Research

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

The First Word

published: May, 28, 2012 Categories // Activism, Health, Research, Living with HIV

J from Singapore did some research on this: “If I asked you for the first word that comes to mind when I say HIV, what would it be?"

Over the past week or so I embarked on my own little experiment. I wanted to know, what does the everyday young person really think about HIV? There are many ways that this can be done, and I’m sure many have tried before, but I was interested in knowing the first thing from the top of their heads.. the image they would most associate with the virus. To achieve this, I couldn’t be posing anything too thought-provoking, because time to think is really time to audit our response and eventua

PrEP acceptable to UK gay men, studies find

published: April, 29, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Current Affairs, Research, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) would be an acceptable HIV prevention strategy for large numbers of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men in major UK cities, according to two studies presented at a British HIV conference this week.

PrEP acceptable to UK gay men, studies find

This article by Roger Pebody first  appeared on aidsmap.  The First Study Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) would be an acceptable HIV prevention strategy for large numbers of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men in major UK cities, according to two studies presented to the British HIV Association (BHIVA) conference in Birmingham this week. The conference also heard details of a small pilot PrEP study, likely to start recruiting later this year. A cross-sectional survey of 842

Putting the spotlight on OCS

published: April, 02, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Health, Research, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy was an early enrolee in The Ontario HIV Treatment Network Cohort Study (OCS). Here he describes his experiences, the type of data that is collected, how that is being done and how it is being used to further our knowledge of HIV today.

Putting the spotlight on OCS

In my last column about HIV research I talked about how, as people living with HIV, research and researchers are both important and omnipresent.  We may just be the most studied population in the history of the earth. Back in the day, in fact, the black humour that has surfaced in our community from Day One used to say if we don’t die of AIDS we’ll be researched to death. In fact the irony of this is that it has been the fruits of research that have kept us alive, kicking and making fun

Research and Us

published: March, 26, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Health, Research, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks about the relationship between community and researchers, and features researcher Trevor Hart, with a video from the Ontario HIV Treatment Network.

Research and Us

Ever think about this?  There aren’t many people living with HIV who don’t have a connection, or even multiple connections, with research. Many of us, for example, are the subjects of research. The massive Ontario Cohort Study (OCS)  that I will be writing about here shortly has enrolled 5,644 participants over the last five years, of which I am one, recruited in the early days. My clinical data, with my consent of course, forms part of their data base, as does everything from my smoki

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