Research

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

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, Research, Health, 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

How to live well with HIV

published: September, 04, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Community Events, As Prevention , General Health, Events, Features and Interviews, Mental Health, Health, Research, Treatment, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

John McCullagh talks with Robin Rhodes of ACT about his agency’s monthly educational workshops for people living with HIV - workshops that are now webcast across Canada and around the world.

How to live well with HIV

For those of us who work or volunteer in the HIV sector, there are often opportunities to attend workshops and conferences about new developments in HIV prevention and treatment and, for those of us living with HIV, on managing our heath in all of its dimensions - physical, emotional and spiritual. For most other HIVers though, such opportunities are not as readily available, due to cost, time, location or inclination. This is where the Community Health Forums put on by the AIDS Committee of

Does treatment as prevention work less well with gay and bi men?

published: August, 30, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Gay Men, Research, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Increased rates of unprotected sex among undiagnosed gay men wipe out benefits of diagnosis and HIV treatment, reports aidsmap.

Does treatment as prevention work less well with gay and bi men?

This article by Michael Carter was first published by NAM/aidsmap. Republished with permission.  The ongoing HIV epidemic among gay men in the Netherlands is due to increased rates of unprotected sex, investigators report in the online edition of AIDS. Higher rates of risky sex, especially among undiagnosed individuals and men who are not taking anti-HIV drugs, are offsetting the benefits provided by testing and antiretroviral treatment. “The resurgent epidemic in the Netherland

Starting Treatment Early

published: August, 26, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

Three-quarters of clinicians in the US willing to prescribe early HIV treatment for the purpose of prevention, reports aidsmap

Starting Treatment Early

This article by Michael Carter first appeared on NAM/aidsmap.  Republished with permission.  There is an overwhelming consensus among clinicians who prescribe HIV treatment in the US that people who are taking antiretroviral therapy are less likely to transmit HIV to their sexual partners, according to results of a study published in the online edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. Results also showed that over three-quarters of care providers would be willing to

OHTN Profile: David J. Brennan

published: August, 20, 2012 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // Research, Health, Ontario HIV Treatment Network

From time to time we profile OHTN researchers who are making a difference. Today it’s David Brennan’s turn.

OHTN Profile: David J. Brennan

This feature originally appeared on the website of the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN). You can also see David Brennan talking to PositiveLite.com editor Bob Leahy about gay men and body image issues here.  David J. Brennan is an Assistant Professor of Social Work in the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto and has been a clinical social worker in the HIV/AIDS and health care field since 1983.  Dr. Brennan's research focuses on: . the health and well-

Where new HIV infections come from.

published: August, 17, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Research, Health, Sexual Health, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

Newly infected individuals sustaining HIV epidemic in Geneva, says research reported by aidsmap

Where new HIV infections come from.

This article by Michael Carter first appeared in NAM/aidsmap.  Republished with permission.  Individuals with recent HIV infection are sustaining the epidemic, a Swiss study published in the online edition of AIDS suggests. The investigators believe that their results further support the use of antiretroviral therapy as prevention, but also show that its impact on the epidemic will be blunted because of the high number of transmissions which can be attributed to individuals who have been re

What do people living with HIV think about the prospect of a cure?

published: July, 24, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // International AIDS Conference , Conferences, Research, Health, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

From NAM/aidsmap, researchers examine the attitudes of people living with HIV to the prospect of a cure for HIV/AIDS – and some appear wary!

What do people living with HIV think about the prospect of a cure?

Fred Verdult. Photo © IAS/Ryan Rayburn - Commercialimage.net This article by  Keith Alcorn first appeared on NAM/aidsmap here.  Republished with permission. The views of people living with HIV and medical researchers about what makes an HIV cure desirable may be very different, and need to be taken into account as the field of HIV cure research moves forward, Fred Verdult warned the Towards an HIV Cure symposium prior to the 19th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) in Washington DC.

Canada at the International AIDS Conference 2012

published: July, 22, 2012 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // International AIDS Conference , Conferences, Research, Health, Ontario HIV Treatment Network

Want to know what Canadian research will be presented at AIDS 2012? Or how you can follow the opening and closing ceremonies as well as fifty other sessions via live webcasts? Read this helpful information from the OHTN.

Canada at the International AIDS Conference 2012

Beginning in 1985, the International AIDS Conference (IAC) is the most attended conference on HIV/AIDS in the world. Held annually until 1994 and biennially since then, this year's edition, AIDS 2012, is being held in Washington, D.C. from July 22nd to the 27th. In 2009, President Barack Obama announced that the 22-year-old travel ban on people living with HIV/AIDS would be lifted, paving the way for the conference to return to the U.S. for the first time in 22 years. "If we want to be the gl

Getting excited about AIDS 2012

published: July, 17, 2012 Categories // International AIDS Conference , Conferences, Research, Health, International

Megan DePutter is going to Washington, DC and says “I’m so excited for AIDS 2012 that I can barely stand it.” Find out why.

Getting excited about AIDS 2012

There are lots of reasons for me to be excited about this incredible conference, including the fact that I will be presenting the findings of our community-based research study, Show Me the Love,  for the first time. Our research has identified some important barriers to experience to sexual intimacy among people living with HIV & AIDS, and I look forward to sharing and discussing these results. I will be sharing these findings on PositiveLite.com in the near future, but have to wait bec

Antiretroviral therapy may be stabilising HIV epidemic in Danish gay men

published: June, 08, 2012 Categories // As Prevention , Research, Health, Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

New Danish research, aidsdmap reports, suggests stabilising of the epidemic in that country is due to antiretroviral therapy rather than changes in sexual behaviour

Antiretroviral therapy may be stabilising HIV epidemic in Danish gay men

This article by Michael Carter originally published by NAM/www.aidsmap.com is republished with permission. The use of antiretroviral treatment appears to have stabilised the HIV epidemic in Danish gay men, even though rates of risky sex have increased, research published in the online edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes suggests. “While unsafe sex among MSM [men who have sex with men] has increased substantially and the number of HIV-positive MSM living in Denma

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

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