Articles tagged with: syndemics

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

published: March, 27, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Activism, Social Media, Conferences, 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

Syndemics centre stage at OHTN Conference, (“But what are syndemics?” I hear you say)

published: November, 24, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Conferences, Events, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy was at the Ontario HIV Treatment Network Endgame conference this week where the role of inter-related factors that affect HIV transmission and treatment were the topic.

Syndemics centre stage at OHTN Conference, (“But what are syndemics?” I hear you say)

OHTN board chair Tony DiPede opening the conference Before Ron Stall, a Pittsburgh academic, promoted the term “syndemics”, it was hardly on the HIV health sector’s radar. Now it most definitely is, particularly on that of those who work in gay men’s sexual health. Its latter day influence is remarkable. Thus in 2016 we see prominent HIV conferences like this week's in Toronto, held in downtown’s venerable King Edward Hotel, entirely devoted to it.  So to backtrack, what are synde

Dumbing down treatment decisions, part two

published: March, 01, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // As Prevention , Mental Health, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy say there are wrong decisions made - both regarding treatment and prevention - all the time. But how do we help our most vulnerable who face barriers to good decision-making avoid them?

Dumbing down treatment decisions, part two

Sometimes we hear “there are no bad answers, no bad decisions”. It’s a warm and fuzzy concept that fits with the non-judgmental services we as a community provide. Trouble is it's wrong. Undeniably bad decisions are being made all the time.  (You likely made one last time you ate.) On the treatment front, for example, Charlie Sheen made a bad decision. And then there is this from an earnest HIVer on Facebook “When to start treatment? It's best to wait until there is a patch, a spray

Gay Men and other men who have sex with men, and HIV: post hoc ergo propter hoc?

published: January, 21, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Guesting Matt Smith from AIDS New Brunswick looks at the multiple and interlocking background factors that impact gay men’s sexual health, a study that has come to be known as syndemics.

Gay Men and other men who have sex with men, and HIV: post hoc ergo propter hoc?

First, I should point out that I have been trying to work a quote from The West Wing into a blog for some time now, so mission accomplished. Secondly, for those of you who, unlike me, may not have an unhealthy relationship with this particular Aaron Sorkin production, it seems only fair to explain what the hell I’m talking about. Post hoc ergo propter hoc is Latin and means: after this therefore because of this. This is usually not the case in most scenarios, but I think when it comes t

TowelTalk: Inside Toronto’s Bathhouses

published: June, 05, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Gay Men, Mental Health, Features and Interviews, Sexual Health, Health, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

John McCullagh talks with Marco Posadas about TowelTalk, a bathhouse counselling program that seeks to address the psychosocial issues that have an impact on HIV risk for gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men.

TowelTalk: Inside Toronto’s Bathhouses

For many years, outreach workers and volunteers from community-based organizations have worked with bathhouses to provide HIV and STI awareness, prevention and education services to bathhouse patrons. ACT, a Toronto ASO, has augmented these sexual health promotion activities through TowelTalk. This innovative program offers brief, walk-in counselling sessions in the bathhouse by professionally trained counsellors. The objective is to address the psychosocial issues that can have an i