Articles tagged with: biomedical solutions to HIV

Public forum: making all the tools better to prevent HIV

published: January, 25, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

Hear an update of how Toronto can end HIV transmissions.

Public forum: making all the tools better to prevent HIV

Leading Toronto researchers and clinicians invite you to a discussion of how HIV prevention tools are improving and combine to get us to zero new infections. (Speakers: Sharmistha Mishra, Rupert Kaul, Malika Sharma, Beth Rachlis, Taylor Sicard, Isaac Bogoch, Abigail Kroch.  Moderator: R. Reinhard) When: Wednesday, February 7, 2018 6:30-8:30 PM Where: Hart House Music Room (U. of Toronto campus) Elevator and access ramp accessible. Light refreshments will be provided. Please RVSP by email

The 10% left behind

published: February, 18, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, As Prevention , International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

Guest post from the Quebec collective The Warning on the ethics of biomedical prevention in the age of 90-90-90 that asks “What about the 10-10-10 left in the shadows?”

The 10% left behind

Based on the untapped potential of bio-medical prevention, UNAIDS has recently devised a strategy known as 90-90-90: 90% of all infected people tested, 90% of diagnosed people undergoing treatment, and 90% of people treated reaching an undetectable viral load. Now echoed by many involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS, UNAIDS is loudly contending that this is how we will halt the epidemic. There is even talk of an outright “end of AIDS” by 2030.  In a sector that is often lacking in dire

All this great news is making me angry!

published: March, 23, 2015 Categories // Activism, As Prevention , Health, Sexual Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Our Marc-André LeBlanc says recent good news about transmission risk and treatment benefits points to how little Canada is taking advantage of this knowledge and points to inertia, resistance to change and even outright hostility as the culprits

All this great news is making me angry!

It's raining good news There was tons of good news coming out of the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) last month. And it really pissed me off!  True, there was some bad news, but in general it was really good news. PositiveLite.com covered a lot of it including news about just how powerful ARVs can be for both treatment and prevention. There was news about the benefits of early treatment for the health of people living with HIV (Temprano), about treatment-as-pr

Is Canada winning the fight against HIV?

published: June, 23, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, As Prevention , General Health, Health, Sexual Health, Legal, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Editor Bob Leahy looks at what’s right and what wrong with the community-based response to HIV and, despite the battle being fought by good people with the best of intentions, why results are disappointing

Is Canada winning the fight against HIV?

Is Canada winning the war against HIV or have we reached a plateau? Says CATIE “the number of new HIV infections in Canada has remained stable in the past several years but is not insignificant. According to 2011 national HIV estimates an estimated 3,175 people became infected with HIV in Canada in 2011. This is comparable to or slightly lower than the estimated 3,335 new infections in 2008.”  Kudos to us for keeping the lid on the epidemic. But is this good enough, when we should hav

Medicalization is not a four-letter word

published: September, 23, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Conferences, As Prevention , CATIE, Health, Treatment, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy on the future role of biomedical solutions, notably treatment as prevention, in improving the health of people living with HIV and in helping put an end to the epidemic.

Medicalization is not a four-letter word

The following is the text of a speech delivered by Bob Leahy at the closing plenary of the CATIE Forum – New Science, New Directions in HIV and HCV – in Toronto last week.  We’ve been charged today with looking ahead and I’m going to do that, but I think it’s also important to frame that look ahead in terms of where we’ve come from and our own personal journeys. So . . I need to state up front that for many years I’ve been an activist and while doing that work – it was o