Articles tagged with: University of Toronto

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

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

Why we still need an HIV vaccine today

published: May, 05, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, General Health, Research, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

"... without an effective vaccine against a virus that constantly mutates and connives to evade the fragile and complex strategies we find to stop it, the prospect of ending new infections is precarious," writes Robert Reinhard

Why we still need an HIV vaccine today

Advocates recognize May 18, 2017 as the 20th anniversary of HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, an important day to mark the need to develop this safe, effective and accessible prevention tool to augment the current biomedical and behavioral prevention options we have now to curb the incidence of new HIV infections in each country. Many ask, “Why is that so when we now have, singly or in strategic combination: oral preexposure prophylaxis, harm reduction, ways to lower a person’s HIV viral load so

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

About the Positive Plus One Research Study

published: April, 26, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Research, Living with HIV, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Positive and negative, have both your voices heard. Take the 30-minute online or telephone survey and receive a thank you gift card.

About the Positive Plus One Research Study

As HIV rates have stabilized, HIV-positive individuals are living longer lives. More and more people today are in relationships where one of the two people has HIV – this is known as an HIV-serodiscordant relationship. Many diseases can bring stress to a relationship, but the impact of HIV is potentially unique. People in serodiscordant relationships may face many challenges, including stigma, accommodating new HIV technologies, and the risk of transmission between partners. We are a group

A forum on HIV, rehabilitation and episodic illness: a personal account.

published: March, 27, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Social Media, Conferences, Activism, General Health, Mental Health, Health, Living with HIV, Rob Olver - Editor

Rob Olver goes to Envision Forum 2017, presented by Bruce House in Ottawa on March 22-23.

A forum on HIV, rehabilitation and episodic illness: a personal account.

"Since it was established in 1988, Bruce House has provided critical resources and support to Ottawa residents living with HIV and AIDS> I would like to thank everyone involved with the agency for their dedication to making a difference in the health and well-being of their fellow citizens."  - The Rt. Hon. Justin. P. J. Trudeau, P.C., M.P., Prime Minister of Canada. #EnvisionForum2017 was a forum on HIV, rehabilitation and episodic illness held by Bruce House in Ottawa on March 22-23 and

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

The science-based U=U message is everywhere - but some aren’t biting.

published: December, 12, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Activism, Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Current Affairs, Features and Interviews, Health, International , Treatment, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy: Are organizations passing up on the chance to end HIV stigma and inform people living with HIV who are durably undetectable that they can’t transmit the virus? What people are saying

The science-based U=U message is everywhere - but some aren’t biting.

The images accompanying this article are from campaigns around the world informing people living with HIV that if their viral load is durably suppressed, they can not transmit the virus to others. There were no Canadian images used because no such campaigns exist in Canada.  It’s getting heated People living with HIV have never played a greater part in designing and implementing prevention messaging. In just a few months, the U = U message from the Prevention Access Campaign, arguably the

"Callous, cold and deliberately duplicitous": calling out racism in Canadian newspaper coverage of HIV non-disclosure cases 1989-2015

published: November, 30, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Current Affairs, Research, Legal, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Report issued by Canadian university researchers calls for fairness and accuracy in the newsroom and an end to coverage that stigmatizes people with HIV.

For the entire report go here. Toronto, Canada – A pioneering study of Canadian media, focusing on the newspaper coverage of HIV non-disclosure and transmission cases has identified a clear pattern of racism towards Black men in Canadian mainstream newspaper articles from 1989 through 2015. These startling findings dovetail with the theme of World AIDS Day 2016 (December 1, 2016): “HIV Stigma: Not Retro, Just Wrong.” The just-released report, “Callous, Cold and Deliberately Duplicit

Tummy trouble: getting to the bottom of it!

published: November, 01, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Health, Living with HIV, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Guest author Dr. Tyler J. O’Neill says gastrointestinal symptoms are still a burden for people living with HIV

Tummy trouble: getting to the bottom of it!

My interest in GI symptoms began in 2013, when I started talking to community members at an HIV conference about whether symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, bloating and weight loss bothered them. Almost everyone I talked to said they dealt with these symptoms every day. This surprised me, since I thought that GI problems were no longer a problem in the HAART era. To get a sense of what was happening, I began to look at almost 2,000 men and women participating in the OHTN Cohort Stud

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