Articles tagged with: Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN)

Surprise management change at the OHTN

published: September, 07, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Research

Sean Rourke is out, Jean Bacon is back in as Interim Executive Director of the Ontario HIV Treatment Network

Surprise management change at the OHTN

Jean Bacon, a respected voice in the Ontario HIV community for many years and who left the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) earlier this year, is back as the organization’s new Interim Executive Director. She replaces Sean Rourke who has stepped down as Scientific and Executive Director to focus on his research responsibilities at St Michael's Hospital. He remains listed on the OHTN website as an “OHTN Senior Affiliated Scientist”. Sean Rourke is also a Clinical Neuropsychologist an

Interview: Measuring Ontario’s performance on the HIV Care Cascade

published: August, 31, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, As Prevention , Mental Health, Features and Interviews, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

The Ontario HIV Treatment Network’s epidemiology unit has just released a report on how Ontario people living with HIV are doing on engagement in care, on treatment and viral suppression respectively. Bob Leahy interviews James Wilton and Abigail Kroch .

Interview: Measuring Ontario’s performance on the HIV Care Cascade

Read the full report “HIV care cascade in Ontario: Linkage to care, in care, on antiretroviral treatment, and virally suppressed”  Bob Leahy: Thanks for talking to PositiveLite.com. Tell us about the good news that’s contained in the report. OHTN: There’s lots of good news in the report! First of all, the report represents the first large knowledge exchange product released by the Ontario HIV Surveillance and Epidemiology Initiative (OHESI). This is a new collaboration responsible

'There's people that have survived': Windsor filmmaker explores HIV and aging

published: August, 01, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, Movies, Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From the Windsor Star, Tamar Harris reports on "HIV and Aging", a documentary film being shot, fundraised and directed by Amanda Gellman.

'There's people that have survived': Windsor filmmaker explores HIV and aging

Portrait of Gregory Scratch, who is featured in a dicumentary called HIV and Aging, a project being shot/fundraised/directed by Amanda Gellman.  Photo: Jason Kryk, Windsor Star. In 1995, Gregory Scratch was told he had 12 hours to live. His list of ailments was long and life-threatening: pneumocystis pneumonia, cryptococcal meningitis and shingles. The underlying disease? HIV. Scratch was one of thousands to be diagnosed with HIV in the ’80s and ’90s. The then-mysterious disease claime

HIV Stigma 101

published: June, 27, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Research, Health, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

A new Canadian video featuring two well known poz advocates explores what HIV Stigma looks like. Produced by Universities Without Walls, the Ontario HIV Network (OHTN)

HIV Stigma 101

It’s hurtful to those of us living with HIV, it’s unfair and it contributes to the spread of HIV. These are three good reasons why we need to understand HIV stigma’s role, how we stop or at least reduce it and track our progress in doing so.  In the video below, Muluba Habanyama and Francisco Ibanez-Carrasco, both working on a current HIV stigma study, explain the basics. It’s a good primer; we all talk about stigma (a LOT) but don’t always stop to pare it down, to think about its

POZcast focuses on HIV, Fatherhood and Fertility

published: June, 21, 2017 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Social Media, Research, Health, Living with HIV, Media, Ontario HIV Treatment Network

From Universities without Walls, a series of informative discussions hosted by James Watson.

POZcast focuses on HIV, Fatherhood and Fertility

Tune in to hear how HIV-positive men and their healthcare providers are talking about fatherhood, and why some men are rethinking their decisions around parenting. James Watson talks to Dr. Mark Yudin, from the University of Toronto, and Logan Kennedy from Women’s College Hospital, about new fertility options, access to stigma-free parenting environments, and why fertility researchers are turning their attention to men. He also talks to Charlie, a Peer Research Associate, who opens up ab

Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) endorses U=U.

published: May, 17, 2017 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Social Media, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Current Affairs, General Health, Research, Sexual Health, Health, Treatment

The Ontario HIV Treatment Network: "Acting on this knowledge will drive good public policy and clinical practice – encouraging prompt access to testing, treatment and support, as well as dramatically reducing HIV stigma."

Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) endorses U=U.

The "Undetectable = Untransmittable" Campaign (U=U) is an international movement. It unites communities of people living with HIV, service organizations and leading HIV researchers in support of a clear, evidence-based consensus statement about the power of effective antiretroviral treatment to prevent the sexual transmission of HIV. The Ontario HIV Treatment Network endorsed the U=U consensus, as follows, on May 15, 2017: The Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) is funded by the Ministry

TRANSforming JUSTICE

published: May, 03, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Women, Legal, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

HALCO is leading the TRANSforming JUSTICE (Trans* Legal Needs Assessment Ontario) project to help ensure that the legal needs of trans* people in Ontario are being met and to determine the barriers that trans* people face in accessing justice

TRANSforming JUSTICE

The project is using “trans*” as an umbrella term to refer to a diverse array of experiences and identities, including two-spirit, non-binary, agender, gender queer, cross dresser, transgender, transsexual, as well as those who identify as men or women but have a history that involves a gender transition. The project is to assess the legal needs of trans* community members, document problems trans* people have getting legal services, explore structural causes of trans* people’s challeng

HIV Stigma Index to be implemented in Canada

published: April, 21, 2017 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Mental Health, Upcoming Events, Living with HIV, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Ontario HIV Treatment Network: next steps will involve hosting a National Team Meeting, as well as hiring a National Project Coordinator.

HIV Stigma Index to be implemented in Canada

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has recently awarded the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) with funding to implement the People Living with HIV Stigma Index over the next three years. This community-led, multi-site study will be national in scope (involving B.C., Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and Atlantic Canada) and will recruit 1,200 people living with HIV. The study will provide us with key information that will allow us to:  better understand t

The Men's Fertility Study: understanding the fertility desires and intentions among HIV positive men living in Ontario

published: February, 17, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, General Health, Research, Sexual Health, Health, Living with HIV, Media, Sex and Sexuality , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Interdisciplinary HIV Parenting Research Group (IHPREG) is looking for study participants.

The Men's Fertility Study: understanding the fertility desires and intentions among HIV positive men living in Ontario

Advances in HIV treatment have contributed to tremendous shifts in the lives of people with HIV in Canada. The prospect of HIV-positive individuals starting families is becoming increasingly accepted and supported among the medical community. For many men living with HIV, the desire and intention to have children requires greater attention, education, research and support. However, it is becoming increasingly evident that HIV research concerning reproductive health and family planning has foc

Why do people with HIV smoke so much?

published: February, 16, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Aging, Social Media, OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, General Health, Mental Health, Health, Smoking Cessation , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Rob Olver - Editor

Rob Olver: What does this tell us about people living with HIV and what are the health implications as the population ages? The Ontario HIV Treatment Network Cohort Study has some sobering answers.

Why do people with HIV smoke so much?

At the beginning of last August I quit smoking for the last time, after having smoked for roughly half my life, but in spells of about seven years on and seven off. An odd pattern, I know. It wasn’t planned, it just worked out that way. And so I got lots of experience at giving up the habit, sometimes successfully, sometimes not. And at times it was easy to quit, while at others it was incredibly hard and sometimes downright impossible. For instance, one day fairly early in my smoking care

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