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Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for June: as the darkness descends.

published: June, 08, 2017 Written by // Ed Wolf Categories // Social Media, Aging, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Mental Health, Ed Wolf, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Long-time activist Ed Wolf: "Trump may bring out the narrow-minded hate in other people, but he’s bringing out the best in me. See you in the streets!"

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for June: as the darkness descends.

Day 42. Follow the Witches The recount failed to stop him, the Electoral College raised our hopes, but the darkness of his presidency continues to descend. What can we do with the ache of it, the anger, the grief and the fear? Follow the witches! Go to the ocean, the plain, the mountain, a place where you can watch the sun set into the longest night. Sing to it, cry to it, whisper to it, dance before it, ask it to return to help us through the darkening paths ahead. And then watch it rise tom

Cuts to AIDS treatment programs could cost a million lives

published: June, 07, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Current Affairs, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

From the New York Times, Gardiner Harris reports on the likely results if funding cuts proposed by the Trump administration to global public health programs are enacted.

Cuts to AIDS treatment programs could cost a million lives

A health worker testing a patient for H.I.V. in Homa Bay County, Kenya. Credit: Simon Maina/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images WASHINGTON — At least one million people will die in sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere, researchers and advocates said on Tuesday, if funding cuts proposed by the Trump administration to global public health programs are enacted. The United States currently spends more than $6 billion annually on programs that buy antiretroviral drugs for about 11.5 million peo

African-American men who have sex with men less likely to be on HIV treatment in the U. S.

published: May, 29, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors

From TheBody.com, Barbara Jungwirth reports on the findings of the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance (NHBS) project.

African-American men who have sex with men less likely to be on HIV treatment in the U. S.

African-American men who have sex with men (MSM) are significantly less likely to be taking antiretroviral medications than are their white counterparts, an analysis of multi-year data found. The study was published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases. The National HIV Behavioral Surveillance (NHBS) project has surveyed groups at risk for seroconverting (such as MSM or intravenous drug users) in three-year cycles since 2003. Interviewees are asked about their HIV testing and treatment hist

Federal announcement on new pharmaceutical policy could signal improvements long hoped for by patient groups and healthcare providers. Here's how.

published: May, 24, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Current Affairs, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

Jack Mohr of CTAC on how Philpott's proposed changes might impact drug prices and access for people living with HIV.

Federal announcement on new pharmaceutical policy could signal improvements long hoped for by patient groups and healthcare providers. Here's how.

On May 16th, Health Minister Jane Philpott announced a suite of proposed changes to Canadian pharmaceutical policy. While many of these changes are merely sketched out rather than fully realized, they represent potential fixes to the Canadian healthcare system that patient groups and healthcare providers have been hoping for. For people living with HIV, these updates could mean a future with better and more comprehensive access to necessary medications. Expediting the Drug Approval Process T

Activists disrupt the health minister’s speech on the overdose crisis

published: May, 23, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, Current Affairs, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

“Stop smiling, thousands are dead and you’re smiling… thousands of our friends are dead.”

Activists disrupt the health minister’s speech on the overdose crisis

Last weekend, the federal health minister, Jane Philpott, when speaking at the International Harm Reduction Conference 2017 in Montreal, acknowledged that more people have died in the past few years in the opioid epidemic than at the height of the AIDS epidemic in the late 80s and early 90s. This is a sad and shocking fact that activists on the ground have known of a while. Think about that for a minute. The death toll of the opioid epidemic, an epidemic caused by drug prohibition, has surpas

SERO Project and Positive Women’s Network-USA announce 2018 HIV Is Not a Crime III National Training Academy in Indianapolis

published: May, 19, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, Current Affairs, Upcoming Events, Revolving Door, International , Legal, Guest Authors, Media

The training academy will be held at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) June 3-6, 2018.

SERO Project and Positive Women’s Network-USA announce 2018 HIV Is Not a Crime III National Training Academy in Indianapolis

May 15, 2017: Building on the amazing success of the HIV Is Not a Crime II National Training Academy last year, the SERO Project and Positive Women’s Network-USA are pleased to announce that the planning process is underway for the third HIV Is Not a Crime National Training Academy to support repeal or modernization of laws criminalizing the alleged non-disclosure, perceived or potential exposure or transmission of HIV. The training academy will be held at Indiana University-Purdue Univer

Trinidad Diaspora group expresses concern over gay murders in Trinidad & Tobago

published: May, 19, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors

T.O. Queers for T&T are calling on the Canadian Government to use its diplomatic channels to persuade the T&T government to provide justice for LGBTQI people in Trinidad and Tobago.

Trinidad Diaspora group expresses concern over gay murders in Trinidad & Tobago

Today, as we stand in global solidarity to recognize the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT 2017), members of Toronto’s Trinidadian diaspora express its concern regarding the recent spate of murders of gay men in Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) and are calling on its Minister of National Security to launch a thorough investigation into these murders and ensure perpetrators are brought to justice. . Since January 2017, six gay men have been stabbed, strangled

Multiple provinces and territories demonstrate leadership in the treatment of HIV/AIDS by providing access to GENVOYA®

published: May, 17, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , General Health, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors

Gilead's first TAF-based single tablet regimen demonstrates high efficacy with improved renal and bone parameters compared to TDF-based regimens.

Multiple provinces and territories demonstrate leadership in the treatment of HIV/AIDS by providing access to GENVOYA®

MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 4, 2017 /CNW/ - Gilead Sciences Canada, Inc. today announced that GENVOYA® tablets, for the treatment of HIV-1 infection, is now listed in multiple provinces and territories including, Ontario, Alberta, Quebec and Yukon, as well as in the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Drug Plan for First Nations and Inuit. GENVOYA (150 mg elvitegravir/150 mg cobicistat/200 mg emtricitabine/10 mg tenofovir alafenamide) is indicated as a complete regimen for the treatment of h

Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) endorses U=U.

published: May, 17, 2017 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // Social Media, OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, As Prevention , General Health, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Sexual Health, Health, Treatment

The Ontario HIV Treatment Network: "Acting on this knowledge will drive good public policy and clinical practice – encouraging prompt access to testing, treatment and support, as well as dramatically reducing HIV stigma."

Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) endorses U=U.

The "Undetectable = Untransmittable" Campaign (U=U) is an international movement. It unites communities of people living with HIV, service organizations and leading HIV researchers in support of a clear, evidence-based consensus statement about the power of effective antiretroviral treatment to prevent the sexual transmission of HIV. The Ontario HIV Treatment Network endorsed the U=U consensus, as follows, on May 15, 2017: The Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) is funded by the Ministry

CTAC Talks! U = U: The Undetectable = Untransmittable Campaign

published: May, 12, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Women, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media, Opinion Pieces

CTAC Talks is an innovative web series highlighting treatment access issues and solutions for Canadians living with HIV and Viral Hepatitis.

CTAC Talks! U = U: The Undetectable = Untransmittable Campaign

CTAC's expert guests, Dane Griffiths, Bob Leahy, Sandra Wesley, Sipiwe Mapfumo and Joshua Edward discuss the impact of the U=U campaign, which states that if a person has an undetectable viral load they cannot pass on the HIV virus. For more information, visit the Canadian Treatment Access Council (CTAC), here.

Is this the beginning of the end for HIV?

published: May, 11, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Sexual Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

From FS Magazine, Matthew Hodson writes on the importance of getting PrEP to those who need it.

Is this the beginning of the end for HIV?

The end of year reviews of 2016 were pretty damning. Bowie, Prince and George Michael led a long list of musical heroes who left us. Brexit in the UK and Trump in the US upset the pollsters and divided both nations. Worldwide, there was a succession of murderous atrocities committed, not least a bloody attack on a gay nightclub in Miami. And Princess Leia died. And then her mum died too. But just before Christmas there was one bit of good news. 56 Dean Street, the busiest sexual health clinic

People with HIV are panicking due to Tanzania's crackdown on gays.

published: May, 11, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Current Affairs, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Media

Amy Fallon reports on the state-sanctioned persecution of the LGBT community in Tanzania.

People with HIV are panicking due to Tanzania's crackdown on gays.

A gay man with HIV stands in a clinic in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He's been afraid to pick up his medicine because of the government's crackdown on the gay community. Kevin Sief/The Washington Post/Getty Images To read the complete article by Amy Fallon, visit npr.org, here. "I'm alone in this world," sobs the woman, tears smudging her black eyeliner as she clutches a handbag with medicine inside — antiretroviral pills for HIV. Wearing a hijab that covers her long hair, a traditional A

Why China Is selling cheap HIV tests in campus vending machines.

published: May, 10, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Youth, Current Affairs, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Media

But not many are buying. From NPR.org, Emily Feng reports.

Why China Is selling cheap HIV tests in campus vending machines.

HIV testing kits in a vending machine in a university in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China. Reuters To read the complete article by Emily Feng, visit NPR.org, here. Vending machines are selling increasingly novel items: cupcakes, live crabs and fresh baguettes. In China, you can now add HIV testing kits to that list. China is piloting the use of vending machines that sell HIV testing kits on university campuses. The goal is to reach students who may be reluctant to go to a clinic f

Trump policies snag first HIV-positive gay asylum seeker.

published: May, 09, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Current Affairs, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Media

From A&U Magazine, Hank Trout reports on the case of Denis Davydov, who fled persecution in Russia only to be detained in the United States.

Trump policies snag first HIV-positive gay asylum seeker.

To read the complete article by Hank Trout, visit A&U Magazine, here. Denis Davydov, a native of Magnitogorsk, Russia, came to the United States from Moscow in September 2014 on a six-month tourist visa. He has been living and working in San Jose, California, since then, as he completes the process for obtaining political asylum in the U.S. He never suspected when he flew to the U.S. Virgin Islands on March 6, 2017, for a weeklong vacation that he would be detained at the Krome Service P

My opinion: why there is high HIV prevalence among youth in my country, Kenya

published: May, 08, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Kimutai Kemboi, Current Affairs

We asked Kimutai Kemboi to compile what he sees as the main reasons why so many youth in Kenya are contracting the virus. Here's what he had to say.

My opinion: why there is high HIV prevalence among youth in my country, Kenya

Peer pressure As young people grow, they interact with people from different backgrounds. In that process they develop some friendly ties which in one way or another tend to bring some changes in their behavior. Some sorts of people they will be interacting with might have developed some peculiar behaviors and kids are likely to adopt them. Such behaviors would include engaging in irresponsible sexual activity, which puts them at high risk of contracting HIV and other sexual infections. Ig

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