Articles tagged with: Dr_ Julio Montaner

Our World AIDS Day message is celebratory

published: December, 01, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Publisher Bob Leahy says World AIDS Day tributes take many forms, but PositiveLite.com is saying World AIDS Day 2017 is a time to celebrate – and, with the Government of Canada now on board, names 2017 as the year of U=U.

Our World AIDS Day message is celebratory

Those charged with writing world AIDS day messages have a surprising array of options. They can honour our fallen – that’s important. Paying tribute to those living with HIV is also a worthy goal. Our messages can be reflective of the past, taking stock of where we are now, or aspirational. Inspirational too. All these topics I’ve addressed in the past. I’ve never done a celebratory World AIDS Day message before. But then 2017 has been no ordinary year. It has been a year of personal

BC just lost its last two excuses not to cover the pill that prevents HIV

published: November, 14, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Revolving Door, Legal, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

New proposal would cover 5,000 PrEP prescriptions by 2019. From Daily Xtra.com, Niko Bell reports.

BC just lost its last two excuses not to cover the pill that prevents HIV

Rob Higgins from the Community Based Research Centre and William Flett from YouthCO give out flyers in front of Vancouver-West End MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert's office Nov 10, 2017, pushing for provincial coverage for PrEP drugs. Credit: Niko Bell/Xtra To read the complete story by Niko Bell, visit Daily Xtra.com, here. One of the province’s most respected HIV/AIDS specialists has publicly announced that coverage for an effective HIV-prevention drug doesn’t have to cost BC taxpayers a

How we talk about U=U and the importance of precise language

published: October, 19, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy on what words to use and what words to avoid when describing risk and ability to transmit applicable to an undetectable viral load – and why that’s important

How we talk about U=U and the importance of precise language

The language of HIV has evolved at an accelerated pace in recent years. It can be a struggle to keep up, to use the right words which are not only precise in meaning but don’t offend. And precision in language has never been more important around communicating that Undetectable = Untransmittable. The campaign's message has now reached over 60 countries around the globe, with endorsements from over 400 organizations. Journalists have covered the topic regularly, from CNN down. But do they a

Q&A with Oghenowede Eyawo: research points to major shifts in mortality and causes of death among people living with HIV

published: March, 31, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Research, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors

Two recent studies by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) point to what else has changed now that people living with HIV are expected to live much longer lives.

Q&A with Oghenowede Eyawo: research points to major shifts in mortality and causes of death among people living with HIV

People with HIV are now living longer, and are less likely to die from an AIDS-defining illness. What do we know about their health and quality of life today? People with HIV who are receiving combination antiretroviral drugs can now live full, long lives—increasingly comparable to those who are HIV-negative. Two recent studies by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) point to what else has changed now that people living with HIV are expected to live much longer lives. One study

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

World AIDS Day 2016 in Ottawa: a personal account of a momentous and moving occasion

published: December, 06, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Community Events, Current Affairs, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Guest author Gord Asmus sees history in the making as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau raises the Red Ribbon flag on Parliament Hill on WAD 2016

World AIDS Day 2016 in Ottawa: a personal account of a momentous and moving occasion

Photo by Gustavo Hannecke History was made on Dec 1, 2016 as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau raised the Red Ribbon flag on Parliament Hill for the first time. This story begins in Nov 2015. At that time I was in the position of Past Board Chair” of the AIDS Committee of Ottawa (ACO). Khaled Salam, ACO’s Executive Director, had convinced City Hall and our Mayor, Jim Watson, that the Red Ribbon Flag should be raised at City Hall. This did come to pass on Dec 1 2015. Also, on that day ACO

People who maintain an undetectable viral load cannot transmit HIV says BC's Julio Montaner.

published: November, 07, 2016 Written by // Samantha Categories // Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Research, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Samantha

Our Samantha reports on a recent encounter with Canada's leading expert on the impact of antiretroviral therapy, who confirms the Undetectable = Uninfectious message that people living with HIV have been waiting for

People who maintain an undetectable viral load cannot transmit HIV says BC's Julio Montaner.

I was recently present at McGill University in Montreal to hear Dr Julio Montaner speak about Treatment as Prevention (TasP).  For those who are not aware, Dr. Montaner is a well known Argentinian-born Canadian physician, professor, researcher and a strong advocate for people living with HIV. He is the Director of the British Columbia Center for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, the chair in AIDS Research and Head of the Division of AIDS in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia

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

Top HIV/AIDS researcher Dr. Julio Montaner slams Ottawa for ignoring B.C.'s successful treatment record

Treatment as Prevention advocate Dr. Julio Montaner in the news again

Top HIV/AIDS researcher Dr. Julio Montaner slams Ottawa for ignoring B.C.'s successful treatment record

Dr. Montaner holds a chart showing the decline of new AIDS cases in B.C. from 1983-2013 on May 27, 2014.  The full text of this article by Steve Merti appeared in Yahoo! News Canada here.   I think the public should get outraged that we have a made-in-Canada solution that has become the standard of care around the world but has failed to take traction in Canada because the government is paralyzed. — Dr. Julio Montaner For Dr. Julio Montaner, this week's closure of the dedicated AIDS w

Julio Montaner and Treatment as Prevention

published: April, 16, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

An editorial from Bob Leahy about the most controversial figure on the Canadian HIV landscape, BC’s Dr. Julio Montaner, the world’s leading proponent of treatment as prevention and why we like him and his work.

Julio Montaner and Treatment as Prevention

Dr. Julio Montaner, Director of the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS is not a man to mince his words or spare those in power a tongue lashing when he senses they could do more – much more - to fight the epidemic.  “All the evidence is in. What we are lacking is political leadership to implement what we know works, to do it effectively and to do it now” he says.  Talk to him privately and he’ll name names, talk colourfully about his repeated overtures to the federa

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