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The news on the Canadian criminalization front explained – part one

published: December, 08, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Activism, Hep B and C, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Women, Legal, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy says the news on World AIDS Day that the approach to criminalizing HIV non-disclosure in Canada has changed has left some confused. Here is an easy to follow laymens’ guide to what went down.

The news on the Canadian criminalization front explained – part one

World AIDS Day 2017 saw a dizzying array of announcements. Two in particular contained news of particular importance to people living with HIV. They were about the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure, a complicated topic that generated more commentary and some controversy. The purpose of this article is to explain what the news meant for people living with HIV. Part two will deal with what people are saying about it – and our opinion too. Background: It’s important for people living wit

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

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

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

Add your voice: end the unjust criminalization of HIV

published: November, 30, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, Current Affairs, Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors, Media

This Friday, December 1, is World AIDS Day. Help us send a message to Minister Wilson-Raybould, and her provincial and territorial colleagues, that they must take action to end unjust HIV criminalization in Canada,

Add your voice: end the unjust criminalization of HIV

November 27, 2017 - Today, in advance of World AIDS Day, the Canadian Coalition to Reform HIV Criminalization (CCRHC) released its Community Consensus Statement signed by over 150 HIV and human rights organizations across Canada. The statement, which you can read on the CCHRC website, calls on the federal, provincial and territorial governments to take specific actions to end unjust criminal prosecutions against people living with HIV. Why is this needed? Right now, people living with HIV

North Bay could be the first to adopt policies for people living with HIV

published: November, 29, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Women, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

North Bay City Council to be asked to adopt GIPA/MIPA. From BayToday.ca, Linda Holmes reports

North Bay could be the first to adopt policies for people living with HIV

To read the complete article by Linda Holmes, visit BayToday.ca, here.  North Bay City Council will be asked at this week’s Tuesday night meeting to adopt the Ontario Accord, called GIPA/MIPA, as part of its policies. GIPA/MIPA, are acronyms for Greater Involvement of People Living With or Affected by HIV/AIDS, and Meaningful Involvement of People Living with HIV/AIDS.  Jason MacLennan, an advocate for the Canadian Positive People Network, will be making a public presentation to cou

Time to act: over 150 organizations across Canada call on federal and provincial governments to end unjust criminalization of HIV

published: November, 28, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors, Media

For the first time, the HIV community and other concerned organizations are calling on the federal government to reform the Criminal Code.

Time to act: over 150 organizations across Canada call on federal and provincial governments to end unjust criminalization of HIV

TORONTO, November 27, 2017 — With World AIDS Day just a few days away, the Canadian Coalition to Reform HIV Criminalization (CCRHC) has released a joint Community Consensus Statement endorsed by over 150 organizations across the country, from the HIV sector and beyond. Developed through several months of cross-country consultation, the statement shows clear consensus against the current overly broad use of the criminal law against people living with HIV and the urgent need for action fro

CATIE scores again with a fine national conference – but is it their last?

published: November, 28, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, As Prevention , Conferences, CATIE, Current Affairs, Events, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Last week saw 400 people gather in Toronto for CATIE’s “Transforming our Practice” national forum, looking at new knowledge and new strategies to end the epidemic. It was an unqualified success. But what’s next? Bob Leahy reports.

CATIE scores again with a fine national conference – but is it their last?

I’m fortunate to attend many HIV conferences in Canada and sometimes elsewhere. They educate, they inspire and they allow for lots of networking – in particular the peer-to-peer engagement that so strengthens our response to HIV in Canada. CATIE delivered all of this last week in Toronto. While scholarships, through diminishing dollars continue to be hard to get, a sizeable contingent of people living with HIV were in the house, thanks in part to a financial arrangement with CATIE and the

Despite reassuring data, we can’t yet say U=U for breastfeeding

published: November, 27, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, International AIDS Conference , As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

Clinicians in high-income countries should take a harm reduction advice approach with HIV-positive mothers who breastfeed. From AIDSmap, Roger Pebody reports.

Despite reassuring data, we can’t yet say U=U for breastfeeding

While effective HIV treatment greatly reduces the risk of onward transmission during breastfeeding, it does not appear that the risk is zero, a leading paediatrician told the British HIV Association (BHIVA) conference in London last week. Although formula feeding is the safest option in high-income countries, some women will choose to breastfeed and healthcare professionals should support them to do so as safely as possible. Dr Hermione Lyall of St Mary's Hospital, London said that she and

Police accused of exaggerating risks of HIV to introduce spit guards

published: November, 23, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Hep B and C, Current Affairs, International , Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors, Media

Force plans to issue guards to officers from January, saying people infected with blood-borne viruses use spitting as a weapon. From The Guardian, Damien Gayle reports.

Police accused of exaggerating risks of HIV to introduce spit guards

Avon and Somerset police says the restraints will be used only when a person threatens to spit, has attempted to spit or has already spat. Photograph: Tim Ireland/PA A police force has been accused of fear mongering and stigmatising sufferers of hepatitis C and HIV by playing up the risks of transmission of blood-borne viruses as a reason to introduce spit guards. Avon and Somerset police announced their plan to issue spit guards to all operational officers from January next year. “Each d

What’s next for long-acting HIV drugs?

published: November, 22, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment

Two phase III trials are underway with long-acting (LA) formulations of HIV drugs. From CATIE, Sean R. Hosein reports.

What’s next for long-acting HIV drugs?

Two phase III trials are underway with long-acting (LA) formulations of HIV drugs. These trials will explore the safety and effectiveness of LA formulations in people new to HIV treatment (Flair) and in people who are treatment experienced (Atlas). The interim results from these two pivotal studies should be available in the latter half of 2018. If the results from Flair and Atlas are favourable, the manufacturer of the LA drugs, Viiv Healthcare, will submit a dossier of the data to regulator

Being on the same page – and scrapping paternalism!

published: November, 20, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, As Prevention , Youth, General Health, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Newly Diagnosed, Mental Health, Women, Health, Sexual Health, Treatment, Media, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy on the confluence of voices that is saying paternalism towards people living with HIV doesn’t serve us well – and asks how we challenge it

Being on the same page – and scrapping paternalism!

The issue of paternalism – agencies who think or assume they are working in the best interests of their clients and make decisions for them – is in the news this week A word about us: PositiveLite.com has always been a bit of an “alt-left” voice when it comes to HIV. We don’t rely for our continued existence on government funders so that gives us a bit more freedom to report on what we – and often others - are feeling. So what’s the mood? Big Picture? The mood is of optimism,

World AIDS Day: Clients can handle the truth

published: November, 16, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Activism, Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, CATIE, Gay Men, As Prevention , General Health, Current Affairs, Mental Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Women, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Sexual Health, Treatment, Media

CATIE: "Whether we are talking about U=U, PrEP or HIV self-testing, we must provide all the information and options to our clients, and trust them to make the best decisions for their own health."

World AIDS Day: Clients can handle the truth

Thousands of HIV organizations around the world are adding a new message to their World AIDS Day campaigns this year, and it is turning decades of HIV prevention messaging on its head. We can now say conclusively that a person living with HIV who takes treatment and maintains an undetectable viral load does not transmit the virus to their sexual partners. The evidence was solidified last year with the final results of PARTNER and HPTN 052, two large studies confirming zero cases of HIV transm

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