Articles tagged with: Bob Leahy

Frank McGee, Ontario’s controversial AIDS Bureau head, is gone

published: September, 18, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, Current Affairs, Health, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

McGee, a formidable voice in Ontario’s HIV community, retires after a long career in public service.

Frank McGee, Ontario’s controversial AIDS Bureau head, is gone

It was announced late last week by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care that after a successful recovery from a lengthy illness, Frank McGee is retiring from the Ontario Public Service. “Frank has been at the forefront of Ontario’s response to HIV” it said. “His contributions have helped Ontario become a leader in HIV/AIDS in Canada.” His retirement comes at a difficult time; new HIV infections in the province have risen in each of the last three years on record, where other ju

Surprise management change at the OHTN

published: September, 07, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Research

Sean Rourke is out, Jean Bacon is back in as Interim Executive Director of the Ontario HIV Treatment Network

Surprise management change at the OHTN

Jean Bacon, a respected voice in the Ontario HIV community for many years and who left the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) earlier this year, is back as the organization’s new Interim Executive Director. She replaces Sean Rourke who has stepped down as Scientific and Executive Director to focus on his research responsibilities at St Michael's Hospital. He remains listed on the OHTN website as an “OHTN Senior Affiliated Scientist”. Sean Rourke is also a Clinical Neuropsychologist an

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

CTAC Talks! U = U: The Undetectable = Untransmittable Campaign

published: May, 12, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Women, Media, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

CTAC Talks is an innovative web series highlighting treatment access issues and solutions for Canadians living with HIV and Viral Hepatitis.

CTAC Talks! U = U: The Undetectable = Untransmittable Campaign

CTAC's expert guests, Dane Griffiths, Bob Leahy, Sandra Wesley, Sipiwe Mapfumo and Joshua Edward discuss the impact of the U=U campaign, which states that if a person has an undetectable viral load they cannot pass on the HIV virus. For more information, visit the Canadian Treatment Access Council (CTAC), here.

Canadian AIDS Society Forum for people living with HIV moves to Regina, AGM goes online

published: May, 01, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Community Events, Conferences, Activism, Events, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy with the scoop on what funding challenges mean for the upcoming CAS Forum and AGM

Canadian AIDS Society Forum for people living with HIV moves to Regina, AGM goes online

Regina, Saskatchewan It was a break from tradition. The Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) had hoped to have their annual Forum and AGM in Vancouver, B.C.. But funding issues have curtailed those plans. The forum for people living with HIV will instead be held in Regina, Saskatchewan June 7 and 8. PositiveLite.com has learned that the AGM, which usually piggybacks on to the forum, will instead be conducted by way of online webinar at a date to be confirmed. That sounds like an unusual move and it

Attending #HealtheVoices2017: a conference like no other.

published: April, 28, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Social Media, Activism, Mental Health, Research, International , Living with HIV, Rob Olver - Editor

Rob Olver reports back on attending HealtheVoices17, a conference of online health advocates held in Chicago by Janssen & Janssen.

Attending #HealtheVoices2017: a conference like no other.

I applied, but didn't expect to go. HealtheVoices is a very different sort of conference to any of the others I’ve been to. It’s a conference of online patient health advocates, 105 of them this time, representing different chronic health conditions, HIV being just one. I was already aware of the conference due to PositiveLite.com’s Wayne Bristow and Bob Leahy having attended last year. They’d both had nothing but good to say about the experience and so, thinking, “Why the heck not

A forum on HIV, rehabilitation and episodic illness: a personal account.

published: March, 27, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Social Media, Conferences, Activism, General Health, Mental Health, Health, Living with HIV, Rob Olver - Editor

Rob Olver goes to Envision Forum 2017, presented by Bruce House in Ottawa on March 22-23.

A forum on HIV, rehabilitation and episodic illness: a personal account.

"Since it was established in 1988, Bruce House has provided critical resources and support to Ottawa residents living with HIV and AIDS> I would like to thank everyone involved with the agency for their dedication to making a difference in the health and well-being of their fellow citizens."  - The Rt. Hon. Justin. P. J. Trudeau, P.C., M.P., Prime Minister of Canada. #EnvisionForum2017 was a forum on HIV, rehabilitation and episodic illness held by Bruce House in Ottawa on March 22-23 and

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.

Big changes at PositiveLite.com

published: February, 28, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Saying goodbye to former publisher John McCullagh

Big changes at PositiveLite.com

The PositiveLite.com team last week: (left to right) Rob Olver, Wayne Bristow, John McCullagh and Bob Leahy Noted community activist John McCullagh is relinquishing the PositiveLite.com publisher’s chair effective March 1. The move is designed to free up more time for his busy schedule of other activities, notably as chair of CATIE. Current editor Bob Leahy from Warkworth, Ontario  becomes the new PositiveLite.com publisher but will remain involved in editorial decisions. He will continu

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

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

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