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Positive Advocate: How Close Are We to a Cure?

Positive Advocate: How Close Are We to a Cure?

Ahead of the July 2014 International AIDS Conference in Melbourne hopes were high that HIV scientists from around the world would unveil the promise of a much anticipated HIV cure. Headlines of imminent breakthroughs that could lead to a cure for HIV have tantalised the community for years. Sensationalist headlines included “Danish breakthrough for HIV […]

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Positive Advocate: Is Truvada For You?

Positive Advocate: Is Truvada For You?

Striking revelations occurred last month. Two separate studies on the effectiveness of Truvada to prevent HIV were stopped prematurely, because early results were so good that having untreated participants became unethical. Truvada is a medication currently used to treat people with HIV. Truvada pills are currently being studied in HIV negative participants as a way […]

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Facing the Ice Challenge to Reduce HIV

Facing the Ice Challenge to Reduce HIV

Take notice, 85% percent of men believe ice significantly contributed to behaviour which led to acquiring HIV. Although this recently reported survey study of 200 people, conducted by the Prahran Market Clinic (Melbourne) can at most only be suggestive because of the very small numbers. For the 65 respondents, who were diagnosed with HIV between […]

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Positive Advocate: PrEP Drives A Gay Sex Revolution

Positive Advocate: PrEP Drives A Gay Sex Revolution

Which study was talked about more than any other at the AIDS 2014 Melbourne Conference? No, I’m not making this up, it was titled ‘iPrEx OLE!’, although I am happy to discuss the results over tapas and sangria. Would you believe 1603 people were offered the chance to take the before pills Truvada, known medically […]

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Positive Advocate: HIV 2014 Has Arrived!

Positive Advocate: HIV 2014 Has Arrived!

Making a bold move, this month the USA Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that people who are “at substantial risk for HIV” consult their doctor about starting a daily pill (Truvada) to prevent HIV. Although condom use along with other prevention methods are also recommended the New York Times (NYT) reported […]

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Positive Advocate: Can This Pill Help You Stay Negative?

Positive Advocate: Can This Pill Help You Stay Negative?

Making a bold move, this month the USA Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that people who are “at substantial risk for HIV” consult their doctor about starting a daily pill (Truvada) to prevent HIV. Although condom use along with other prevention methods are also recommended the New York Times (NYT) reported […]

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Positive Advocate: We’re All Winning: Positive Sex Rules?

Positive Advocate: We’re All Winning: Positive Sex Rules?

A multi centre  European study has for years been following 767 poz-neg couples who were not using condoms and recently published breakthrough interim results. Take note, the persons studied with HIV were successfully on HIV meds, also known medically as having an “undetectable viral load” which means they took their HIV pills to maintain a […]

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Positive Advocate: How to Date a Poz Guy

Positive Advocate: How to Date a Poz Guy

So you’ve met the man of your dreams again, only this time it turns out he’s living with HIV. At first your cool about it: “Hey, he can’t help what he has, right?” and “It’s not like I’ve never barebacked, it could happen to anyone.”. Still annoying irrational 80’s thoughts keep creeping in. “I don’t […]

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Positive Advocate

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Bureaucracy Begins Catching Up To HIV Science In late December the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee’s (PBAC) finally lifted CD4 restrictions on when people with HIV could begin HIV medication. This change came after the combined efforts of Australia’s leading HIV organisations. Edwina Wright Associate Professor and President of the Australasian Society of HIV Medicine (ASHM) […]

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POSITIVE ADVOCATE: Science Confirms HIV Meds Can Play A Prevetion Role

POSITIVE ADVOCATE: Science Confirms HIV Meds Can Play A Prevetion Role

Is It Time To Get Loud? A Bangkok study of injecting substance users has confirmed that taking the HIV pill-Tenofovir can reduce the risk of acquiring HIV by as much as 74% when study participants were limited to people with actual Tenofovir concentrations in their blood. Taking the pills as prescribed seems to be one […]

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