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John McCullagh interviews Dr Sean Rourke on HIV and brain health

published: January, 16, 2013 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Aging, OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Conferences, Mental Health, Features and Interviews, Health, Research, Living with HIV, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, John McCullagh

How does HIV affect the brain? In the era of HAART, many symptoms are mild and difficult to pick up but this doesn’t mean that they’re unimportant. John McCullagh asked neuropsychologist Dr Sean Rourke what we should be looking out for

John McCullagh interviews Dr Sean Rourke on HIV and brain health

Over 50% of those of us living with HIV can develop cognitive impairments that will affect our attention span, learning efficiency, reasoning/problem solving, word finding and psychomotor skills. In most cases these impairments overall tend to be mild, but even at this level they can affect a person’s ability to work and to carry out day-to-day activities and can lead to difficulties in social situations.  To improve brain health and quality of life for people living with HIV, we need bett

Public perception of harm reduction interventions

published: January, 13, 2013 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Research, Health, Ontario HIV Treatment Network

The OHTN’s rapid response service set out to discover what the public thinks of needle exchange programs, methadone clinics, supervised injection facilities/safe injection sites and other harm reduction interventions

Public perception of harm reduction interventions

This rapid response prepared by the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) summarizes the available research evidence to inform the following two questions:  1. What are public perceptions and opinions of needle exchange programs, methadone clinics, supervised injection facilities/safe injection sites and other harm reduction interventions? 2. How can negative public perceptions of these interventions be addressed? Key Take-Home Messages Public opinion polls and surveys taken between 200

John McCullagh interviews Lisa Power on HIV and aging

published: December, 19, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Aging, OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Conferences, Features and Interviews, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, John McCullagh

What should service providers be doing differently to help people living with HIV stay healthy and active into old age? At the recent OHTN Research Conference in Toronto, John McCullagh put this question to Lisa Power of the UK’s Terrence Higgins Trust

John McCullagh interviews Lisa Power on HIV and aging

Thanks to ART, those of us with HIV are now living much longer. But aging with HIV is not without its challenges. In addition to the normal aging process, people aging with HIV face complications associated with the virus, side effects of treatment and high rates of comorbidities with conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, renal disease, arthritis and osteoporosis. And often we experience social isolation and financial challenges as well.  So what should service providers be

Bob Leahy talks to Patrick Sullivan

published: December, 18, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Conferences, As Prevention , Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Health, Sexual Health, Treatment, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

What is driving high infection rates in the gay and bi men’s community? And what techniques might work best to address this epidemic within an epidemic? Editor Bob Leahy talks to Patrick Sullivan at the 2012 OHTN Research Conference

Bob Leahy talks to Patrick Sullivan

One of the most interesting sessions at last month’s Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) 2012 Research Conference in Toronto  was a plenary called “Is Treatment Enough Prevention?” This  session focussed on the recent discourse concerning the potential for antiretroviral therapy to reduce infectiousness and thus, the theory goes, reduce infection rates. But to what extent does treatment as prevention work with gay men?  If it hasn’t worked so far, why not?  And does a discourse

Winston Husbands

published: December, 09, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Features and Interviews, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Ontario HIV Treatment Network

The Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) profiles well known community member, AIDS Committee of Toronto’s Winston Husbands.

Winston Husbands

Winston Husbands has been the Director of Research at the AIDS Committee of Toronto since 2001. He is a long standing member of the African and Caribbean Council on HIV/AIDS in Ontario, and has acted as Co-Chair (2004-2008), Director (2008-2009), and is currently a member of the Research Committee. He is an Adjunct lecturer at the U of T Dalla Lana School of Public Health, and is a member of the OHTN's Research Policy & Priorities Advisory Committee. In 2009, Winston was awarded the Ontari

Real Life Impact

published: November, 22, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Conferences, As Prevention , Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Health, Research, Treatment, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy with a wrap-up report from the OHTN Research Conference – the thrills, the chills and the spills - from an event that promised “Research with Real Life Impact” and delivered.

Real Life Impact

It’s been ten days now, enough time perhaps to process two solidly packed and incredibly busy days in Toronto at the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) Research Conference.  But perhaps not enough time. I’m still thinking through some of what I heard, still weighing competing voices, still distilling in my head what I heard.  All of which suggests, I think, the real value and – yes – real life impact of events such as this.  True, the level of our engagement was parti

In search of a level playing field

published: November, 14, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door, Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Research, Health, Treatment, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Ontario HIV Treatment Network

In Canada, is access to HAART/ARV therapy, HIV viral load testing or HIV medical care in general associated with demographic characteristics of people living with HIV? The Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN)’s Rapid Response Unit files their report.

In search of a level playing field

This article first appeared on The Ontario HIV Treatment Network    (OHTN)’s website here. Questions 1. In Canada, is access to HAART/ARV therapy associated with demographic characteristics of PHAs? 2. In Canada, is access to HIV viral load testing, or HIV medical care in keeping with established guidelines and standards, associated with demographic characteristics of PHAs? Key Take-Home Messages . In many Canadian studies, issues related to access to HAART are not addressed becau

The Smoking Project with Sean Rourke

published: November, 12, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Features and Interviews, Health, Smoking Cessation , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Today marks the unveiling of an important collaboration between ourselves and the OHTN designed to bridge research and action, to improve the health and well-being of people living with HIV who smoke. Here Bob Leahy interviews OHTN head Sean Rourke.

The Smoking Project with Sean Rourke

Many people will know Dr. Sean Rourke, Scientific and Executive Director of the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN). He’s approachable, eloquent and clearly highly committed. You’ll get a sense of all that in the video which follows where he talks about The Smoking Project. I don’t want to paraphrase what he says, but one of the frustrations of anyone involved in the research field must be the historic difficulty of turning research in to practice. “I think the OHTN’s role is to p

Welcome to the OHTN Research Conference

published: November, 11, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Conferences, Events, Features and Interviews, Health, Research, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

PositiveLite.com will be all over the OHTN Research Conference this week in Toronto. Bob Leahy says why it’s an important one for people living with HIV and the HIV community in general - and what’s on the agenda.

Welcome to the OHTN Research Conference

We’re here at the 2012 Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) Research Conference  in beautiful downtown  Toronto with 600 or so researchers, frontline workers, activists, funders, assorted community members and – particularly – people living with HIV.  I say “particularly” because essentially this is all about us, so why wouldn’t we be here? Many of us people living with HIV don’t get out much, don’t have many chances to mingle with and learn from other people living with HI

Where Researchers and Community Members come together

published: September, 06, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Community Events, Conferences, Events, Health, Research, Bob Leahy - Publisher

The Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) Research Conference is approaching, offering great opportunities for both those experienced in the ways of HIV research and those merely wishing to learn what’s new. And you may qualify for a scholarship to attend.

Where Researchers and Community Members come together

To say I’ve always liked going to conferences like Ontario’s biggie, the Ontario HIV Research Network (OHTN)’s annual research conference in Toronto may be stretching the truth a bit. Truth is in the dim early days of my volunteer involvement I stayed away. They sounded intimidating. But a decade ago I took the plunge and discovered them anything but. Instead I found organizers going out of their way to make the proceedings intelligible, interesting and downright user friendly.  And I

More Bad News about Smoking

published: June, 27, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Activism, Health, Smoking Cessation , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

OHTN Cohort Study data adds to our knowledge of what smoking does to the health and quality of life of people living with HIV who smoke – and the news is not good. Bob Leahy points to what has to happen next.

More Bad News about Smoking

It’s something we’ve been told for years – the best way to improve health and wellness outcomes is stopping smoking, a habit currently shared  by about 58% of people living with HIV according to (2007)  Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN)  Ontario Cohort Study (OCS) data.  If there is good news here, it’s that this prevalence rate is down from over 70% in 2001. But HIVers’ smoking rates remain much higher than in the general population, where nicotine use stands at about 20%. T

The Advantages of Once Daily Dosing

published: June, 06, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Features and Interviews, Research, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

When it comes to adherence (taking medications as prescribed and not missing doses) do HIVers do better on regimes requiring only one dose a day? The Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) Cohort Study (OCS) has the answers.

The Advantages of Once Daily Dosing

Photo © Joyb0218 | Dreamstime.com   Bob Leahy writes: I’ll try not to salivate at the prospect of one dose a day.  But I was diagnosed in 1993. In 1995-96 I took part in the clinical trial of  the first of the protease inhibitors, saquinavir, quickly becoming resistant to that class of drugs because of suboptimal doses that were prescribed back then. Like it or not, past resistance issues, even in the most adherent of us, tend to lead to multiple drug cocktails. Until recently I was o

Spotlight on a survivor - Francisco Ibáñez-Carrasco

published: May, 17, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy interviews the dynamic new Director of Education and Training at the OHTN, a long term survivor with a history of succeeding.

Spotlight on a survivor - Francisco Ibáñez-Carrasco

You can’t help but like Francisco Ibáñez-Carrasco.  He is a handsome silvered-haired dynamo, a Latino through and through, who is enthusiastic about everything he touches, even about being alive.  Clearly Francisco loves life and that comes through in the interview which follows. Not that his life has been an easy one.  Born in Chile forty-eight years ago, he was,  according to his 2011 profile in CATIE’s The Positive Side “raised by a poor, single mother who earned her living cl

James Gilette talks about 30 years of HIV activism

published: January, 24, 2012 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder, Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Events, Features and Interviews, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, Brian Finch

Brian Finch interviews James Gilette about the history of AIDS Activism at the OHTN Research 2011 Conference

James Gilette talks about 30 years of HIV activism

James Gilette discusses the big moments of HIV activism over the past 3 decades at the Ontario HIV Treatment Network 2011 Research Conference in Toronto with PositiveLite.com publisher Brian Finch. This video was produced as part of an ongoing  collaboration between the OHTN and PositiveLite.com

Libby Davies, MP for Vancouver East talks Housing and HIV

published: January, 10, 2012 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research, Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Conferences, Features and Interviews, Health, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy chats with the outspoken NDP member of parliament about HIV & Housing

Libby Davies, MP for Vancouver East talks Housing and HIV

Libby Davies, MP for Vancouver East talks Housing and HIV with PositiveLite.com editor Bob Leahy. Libby discusses the need for a Canadian Housing Strategy that would include populations with HIV/AIDS, based on the premise that housing is a human right. The video was filmed at the North American Housing and HIV Research Summit in New Orleans in November 2011, as part of a collaboration between the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) and PositiveLite.com

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