Articles tagged with: condoms

Condoms: isn’t it about time that the government and health care providers were honest with us so that we can make informed choices about our bodies? – correction/retraction

published: August, 10, 2017 Written by // T.J. Miller Categories // T.J. Miller, Social Media, Research, Health, International , Media, Opinion Pieces

T.J. Miller offers a correction and an apology.

Condoms: isn’t it about time that the government and health care providers were honest with us so that we can make informed choices about our bodies? – correction/retraction

A few days after PositiveLite.com published the above-named article by T.J. Miller, a reader pointed out flaws in the author’s research and made it plain that we’d presented some bad information. PositiveLite.com has a strong commitment to accuracy and so we pulled the article right away, pending a review of the available data. We apologize to our readers for our error but will add that we look forward to presenting T. J. Miller’s article once such a review has been made, taking into ac

CATIE statement on the use of antiretroviral treatment (ART) to maintain an undetectable viral load to prevent the sexual transmission of HIV.

published: December, 09, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Living with HIV

From CATIE, these statements were developed to help service providers in Canada adapt their programs and incorporate this evidence into their messaging.

CATIE statement on the use of antiretroviral treatment (ART) to maintain an undetectable viral load to prevent the sexual transmission of HIV.

Une version française est disponible ici.    Over the past several years the HIV prevention toolbox has expanded significantly. This is due to a rapid growth in our knowledge of effective approaches that help prevent the transmission of HIV. However, to maximize the impact on the HIV epidemic, we must effectively increase awareness, uptake and proper use of these approaches. The CATIE statements summarize the best available evidence on the effectiveness of three approaches to help pre

Eight changes in HIV prevention

published: November, 03, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

As he leaves his role as CEO of GMFA, Matthew Hodson takes stock of how HIV prevention work has changed during his tenure there.

Eight changes in HIV prevention

Matthew when he first started at GMFA. This article by Matthew Hodson previously appeared at FS Magazine, a publication of GMFA, here. A child who was born on the day I started at GMFA would now be old enough to join the army or get married – two rights that British gay men didn’t have back then. I’ve been with GMFA about half of my adult life. After 17 years with GMFA it’s time for me to move on. It’s been at various times wonderful and gruelling and frustrating and inspiring

First U.S. Public Health official endorses “negligible risk” when undetectable

published: August, 18, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Legal, Guest Authors

Prevention Access Campaign: New York City Health Official Joins Global Leaders in Signing a Consensus Statement on the HIV/AIDS Epidemic’s Most Groundbreaking Development in the Last Twenty Years

First U.S. Public Health official endorses “negligible risk” when undetectable

August 10, 2016: HIV/AIDS experts from the U.S., Australia, Denmark and Switzerland--including Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, Assistant Commissioner for the Bureau of HIV/AIDS at the New York City Health Department -- endorsed a consensus statement concluding “negligible risk” of HIV transmission from a person with HIV who is on antiretroviral therapy (ART) and has had a consistently undetectable viral load for six months and beyond. Dr. Daskalakis is the first U.S. public health official to endo

When AIDS Activists Hijacked the Olympic Rings

published: August, 08, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism

Mark S. King with a feel-good tale of HIV activism in the days before social media.

When AIDS Activists Hijacked the Olympic Rings

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is a very touchy organization, most especially when it comes to the Olympic rings. They guard their trademark jealously and litigiously, commonly suing anyone who dares to approximate the iconic rings for their own purposes. Even local street vendors during the Games have been shut down for violating copyright. Anthony Braswell wasn’t thinking about that when he and a co-worker came up with a dangerous idea. It was 1995, and Atlanta was in the heigh

From safer sex condom advocate to condomless sex guy... vive la revolution!

published: June, 30, 2016 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Sexual Health, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality , Brian Finch

Brian Finch explains how he became "that guy who everyone wants to wag their fingers at."

From safer sex condom advocate to condomless sex guy... vive la revolution!

Condoms R Us Remember when you first used a debit card and it was great? So convenient, no more cash to carry around. Then came the ability to simply tap my debit card on a reader and presto,  my groceries had been paid for. Not one button did I have to press.  Today, if a store doesn’t have the tap feature it’s really annoying. Now I have to punch in 'ok' for the amount, what account I’m going to pay for it and then my pin number. It feels like so much work. Once a new technology is

Why can’t we see beyond the latex?

published: June, 20, 2016 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality , Alex Sparrowhawk

The UK's Alex Sparrowhawk says, "There is a alternative and it works" and makes a case for the National Health Service to comission PrEP

Why can’t we see beyond the latex?

"Condoms are extremely effective at stopping the transmission of a variety of STIs, including HIV – but there are plenty of transferrable infections that condoms offer little or no protection against."  NHS England announced this afternoon that it is maintaining the stance that it has no legal power to commission PrEP. As you would expect outrage from HIV organisations and activists followed but so too did the inevitable slut shaming that has shadowed the PrEP debate from the outset. C

In with the new…

published: February, 11, 2016 Categories // As Prevention , Health, Treatment, Opinion Pieces

Ken Monteith warns that in the rush to adopt new prevention methods we shouldn’t ignore that some of the old ones can be pretty effective too.

In with the new…

“This. Is. Everything.”  Every time I see that written somewhere, I know I am about to be assaulted by an oversimplification and a crazily superlative view of whatever topic is being discussed. Either that, or I’m being led from Facebook to one of those endless click-through lists that ends up being more disappointing that entertaining. When it comes to HIV, though, this whole “In with the new, out with the old” attitude is not doing anyone any favours.  Let me be clear about my

Road safety

published: May, 06, 2015 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Sexual Health, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Alex Sparrowhawk

The best information won’t always be successful. Alex Sparrowhawk says you can’t encourage people to protect their sexual health any more than you can encourage them to look both ways before crossing the street.

Road safety

Unfortunately I am old enough to remember the “Stop Look Listen Live” hedgehog road safety adverts from the 1990s. The little critters were cute, waddling from either foot into the setting sun in the distance, but I remember their message as well as the simple cartoon drawings. So now as an adult, whenever I cross the road I put on my hedgehog thinking cap: I don’t leave the house without wearing a high-vis neon yellow waistcoat (If I’m on a night out I’ll tie it up with matching ar

When gay men have less-than-perfect condom use, how much Is enough?

published: April, 10, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Research, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Sex and Sexuality

TheBody.com poses the question whether “imperfect condom use is even worth the trouble. Are condoms an all-or-nothing proposition?”

When gay men have less-than-perfect condom use, how much Is enough?

This article by Martha Kempner first appeared in TheBody.com here.   If you've ever chosen to forego a condom or had difficulty using them correctly, you are far from alone. Few gay or bisexual men or couples use them every time, despite their power to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs). We forget. We make mistakes. And, we take calculated risks. These days, additional strategies such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and sex with HIV-positive partners who have an undetectable

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