Articles tagged with: John McCullagh

How can social workers help people with HIV manage and cope with HIV-associated Neurocognitive Disorder (HAND)?

published: September, 06, 2016 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Aging, Social Media, Mental Health, Research, Health, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

Read about and watch a video on how social workers and community-based organizations can assist older people with HIV who are concerned about their brain health.

How can social workers help people with HIV manage and cope with HIV-associated Neurocognitive Disorder (HAND)?

There are about 75,500 Canadians living with HIV, according to the latest statistics. And that population is aging. Indeed, it’s estimated that in a very few years half of all people living with HIV in Canada will be 50 years of age or older. This is good news because it shows that effective treatment with combination antiretroviral therapy can allow people with HIV to live a near-normal lifespan. The not-so-good news, however, is that 24% of all new HIV diagnoses in Canada in 2014 were amon

How has an aging population impacted HIV programs and services in Canada?

published: October, 06, 2015 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Aging, Health, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

The needs of people growing older with HIV are complex. How are community-based organizations and HIV clinics meeting the needs of the older people with HIV that they serve? John McCullagh reports.

How has an aging population impacted HIV programs and services in Canada?

People with HIV are now living longer, thanks to combination antiretroviral therapies. But new infections are on the rise among older adults too. This trend will culminate in the next few years with over half of all people with HIV in North America, Europe and Australia being over the age of 50.  For this reason, it is important to know what is out there in Canada in terms of HIV and aging-related programs and services, and how HIV organizations and clinics are meeting the needs of the o

Is PrEP right for me?

published: April, 13, 2015 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, As Prevention , Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Health, Sexual Health, Treatment, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

In a video interview, PositiveLite.com talks with Ryan Lisk and Mason McColl of the AIDS Committee of Toronto about the agency’s new education campaign to start conversations and share information about the use of Truvada as PrEP in the Canadian context.

Is PrEP right for me?

The evidence is now in. Science has proven that the use of Truvada (a fixed dose combination in one tablet of emtricitabine and tenofovir) as a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a highly effective HIV prevention tool.  Yet, almost three years now after the Food and Drug Administration approved Truvada as PrEP in the U.S., its approval in Canada for this purpose is nowhere on the horizon. While some doctors have agreed to prescribe it to their patients (prescribing an approved drug for a

Webinar: Not Your Typical HIV and Aging 101

published: March, 16, 2015 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Community Events, Aging, Events, Health, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

We post an ACT webinar exploring the experiences of older adults living with or vulnerable to HIV that includes two case studies and a discussion of programs and policies affecting this population in Canada.

Webinar: Not Your Typical HIV and Aging 101

Concerns about the well-being of older adults living with HIV is an emerging issue in Canada and around the world. Before the introduction in 1996 of effective anti-retroviral therapies, most people living with HIV did not expect to live long lives. This meant that, for the most part, community-based organizations did not have to concern themselves with the needs of older people living with HIV. Now, however, provided they are diagnosed and treated in time, people living with HIV can long, he

An interview with Ron Rosenes, C.M.

published: July, 21, 2014 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Health, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

Long-time survivor, witness and pioneer Ron Rosenes was recently made a member of the Order of Canada for his contribution to the wellbeing of people living with HIV. In this interview he talks about what the award means for himself and for the community

An interview with Ron Rosenes, C.M.

On Canada Day earlier this month, self-described HIV “survivor, witness and pioneer” Ron Rosenes was made a member of the Order of Canada for “improving access to health care and social justice resources for people living with HIV and AIDS through his advocacy, fundraising and community leadership”.  One of our country’s highest civilian honours, the Order of Canada was established in 1967, Canada’s centennial year, to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the communit

HIV and heterosexual black men

published: May, 26, 2014 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Features and Interviews, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

John McCullagh talks with Winston Husbands of the AIDS Committee of Toronto about the HIV-related needs, challenges and priorities of heterosexual African, Caribbean and Black men in Ontario.

HIV and heterosexual black men

What are the HIV-related needs, challenges and priorities of heterosexual African, Caribbean and Black men in Ontario? To answer this question, I recently sat down with Winston Husbands, the director of research at the AIDS Committee of Toronto. We discussed the results of a recent study that was designed to assist researchers, service providers and policy makers in understanding some of the issues relevant to HIV prevention for straight Black men as well as issues related to the care and supp

The PEP experience — Raj’s story

published: April, 01, 2014 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Gay Men, As Prevention , Features and Interviews, Health, Sexual Health, Treatment, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

In part two of our three-part series on PEP, we hear from Raj Singh, a forty-something Toronto gay guy who was potentially exposed to HIV at a sex party.

The PEP experience — Raj’s story

This week, PositiveLite.com is focusing on Post-exposure Prophylaxis, or PEP — medication that can help prevent HIV after a possible exposure. Yesterday, I sat down with Duncan MacLachlan, the Director of Community Health Programs at the AIDS Committee of Toronto, to talk about PEP, its effectiveness and its availability. Join me today, as I have a conversation with Raj Singh, a Toronto gay man, who took PEP a year ago after a potential exposure to HIV.  John McCullagh: Raj, thank

When to start HIV treatment

published: March, 06, 2014 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Conferences, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Events, Features and Interviews, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, John McCullagh

In a video interview, publisher John McCullagh talks with Toronto HIV primary care physician Colin Kovacs about the vexed question as to when to start treatment.

When to start HIV treatment

When to start HIV treatment? It seems there’s no consensus and, as far as most of Canada is concerned, no guidelines either. It used to be - and often still is - that starting treatment was recommended only when our CD4 cell counts had fallen to a certain level — 200, or 350 or 500. Yet those numbers keep changing and vary between jurisdictions. The Americans have tended to be more aggressive about recommending treatment at higher CD4 numbers, while the Europeans have, for the most part, b

The AIDS Generation — Stories of Survival and Resilience

published: March, 04, 2014 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Aging, OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Activism, Conferences, Gay Men, Events, Features and Interviews, Health, Living with HIV, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

Lest the world forget, Perry Halkitis tells the stories of pain, suffering, survival and resilience of his generation of gay men — the AIDS generation.

The AIDS Generation — Stories of Survival and Resilience

Last fall, at the annual Ontario HIV Treatment Network research conference, New York psychologist Perry Halkitis read excerpts from his recently published book The AIDS Generation — Stories of Survival and Resilience. In it he tells the stories of 15 gay men living with HIV. All are long-term survivors who lived through the dark years of the 1980s and 1990s and are now in middle age. As Halkitis writes:  Each of these men are very much part of the aging HIV cohort, despite a lifetime of ne

CBC radio asks the question: Is PrEP a game changer in the fight against HIV?

published: February, 21, 2014 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Gay Men, As Prevention , Features and Interviews, Health, Sexual Health, Treatment, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

Is PrEP a game changer in the fight against HIV? To find out, CBC radio interviews a Canadian physician & researcher and a Toronto guy on PrEP.

CBC radio asks the question: Is PrEP a game changer in the fight against HIV?

Earlier this month, dailyxtra.com, the online version of Xtra!, Canada’s national gay and lesbian newspaper, posted a four part video series on PrEP, while the printed version of the paper had as it’s cover story Canadians already on PrEP while drug sits in regulatory limbo. We reposted the videos on our site. The links to those videos are in the Related Articles section below.  Yesterday, CBC radio’s flagship current affairs program The Current  did their own feature on PrEP, with a

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