Articles tagged with: British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV_AIDS

It’s time to retire Canada’s AIDS epidemic

published: December, 01, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , CATIE, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Research, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media, Opinion Pieces

For World AIDS Day 2017, PositiveLite.com is proud to present this guest editorial by CATIE Executive Director, Laurie Edmiston.

It’s time to retire Canada’s AIDS epidemic

Having turned 60 two months ago, I know there’s nothing quite like a milestone birthday to force you to get serious about your priorities and your future. The HIV response is facing our own wake-up call this December 1 as we mark the 30thWorld AIDS Day – a milestone I never imagined we would reach when I started working in HIV, 30 years ago. I have spent more than half of my life working in the HIV response, and while our goals have remained unchanged – reducing HIV infections and kee

Research finds that harm reduction and ART helped to reduce the spread of HIV in Vancouver

published: May, 02, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , CATIE, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Treatment

Sean R. Hosein of CATIE reports on research in Vancouver that attempted to study the relative impact that ART, harm reduction or both can have on the spread of HIV.

Research finds that harm reduction and ART helped to reduce the spread of HIV in Vancouver

In clinical trials, the early initiation of HIV treatment (ART) stabilizes the immune system and significantly reduces the risk of developing AIDS-related infections and cancers. This benefit of ART is so profound that researchers increasingly expect that many ART users will live into their senior years. Key to reaping the benefit of ART is achieving an undetectable level of HIV in the blood (viral load) and maintaining it through daily use of ART and regular checkups and laboratory monitori

B.C. researchers explore life expectancy among HIV-positive people

published: March, 30, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Aging, Social Media, Hep B and C, General Health, Mental Health, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Living with HIV, Media

From CATIE, Sean R. Hosein reports on studies comparing the effect of comorbidities on life expectancy in people living with HIV and those who are HIV-negative.

B.C. researchers explore life expectancy among HIV-positive people

In the 20th century, life expectancy increased in Canada and other high-income countries thanks to improvements in medicine, better living conditions and so on. These changes have led some researchers to focus on something called health-adjusted life expectancy: exploring the number of years a person can expect to live in good and bad health and taking into account age-related illness, death and disability. Among many HIV-positive people in Canada and other high-income countries there has be

High rates of injury found among some HIV-positive people in B.C.

published: January, 16, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, CATIE, General Health, Mental Health, Research, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, International

CATIE reports on a study that undertook an assessment of rates and predictors of injury in HIV-positive and HIV-negative adults in British Columbia

High rates of injury found among some HIV-positive people in B.C.

Une version française est disponible ici.   In Canada and other high-income countries, the widespread use of potent combination HIV therapy (ART) has significantly reduced AIDS-related deaths and illness—at least among people who are aware of their infection, in care and taking ART every day exactly as prescribed and directed. Due to the tremendous life-saving effects of ART, researchers increasingly expect that a young adult who is infected today and who initiates treatment shortly t

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

CPPN joins PositiveLite.com in endorsing Prevention Access Campaign’s Undetectable = Uninfectious message

published: September, 13, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, International , Legal, Treatment, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy writes about the growing support in Canada for a science-based grass roots movement which has the potential to empower people living with HIV like never before, reduce stigma and contribute to the fight against criminalization

CPPN joins PositiveLite.com in endorsing Prevention Access Campaign’s Undetectable = Uninfectious message

Call it uninfectious, call it untransmittable. Bottom line is that HIV is not what it used to be. If you maintain an undetectable viral load you are not putting anyone else at risk. You cannot transmit the virus. That science-based conclusion is unusual in that its messenger is, this time, not conventionally funded AIDS organizations but those most affected - people living with HIV, like New York City’s Bruce Richman, a poz gay man whom I interviewed for PositiveLite.com here. He’s the c

PrEP vs TasP – it shouldn’t be a contest

Bob Leahy and the current debate around the use of PrEP. Has PrEP become the distraction that some warned against and are we forgetting the more readily available ways of stemming new infections waiting to be expanded, like testing and TasP?

PrEP vs TasP – it shouldn’t be a contest

The PrEP debate Anyone idly following the HIV press lately could be forgiven for thinking that pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is not just the latest big thing  in HIV prevention but the way we will end the epidemic. Single handedly. Forget condoms. Forget TasP. Forget PEP. Forget microbicides.  Forget cure research. PrEP is the answer – or so  it may seem to the casual observer Let’s say up front I’m a fan of PrEP. In fact PositiveLite.com has been a proponent since the early days

BC AIDS ward repurposing is a sign of the times

published: June, 01, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Current Affairs, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

What was once a ward dedicated to patients dying from AIDS-related illnesses is now repurposed to support people living with HIV

BC AIDS ward repurposing is a sign of the times

AIDS patient Tom Royle with Dr. Lindsay Lawson in the AIDS ward at St. Paul's Hospital on May 28, 1987. Tom died July 28, 1988 at the age of 43 PositiveLite.com says: this press release from the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS struck as full of significance. True, changes in how hospital and hospice care are delivered, given that AIDS-related deaths have substantially reduced everywhere, is not unique to British Columbia. But here’s an example of a jurisdiction celebratin

Call for action on treatment as prevention

published: May, 16, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // As Prevention , Health, Treatment, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy endorses a call for national action, following a new study that reinforces the effect of antiretroviral treatment on prevention of HIV.

Call for action on treatment as prevention

Let’s be clear from the start. My history is one of being an opponent of treatment as prevention (TasP) - and a vocal one at that. But that was then and this is now, a time where the arguments of yore are no longer at all persuasive. So I’ve changed my mind and I now fully support TasP. To be honest, mine is not a popular stance in Eastern Canada, but I’m in good company elsewhere. I’m referring to endorsement of TasP by the  World Health Organization, the International AIDS Socie

(Reprise) Unacceptable. Reprehensible. Strong words on Canada’s approach to HIV prevention from one of its own.

published: November, 08, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Research, Features and Interviews, Sexual Health, Health, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy with Part One of his exclusive interview with British Columbia’s most famous scientist, Dr Julio Montaner. Treatment as prevention is Montaner’s passion and the world is listening – and acting. But not Canada, he says – and he’s angry!

(Reprise) Unacceptable. Reprehensible. Strong words on Canada’s approach to HIV prevention from one of its own.

This interview was originally published on PositiveLite.com January 18, 2012. Dr Julio Montaner, head of the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS  is proud of what he and his Province have achieved in reducing HIV transmission rates through treatment as prevention strategies. It’s a trend he doesn’t see elsewhere in Canada, not that he hasn’t tried to make it happen. “The public needs to get incensed” he said to me last week. “I‘ve been in the White House three t

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