Conferences

Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR) endorses Canadian consensus statement on HIV and its transmission in the context of criminal law

published: April, 11, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Conferences, Current Affairs, Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors

Canada’s top HIV researchers urge federal, provincial and territorial governments to act now to limit the use of the criminal law in HIV non-disclosure cases.

Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR) endorses Canadian consensus statement on HIV and its transmission in the context of criminal law

MONTRÉAL, QC, April 6, 2017 - As the country’s premier national HIV research conference got underway, a statement released by the original signatories of the Canadian consensus statement on HIV and its transmission in the context of criminal law (2014) was endorsed by the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR) at the 26th Annual Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS, Montréal April 6–9, 2017. The original co-signatories of the Canadian consensus statement o

HIV’s milder cousin may be less mild than previously thought

published: March, 29, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, International AIDS Conference , Social Media, Conferences, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Research, Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Media

Gus Cairns: Seventy per cent of people with HIV-2 progress to AIDS within 20 years

HIV’s milder cousin may be less mild than previously thought

HIV-2’s virulence may have been underestimated and although progression to AIDS  and death in HIV-2 infection was slower than with HIV-1, it was the rule rather than the exception, new research from West Africa presented at last month's Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2017) indicates. HIV-2 crossed over into human beings from the sooty mangabey monkey, rather than from chimpanzees and gorillas like HIV-1. Its entry into humans probably precedes that of HIV

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

published: March, 29, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Community Events, Activism, Aging, 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.

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

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

The irony of aging: the HIV/AIDS seniors conference

published: March, 27, 2017 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Aging, Social Media, Conferences, Gay Men, Upcoming Events, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Mark S. King

Mark S. King reports on the upcoming HIV/AIDS Seniors Conference in Fort Lauderdale and has his fridge raided by Nelson Vergel.

The irony of aging: the HIV/AIDS seniors conference

Thirty-two years ago this month, I received a phone call from a nurse at my doctor’s office telling me that I had tested HIV positive. We didn’t schedule a follow-up visit or begin a treatment plan, because there wasn’t a single medication approved for the virus, which had only been identified the previous year. The story of those times is achingly familiar to many of us. I lived in two-year increments, waiting for whatever illness would signal the beginning of my decline. I spent a lot

Studies look at brain and cognitive changes in people with HIV as they age

published: March, 22, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Aging, Gay Men, Conferences, Mental Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Women, Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Media

From AIDSmap, Liz Highleyman reports on several studies looking into the efffects of HIV on brain function.

Studies look at brain and cognitive changes in people with HIV as they age

People with HIV often show persistent signs of cognitive impairment and abnormalities in brain structure despite suppressive antiretroviral therapy (ART), but they do not appear to experience accelerated decline compared to HIV-negative people as they age, according to research presented at the 2017 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) last month in Seattle. HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder remains a poorly-understood co-morbidity in HIV-positive people. Wh

STI rates in PrEP users very high, but evidence that PrEP increases them is inconclusive

published: March, 17, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // International AIDS Conference , Conferences

AIDSmap.com's Gus Cairns: Modelling study predicts STI rates will fall with regular testing

STI rates in PrEP users very high, but evidence that PrEP increases them is inconclusive

A study of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) users presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2017) last week in Seattle, showed that PrEP users had very high rates of sexually transmitted infection (STI) diagnosis – in the order of 20 times higher than among HIV-negative gay men in the general population. There was also an increase in STI diagnoses from a time point a year before they sought PrEP to the date they started it. And the percentage of men r

CTAC stages first-class conference on treatment advocacy

published: February, 07, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Conferences, Hep B and C, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

CTAC may be struggling to retain its government funding but it proved last week in Toronto that it’s still a highly relevant platform for treatment advocacy work in Canada.

CTAC stages first-class conference on treatment advocacy

CTAC executive director Shelina Karmali, award winner Francisco Ibanez-Carrasco and board chair Terry Pigeon The three-day CTAC (formerly known as Canadian Treatment Action Council) 2017 Treatment Access Conference held  in Toronto last week was particularly strong on PrEP and Hepatitis C (Hep C)  treatment advocacy, What struck me most though was its well-defined activist roots and embracing of community mobilizing, community engagement and grass roots advocacy. Both presentations and disc

Upcoming Ottawa Forum on HIV, Rehabilitation and Episodic Illness

published: January, 19, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, Aging, Conferences, Events, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

SAVE THE DATE: Bruce House, Ottawa presents its first forum focusing on HIV and mental health, and HIV and aging in March

Upcoming Ottawa Forum on HIV, Rehabilitation and Episodic Illness

envision.enlighten.engage.energize  Date: March 22-23, 2017 Location: Arts Court, 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6E2 Description: This two-day event will raise awareness, build momentum, and offer opportunities to share knowledge around HIV, rehabilitation and episodic illness. The forum will focus on HIV and mental health, and HIV and aging and features Dr. Kelly O'Brien (University of Toronto) as keynote speaker. Additional presenters include PSAN, HALCO, realize, and more. A recepti

Wayne Bristow: it can't be HIV 24/7

published: November, 25, 2016 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Art, Aging, Social Media, Gay Men, Conferences, General Health, Mental Health, Photography, Living with HIV, Wayne Bristow

But self care can be hard to come by when those around you are unsupportive, as Wayne relates.

Wayne Bristow: it can't be HIV 24/7

I know it’s been a while since my last blog. I have shared my story, all of it, I think. My health has been good but I have a total physical to pass next week so that I can keep my bragging rights. I wanted to write about attending the first part of the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) End Game conference last month but I’m still trying to digest the new research findings for aging with HIV. I used to look at aging from the side of possibly going into the healthcare system, in a facil

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

HIV drug costs: potential for 90% reduction in costs coming soon?

published: November, 11, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Conferences, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors

Insurers in the United States are liable to pay up to four times the price paid by the UK’s NHS for branded antiretrovirals. From AIDSmap.com, Keith Alcorn of thebody.com on the need for more pricing transparency.

HIV drug costs: potential for 90% reduction in costs coming soon?

This article by Keith Alcorn previously appeared at AIDSmap.com, here. The costs of making drugs to treat viral hepatitis, HIV and tuberculosis (TB) are now so low that each disease could be treated for less than $90, Dr Andrew Hill of St Stephen’s AIDS Trust told the opening plenary of the International Congress on Drug Therapy in HIV Infection (HIV Glasgow) on Sunday in Glasgow. The cost of generic drugs to cure TB is already below $90 for a six-month treatment course, and some anti

Two-drug HIV therapy just as effective as three-drug therapy

published: November, 09, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Conferences, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors

For AIDSmap, Keith Alcorn reports from the International Congress on Drug Therapy in HIV Infection (HIV Glasgow).

Two-drug HIV therapy just as effective as three-drug therapy

This article by Keith Alcorn previously appeared at AIDSmap.com, here. Simplification of an antiretroviral treatment to a boosted protease inhibitor and the nucleoside analogue lamivudine (a dual regimen) is highly effective in people switching from a stable three-drug regimen, researchers reported on Monday at the International Congress on Drug Therapy in HIV Infection (HIV Glasgow). Boosted protease inhibitors combined with lamivudine have the potential to really reduce the cost of long-t

HIV and aging in the Caribbean context

published: October, 05, 2016 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Conferences, Gay Men, Events, Features and Interviews, International , Living with HIV, John McCullagh

John McCullagh with a profile of David D. K. Soomarie, the face of HIV in Trinidad and Tobago.

HIV and aging in the Caribbean context

On September 24, realize, Canada’s national organization that fosters positive change for people living with HIV and other episodic disabilities — formerly known as the Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation (CWGHR) — held its annual Forum. The subject this year was Coming of Age: Exploring our Collective Response to HIV and Aging. In the past few years, medical science has provided us with the knowledge to drastically improve the health and extend the lives of people livin

Coming of Age: Exploring our collective response to HIV and Aging

published: September, 26, 2016 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Aging, Conferences, Events, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Rob Olver - Editor

Rob Olver reports on this past weekend’s forum from the organization formerly known as the Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation (CWGHR)

Coming of Age: Exploring our collective response to HIV and Aging

Rob Olver with Tammy Yates For me, a young man of 62 who was diagnosed days before retirement, this conference was one that I didn't want to miss, as it would present a rare overview not only of our current response to HIV and aging, but of the data which might inform that response in the future.  I also witnessed the dawn of a new era. It was good to see the organization formerly known as CWGHR transform before our eyes last Friday night at a well attended reception at Toronto Courtyard Ma

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