Current Affairs

SOS Venezuela: ARV’s urgently needed.

published: September, 19, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , Current Affairs, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Features and Interviews, Sexual Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Rob Olver - Editor

Rob Olver speaks with ICASO Executive Director, Mary Ann Torres about her efforts to mobilize a Canadian response to the humanitarian crisis ongoing in Venezuela.

SOS Venezuela: ARV’s urgently needed.

Just a decade ago, Venezuela's AIDS program  was a model for countries throughout the developing world. Now it's a ruin. Recently, by way of our friends at the Canadian Positive People Network (CPPN), PositiveLite.com received an update on Venezuela's steadily worsening situation, along with an ask: "S.O.S. Venezuela: Urgent solidarity needed!" ran the header. Signed by ICASO Executive Director Mary Ann Torres, the appeal continued: "There is a humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, the home c

Frank McGee, Ontario’s controversial AIDS Bureau head, is gone

published: September, 18, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Social Media, Current Affairs, Health, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

McGee, a formidable voice in Ontario’s HIV community, retires after a long career in public service.

Frank McGee, Ontario’s controversial AIDS Bureau head, is gone

It was announced late last week by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care that after a successful recovery from a lengthy illness, Frank McGee is retiring from the Ontario Public Service. “Frank has been at the forefront of Ontario’s response to HIV” it said. “His contributions have helped Ontario become a leader in HIV/AIDS in Canada.” His retirement comes at a difficult time; new HIV infections in the province have risen in each of the last three years on record, where other ju

Bill Gates: Don’t expect charities to pick up the bill for Trump’s sweeping aid cuts

published: September, 18, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , Current Affairs, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Research, Women, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

Head of world’s largest philanthropic organization speaks out as report shows progress on reducing extreme poverty under threat.

Bill Gates: Don’t expect charities to pick up the bill for Trump’s sweeping aid cuts

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation spends just over $3bn a year on development assistance: ‘There’s no way to balance a cut in a rich country’s generosity.’ Photograph: Edgar Su/Reuters To read the complete article by Kate Hodal, visit The Guardian, here. Bill Gates has warned that organisations like his are “absolutely not” prepared to plug the yawning gaps in development aid that will result from funding cuts, including those proposed by President Trump. Speaking to the

Faith and herbs versus anitretroviral treatment

published: September, 14, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , Kimutai Kemboi, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Kenyan HIV activist Kimutai Kemboi: " Let no one deceive you that you are healed and should stop taking medication, because of claims of divine interventions."

Faith and herbs versus anitretroviral treatment

The information below is adapted from an African context, Kenya being a part. As days go by, they turn to weeks, months, years, decades and then centuries; but at the rate we're going, the century will be a nightmare simply because this era is filled with deceit. People are easily confused and  filled with doubt. Many people living with HIV are falling to such deceits. Their condition makes them very desperate, to such an extent that they are moved easily by what people say and easily believ

New funding opportunity for Indigenous post-secondary students

published: September, 13, 2017 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Social Media, Activism, Current Affairs, Youth, Research, Media

The OHTN's Indigenous Learning Pathways to Prevention Award (ILPP) will fund two The OHTN's Indigenous Learning Pathways to Prevention Award (ILPP) will fund two students conducting community-based projects in Ontario.

New funding opportunity for Indigenous post-secondary students

The OHTN's Indigenous Learning Pathways to Prevention Award (ILPP) aims to engage Indigenous post-secondary students in community-based research to improve prevention, treatment, and care programs offered to their communities around sexually transmitted and bloodborne infections, including HIV. The ILPP will fund two Indigenous students conducting community-based projects with an Indigenous health or community-based agency in Ontario. The award provides $30,000 over a one-year period to

Trump government and Big Pharma threaten access to HIV medications with new NAFTA deal.

published: September, 11, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, As Prevention , General Health, Youth, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Newly Diagnosed, Research, Women, Upcoming Events, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

If you live in North America, tell your representative: Commit to vote no on NAFTA corporate power grab!

Trump government and Big Pharma threaten access to HIV medications with new NAFTA deal.

September 8, 2017 The re-negotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is now underway. As these critical discussions continue, the Government of Canada needs to counter the attempts by the Trump administration to ratchet up further the restrictive rules on intellectual property that create even more monopoly profits for Big Pharma at the expense of people who need affordable medicines. The Ottawa Citizen recently published our analysis and recommendations to the federal g

Surprise management change at the OHTN

published: September, 07, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Research

Sean Rourke is out, Jean Bacon is back in as Interim Executive Director of the Ontario HIV Treatment Network

Surprise management change at the OHTN

Jean Bacon, a respected voice in the Ontario HIV community for many years and who left the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) earlier this year, is back as the organization’s new Interim Executive Director. She replaces Sean Rourke who has stepped down as Scientific and Executive Director to focus on his research responsibilities at St Michael's Hospital. He remains listed on the OHTN website as an “OHTN Senior Affiliated Scientist”. Sean Rourke is also a Clinical Neuropsychologist an

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for September: seventy-seven days after the election.

published: September, 05, 2017 Written by // Ed Wolf Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Ed Wolf, International

Ed Wolf: "What we feared coming is here, but another part of the story has been revealed as well; we have new eyes."

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for September: seventy-seven days after the election.

Day 74. Preparing for Resistance March 1. Orthotics for heel pain 2. Ibuprofen for knee pain 3. Feminist tee shirt (lots to choose from) 4. Sign covered in plastic to use as umbrella 5. Pink hat that is actually orange but the best I could do in a pinch 6. Review of bathrooms along march route: San Francisco Public Library, BART stations, food court in Westfield Centre, Palace Hotel, MacDonald’s at 2nd and Market, Hyatt Regency, countless Starbucks and, last resort, alley on Jessie St

HIV in Uganda today

published: August, 24, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, As Prevention , Current Affairs, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media

Keeping love alive in Uganda: guest author William Matovu of Uganda's Love To Love Organization discusses the current state of HIV stigma, treatment and prevention and the challenges faced there.

HIV in Uganda today

Uganda is one of the most under developed countries in Africa, with a population of about 40 million people. There are a number of factors that have led Uganda to lag behind as far as HIV is concerned. I would like to take this great opportunity to talk more about stigma, treatment and prevention in detail. Stigma Due to misinformation about the virus, stigma is rising at a high rate; HIV-positive people are facing a very big challenge in the communities where they live and this has caused

Bruce House's transition house to close September first.

published: August, 22, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // featured, Social Media, Activism, Current Affairs, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

From CTV News, Joanne Schnurr reports on the imminent closure of Ottawa's only transition house for people living with HIV.

Bruce House's transition house to close September first.

To read the full article by Joanne Schnurr, visit CTV News, here. Ottawa's only transition house for people living with HIV will close September 1st.  Bruce House says the high cost of running the facility and the changing needs of its clients are behind the closure. For nearly three decades, Bruce House has operated a specially-equipped transition house in Ottawa's west end to provide round the clock care for people living with HIV. But this past year has been the "perfect storm”, Br

The evidence for U=U: why negligible risk is zero risk

published: August, 17, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, As Prevention , Current Affairs, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

From HIV i-Base, Simon Collins: "Purely theoretical risks are no longer a good enough level of evidence to sustain stigma and discrimination and certainly not criminalisation."

The evidence for U=U: why negligible risk is zero risk

Over the last year, hundreds of HIV organisations have joined a new campaign to endorse the statement that HIV transmission does not occur when viral load is undetectable on ART. And while the dramatic impact of ART on reducing HIV transmission has been known for a long time, it is new to say ART stops transmission completely. This change is especially important given that prejudice and discrimination against HIV positive people is still widespread. So while it is easy to simply answer “n

When an AIDS Service Organization loses its funding how does it survive?

published: August, 16, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Current Affairs, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Guest author Iain Murtagh from the UK updates PositiveLite.com on how fundraising revenues are continuing to keep St. Albans' The Crescent afloat

When an AIDS Service Organization loses its funding how does it survive?

Firstly we must apologise to anyone following our story for the delay in providing an update, it has been three years now since we last published an update.  So much has happened that it is hard to know where to start so I guess we will start with the MBE. That’s right, in 2016 the Crescent was awarded the MBE for voluntary organisations, The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, or QAVS for short.  The assessment procedure is quite lengthy as you might imagine and began with a nominati

Insurers told to catch up on advances in HIV treatment and other medical conditions.

published: August, 14, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, General Health, Current Affairs, Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media

Medicine has advanced; it’s time for insurance to do the same. From Independent UK, Felicity Hannah reports.

Insurers told to catch up on advances in HIV treatment and other medical conditions.

To read the full article by Felicity Hannah, visit Independent, here. The long-term outlook of people living with HIV has been improving for years and last month it was revealed that a child in South Africa had been “virtually cured” of the disease. Research published earlier this year revealed that young people receiving the latest HIV drugs now have a “near-normal” life expectancy. Yet despite such profound changes in the health of people with the conditions, one in four say

Meaningful engagement

published: August, 11, 2017 Written by // Jeff Potts Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Research, Living with HIV, Jeff Potts, Media

Jeff Potts of the Canadian Positive People Network (CPPN) calls for unity among HIV peers as together we plot CPPN's 5-year course. Complete the survey here and help to set CPPN’s future direction.

Meaningful engagement

Like so many, and always with appreciation, humility, and just a little bit of shock (sometimes), I lived well beyond my ‘best before date’. These many years later, I celebrate my life with HIV and my life – period – every single day, trying not to take its extraordinary complexities for granted. I also spend a whole lot of time reflecting on the incredible efforts of the community-based movement which has, over too many decades and in countless ways, made it possible for me, and for s

August 2017 update: Proposed changes in viral load test reporting remain alarming

published: August, 09, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, Current Affairs, Health, Legal, Living with HIV, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Community cries foul to the news that Public Health Ontario wants to send your viral load test results to your local health unit.. Bob Leahy updates the story.

August 2017 update: Proposed changes in viral load test reporting remain alarming

August 9, 2017 Update: this isn't going away. . . . Here is what we heard this week from HALCO (HIV/AIDS Legal Clinic of Ontario). By the way, don't you just love the title of the report - "Public Health Approach to Case Management" that none in our community have even seen? That's us the report is talking about - and how our viral loads are to be managed by local Public Health offices. No thanks, says PositiveLite.com. And GIPA this is not! From HALCO . .  The Ministry of Health and Long-

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