Research

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, Research, Health, 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

(Reprise) Unacceptable. Reprehensible. Strong words on Canada’s approach to HIV prevention from one of its own.

published: November, 08, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Features and Interviews, Health, Research, Sexual Health, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy with Part One of his exclusive interview with British Columbia’s most famous scientist, Dr Julio Montaner. Treatment as prevention is Montaner’s passion and the world is listening – and acting. But not Canada, he says – and he’s angry!

(Reprise) Unacceptable. Reprehensible. Strong words on Canada’s approach to HIV prevention from one of its own.

This interview was originally published on PositiveLite.com January 18, 2012. Dr Julio Montaner, head of the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS  is proud of what he and his Province have achieved in reducing HIV transmission rates through treatment as prevention strategies. It’s a trend he doesn’t see elsewhere in Canada, not that he hasn’t tried to make it happen. “The public needs to get incensed” he said to me last week. “I‘ve been in the White House three t

Art and Creativity in Research

published: November, 06, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Health, Research, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Pacific AIDS Network’s Andrea Langlois has written a fascinating account of “What’s Hot in HIV Research” focussing on novel and exciting ways to collect and disseminate new knowledge on the HIV front.

Art and Creativity in Research

This article first appeared on the Pacific AIDS Networks’s  own website here.   Is there space for creativity in research? Yes! Within the HIV/AIDS movement, we’ve been fortunate to have art play such an important role over the years, and for all the creative people in our midst. And, in some cases, this creativity has seeped into the research realm and led to the development of novel ways to collect and to disseminate knowledge, be it through photography, visual art, theatre or dance

Webinar: HIV and mental health: New thinking, new strategies

published: November, 05, 2012 Categories // Community Events, Events, Mental Health, Research, Health, Events, Revolving Door, Treatment, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

ACT’s third Community Health Forum in the current series is on new thinking and strategies with regard to HIV and mental health. Attendance is free. The forum will also be available as a webinar.

Webinar: HIV and mental health: New thinking, new strategies

The third workshop in the current series of free open discussion forums for people living with HIV hosted by the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) will be held on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 7:00 pm at the Ramada Plaza Hotel, 300 Jarvis Street in Toronto.  The topic this month is HIV and mental health: New thinking, new strategies. Topics to be discussed at this forum include:  Mental illness is common in HIV, whether present before infection or as a complication of living with HIV Op

CANFAR turns 25.

published: October, 30, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Youth, Current Affairs, Events, Launches, Research, Health, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Last week marked CANFAR’s 25th birthday. Bob Leahy reports

CANFAR turns 25.

CANFAR  started operations on October 26, 1987 and remains today the only privately funded charity in Canada that is solely focused on HIV and AIDS research. I’ve worked with them in the past, notably as a presenter in Montreal at CAHR 2012, talking about the excellent report they commissioned through CIHR on the Canadian public’s changing attitudes towards HIV and AIDS, which research has been used extensively since. But more than that, I have a soft spot for them.  Simply put, they are

Pill burden and its impact

published: October, 27, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Research, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

Dosing frequency and number of pills don't affect HIV treatment outcomes, reports aidsmap.

Pill burden and its impact

This article by Michael Carter first appeared on aidsmap.com here.  Reproduced with permission.   Levels of adherence to modern HIV treatment are unaffected by dosing frequency or number of daily pills, Italian investigators report in HIV Medicine. However, people who were taking larger numbers of pills reported poorer health. The investigators suggest this is because “many of the patients receiving more complex regimens had more advanced disease and/or were harbouring virus with more dr

Criminalization - does the law make a difference to how we act?

published: October, 23, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Research, Health, Legal, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Research both in Canada and the U.S. suggests that disclosure laws aren’t a deterrent; people tend to comply anyway, even if they don’t know what the law is.

Criminalization - does the law make a difference to how we act?

Why do we have laws which criminalize HIV non disclosure?  Far for me to argue the “other side’s” case – but  the Cuerrier decision back in 1988 makes it clear it’s a mixture of deterrent and punishment. The deterrent, in this case, is a judicial attempt at HIV prevention. In fact many would argue the courts actions have been counterproductive and undermine more informed prevention work in a variety of ways, notably by putting the onus on the positive partner for safe sex, and i

Watch your weight

published: October, 22, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // General Health, Research, Health, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

Obesity is a risk factor for co-occuring chronic health problems in patients with HIV, aidsmap reports

Watch your weight

This article by  Michael Carter first appeared on aidsmap.com here.  Republished with permission.  Obesity is associated with the clustering of multiple health problems in HIV-positive people, investigators from the US report in the online edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. Compared to people of a healthy weight, obese individuals were 50% more likely to have multiple health problems such as metabolic disturbances and mood disorders. “Obesity was associated

Show Me the Love - Part Two

published: October, 09, 2012 Categories // Research, Health, Sexual Health, Living with HIV, Sex and Sexuality

Megan DePutter explains how “Show Me The Love”, the AIDS Committee of Guelph and Wellington County’s probe in to barriers to love, sex and intimacy for people living with HIV built her agency’s capacity to conduct community based research.

Show Me the Love - Part Two

One of the interesting features about the grant that we received was that this was a “capacity-building fund.” Capacity building is really about acquiring resources – in this case knowledge, skills and networks – that give a person or organization the ability to do something new. In this case that ‘something’ is the ability to conduct community-based research (CBR).  I believe that having some basic understanding of research methods and process is important, because it empowers p

"Premature aging" and HIV: Dispelling myths and calculating risk

published: October, 07, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Aging, General Health, Research, Health, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

Here's the bottom line on "accelerated aging" among people with HIV: It's probably not as bad as you think.

This article by Myles Helfand first appeared in TheBody.com here.   Plenty of scary headlines have made their way across the Internet in recent years, decrying the body-decaying effects of getting older and portraying the sense that HIV (or HIV meds) causes people to suffer these problems at far higher rates far earlier in their lives. And by "far earlier," some experts felt we were talking as many as 20 years earlier, according to some of the first research that explored the issue.

Smoking cessation counselling and treatment during routine HIV care helps patients to quit

published: October, 02, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Research, Health, Smoking Cessation , Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

Research recommends that smoking cessation for people with HIV should be a topic of discussion in any physician-patient contact.

Smoking cessation counselling and treatment during routine HIV care helps patients to quit

This article by Michael Carter was first published in aidsmap.com here.  The provision of smoking cessation counselling and therapy during routine HIV care increases the chances that patients will stop smoking and stay stopped, according to Swiss research published in HIV Medicine. Physicians at the Zurich HIV clinic received training about smoking cessation counselling and the use of medication to help those wanting to quit. Compared to other patients in the Swiss HIV Cohort, people who r

Research needs you!

published: October, 01, 2012 Categories // Research, Health, Treatment

New writer Heiko Decosas of the CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network (CTN) with the first of his regular blogs on PositiveLite.com. Today he talks about the work of the network and what clinical trials are about.

Research needs you! That’s the tag line of a poster we put about enrolling CTN clinical trials in Canada. It really is the truth. Clinical trials have been a critical part of advancing HIV treatments, but these advances would not amount to much if it were not for the thousands of people who have given significantly of themselves to participate in clinical research in Canada. In the early to mid 1990s the CTN worked closely with pharmaceutical companies in drug development. Testing new drugs

Show Me The Love – Part One

published: September, 25, 2012 Categories // Research, Health, Sexual Health, Living with HIV, Sex and Sexuality

What are the barriers to intimacy, sex and relationships that people living with HIV can face? The AIDS Committee of Guelph and Wellington County set out to answer that question. Here’s Megan DePutter’s report.

Show Me The Love – Part One

In the interview with Bob Leahy, Editor, PositiveLite.com that you can watch below, I share some of the findings from the community-based research project we recently completed at the AIDS Committee of Guelph & Wellington County (ACG). It’s called Show Me the Love:  Understanding the Barriers to Sexual Intimacy among People Living with HIV & AIDS. You may have read my earlier post describing the project, or Wayne Bristow’s account of being an interview participant in the project.

Helping HIVers who want to quit smoking: a status report

published: September, 25, 2012 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // Research, Health, Smoking Cessation , Living with HIV, Ontario HIV Treatment Network

Smoking rates in HIVers are higher than in the general population. So PositiveLite.com asked the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) to conduct a review of smoking cessation programs for people living with HIV: what’s out there and how is it working?

Helping HIVers who want to quit smoking: a status report

This report was produced by the Ontario HIV Treatment Network’s Rapid Response Service. You can read the report online here. The Question: What research has been conducted regarding smoking cessation programs/interventions geared specifically towards people with HIV/AIDS (PHAs) who smoke?  Key Take-Home Messages Tobacco smoking is much more common among PHAs than in the HIV-negative population (1-5) While most medical providers offer some form of smoking cessation services, AIDS Se

The Daisy Chain Unconferece

published: September, 13, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, Conferences, Events, Health, Research, Sexual Health, Events, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Online confere​nce on gay/bi/trans/queer men's sexual health and HIV​​​​​ hosted by UWW (University Without Walls) set for September 20

The Daisy Chain Unconferece

UWW reports the unConference is like speed-dating around one common theme. It is designed to make friends fast, learn what they do and how you can collaborate on HIV research on gay/bi/trans/queer men in Canada. in Canada. It is intended for frontline workers in HIV and health care, under/graduate students in all disciplines, health policy makers, teachers, and academic/community based researchers. This unConference starts with a “plenary” on Home-based rapid HIV testing, presented by: Al

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