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Ontario proposes creation of OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare Program.

published: July, 14, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Youth, General Health, Current Affairs, Mental Health, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

Proposed Amendments to Ontario Regulation 201/96 made under the Ontario Drug Benefit Act

Ontario proposes creation of OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare Program.

Ontario's Regulatory Registry Regulation - LGIC Proposed Amendments to Ontario Regulation 201/96 made under the Ontario Drug Benefit Act Regulation Number(s): O. Reg. 201/96 Bill or Act: Ontario Drug Benefit Act  Summary of Proposal: As part of the 2017 Budget and the government's ongoing commitment to provide better and faster access to high-quality health services, Ontario is proposing to create OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare Program. Under the program, the province would, as

‘Blood disgust’ is nothing new to people with HIV

published: July, 12, 2017 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, Health, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Mark S. King: "Unrealistic fear of HIV blood isn’t limited to the history books. HIV criminalization... preys upon outdated fears and public disgust with people living with the virus."

‘Blood disgust’ is nothing new to people with HIV

It is coursing through our veins, sustaining life and fighting disease, and yet we fear it. The sight of a few drops can make an adult faint. A bucket of it in a movie is the very definition of horror. Even as Donald Trump contributes his perverted, sexist new layer of blood revulsion (through a history of insults that include journalist Megyn Kelly’s bloody “whatever” and his most recent fabrication about a “bleeding” face lift that cable news anchor Mika Brzezinski never had)

Viral load as low as 400 copies/ml six months after starting ART is associated with a significant ten-year mortality risk

published: July, 12, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

“Low-level viral loads between 400 and 999 copies/ml shortly after starting ART appear to place patients at a significantly higher 10-year risk of death than patients with viral loads under 20 copies/ml..." From AIDSmap, Michael Carter reports.

Viral load as low as 400 copies/ml six months after starting ART is associated with a significant ten-year mortality risk

A viral load as low as 400 copies/ml six months after starting HIV therapy is associated with a substantial ten-year mortality risk, investigators from the United States report in the online edition of AIDS. People with a viral load between 400 and 999 copies/ml had a 20% mortality risk, similar to the 23% risk observed in people with a viral load between 1000 and 4 million copies/ml. In contrast, the mortality risk was only 14% for individuals who rapidly achieved complete viral suppressio

Zambian activists launch ‘Team No Shame About HIV+’ campaign

published: July, 11, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Current Affairs, Mental Health, Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media

Activists adapt Kevin Maloney's "No Shame About Being HIV+" campaign to raise HIV awareness in Zambia. From The Zambian Analyst, Paul Shalala reports

Zambian activists launch ‘Team No Shame About HIV+’ campaign

Some of the activists who are part of the campaign   -Photos by Rise Up To HIV Over a dozen Zambian youths living with HIV and those who are passionate about fighting the spread of the virus have taken to social media to launch a campaign dubbed ‘Team No Shame About HIV+.’ The youths aim to raise awareness about their HIV status and inspire others to come out in the open and live positive lives. In a country where being HIV positive is sometimes associated with bad behaviour, these ac

We've got the tools right now. Let's end the HIV epidemic.

published: July, 10, 2017 Written by // T.J. Miller Categories // T.J. Miller, Activism, Social Media, Aging, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

"I was on the front lines of the battle in the early days, and I still am on the battle lines today as an advocate." PositiveLite.com welcomes longtime health care provider and HIV advocate T. J. Miller.

We've got the tools right now. Let's end the HIV epidemic.

This was the first article that appeared in the New York Times, that told us about the devastation, the Hell that was to come. 35 years later, while we have treatments, preventative medications (PrEP) and now concrete scientific evidence that persons with HIV who have an undetectable viral load for six months or greater are unable to transmit the virus to sexual partners (Undetectable=Untransmittable/Treatment as Prevention or TasP) we are still suffering with stigma, arguing over funding, de

Restoring life again

published: July, 07, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Kimutai Kemboi, Mental Health, Health, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

From Kenya, Kimutai Kemboi: "My appeal to people out there, who are stuck in a pool of denial and confusion, is to make a positive decision to start medication."

Restoring life again

"Is it true I am HIV positive?" I asked the lady in the white lab coat. "As per the test, it shows you are HIV positive." She replied.  I left the place immediately immediately. I had no interest in further discussion or counselling. I had drawn my own conclusions and I would decide my next course of action without influence from anybody. This was my life, though it wasn't life anymore, and I had a mandate to do what best suited me in my new condition. Suicide! Suicide! Suicide! Suicide!

We must listen to science not stigma

published: July, 06, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, General Health, Mental Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Media

Around 1 in 3 Brits would be ‘uncomfortable’ giving First Aid to someone with HIV on effective treatment, according to Terrence Higgins Trust survey, while nearly 40% would be ‘uncomfortable’ going on a date.

We must listen to science not stigma

Medical evidence has shown that people living with HIV and who are on effective treatment cannot pass on the virus. However, a major new survey by Terrence Higgins Trust has shown that only 9% of the British public are aware of this fact, which has been evidenced by scientific research. Meanwhile around one in three (32%) adults would feel uncomfortable giving first aid to someone living with HIV who is on effective treatment, according to the YouGov survey of 2,022 adults. And nearly 40% o

Ask the experts

published: June, 28, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Aging, General Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Living with HIV, Media

A doctor, a pharmacist and a person who juggles multiple conditions reflect on the challenges and offer their best advice. From CATIE's Positive Side, interviews by Sony Salzman.

Ask the experts

Alice Tseng Pharmacist Immunodeficiency Clinic, Toronto General Hospital Over the past five or 10 years, HIV medication regimens have become much simpler and managing HIV is now much easier. As people with HIV get older, many experience health problems other than HIV. People with HIV tend to develop some other illnesses sooner and at a higher rate than people without HIV. One of the biggest challenges for people who are managing multiple conditions is taking many medications. The problems o

Change in social security disability: HIV-positive recipients may now have to go through reviews

published: June, 28, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Research, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Legal, Theatre, Guest Authors, Media

As of March 1, the Social Security Administration (SSA) began requiring that people living with HIV prove they are still disabled. From TheBody.com, Enid Vázquez reports.

Change in social security disability: HIV-positive recipients may now have to go through reviews

People living with HIV (PLWH) who receive government disability checks have previously received that income without going through reviews. As of March 1, the Social Security Administration (SSA) began requiring that PLWH prove they are still disabled. Like others receiving disability payments, they will have to go through a Continuing Disability Review (CDR). These are conducted every one to seven years. There are exceptions. Not subjected to a CDR are those with HIV who have Multicentr

Join us: community response to the effects of HIV treatment and viral suppression on sexual transmission – webinar

published: June, 27, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Research, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

Richard Wolitski, Ph.D., Director, Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, US Department of Health and Human Services invites you to attend. Scroll down for the registration link.

Join us: community response to the effects of HIV treatment and viral suppression on sexual transmission – webinar

On Friday, June 30, 2017 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm ET, the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy will host a community led “Community Response to the Effects of HIV Treatment and Viral Suppression on Transmission” webinar. To register CLICK HERE In the last year, compelling new evidence has demonstrated that HIV treatment significantly reduces sexual transmission of HIV. In addition, this research found no cases of HIV that were transmitted sexually by individuals with a suppress

HIV Stigma 101

published: June, 27, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Research, Health, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

A new Canadian video featuring two well known poz advocates explores what HIV Stigma looks like. Produced by Universities Without Walls, the Ontario HIV Network (OHTN)

HIV Stigma 101

It’s hurtful to those of us living with HIV, it’s unfair and it contributes to the spread of HIV. These are three good reasons why we need to understand HIV stigma’s role, how we stop or at least reduce it and track our progress in doing so.  In the video below, Muluba Habanyama and Francisco Ibanez-Carrasco, both working on a current HIV stigma study, explain the basics. It’s a good primer; we all talk about stigma (a LOT) but don’t always stop to pare it down, to think about its

Nationwide service to tackle loneliness and self stigma among people with HIV launched in Scotland

published: June, 26, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Mental Health, Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Media

Leading HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust has launched a brand new, Scotland-wide peer support service, to enable people to live well with HIV.

Nationwide service to tackle loneliness and self stigma among people with HIV launched in Scotland

Although advances in medication mean that people with HIV can now live long and healthy lives medically, they still face stigma and discrimination, which can lead to isolation and low self-esteem. Nearly 60 per cent of people with HIV in Scotland have experienced low self-esteem, and a quarter have felt suicidal. [1] Now, Peer Support Scotland, funded by the Big Lottery Fund Scotland, will bring together people living with HIV to share their experiences, knowledge and advice, to support other

Stigma Stings

published: June, 22, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Mental Health, Women, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

From CATIE's Positive Side, Kath Webster speaks to three women who face stigma with courage and resilience.

Stigma Stings

Last January, my partner and I flew to Mexico for a vacation. On Day 1, out of the blue, I was stung by stigma. While swimming in the Pacific Ocean, I put my foot down, expecting to feel the soft sand, and instead stepped on a stingray, which spurred an excruciating sting and deep wound. At the local clinic, I considered disclosing my HIV status, but this was a small Catholic town and I didn’t want to face people’s judgment or, worse, not be treated at all. So I decided against it. The do

What’s happening on the ground: first voice perspectives of the overdose crisis in Atlantic Canada

published: June, 22, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Conferences, Hep B and C, General Health, Current Affairs, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Guest author Michael Liddell: "... people who use drugs and their allies are using the mantra of 'nothing about us without us' to organize and demand action."

What’s happening on the ground: first voice perspectives of the overdose crisis in Atlantic Canada

At the opening of the 25th Harm Reduction International Conference in Montreal held in Montreal in May of this year, the Federal Minister of Health Jane Philpott announced that more people have died in the overdose epidemic in the past few years than during the height of the AIDS crisis in the late 80s and early 90s. This fact is made even more tragic considering that it need not happen. This grim reality was on the minds of many and was the catalyst for a workshop hosted by Direction 180

Horwath hosts Pharmacare roundtable focused on tackling barriers to HIV prevention, treatment

published: June, 22, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

Horwath: “Whether it’s PrEP or HIV treatment, we believe that no one should have to empty their wallet to get the medicine they need,”

Horwath hosts Pharmacare roundtable focused on tackling barriers to HIV prevention, treatment

QUEEN’S PARK – Today (June 20, 2017) , Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath hosted a roundtable discussion with people living with HIV and leaders in the fight to improve access to HIV treatment and prevention in Ontario. A key topic during the discussion was the cost of life-saving drugs to treat and prevent HIV, and the NDP Pharmacare plan.  “Whether it’s PrEP or HIV treatment, we believe that no one should have to empty their wallet to get the medicine they need,” said Horwath.

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