Conferences

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

Tomorrow I'll be in Chicago at HealtheVoices17!

published: April, 18, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Conferences, Upcoming Events, Health, International , Living with HIV, Media

#Healthevoices17: a conference for online health advocates.

Tomorrow I'll be in Chicago at HealtheVoices17!

I’m feeling very fortunate and getting pretty excited now because in just two more days I’ll be in Chicago for #HealtheVoices17. #HealtheVoices17 is a conference for online patient advocates. Bloggers who advocate for the rights of people living with a variety of ailments, of which HIV is just one. This year, the conference is proud to host more than 100 attendees from 30 different states in the U.S., as well as Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Australia, the United Arab Emirates and Taiwan So

Attending CAHR2017 as a CATIE rapporteur

published: April, 13, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Aging, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Conferences, As Prevention , Gay Men, Youth, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Women, Research, Health, Legal, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Rob Olver - Editor

Rob Olver reports back on #CAHR2017

Attending CAHR2017 as a CATIE rapporteur

As I prepared to attend CAHR2017 in Montreal I was elated, but a bit nervous as well. I hadn’t qualified for a community scholarship but had been accepted as a CATIE rapporteur. This meant I’d be covering the event for CATIE as well as for PositiveLite.com and then on the final day, my fellow rapporteurs and I would present a report back to the rest of the conference with a distillation of what we’d seen and heard. So yes, I had butterflies, mostly because I haven’t done much science w

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

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, Legal, Revolving Door, 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, Health, Research, International , Revolving Door, 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, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Mental Health, Health, Research, International , Revolving Door, 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, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

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

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