Revolving Door, International , Events, Media, Population Specific

Lawyers arrested under pretext of ‘promoting homosexuality.' From Human Rights Watch, Wendy Isaack has this report.

Facing prosecution for challenging HIV policies in Tanzania

When Sibongile Ndashe, a South African feminist lawyer, got on a plane to travel to Tanzania to convene a meeting of human rights lawyers and activists, she knew she might come under the scrutiny of Tanzanian authorities. But what she did not expect was for Tanzanian police to raid the October 17 workshop at the Peacock Hotel and arrest her and 12 of her colleagues for “promoting homosexuality.” The 13 were hauled to a police station, where an officer granted them bail without laying

An open letter to Dr.. Elizabeth M. Clark (Price), M.D.

published: October, 23, 2017 Written by // T.J. Miller Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, T.J. Miller, Gay Men, As Prevention , Current Affairs, General Health, Youth, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Women, Health, Sexual Health, International , Legal, Treatment, Media

T.J. Miller invites Dr. Elizabeth M. Clark to an open dialogue to bring her (and Georgia) up to speed on HIV.

An open letter to Dr.. Elizabeth M. Clark (Price), M.D.

Dr. Clark, I choose to address you using this name, as this is the name that you are licensed under by the State of Georgia in the United States of America under the auspices of the Composite State Board of Medical Examiners under medical license #024915 first issued on June 14, 1983 which expires on August 31, 2019. Besides being a board certified Anesthesiologist who trained at McGill University (Class of 1980) in Montreal, Quebec Canada, you also are a Georgia State Legislator from their 4

Ripples of change on the international stage

published: October, 23, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Women, Revolving Door, International , Legal, Guest Authors, Media, Population Specific

From the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, this progress report on their advocacy abroad.

Ripples of change on the international stage

October 20, 2017 -- It’s been a busy few weeks at the Legal Network as staff members have travelled to Geneva, Kingston (Jamaica), and Moscow, and the effects of their work is being felt across the globe. As a direct result of the Legal Network’s advocacy, UN human rights bodies recently challenged the criminalization of people who use drugs in Canada and Russia. In response to the our written submission and on-the-ground advocacy in Geneva, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Raci

Let's make IT happen... a footnote

published: October, 20, 2017 Written by // Jeff Potts Categories // Social Media, Current Affairs, Jeff Potts, Media

Jeff Potts of the CPPN offers a clarification of his previous article, "Let's make IT happen"

Let's make IT happen... a footnote

It’s in my DNA… I tend to call things the way I see them. At the same time, I am very careful to share my assessments honestly, guided by matters-of-fact, even when the facts are not popular, and always knowing that people can and will see things differently than I do. I welcome these realities with respect and with readiness to discuss what really matters. In my humble opinion, the richness of any discussion is realized when it is shaped by differing points-of-view. The article I wrote

Backlash from civil society as PEPFAR announces three-year strategy

published: October, 19, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Current Affairs, General Health, Mental Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Media, Opinion Pieces

The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is to accelerate efforts in just 13 countries under its news strategy. But critics say this narrowed focus could lead to a resurgence of the HIV epidemic..

Backlash from civil society as PEPFAR announces three-year strategy

PEPFAR's new three-year strategy, which was announced at the UN General Assembly in September, focuses efforts on 13 countries with high HIV prevalence that are nearing epidemic control – the point at which there are more annual AIDS-related deaths than there are new HIV infections. Under PEPFAR’s 2017-2021 strategy, Botswana, Côte d’Ivoire, Haiti, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Rwanda, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe will see PEPFAR-funded programmes renewed and ex

Let's make IT happen

published: October, 17, 2017 Written by // Jeff Potts Categories // Social Media, Activism, Current Affairs, Living with HIV, Jeff Potts, Media

The CPPN's Jeff Potts: "Honestly, our best intentions are not enough… especially now. So… let’s be resilient… let’s work together to live the lessons we learned; let’s focus on the “by us” and make it happen."

Let's make IT happen

I want to write about my own journey in recent months, but also the future path of the organization of which I am now Executive Director. That path recently was made more inviting, courtesy of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). First some history. PHAC made its announcements revealing which organizations it invited to submit Letters of Intent for consideration of funding under the new Community Action Fund. The Canadian Positive People Network (CPPN) was not among them and it appeare

Ontario AIDS Network’s 2017 Honour Roll Awards impress

published: October, 16, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Women, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

The OAN recovers after last year’s stumble to announce a full slate of worthy candidates. Bob Leahy reports

Ontario AIDS Network’s 2017 Honour Roll Awards impress

Late last week we heard that The Ontario AIDS Network Board of Directors announced the 2017 Honour Roll Award Recipients. They are: . Adrian Betts and Christian Hui, The Person with HIV/AIDS Leadership Award . Anthony Mohamed and Maureen Owino, The Caring Hands Award . Richard Elliott and Ryan Peck, Social Justice in HIV/AIDS Award Here’s why we are excited. Last year we and others were fiercely critical of the OAN for not recognizing any person living with HIV – there are many who wou

Deadly secrets: China and HIV/AIDS

published: October, 16, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

From AsiaSociety.org, Heather Clydesdale reports on the Chinese govenments slow and secretive response to HIV and other pandemics.

Deadly secrets: China and HIV/AIDS

China's officials are now leading a more open campaign against infectious diseases. (2dogs/Flickr) China, with its state-controlled media and strong government presence, has traditionally tried to keep news of a pandemic under wraps. An outbreak of an illness can weaken public confidence and scare away tourists, business travelers, and investors. But as China has discovered, this strategy in fact can help deadly diseases boil over and become epidemics. The Chinese government’s slow and sec

Moscow Buyers Club: Russia's AIDS patients work together to overcome medication shortages

published: October, 10, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, As Prevention , Current Affairs, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

"Russia is virtually the only developed country where the number of new HIV infections and the number of AIDS-related deaths is on the rise." From Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty, this report by Robert Coalson and Anastasia Kuzina.

Moscow Buyers Club: Russia's AIDS patients work together to overcome medication shortages

When the Russian government's system for purchasing and distributing the vital drugs needed to combat the virus that causes AIDS breaks down, patients use social-media networks to give one another medicine and hope. (file photo) MOSCOW -- Many of the posts on the website Pereboi.ru -- a chat room for Russians diagnosed with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS -- are alarming. "Today my husband went to the clinic and they told him that they gave out all the medicine on Monday," wrote Nelli from U

Virally suppressed people have “effectively no risk” of transmitting HIV, says US CDC: but how many are suppressed?

published: October, 06, 2017 Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

Over 60% of gay men have viral suppression, but less than 30% of under 25s. From AIDSmap, Gus Cairns reports.

Virally suppressed people have “effectively no risk” of transmitting HIV, says US CDC: but how many are suppressed?

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) used 27 September, National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, to announce that HIV diagnoses had fallen in white gay and bisexual men and remained stable among African-American gay men between 2010 and 2014, its last complete year of figures. The CDC went further in its release: for the first time, it attributed this slowing of diagnoses to “the prevention effectiveness of antiretroviral therapy (ART)” and said that data from

Appropriations committees in U.S. Congress vote to maintain funding for Global Fund and PEPFAR

published: October, 05, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Current Affairs, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Research, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

President Trump had proposed cuts to both. From Aidspan, David Garmaise reports.

Appropriations committees in U.S. Congress vote to maintain funding for Global Fund and PEPFAR

To read the complete article by David Garmaise, visit Aidspan, here. The appropriations committees in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have approved funding for global health programs for the fiscal year 2018 at about the same levels as the previous year. In so doing, the committees ignored the budget proposed by President Donald Trump which called for cuts of $2.5 billion overall, including $225 million less for the Global Fund and $1 billion less for PEPFAR. The U.S. 2018

AIDS Bureau gets new head

published: September, 30, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Treatment, Media, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Joanne Lush moves into the position long held by recently retired Frank McGee

 AIDS Bureau gets new head

It was announced last week that the AIDS Bureau - not its official title but the one most commonly used - has a new head. It’s Joanne Lush. This is good news. Joanne steps up to the position previously held by Frank MvGee, who recently retired. (We reported on that here.) Joanne is no stranger to much of this work, having worked at the Bureau since 2003. Prior to that she was the Executive Director of what was then called Peterborough AIDS Resource Network (PARN). I was chair of PARN’s b

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