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Brazil fights HIV spike in youths with free preventive drug

published: December, 13, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Gay Men, Youth, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

PrEP is being made available to prostitutes, transgender people, men who have sex with men, some drug users and people in relationships with partners who have H.I.V. From the New York Times, Shasta Darlington reports.

Brazil fights HIV spike in youths with free preventive drug

Piero Mori, right, and a friend both take PrEP, short for pre-exposure prophylaxis. “Condoms will always be the most complete protection,” Mr. Mori said. “But for those who just can’t or won’t use them, PrEP is a salvation. It protects you against the most serious disease.”  Credit: Dado Galdieri for The New York Times SÃO PAULO, Brazil — Seeking to stem a sharp rise in H.I.V. cases among young people, Brazil began offering a drug this month that can prevent infection to thos

Canadian study links food insecurity to detectable viral loads and decreased CD4+ cells

published: December, 12, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Hep B and C, As Prevention , Food, Nutrition and Recipes, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Media

Researchers propose “broad multisector interventions that address income, housing affordability, substance use and mental health issues” to address the high degree of food insecurity in their study. From CATIE, Sean R. Hosein reports.

Canadian study links food insecurity to detectable viral loads and decreased CD4+ cells

- Canadian study of people with HIV and hepatitis C co-infection finds that limited access to food is associated with higher levels of HIV in the blood and 10% fewer CD4+ immune cells. - Ontario research reports 70% of HIV-positive participants had experienced food insecurity over the past year, six times greater than HIV-negative people. - Researchers say addressing underlying food insecurity could improve treatment adherence and health outcomes of people living with HIV. Researchers who e

Wrestling with stigma – literally

published: December, 12, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, As Prevention , Youth, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Performances, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy goes to a wrestling match and meets Steve Blair, an engaging poz guy from Lindsay Ontario who just organized Smash! Stigma – a successful wrestling/HIV advocacy mashup that also promotes U=U.

Wrestling with stigma – literally

Steve Blair always wanted to be a pro wrestler. He studied professional wrestling at the Shawn Michaels Wrestling Academy in San Antonio, Texas in 2001. But then life got in the way. “I wrestled all my life with the hopes of being a pro wrestler but got interested in other things that led me away from that” he told me. “I’m still a huge fan. I wasn’t doing wrestling myself but I was talking to other wrestlers and still following it very closely – the independent promotions and the

Interview: He’s living and leading in Turkey with HIV

published: December, 11, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Features and Interviews, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy in conversation with Minas from Istanbul about the face of activism in Turkey and how Minas bravely burst onto the world stage in July 2017.

Interview: He’s living and leading in Turkey with HIV

If you followed the International AIDS Conference in Paris this last summer, you might have read that community activists caused quite a stir. In particular they interrupted one plenary session and took over the stage. They danced, chanted and spoke about the impact U=U had on their lives. One of these activists was Minas, 36, from Istanbul. He’s tall, striking looking - and straight. His words were striking too – the fact that people with HIV have sex and the good news that U=U can bring

HIV-positive transgender men in US have significant unmet medical and social needs

published: December, 11, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media

“Although these transgender men had access to HIV medical care, many experienced poor health outcomes and unmet needs,” write the authors. From AIDSmap, Michael Carter reports.

HIV-positive transgender men in US have significant unmet medical and social needs

HIV-positive transgender men in the United States have significant unmet social and healthcare needs, according to a study published in Research and Practice. Approximately half were living in poverty and only 60% had sustained viral suppression. “Many transgender men receiving HIV medical care in the United States face socioeconomic challenges and suboptimal health outcomes,” write the authors. “Although these transgender men had access to HIV medical care, many experienced poor hea

Many Americans still get their HIV diagnosis years after infection

published: December, 07, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

Heterosexual men had undiagnosed HIV longer than women who inject drugs or gay and bisexual men (a median of about five years, two years and three years, respectively).From AIDSmap, Liz Highleyman reports.

Many Americans still get their HIV diagnosis years after infection

Many people with HIV in the United States are still being diagnosed with HIV late, and therefore not getting the full therapeutic and prevention benefits of starting antiretroviral therapy (ART) early, according to the latest Vital Signs report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), released in advance of World AIDS Day. People at risk for HIV in the US are getting tested more often than they did in the past and are living with HIV for a shorter period of time bef

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for December: "What is it? Just everything."

published: December, 06, 2017 Written by // Ed Wolf Categories // Activism, Social Media, Aging, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Mental Health, Health, Ed Wolf, International , Living with HIV, Media

Ed Wolf: "It helps me to remember that though the tsunami was a terrible event, the story that’s most important is about people helping each other through Terrible Times."

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for December:

Day 108. One Life, One Death Two years ago, after a sweet birthday dinner, I couldn’t return to my apartment because policemen blocked the street I lived on. I could see flashing lights in front of my building and a body in the street. I waited for hours, with many of my neighbors, before police lead us back to our apartments. When I got to my door the body was gone but the street was still wet with his blood. The following day I found out that the victim was our neighbor Amilcar Perez-Lop

Living with HIV, positively

published: December, 06, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Aging, Social Media, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media

People living with HIV are living long, strong, positive lives. From MalayMail Online.com, Audrey Edwards speaks to some of them to gain insights into their lives.

Living with HIV, positively

 Jamaliah Sulaiman and Marhalem Mansor will soon be opening another shelter in Cheras for PLHIV. — Malay Mail pix KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 2 — Not victims. Not sufferers. Although some in society still choose to label people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) with those terms, this perception is the furthest from the truth. With access to treatment readily available and in some cases free, because of government policies, PLHIV are living longer, and definitely contributing to society and the eco

Bone health in HIV: long-term health is important to discuss.

published: December, 05, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Aging, General Health, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media

Dr. Gordon Arbess: "... as people age with HIV we now face other health risks that often mirror aging in uninfected people."

Bone health in HIV: long-term health is important to discuss.

Dr. Gordon Arbess is a staff physician with the Department of Family and Community Medicine and St. Michael’s Academic Family Health Team in Toronto. He specializes in HIV Primary Care. ***** As a physician in the treatment and care of HIV, I see people living and thriving with HIV. Today, with early diagnosis and effective treatments, a 20-year old HIV-positive person can expect to live into his/her early 70s. In fact, the majority of people with HIV are now over the age of 50, and within

Canada’s top doctors say Undetectable = Untransmittable

published: December, 04, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, As Prevention , CATIE, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

CATIE Executive Director Laurie Edmiston on the November 30 joint statement from Canada’s chief public health officer and the chief medical officers of health of all Canadian provinces and territories.

Canada’s top doctors say Undetectable = Untransmittable

It’s official! The Government of Canada supports U=U, the consensus statement that a person living with HIV does not transmit the virus sexually if they take treatment and maintain an undetectable viral load (“undetectable = untransmittable”). The news came on November 30 in a joint statement from Canada’s chief public health officer and the chief medical officers of health of all Canadian provinces and territories. “We have known for some time that ART [antiretroviral therapy] i

Our World AIDS Day message is celebratory

published: December, 01, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , 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

Creating a comprehensive cascade: CTAC issues call to action

published: December, 01, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media

To achieve and exceed the three 90-90-90-targets, two new targets are proposed

Creating a comprehensive cascade: CTAC issues call to action

As we approach World AIDS Day on December 1, CTAC is sending a strong message that “we’re not going away” by reaching out to select policymakers and their critics at all levels of government across Canada. We are providing them with an update on the issues of access to HIV and HCV treatment and care across Canada. CTAC was created by HIV positive leaders in 1996 to ensure access to treatment, care and support for people living with HIV/AIDS and people living with HIV/hepatitis C co-infe

It’s time to retire Canada’s AIDS epidemic

published: December, 01, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, CATIE, As Prevention , General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Research, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media, Opinion Pieces

For World AIDS Day 2017, PositiveLite.com is proud to present this guest editorial by CATIE Executive Director, Laurie Edmiston.

It’s time to retire Canada’s AIDS epidemic

Having turned 60 two months ago, I know there’s nothing quite like a milestone birthday to force you to get serious about your priorities and your future. The HIV response is facing our own wake-up call this December 1 as we mark the 30thWorld AIDS Day – a milestone I never imagined we would reach when I started working in HIV, 30 years ago. I have spent more than half of my life working in the HIV response, and while our goals have remained unchanged – reducing HIV infections and kee

Big win for U=U! Canada’s Chief Medical Officers of Health say “effectively no risk’ of HIV transmission via sex if viral load suppressed.

published: December, 01, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , General Health, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Research, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

PHAC World AIDS Day statement praises the Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U) campaign and Indigenous Know Your Status program

Big win for U=U! Canada’s Chief Medical Officers of Health say “effectively no risk’ of HIV transmission via sex if viral load suppressed.

Statement on behalf of the Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health Statements From Public Health Agency of Canada November 30, 2017 Ottawa, ON Government of Canada Every year on December 1st, we come together to mark World AIDS Day and the start of Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week.  There was a time not long ago when many lives were lost to AIDS in Canada. Thanks to advances in treatment, the situation today is vastly different. With timely interventions and supports, people living wit

Welcome back

published: November, 30, 2017 Written by // Daniel Uy Categories // Alternative Therapies, Social Media, Yoga, Gay Men, Health, Spirituality, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Daniel Uy

The PositiveLite.com team is happy to welcome Daniel Uy back as a regular contributor. Here, Daniel shares what he's been up to since 2015.

Welcome back

After two years, I have decided to come back to writing. So, the biggest question I have been asked by my editor is, “What have you been up to?” Wow. When I look over that, it is pretty amazing to share. At the time, I was finishing up a Certificate Program in Project Management at Ryerson University and in an open relationship with someone. Life was full and busy. In the spring of 2016, I was at a crossroad. I had broken up with someone, had also completed some goals of mine, and was sor

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