Articles tagged with: Canada

Medical Cannabis (marijuana) updates

published: September, 02, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

News on the latest regulations from the legal experts at the HIV/AIDS Legal Clinic of Ontario (HALCO)

Medical Cannabis (marijuana) updates

As we reported in our Winter 2013-2014 and Autumn 2014 newsletters:  The Marihuana Medical Access Regulations (MMAR) were replaced by a new regime called the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR). The new MMPR came into effect in June 2013 but some of the old MMAR provisions were still the law until March 31, 2014 (some authorizations and licenses have been extended, as described below and in our Autumn 2014 newsletter). There is a lawsuit that is challenging the new M

Canada, the rudderless ship

published: August, 27, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Health, International , Treatment, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Despite sea changes in treatment and prevention opportunities, Canada’s response to HIV is mired in the status quo, says Bob Leahy. And with no National AIDS Strategy, Canada is falling behind other poorer nations climbing their way out of the epidemic

Canada, the rudderless ship

What the numbers tell us Think that Canada is a world leader in its response to HIV?  Think again.  It may come as a shock to many that Canada is doing poorer than many lesser developed countries. Typically thought of as the epi-centre of the epidemic, Africa has in fact made huge strides in getting people living with HIV on treatment and achieving viral load suppression. Who ever thought, for instance, that Rwanda would be doing better than we are?  Our most prosperous provinces are now

I am me/ Another Monday that didn’t go according to plan

published: August, 19, 2015 Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Toronto’s Josh on being labelled HIV-positive and on days (or years) that don’t go right.

I am me/ Another Monday that didn’t go according to plan

I am me I recently came across an article published by TheBody.com about the term “HIV positive.” It’s an article that got me to thinking about my own life, and the labels that people may or may not place on me, and the labels that I may place on others. As a whole, it’s a great article. Here’s where it hit me the strongest: Remove the labels Positive and Negative when referring to your HIV status. "This is not going to be something that is easy to do because those two words —

Canadian people living with HIV are getting organized

published: August, 11, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media

One step further: Canadian Positive People Network / Réseau Canadien Des Personnes Séropositives now registered as a Not-for Profit Organization, retains links to GNP+

Canadian people living with HIV are getting organized

From CPPN/RCPS Following the International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention in July 2015 in Vancouver, the Canadian Positive People Network (CPPN)/ Réseau Canadien Des Personnes Séropositives (RCPS) is pleased to announce it is now officially registered as a corporation, a community-baased network for and by people living with HIV under the New Canadian Not-for Profit (NFP) Act.  “People living with HIV in Canada have taken a bold new step forward to

People living with HIV make their mark at IAS 2015 in Vancouver

published: July, 28, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // International AIDS Conference , Activism, Conferences, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy reports on the Canadian Declaration by Persons Living with HIV that calls for the protection of human rights in light of biomedical advances in HIV Treatment but in a progressive way supportive of 90-9-90 and expanded treatment access

People living with HIV make their mark at IAS 2015 in Vancouver

Of the significant outcomes of the IAS 2015 in Vancouver that closed just last week, one was the signing of the Vancouver Consensus Statement (2015). It’s  an urgent call to world leaders, donors, governments, clinicians and civil society to ensure that all people living with HIV have access to antiretroviral treatment upon diagnosis and the strategic use of ARVs for treatment and prevention in order to meet the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets.  It’s progressive and addresses the priorities tha

Resilient

published: June, 30, 2015 Categories // Dating, Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Toronto's Josh with more fall-out from his broken relationship that saw him write the powerful three-part series here “Abuse has Many Forms”.

Resilient

Earlier this week I had a call from a phone number that I didn’t recognize; the phone number was coming from the United States, and given that I know only one person who lives there (and not from the state that was coming up in the caller ID), I ignored it. After all, I’ve had unknown callers before and regretted answering the phone.  A few minutes after the call was ignored, I had a notification for a voicemail. Figuring I needed to clear out a spam voicemail from “Mariott Hotels”,

Filling the void: Canada’s national voice for people living with HIV takes flight

published: June, 26, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy reports on the fledgling organization called CPPN/RCPS recently formed by and for Canadian people living with HIV to give them a strong voice on the national stage

Filling the void: Canada’s national voice for people living with HIV takes flight

It was all the buzz in Ottawa last week, where membership applications were being snapped up in dozens. Canadians living with HIV may have finally found their voice with the formation of a new organization that aims to influence and revive the country’s national response to HIV as well as the lives of those long under represented who live with HIV.  Called the CCPN/RCPS, the initials stand for Canadian Positive People Network, or in French, Reseau Canadien des Personnes Séropositives.

Stepping up HIV testing in Canada

published: May, 25, 2015 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, Research, Sexual Health, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

From CATIE, a research update: Could routine testing help reduce the number of people who are unaware they are HIV positive?

Stepping up HIV testing in Canada

This article by Laurel Challacombe first appeared in Prevention in Focus, a publication of CATIE, here.   Une version française est disponible ici.  In 2011, an estimated 25% of the 71,300 Canadians living with HIV were unaware of their infection.1= People who haven’t been tested and diagnosed are unable to benefit from linkage to care, support and treatment, which improve health and reduce HIV transmissions. In 2013, the Public Health Agency of Canada released an HIV Screening and Te

Starting treatment:

published: May, 19, 2015 Categories // Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Newly Diagnosed, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Toronto's Josh with an insider’s guide – his own take- on what it’s like to start taking HIV meds

Starting treatment:

Before I get in to today’s post, I want to let you know that my content will also be available on PositiveLite.com. I’m really excited about this new partnership. Their site has a lot of great content from all walks of life. To share my story on that platform is to expand the reach of this story, and I hope that in some small way, it helps others who go through the same.  I’ll still continue to write my content here, and it will appear on PositiveLite.com shortly after being published.

The lonely journey/looking back on my diagnosis

published: April, 30, 2015 Categories // Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Josh from ThePlusSideofLifeblog.com is chronicling life with HIV since being diagnosed last year. In a new pair of posts from his own blog he talks about feeling alone, starting treatment and on wanting to live, not die.

The lonely journey/looking back on my diagnosis

The lonely journey I’ve neglected to update this blog with any regularity. Some of that comes from the fact that, to be honest, writing about HIV and what I’m going through isn’t always easy. There’s still a part of me that doesn’t want to face the reality that is my life.  That stems from the fact that, despite the best efforts of doctors and others with this disease, there still exists a stigma. I know I feel it, and it’s why the circle of people who know about my status is sm

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