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
Thank you, PositiveLite.com, for publishing this article online here.
When getting sexy with our partner(s), we all have an opportunity to talk about sexual health. Yet in practice, many of us are reluctant to start a conversation, bring up condoms, or ask about HIV and STIs. For those of us who are HIV-positive, not having one of these conversations means we may face charges of aggravated sexual assault. In fact, last month, we have seen two Toronto-area people living with HIV charged with aggravated sexual assault, and a call for their sexual partners to come forward to the police. One of the people facing charges is 20 years old.
To us at YouthCO, this just does not make sense.Read more
Metro News wrote an article about dating while living with HIV, focused on the experiences of young people. They approached YouthCO to learn more about this topic.Read more
New Fire, a CBC program, interviewed Jessica St. Jean about her work with YouthCO's Yúusnewas program as part of an episode on romance and tradition.Read more