Articles tagged with: research

Interview: Measuring Ontario’s performance on the HIV Care Cascade

published: August, 31, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, As Prevention , Mental Health, Features and Interviews, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

The Ontario HIV Treatment Network’s epidemiology unit has just released a report on how Ontario people living with HIV are doing on engagement in care, on treatment and viral suppression respectively. Bob Leahy interviews James Wilton and Abigail Kroch .

Interview: Measuring Ontario’s performance on the HIV Care Cascade

Read the full report “HIV care cascade in Ontario: Linkage to care, in care, on antiretroviral treatment, and virally suppressed”  Bob Leahy: Thanks for talking to PositiveLite.com. Tell us about the good news that’s contained in the report. OHTN: There’s lots of good news in the report! First of all, the report represents the first large knowledge exchange product released by the Ontario HIV Surveillance and Epidemiology Initiative (OHESI). This is a new collaboration responsible

HIV Stigma 101

published: June, 27, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Research, Health, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

A new Canadian video featuring two well known poz advocates explores what HIV Stigma looks like. Produced by Universities Without Walls, the Ontario HIV Network (OHTN)

HIV Stigma 101

It’s hurtful to those of us living with HIV, it’s unfair and it contributes to the spread of HIV. These are three good reasons why we need to understand HIV stigma’s role, how we stop or at least reduce it and track our progress in doing so.  In the video below, Muluba Habanyama and Francisco Ibanez-Carrasco, both working on a current HIV stigma study, explain the basics. It’s a good primer; we all talk about stigma (a LOT) but don’t always stop to pare it down, to think about its

Syndemics centre stage at OHTN Conference, (“But what are syndemics?” I hear you say)

published: November, 24, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Conferences, Events, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy was at the Ontario HIV Treatment Network Endgame conference this week where the role of inter-related factors that affect HIV transmission and treatment were the topic.

Syndemics centre stage at OHTN Conference, (“But what are syndemics?” I hear you say)

OHTN board chair Tony DiPede opening the conference Before Ron Stall, a Pittsburgh academic, promoted the term “syndemics”, it was hardly on the HIV health sector’s radar. Now it most definitely is, particularly on that of those who work in gay men’s sexual health. Its latter day influence is remarkable. Thus in 2016 we see prominent HIV conferences like this week's in Toronto, held in downtown’s venerable King Edward Hotel, entirely devoted to it.  So to backtrack, what are synde

Youth and HIV disclosure at the Unleashing Power Conference 2016 in Victoria, British Columbia

published: June, 28, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Conferences, Youth, Research

Muluba Habanyama Presents Findings From Her Survey On Youth HIV Disclosure.

Youth and HIV disclosure at the Unleashing Power Conference 2016 in Victoria, British Columbia

In December 2015, YouthCO HIV & Hep C Society, Canadian Positive People Network Youth Caucus, and the HIV Disclosure Project collaborated in a survey for youth under 30 years old which focused on experiences of HIV disclosure. Hopefully, many of you were able to participate in this survey, which was designed by Muluba Habanyama and YouthCO, in collaboration with CPPN-RCPS and HIV Disclosure Project. Earlier this month, Muluba was able to share the results at the Youth Unleashing Power co

Drugs, mobile phones and HIV prevention

published: June, 23, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, CATIE, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Research, Sexual Health, Treatment, Population Specific , CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

From CATIE, Kate Jongbloed tells how The Cedar Project is using mobile phones to contribute to the health and healing of young Indigenous people who use drugs.

Drugs, mobile phones and HIV prevention

This article previously appeared on the CATIE blog here. How’s it going? These three little words have tremendous power. Sent as a simple text message, it creates an opportunity for dialogue between a case manager and a person seeking health care. It is the power of those three words that drives a new mobile phone program in B.C. that connects young Indigenous people living with or vulnerable to HIV with much-needed care and services. The initiative is part of The Cedar Project, a co

Claudia Medina wants you to talk about mental illness and HIV

published: June, 15, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Mental Health, Features and Interviews, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks to well-known Toronto activist Claudia Medina about her own mental health issues and why she wants to start a conversation about what’s going on with other long term survivors

Claudia Medina wants you to talk about mental illness and HIV

Bob Leahy: Thanks for contacting me to speak about this, Claudia. Tell me first about your own situation in as much detail as you wish.  Claudia: It’s been 23 years since my diagnosis and then two years ago I was diagnosed with manic depression, or bipolar disorder.  Describe the symptoms Claudia, for those who don’t know.  In my personal experience I have dealt mostly with the symptoms of depression, but two years ago I started having signs of something else. I couldn’t sleep, lif

Treatment as prevention success in Denmark

published: June, 03, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Gay Men, Research, Sexual Health, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From aidsmap, news of a Danish study shows clearest evidence yet that treatment as preventioin works

Treatment as prevention success in Denmark

This article by Gus Cairns first appeared on aidsmap.com here. Denmark shows first clear evidence of the success of treatment as prevention in gay men in a high income country  Very high diagnosis, treatment and viral suppression rates needed, say researchers   A study by the University of California, Los Angeles, and Copenhagen University Hospital provides the first unambiguous evidence of a link between high rates of viral suppression in gay men and falling HIV incidence (the proportio

Conference reporting: From Winnipeg with love (Part Two)

published: May, 25, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Aging, As Prevention , Conferences, Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Sexual Health, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy continues his report on what went down at two recent conferences he attended in Winnipeg, Manitoba - CAHR and CAS.

Conference reporting: From Winnipeg with love (Part Two)

(Not acronym friendly? CAHR stands for Canadian Association for HIV Research. CAS stands for the Canadian AIDS Society.) In part one of this story I provided a user-friendly guide to what goes on at HIV conferences, why biding advocates should consider going and how to get to them. In this part, I’ll take last week’s two conferences and break their highlights down for you, again in user-friendly terms. First let’s deal with Winnipeg itself. This was my second visit and I remain not qu

Why do people with HIV drop out of care?

Aidsmap reports UK researchers are trying to understand more about the needs of people who have missed appointments at their HIV clinic.

Why do people with HIV drop out of care?

This article by Roger Pebody first appeared in aidsmap.com here. Multiple social and health factors associated with irregular attendance at London HIV clinics. One-size-fits-all approach to improving engagement with care unlikely to be effective.  People who miss appointments for HIV care are more likely to have money problems, childcare responsibilities and a history of depression according to a recent UK study.  While poor attendance was more common in women, other demographic factors

Like a CHAMP

published: March, 29, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Research, Health, Living with HIV, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Ethno-racial community coalition showcases report on successful HIV stigma reduction intervention research

Like a CHAMP

Government statistics and research studies have consistently shown that racial minority and newcomer communities bear a disproportionate burden of HIV. Previous research also showed that HIV stigma and discrimination, and the lack of HIV champions within ethno-racial communities are critical barriers that undermine effective HIV prevention education and support amongst these communities. In response to these needs, the Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment (CAAT), a coalition of over 30 leg

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