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French study confirms the safety and effectiveness of varenicline for HIV-positive smokers

published: January, 25, 2018 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Research, Health, International , CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Smoking Cessation , Media

Varenicline (combined with counselling) can clearly help some HIV-positive people to quit smoking. From CATIE, Sean R. Hosein reports.

French study confirms the safety and effectiveness of varenicline for HIV-positive smokers

- People living with HIV are known to be at increased risk for smoking-related illnesses. - Researchers find varenicline safe and effective at helping people with HIV quit smoking. - Cessation counsellors who are infectious disease specialists have higher quit rates. The widespread use of potent HIV treatment (ART) has led to improved measures of health and near-normal life expectancy for many people with HIV in Canada and other high-income countries. However, studies have found that ART us

Faster action on adherence is needed after viral load becomes detectable, researchers warn global treatment programmes

published: January, 24, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, As Prevention , Newly Diagnosed, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

“Our results show that any detectable viral load between 51 and 999 copies per ml leads to poorer treatment outcomes than successful virological suppression of less than 50 copies per ml,” write the investigators. From AIDSmap, Keith Alcorn reports.

Faster action on adherence is needed after viral load becomes detectable, researchers warn global treatment programmes

Low-level HIV viral load, above the limit of detection, is an important warning signal for future treatment failure and World Health Organization guidelines on spotting treatment failure need to be revised to encourage greater vigilance and swifter action by healthcare providers in lower- and middle-income settings, investigators report in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. The study, carried out by Annemarie Wensing and colleagues at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands and University

For auld lang syne: a letter to HIV-negative me

published: January, 24, 2018 Written by // Isaac D. Joseph Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, General Health, Isaac D. Joseph, Mental Health, International , Spirituality, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Isaac D. Joseph addresses his former, HIV-negative self: "My beautiful black sheep, be unapologetically proud of who you are..."

For auld lang syne: a letter to HIV-negative me

It has been five years since that day you were attacked and raped and as a result of that rape you were transmitted the HIV virus. On the day you find out that you are HIV-positive you are instantly thrown into a whirlwind of psychological and biological warfare mixed with 24 years of emotional baggage that we should have let go years ago, but nothing fuels a grudge better than anger. Right now you’re probably somewhere in a hotel room, getting high as a Georgia pine, listening to Erykah B

I’m a bad patient

published: January, 23, 2018 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Aging, Gay Men, General Health, Health, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy on those who stumble on the way to managing one’s health in the manner we are told to, and how he has got used to being a “bad” patient

I’m a bad patient

Colour me bad When I was diagnosed in 1993, I continued to work for six months, my life virtually unchanged except for a heavy heart and a secret few knew. I had time, though, to ponder the card that fate had dealt me. In 1994 I decided change was in order. So I left work for good, disclosed to everybody in sight and plunged into volunteerism. My first volunteer job involved manning the reception desk at ACT, then called the AIDS Committee of Toronto.  I thrived. During quiet times at the r

The power of "no"

published: January, 22, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Health, Legal, Lifestyle, Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality

From FS Magazine, Hadley Stewart: "Despite having consented to sex, we don’t necessarily make it clear what we’re consenting to. How able do you feel to negotiate in the bedroom?"

The power of

If, like me, you’ve never sat down and thought about the term ‘consent’, you’d be forgiven for thinking that it doesn’t really apply to you. Often we associate the term with the law, meaning that it’s easy to think it’s something that doesn’t form part of our lives unless we’ve been the victim of a crime. A sexual assault, for instance, is often paired up with the notion of consent. So does that mean we’ve never consented to anything or used our power of consent? Probably

Long-acting injectable ARVs are convenient and private, study participants report

published: January, 18, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Media

From NAM aidsmap, Roger Pebody reports on two studies, one using long-acting injectables as TasP and one using them as PrEP.

Long-acting injectable ARVs are convenient and private, study participants report

HIV-positive people who took injectable cabotegravir + rilpivirine every four or eight weeks as antiretroviral therapy found it more convenient and discreet than daily pills, also feeling that it eliminated a “daily reminder of living with HIV”, Deanna Kerrigan and colleagues report in PLOS One. Similarly, HIV-negative men who took injectable cabotegravir every 12 weeks as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) felt that it was probably more convenient and easier to adhere to than dai

Common birth control shot linked to risk of HIV infection

published: January, 17, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Research, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

Research indicates alternative contraception methods may help protect women.

Common birth control shot linked to risk of HIV infection

Washington, DC - Transitioning away from a popular contraceptive shot known as DMPA could help protect women in Sub-Saharan Africa and other high-risk regions from becoming infected with HIV, according to a research review published in the Endocrine Society’s journal Endocrine Reviews. The predominant contraceptive in Sub-Saharan Africa is depot-medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA)—a birth control shot administered every three months. Human studies suggest DMPA use may raise the risk of H

Attitudes towards men who ‘bareback’ are a barrier to wider use of PrEP

published: January, 16, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Mental Health, Health, Research, Sexual Health, Lifestyle, Revolving Door, Treatment, Media, Guest Authors

From NAM AIDSmap, Roger Pebody reports on two Toronto studies that shed light on how PrEP stigma is affecting PrEP uptake.

Attitudes towards men who ‘bareback’ are a barrier to wider use of PrEP

Two new qualitative studies from Toronto shed light on how stigma affects the uptake of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and the experience of taking it. In the first, young gay men acknowledged that they did not always use condoms but did not see themselves as the kind of ‘barebacker’ for whom they thought PrEP was intended. “PrEP embodies the notion of bareback sex, which traditionally has been associated with negative elements, and it is quite clear that the young gay men in this re

We can finally say it’s not all about condoms

published: January, 15, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

From FS Magazine, Matthew Hodson: "It’s taken us years to get this far, let’s not waste any more time."

We can finally say it’s not all about condoms

New data released by Public Health England showed that HIV diagnoses across the country had fallen by 18%. Confined to just gay and bisexual men, the drop was 21%; narrow it even further to just gay and bisexual men in London and it was 29%. The message is loud and clear: Combination HIV prevention works. Increasing testing and early access to treatment, plus adding PrEP to condom use as a safer sex strategy, gives us the power to send HIV into retreat. Why has it taken us so long to get here

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, Guest Authors, Media

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 // Social Media, Activism, 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 // Social Media, Activism, 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

Living with HIV? Speak out to Pharma!

published: January, 10, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Upcoming Events, Health, Treatment, Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

Patient input presents a chance for people living with HIV to have their voices heard by drug regulators

Living with HIV? Speak out to Pharma!

UPCOMING CTAC PATIENT GROUP INPUT CONSULTATIONS CTAC is calling for people living with HIV to take part in patient consultations so that they can have their voices heard by drug regulators. The first 20 attendees who complete a survey at the end of each session will recieve a $10 gift voucher. WEDNESDAY 10TH JANUARY 2018, 2:00-3:00 EST: NEW HIV MEDICATION DOLUTEGRAVIR / RILPIVIRINE  - REGISTER HERE. This informative webinar, led by CTAC Policy Researcher Amanda Fletcher, will discuss the

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, Sexual Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, 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

I have just found out I am HIV-positive: what do I do now?

published: January, 09, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Media

From the UK, guest author Ant Babajee asks: "What would I tell my newly diagnosed self if I knew on 2 January 2007 what I know now?"

I have just found out I am HIV-positive: what do I do now?

I have been living with HIV for more than 10 years — you might say I am a bit of an HIV old-timer. As I have just celebrated another year living with HIV, I thought it was a good time to put together some pointers for people who have recently got their news. What would I tell my newly diagnosed self if I knew on 2 January 2007 what I know now? The first thing I want to say is: DON’T PANIC! Since my diagnosis in 2007, so much has changed in terms of our knowledge about how to preve

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