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🧵: It is with a bit of sadness, but also with a ❤️ full of hope, that I share that I’m leaving my position as @nycHealthy Asst. Commissioner this month.

It has been an honor to lead the city’s response to the HIV epidemic & to work with 300+ inspiring Bureau of HIV colleagues.
In my two-and-a-half years at @nycHealthy, we reached historic lows for the annual number of NYers newly diagnosed with #HIV & became the first large US city to reach @UNAIDS 90-90-90 goals./2…
We launched the agency’s first Racial Equity and Social Justice Intiatives Program to ensure that #equity is embedded into all of our work. And developed a microgrants initiative to support grassroots organizations such as @translatina_org and @audrelorde./3
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For the last several months, my research team and I have been conducting ethnographic research for my @IrishResearch council project on contemporary gay male sexual culture in Ireland. 1/ #gaysexnow…
The work so far has involved the usual 'promiscuous' pursuit and observation of quite various social contexts and relations that one associates with ethnographic fieldwork. 2/ #gaysexnow
Everything from sweaty nightclubs to activist organisational meetings to public Pride events to coffee shops with cute waiters. And of course immersion in the online/techno mediations that are so important to gay sexual culture today, including 'the apps.' 3/ #gaysexnow
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💞- I'm HIV+
💞- I'm in a trial for a bi-monthly injection instead of daily pills
💞 - My bi-monthly visits give me a better insight into my health and status than most
💞- I am undetectable #UequalsU
💞- I am well informed about my heath
💞- I disclose my status
💞- I have turned down others that were too intoxicated to understand what I was disclosing
💞- I will not let my status be weaponized against me as a tool for blackmail - that is why I am public about it

#ScienceNotStigma #UequalsU
😠- Those who intentionally do not seek treatment, and knowingly infect others are the exception, not the norm
⚖️- Laws around disclosure need to be revisited, to better reflect the current research, science, treatment, and prevention options

#ScienceNotStigma #UequalsU
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Some of my favourite photos about #WorldAIDSDay from around in Ireland yesterday. #ACTUPDublin members Davy and Robbie at @TheUSI #pinktraining18
People reading a #WorldAIDSDay #UequalsU poster on Baggot Street, Dublin - Photo by @NoelDonnellon
An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar @campaignforleo takes a rapid #HIV test to help reduce stigma and encourage the public to get tested. Rapid test was carried out by @Adlers1 Co-ordinator of @KnowNowIE run by @HIV_Ireland
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Even though Twitter polls are not scientific, here's what I learned from you this week. 58% of you knew that, people living with #HIV on effective treatment CAN'T pass on HIV to their sexual partner. That's impressive. #UequalsU
I've learned that, 75% of you have felt that alcohol and other drugs can impair your judgement when comes to #SaferSex decisions. That's understandable.
I've learned that the majority of you don't use condoms for Oral sex. This is not surprising. Picking up a bacterial STI from oral sex is lower risk compared to condomless vaginal or anal sex, but it can still happen. So #GetTested regularly.
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I want to tell you about an amazing piece of theatre I saw last year. It's called #Rapids - written by @SeanieLove presented by @TalkShopTheatre - The piece explores instances of disclosure and the presence of stigma in the lives of men and women who are living with #HIV
The good news is that #Rapids is coming back in 2019 - RAPIDS National Tour kicks off Feb 2019 Venues BOOKING NOW @Droicheadarts @EverymanCork @projectarts @LimeTreeTheatre and more to be announced soon. #RapidsTour - It's a must see.
I was honored to be asked by @SeanieLove & @TalkShopTheatre to create the graphics for the poster. I got @hazelcoonagh to do the photography (cos she's amazing) - We photographed people who had fabric blowing over the faces, the idea that something is hidden.
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Thread: Earlier we talked about #UequalsU: the fact that someone on effective treatment can’t pass on #HIV to sexual partners. So why are people still contracting it? #WAD2018 #KnowYourStatus
Well to be on effective treatment, you have to know you have HIV. So, the answer is actually pretty simple: new transmissions occur because people don’t know their status.
We also know that it’s easier to transmit #HIV in the first months after you contract it. The amount of virus in the body is really high when you first contract HIV, but tends to go down over the first year for most people, meaning that it becomes harder to transmit the virus.
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When I first heard that people living with HIV on effective treatment cannot pass on #HIV to sexual partners. I had trouble trying to get my head around it. Because it challenged the status quo and decades of beliefs I had about #HIV
I read up on the science behind the claim. In the PARTNER study, there were ZERO transmissions out of 58,000 condomless sex acts between people with HIV on effective treatment who had undetectable viral loads and their HIV negative partners. Undetectable equals Untransmittable
In the PARTNER 2, which was the extension of PARTNER and studied men who have sex with men, there were ZERO transmissions out of 77,000 condomless sex acts between people with HIV on effective treatment with undetectable viral loads and their HIV negative partners. #UequalsU
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Good morning everyone. Time to get up and face this day ☔ - I see this poster when I wake up. It's a reminder that there's lots of work to be done. #EndHIVstigma #WAD2018
I take #PrEP every day. It's a safe and highly effective drug for HIV Negative people which prevents #HIV
Working on some graphics for @ActUpDublin ahead of #WorldAIDSday #WAD2018 - #UequalsU #CantPassItOn
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Highlights from #AIDS2018: PARTNER 2: ZERO linked #HIV transmissions among serodiscordant MSM couples when the HIV+ partner has been on effective HIV treatment & had viral load < 200 copies/mL. #UequalsU #treatmentasprevention #cantpassiton Image
Impact of Treatment & Prevention Interventions on HIV Incidence: HIV incidence was lower in the intervention group where rapid scale-up of interventions were initiated including targeted testing, linkage to care support, expanded treatment & male circumcision #AIDS2018 ImageImage
Daily vs On-Demand #PrEP: in this French PrEP cohort 15% reduction in new HIV diagnoses among MSM was observed in the Paris region & no difference was seen between daily vs on-demand arms. #AIDS2018 Image
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It's #WorldAidsDay2017, fam! Let's talk about MANY exciting things: What new knowledge we have, what we should be reflecting on, and where the world is going. Vaccine, PrEP, sugar daddies, STIs, barriers, and all that all that. Yes? /Thread
The first thing we MUST be grateful for is all the human beings - and they are mostly Africans (this has its problematics. That's another thread) who are in different HIV trials. Drug, vax, behaviour study, etc. Most new knowledge comes through these people. 🙏❤️👑⭐
Let's break it down into 3 overall parts. I'll really try to keep it as concise as I can.
1. Vaccine and treatment
2. General prevention
3. Human behaviour factors

And then we'll talk about what happens from then.
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