At YouthCO, we’ve been getting a lot of excitement and questions about the media coverage of the "London patient," a man who who has recently been cured of HIV as a result of treatment for lymphoma (a type of cancer).
This person was given a bone marrow transplant from a donor who has an HIV resistant gene mutation, which meant HIV could no longer survive in his body. While articles from HIV organizations have put this information into context for those of us living with HIV (like this one from a UK HIV organization, NAM - the HIV/AIDS information charity, and this post from CATIE), a lot of articles in the general media are quite misleading and sensationalize the topic - especially for those of us only reading the headline.
This makes it difficult for youth to figure out what this news means for our every day, and what it means for those of us living with HIV. In taking a bit of time to digest this information, our big takeaway is this: today’s work still has to be focused on reducing the inequities and stigma youth living with HIV experience now. At the same time, we'll continue to look ahead to other medical innovations like longer-acting HIV medications alongside important HIV cure work like this current report.Read more
The science is in: those of us who have an undetectable viral load cannot pass HIV to our sex partners.
We had the chance to share the successes of our approach to HIV education at the 2016 Pacific AIDS Network conference. This was a great opportunity to connect with organizations that do HIV work across British Columbia and talk about our youth-driven, values-led approach to HIV programming at YouthCO!Read more
Our team of young leaders published this booklet in 2012. It is a fun pamphlet that covers the basics of HIV transmission, testing, and treatment, and features YouthCO's iconic robots! Print copies can be ordered for free from CATIE here!
Since we published this booklet, we've learned more about HIV prevention options for those of us who are living with HIV or who are HIV-negative, including the use of HIV medications for treatment and PrEP (also known as pre-exposure prophylaxis).
You’re welcome to share and download this resource as much as you'd like! Please get in touch with us if you have more questions about anything in the booklet at firstname.lastname@example.org.