Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy - Publisher

Award-winning blogger Bob Leahy first made his social media mark a decade ago on LiveJournal.com where there are still to this day almost 3,000 entries of his available to be read. He was a featured blogger on Ontario’s HIVStigma.com campaign, along with PositiveLite.com founder Brian Finch.  He joined PositiveLite.com at its inception in 2009 and became it's Editor a year later.

Born in the UK, Bob’s background is in corporate banking, which he gladly left in 1994, after being diagnosed with HIV the previous year.  He has chaired the board of PARN (Peterborough AIDS Resource Network) and has been an executive board member of both the Ontario HIV Treatment Network  (OHTN) and the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS).  He was inducted in to the Ontario AIDS Network’s Honour Roll in 2005.  Bob is currently a member of Ontario’s GMSH (Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance). He also writes for TheBody.com.

In 2012, Bob was honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for his work and commitment to HIV/AIDS in Canada.

Bob continues to write for this site while in the Positivelite.Com editor’s seat, with a particular interest  in HIV prevention, theatre and the arts in general. He is accredited media for a number of Toronto theatres. He lives in Warkworth, Ontario with his partner of thirty-two years and three dogs.

Transforming lives on the U=U campaign trail

published: May, 09, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Conferences, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy and Bruce Richman have been talking directly to people living with HIV. It can be an emotional and transformative experience on both sides of the podium, says Bob, as it was last week in Gananoque, Ontario,

Transforming lives on the U=U campaign trail

On transformative experiences We are accustomed to raw emotion, to tears even, in HIV workshop settings when the conversation turns to topics like grief and loss. That’s our history. But seldom do we see tears of joy or maybe something deeper, something hard to explain but clearly good, something akin to elation.  That happened in Gananoque, Ontario last week. “There is nothing better than being there when people living with HIV learn about #UequalsU for the first time” said the Preve

Canadian AIDS Society Forum for people living with HIV moves to Regina, AGM goes online

published: May, 01, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Community Events, Conferences, Events, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy with the scoop on what funding challenges mean for the upcoming CAS Forum and AGM

Canadian AIDS Society Forum for people living with HIV moves to Regina, AGM goes online

Regina, Saskatchewan It was a break from tradition. The Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) had hoped to have their annual Forum and AGM in Vancouver, B.C.. But funding issues have curtailed those plans. The forum for people living with HIV will instead be held in Regina, Saskatchewan June 7 and 8. PositiveLite.com has learned that the AGM, which usually piggybacks on to the forum, will instead be conducted by way of online webinar at a date to be confirmed. That sounds like an unusual move and it

The U=U movement: a global phenomenon

published: April, 27, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

The Prevention Access Campaign is scoring impressive gains around the world – but challenges still remain, writes PositiveLite.com publisher Bob Leahy

The U=U movement: a global phenomenon

The Supporters The Prevention Access Campaign’s website is the hub of the ubiquitous Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U) campaign. It’s impressive. "Slick marketing", its detractors like to label it. Bruce Richman, the campaign’s founding light, would prefer to call it professional. And it is: campaign posters generated by supporting agencies from the USA, the UK, Italy, France, Greece, the Czech Republic, The Netherlands, Macedonia, Spain, Ireland and Turkey slide in and out of view.

2,100 miles on a bike: Barry Haarde is in the saddle again

published: April, 25, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Hep B and C, Fitness and Exercise, Features and Interviews, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks to long-time HIV and Hep C survivor Barry Haarde as he prepares to tackle his sixth marathon bike ride to raise awareness and money for hemophilia

2,100 miles on a bike: Barry Haarde is in the saddle again

Bob Leahy: Hi again Barry. Tell us about your route you will be travelling this time.  Barry Haarde: After completing five trans-continental tours in the U.S., including last year’s 5,000 mile trek from Seattle to Key West in 60 days, we decided to change things up a bit and ride the length of the Alaska Highway. The ride starts at “Mile 0” of the AlCan route in Dawson Creek, B.C. and tracks northwest in to Alaska, finishing near Fairbanks. Then, I’ll be riding an additional 650 mile

The growing invisible majority and what do people aging with HIV really need?

published: April, 24, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Aging, Features and Interviews, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks to Realize’s Kate Murzin about our collective response to HIV and aging – what’s working, what’s not and why that’s important to know

The growing invisible majority and what do people aging with HIV really need?

Bob Leahy: Tell me about your job, Kate.  Kate Murzin: I’m the Health Programs Specialist at Realize,, formerly the Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation, or CWGHR. My role here is focused entirely on HIV and older adults –on prevention and what makes people vulnerable to HIV who are 50 and older, but also on the lives of people who are living with HIV and aging with HIV who are older than 50. Kate, there is actually a lot of discourse about HIV and aging but I have to admit

Conference Report: CAHR serves lots of good science in Montreal with an extra helping of activism and a side of U=U (undetectable equals untransmittable)

published: April, 12, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Conferences, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy attends CAHR2017 and returns with the highlights (and low points) of four days in Montreal last week

Conference Report: CAHR serves lots of good science in Montreal with an extra helping of activism and a side of U=U (undetectable equals untransmittable)

With a motto “We’re not done yet” the 26th Annual Canadian conference on HIV/AIDS Research - CAHR 2017 – slid into a very wet and windy Montreal last week.  It was a good conference, more interesting and engaging and approachable than many – but ultimately what impressed just as much came not from the conference program itself but from the actions of the community present. First a word about how and why I was able to attend. It’s a privilege to earn a community scholarship that

Our hopelessly over-active activists

published: April, 06, 2017 Categories // Activism, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy on the phenomenon of community activists becoming consumed by the work they do, despite the prospect of burn-out – and how some are coping with it. (Part one of a two-part series)

Our hopelessly over-active activists

This column is not about me – but it could be. I'm writing this on a Sunday afternoon. Spring has spring - almost. It looks nice outside. But I'm inside, working, just like on most weekemds In a few minutes I have a conference call with two other activists about an upcoming community meeting in Montreal - an evening meeting as it happens. One of us is sick, coughing and should be in bed. And that's the landscape of what this story is about. ****** I work as an independent activist and ad

PositiveLite.com Publisher Bob Leahy talks to CATIE’s Executive Director Laurie Edmiston

published: April, 05, 2017 Categories // Activism, Features and Interviews, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

PositiveLite.com gets the inside scoop on U=U (CATIE’s role in promoting it) federal government funding (any hope of more money?) and the Federal HIV/AIDS strategy (missing in action or not?)

PositiveLite.com Publisher Bob Leahy talks to CATIE’s Executive Director Laurie Edmiston

It’s a pleasure chatting with CATIE’s Laurie Edmiston. She is frank, knowledgeable, speaks with conviction – and generous with both her time and opinions. I asked her this week for her opinion on three topics crucial to where we are in the response to HIV at this time. I asked her about CATIE’s decision to endorse U=U (Undetectable = Untransmittable) earlier this year and CATIE’s ongoing role in providing information and resources around that topic. I asked her about the status of t

Ottawa’s EnvisionForum from Bruce House highlighted major issues facing aging HIVers.

published: March, 29, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Aging, Activism, Community Events, Conferences, Events, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Conference report: Bob Leahy and the takeaway messages from Ottawa that point to an uncertain future for the aging HIV population.

Ottawa’s EnvisionForum from Bruce House highlighted major issues facing aging HIVers.

Time bomb I much enjoyed going to Ottawa last week for The Bruce House conference – they tagged it #EnvisionForum - on HIV, rehabilitation and episodic illness. An ambitious program with a welcome focus on aging, an interesting setting (the old Ottawa courthouse) and a hugely committed group of Bruce House staff and volunteers led to an engaging and thoughtful couple of days in our nation’s capital.  Rob Olver has already covered the highlights from his perspective. It’s a good read.

HIV Criminalization in Canada by the numbers

published: March, 22, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Legal, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network just published a report which sheds light on HIV non-dsclosure cases in Canada - who, where and when people have been charged and what were the outcomes. It's a must read!

HIV Criminalization in Canada by the numbers

The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network has just published a report which sheds light on  criminalization cases seen in Canada from 1989 to 2016. It’s fascinating reading. Not only that it points to inequities in who is prosecuted and where. Most importantly though  it provides a framework for those working on anti-criminalization measures to speak in an informed evidence-based way on the need to reform criminal justice approaches to HIV non-disclosure in this country. I'll go over a few hig

From the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS), a plea to the Minister for an urgent change of direction

published: March, 21, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Health, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

A letter to the Minister of Health re the Community Action Fund. CAS says ”the process is placing many organizations across Canada in peril — some to the point of possibly closing their doors.”

From the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS), a plea to the Minister for an urgent change of direction

(Read our PositiveLite.com article “Funding update: Canadian AIDS Society says it’s time for the movement to mobilize to get more money from the Feds” for background.)  Dear Minister Philpott, It is with considerable dismay that I find myself once again obliged to write to you regarding troubling issues surrounding the HIV and HCV Community Action Fund (CAF), the flawed Letter of Intent (LOI) process and the subsequent offer of “transitional funding.” Community-based organization

Undetectable = Untransmittable on tour: Bruce Richman visits Canada next month

published: March, 15, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Community Events, Events, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy on U=U champion Bruce Richman’s appearances at community meetings in Toronto and Montreal next month. Details here.

Undetectable = Untransmittable on tour: Bruce Richman visits Canada next month

Want to meet the man who started a movement that has changed the way we speak about HIV?  New York City’s Bruce Richman, a founder of the Prevention Access Campaign’s highly successful U=U campaign will be visiting Canada next month to engage in two community meetings.  Since it waS launched last year, the  U=U message has become ubiquitous – and not just in English.  The number of community partners now exceeds 130 from over 20 countries around the globe. Richman himself has attra

Funding update: Canadian AIDS Society says it’s time for the movement to mobilize to get more money from the Feds

published: March, 14, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

The clock is ticking as 30% of community-based HIV organizations, including CAS, are set to lose federal funding in a year’s time. Bob Leahy reports

Funding update: Canadian AIDS Society says it’s time for the movement to mobilize to get more money from the Feds

The Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) is fighting for its life. It’s not alone. It was one of many agencies whose letter of intent to apply for a renewal of funding under the Community Action Fund administered by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) was disallowed in October of last year.  As we reported in October 2016 PHAC has in the past provided funding to  community based organizations who respond to HIV  - AIDS Service Organizations (ASO’s) plus national partners like CATIE, the I

From behind bars to the front lines of anti-criminalization advocacy

published: March, 08, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Features and Interviews, Legal, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks to Ontario’s Chad Clarke about how Chad's time in prison for non-disclosure of HIV status on an aggravated sexual assault charge turned him into a passionate advocate against HIV criminalization

From behind bars to the front lines of anti-criminalization advocacy

Chad Clarke has rebuilt his life Chad Clarke, 45. lives in Dresden, a rural community in south-west Ontario (pop 2,500). He contracted HIV in 2004 but was not diagnosed until 2008. In February 2017 his story was  featured in Toronto’s NOW magazine. Said the article by writer Rob Easton “On February 12, 2009 he turned himself in on an aggravated sexual assault charge brought by his former common-law partner. A judge found Clarke failed to disclose his HIV status. He didn’t see the ligh

Big changes at PositiveLite.com

published: February, 28, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Saying goodbye to former publisher John McCullagh

Big changes at PositiveLite.com

The PositiveLite.com team last week: (left to right) Rob Olver, Wayne Bristow, John McCullagh and Bob Leahy Noted community activist John McCullagh is relinquishing the PositiveLite.com publisher’s chair effective March 1. The move is designed to free up more time for his busy schedule of other activities, notably as chair of CATIE. Current editor Bob Leahy from Warkworth, Ontario  becomes the new PositiveLite.com publisher but will remain involved in editorial decisions. He will continu

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