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Canada makes waves at the UN with more progressive narcotics policies

published: March, 30, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Conferences, International , Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network’s Richard Elliott says with a new government in power, we are turning a corner on harm reduction, cannabis laws and more equitable drug policy

Canada makes waves at the UN with more progressive narcotics policies

It was a beautiful moment: Canada’s statement this moth to the plenary assembly of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna, the primary forum in which countries debate global drug policy.  The term “harm reduction” is so contentious that it has yet to appear in any CND resolution. And in recent years, Canada has joined the likes of Russia at the Commission in objecting to even mentioning UN agency documents that recommend evidence-based harm reduction services such as needl

A brave new world

published: October, 28, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, International AIDS Conference , As Prevention , Conferences, Health, Sexual Health, Treatment, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Changing prevention landscape, changing attitudes. Bob Leahy on how the Canadian HIV community is in a more progressive mood these days than ever before

A brave new world

“...reality, however utopian, is something from which people feel the need of taking pretty frequent holidays....” ― Aldous Huxley, Brave New World  There is no doubt that here in Canada we are in a state of flux. Call it a fulcrum, a turning point or even teetering on the edge of achieving greatness, but that’s where we are. We are coming from what seems like a bad place. I don’t think I need to reiterate that Canada is performing poorly on the world stage HIV-wise. CATIE res

CAS staffers break ranks to drop bombshell accusations and a plea for help

published: October, 04, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, AIDS Walk for Life, Conferences, Current Affairs, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

In an open letter, three Canadian AIDS Society staffers risked their jobs this past weekend to express a loss of confidence in CAS leadership. Can the already embattled CAS survive this latest blow? Bob Leahy reports.

CAS staffers break ranks to drop bombshell accusations and a plea for help

Three insiders take aim at CAS leadership  Three unhappy staffers from the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) have blown the whistle on the organization, accusing its leadership of a lack of transparency and accountability to its members, a lack of vision, failure to honour the GIPA principles and inadequate consultation with the community in developing its strategic plans. In the letter, remarkable for its bluntness, they also cite a focus on internal funding issues rather than the needs of the co

IAS 2015: A watershed moment in the HIV response

published: August, 14, 2015 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // As Prevention , Conferences, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, International , Treatment, Opinion Pieces

Find out from CATIE why Canada lags behind other countries in diagnosing and treating HIV and what's new on the need for early treatment, on the future of PrEP in Canada, on the need for more testing and on a roadmap for the future

IAS 2015: A watershed moment in the HIV response

This article by Tim Rogers and Sean Hosein first appeared on the CATIE blog here.  Une version française est disponible ici.  Vancouver is in the limelight again. This year’s International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference may have marked a watershed moment in our HIV response, with some similarity to the 1996 Vancouver AIDS conference when highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) hit the world stage. Over the past few years, a number of important clinical trials have answered key ques

Cure research at IAS 2015: Steps forward and steps backward or Don’t/do get your hopes up

published: August, 12, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // International AIDS Conference , Conferences, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

Guest writer Robert Reinhard, a public/global health consultant, says “there were some interesting, important advances at the conference, hints too of harmful results and safety concerns.”

Cure research at IAS 2015: Steps forward and steps backward or Don’t/do get your hopes up

The 8th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention took place in Vancouver July 19-22, 2015 preceded by a private symposium devoted to HIV Cure/Remission research.  Spoiler alert: There were no presentations of the transformative or groundbreaking kind accelerating the search for ways to cure or control HIV and thereby remove lifelong dependence on expensive and often inaccessible antiretroviral therapy (ART) for the 36.9 million people worldwide now

Sticking with PrEP

published: August, 06, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // International AIDS Conference , Conferences, As Prevention , Health, Sexual Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors

Aidsmap.com reports from IAS 2105: PrEP demo project finds the people at highest HIV risk generally take PrEP most consistently

Sticking with PrEP

This article by Gus Cairns first appeared on aidsapa.com here.   An open-label demonstration project of Truvada pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in the United States has found generally high retention and adherence rates, with the highest adherence among those at the highest risk of HIV, the Eighth International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2015) heard last week. However, some groups appeared to have more difficulty taking PrEP, most notably you

Winners and losers

published: August, 05, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // International AIDS Conference , Conferences, Research, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors

Treatment cascades show 90-90-90 goal within reach for some – but Eastern Europe lags behind Africa. (Canada occupies middle ground.)

    Winners and losers

This article by Keith Alcorn first appeared on aidmsap.com here.  Global analysis of HIV treatment cascades – the proportions of people diagnosed with HIV, in care, on treatment and virally suppressed – shows that some of the world’s richest countries are still far short of achieving the UNAIDS 90-90-90 target, research from Imperial College London shows. Progress is worst in Eastern Europe, where most countries lag behind average performance in sub-Saharan Africa on every indicator.

Self testing not yet ready for prime time?

published: August, 04, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // International AIDS Conference , Conferences, Research, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors

Aidsmap.com reports from IAS 2015: HIV self-testing may help the 'hard to reach' learn their status, but uncertainties remain

Self testing not yet ready for prime time?

This article by Roger Pebody first appeared on aidsmap.com here.   HIV self-testing (or ‘home testing’) is likely to have an important place in future global HIV strategies, but at the moment there are significant gaps in the evidence base of how it may best be made available, to which populations and with what kind of support. So while the World Health Organization (WHO) has clearly signalled its enthusiasm for the approach, its new guidance on HIV testing reviews what we know so far a

Starting treatment on the day you are diagnosed . . .

published: August, 03, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // International AIDS Conference , Conferences, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Newly Diagnosed, Research, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Aidsmap.com reports from IAS 2105: Same-day start to antiretroviral treatment leads to faster HIV suppression in San Francisco

Starting treatment on the day you are diagnosed . . .

This article by Liz Highleyman, produced in collaboration with hivandhepatitis.com, first appeared in aidmsap.com here.  A programme at San Francisco General Hospital that offers antiretroviral therapy (ART) on the same day as HIV diagnosis led to a high rate of treatment uptake and more rapid viral load suppression compared to standard practices, according to late-breaking study findings presented at the Eighth International AIDS Society Conference (IAS 2015) in Vancouver, Canada.  Newly

The lived experience at IAS 2015 - and talking CPPN

published: July, 29, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, International AIDS Conference , Conferences, International , Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy in Vancouver interviews two Canadian people living with HIV from each side of the continent about what it’s like to attend a big international conference like AIDS 2015, about CPPN – and about understanding what’s going on

The lived experience at IAS 2015 - and talking CPPN

IAS 2015 was a science-based conference that also happened to be highly relevant to those living with HIV. In fact one could argue that it was 90% about people living with HIV. Fitting therefore that the HIV community was well represented, although numbers I don’t have.  How did they get to Vancouver? Some were on community scholarships or media scolarships (like myself) or there as representatives of their home organizations who had managed to fiinancé their attendance. Some paid their o

People living with HIV make their mark at IAS 2015 in Vancouver

published: July, 28, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, International AIDS Conference , Conferences, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy reports on the Canadian Declaration by Persons Living with HIV that calls for the protection of human rights in light of biomedical advances in HIV Treatment but in a progressive way supportive of 90-9-90 and expanded treatment access

People living with HIV make their mark at IAS 2015 in Vancouver

Of the significant outcomes of the IAS 2015 in Vancouver that closed just last week, one was the signing of the Vancouver Consensus Statement (2015). It’s  an urgent call to world leaders, donors, governments, clinicians and civil society to ensure that all people living with HIV have access to antiretroviral treatment upon diagnosis and the strategic use of ARVs for treatment and prevention in order to meet the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets.  It’s progressive and addresses the priorities tha

Vancouver conference confirms tools are in place, shows the way to move forward to end the epidemic

published: July, 27, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // International AIDS Conference , Conferences, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Treatment, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy was in Vancouver last week for IAS 2015 for what he terms “a moment in time when the end of AIDS really does seem in sight”. Here is his very personal view of conference highlights

Vancouver conference confirms tools are in place, shows the way to move forward to end the epidemic

If IAS 2015 (aka the 8th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention)  was not notable for new research, it was certainly hugely important in building resolve. It was strong too in identifying what needs to be done to use the tools and knowledge we now have to turn the epidemic around. For collectively, we seem poised now, witnessing a moment in time when the end of AIDS really does seem in sight.  Many have been singing the same tune. Said Elton Joh

PositiveLite.com at IAS 2015 in Vancouver

published: July, 14, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // International AIDS Conference , As Prevention , Conferences, Research, Health, International , Treatment, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Editor Bob Leahy will be in Vancouver covering the big international conferece there next week. Find out what to expect on PositiveLite.com

PositiveLite.com at IAS 2015 in Vancouver

So this coming Saturday I fly across this vast country of ours to Vancouver, B.C. for IAS 2015, Otherwsie known as the 8th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention, this biennial forum is the largest open scientific conference on HIV- related issues and is expected to gather some 6,000 delegates from across the globe, plus 1,000 media representatives.  Including us. Dr. Julio Montaner from the BC Centre for Excellence, the world’s leading protagonist on Treatment as Pre

Legal issues front and centre in Toronto last week

published: June, 25, 2015 Categories // Conferences, Legal

Our Philip J. H. Dawson reports from the 6th Symposium on HIV, Law and Human Rights from the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network in Toronto last week

Legal issues front and centre in Toronto last week

A day full of new information from Canada and afar. This was a well attended and extremely successful Symposium from The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network. Friday, June 19th saw a room full of essential people playing a part in today's HIV Community during a symposium on HIV and the law  at the 519 Community Centre in Toronto.  Rising Again To The Challenge: Lessons From The HIV Response For Hepatitis C Prevention And Treatment.  Guest Speakers: Jeff Potts, Canadian AIDS Society; Cheryl

Listening carefully

published: May, 11, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Conferences, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Last week Bob Leahy was in Toronto for CAHR 2015. For this Canadian HIV research conference he was a CATIE Learning Institute “rapporteur”. Find out what this means, what the experience was like - and what he learned there.

Listening carefully

“rap·por·teur  noun: rapporteur; plural noun: rapporteurs a person appointed by an organization to report on the proceedings of its meetings.” I’ve been to many an HIV conference in my time – I need to, in fact, to keep up to date on what’s going on – but  I don’t think I’ve paid so much attention to the proceedings as at CAHR 2015. (CAHR by the way stands  for Canadian Association for HIV Research.) First let me say that the life of a rapporteur is not an easy one, bu

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