Articles tagged with: AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT)

Review: Five Guys Chillin’ is a brave exploration of sex and drugs

published: November, 18, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Events, Performances, Media, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy on the extraordinary play now running in Toronto at Toronto’s Kensington Hall that provides a very explicit, close-up look at the Party n Play (PnP) scene

Review: Five Guys Chillin’ is a brave exploration of sex and drugs

First the explicit: Yes there is a lot of (simulated) sex happening in this play. In fact the five characters interact sexually throughout much of the show. The program warns “you may be uncomfortable’. I wasn’t. Some will be. Secondly; the close-up. This is a small, intimate theatre and you are sitting VERY close to the action It’s hard to know what to make of Five Guys Chillin’ as a conventional theatrical piece, because it isn’t. There is precious little narrative thread in th

Another chance to hear Bruce Richman in Toronto

published: November, 02, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Youth, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Events, Women, Upcoming Events, Health, Treatment, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

A November 22 community Forum brings New York City’s Bruce Richman back to Toronto for a don’t-miss community forum on U=U (Undetectable equals Untransmittable)=

Another chance to hear Bruce Richman in Toronto

He’s a colleague and a friend so I’m hardly impartial. but I’ve been doing this work for a very long time, and honestly, I’ve never met anyone quite like the Prevention Access Campaign’s Bruce Richman. We first met in Toronto one year ago when PositiveLite.com brought him to Toronto for a community forum in Toronto on what was then a lesser known concept. He preached, with the full weight of science behind him, that people who are virally suppressed – that means on treatment and

Horwath hosts Pharmacare roundtable focused on tackling barriers to HIV prevention, treatment

published: June, 22, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

Horwath: “Whether it’s PrEP or HIV treatment, we believe that no one should have to empty their wallet to get the medicine they need,”

Horwath hosts Pharmacare roundtable focused on tackling barriers to HIV prevention, treatment

QUEEN’S PARK – Today (June 20, 2017) , Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath hosted a roundtable discussion with people living with HIV and leaders in the fight to improve access to HIV treatment and prevention in Ontario. A key topic during the discussion was the cost of life-saving drugs to treat and prevent HIV, and the NDP Pharmacare plan.  “Whether it’s PrEP or HIV treatment, we believe that no one should have to empty their wallet to get the medicine they need,” said Horwath.

Seeking decompression

published: April, 04, 2017 Written by // Dennis Battler Categories // Aging, Social Media, Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Mental Health, Health, Dennis Battler, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Dennis Battler: "My efforts in the gay community, in the self-development community and in the spiritual community occurred in a context of self-sacrifice, martyrdom and self-denial, foundational tenets of Christendom. Not this time."

Seeking decompression

Of the four options offered by online dictionary defining the word decompression, I choose #4, “• a surgical procedure that relieves excessive pressure on an internal part of the body such as the cranium or spinal cord.” The innate desire to fit in, to be accepted, welcomed and wanted remains a desire present in every person to varying degrees if we were to be honest. It is the main stay of psychoanalysis, religion, sociology, government, society, education, sports entertainment and th

Bruce Richman brings the U=U message to Toronto April 5

published: March, 22, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher

Your chance to learn more about the impact of undetectable viral load and the issues it raises in a community forum at ACT

Bruce Richman brings the U=U message to Toronto April 5

It's official. Bruce Richman is coming to Canada next month to talk U=U (Undetectable =Untransmittable) . We have already announced details of the Montreal public meeting on April 6. Now we can share details of the Toronto event. The energetic Richman has become something of a celebrity, appearing often in poz-related publications and active on social media. Details of the event are here:  Where: ACT (AIDS Committee of Toronto) 543 Yonge Street 4th Floor (Rooms A and B) When: April 5.

The science-based U=U message is everywhere - but some aren’t biting.

published: December, 12, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Features and Interviews, Health, International , Treatment, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy: Are organizations passing up on the chance to end HIV stigma and inform people living with HIV who are durably undetectable that they can’t transmit the virus? What people are saying

The science-based U=U message is everywhere - but some aren’t biting.

The images accompanying this article are from campaigns around the world informing people living with HIV that if their viral load is durably suppressed, they can not transmit the virus to others. There were no Canadian images used because no such campaigns exist in Canada.  It’s getting heated People living with HIV have never played a greater part in designing and implementing prevention messaging. In just a few months, the U = U message from the Prevention Access Campaign, arguably the

Memories, moments and MIPA

published: October, 26, 2016 Written by // Colin Johnson Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Health, Colin Johnson, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Colin Johnson with an opinion piece on the AIDS sector in Ontario and how it got that way.

Memories, moments and MIPA

At a recent interaction at an ASO (AIDS Service Organization) I was informed by the client service representative that my ID number was one of the lowest he’d seen. That got me reminiscing over the years that have passed but more about the changes that I’ve witnessed in the organizations that were created to serve us. I’m writing from the perspective of a long term survivor (LTS) diagnosed in 1984, a black gay male living in Toronto who’s been/still am a client, volunteer and employee

From the front lines: living long with HIV

published: October, 25, 2016 Categories // Aging, Social Media, CATIE, General Health, Mental Health, Sexual Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

CATIE's Positive Side reports on four specialized services for older people living with HIV.

From the front lines: living long with HIV

Thanks to effective treatment, far more people with HIV are living into their 60s, 70s and beyond. So all that talk you hear of an “aging population” also applies to HIV. In fact, UNAIDS estimates that roughly one-third of HIV-positive adults in high-income countries are 50 years and older. A growing number of agencies across the country are stepping up to offer services that meet the needs of people who are aging with HIV. Here are just a few: Workshop Series: Planning for the Long Term

The Undetectable = Uninfectious doubters

published: October, 18, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, As Prevention , Sexual Health, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

If your virus is undetectable you can’t transmit the virus. But why do some living with HIV and their service providers struggle with that concept, or even deny its truth? Bob Leahy reports on the reasons why.

The Undetectable = Uninfectious doubters

The history I’ve spent the last couple of months arguing that undetectable equals uninfectious. Now, I shouldn’t have to argue that, because the science tell us so. The world’s leading HIV experts and savvy organizations are saying it too. Still, there is resistance to embracing this, the most significant science breakthrough since antiretrovirals hit the scene back in 1996. The power of those antiretrovirals to not only return people to good health but stop the transmission of HIV has

A counsellor’s perspective: it’s about more than just a virus

published: October, 10, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, CATIE, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Living with HIV

From CATIE's Positive Side, ACT's John Larsson from Toronto reflects on the many changes antiretroviral therapy (ART) brought to HIV work.

A counsellor’s perspective: it’s about more than just a virus

This article previously appeared at CATIE's Positive Side, here. Une version française est disponible ici.  In 1996, everyone was very excited, elated, about the new treatment “cocktails.” But those of us who had been working in the field for a while recognized pretty quickly that this new hope presented a double-edged sword: Yes, it was great, but it was really going to f*** with people’s heads. Before antiretroviral therapy (ART) came on the scene, my work as a counsellor ofte

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