Conferences

A Canada-led international Indigenous initiative towards global HIV, TB and Hep C targets

published: July, 27, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Activism, Social Media, Conferences, Current Affairs, Features and Interviews, International , Legal, Living with HIV, Media, Rob Olver - Editor, Population Specific

Rob Olver in conversation with Ken Clement, CEO of the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN)

A Canada-led international Indigenous initiative towards global HIV, TB and Hep C targets

At AIDS2016, in Durban, South Africa, Canadian Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott made a commitment to strengthen the consultative process with Canada’s marginalized indigenous communities. As a result of that promise, on July 10-12 of this year the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) brought together indigenous leaders and stakeholders from 14 countries to to share promising practices that highlight progress towards achieving global HIV, TB, and hepatitis C targets in Indigenous com

“I would not have consented to sex had I known of their HIV status.” This statement is problematic and here’s why.

published: July, 05, 2017 Written by // Samantha Categories // Social Media, Conferences, Current Affairs, Mental Health, Women, Legal, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Samantha

"How can the general public insist upon disclosure when they set the tone and grounds for unsuccessful disclosure?" Samantha offers her takeaway from " Rethinking Justice: the 7th Symposium on HIV Law and Human Rights."

 “I would not have consented to sex had I known of their HIV status.” This statement is problematic and here’s why.

On June 15, 2017 the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network held a symposium in Toronto, Ontario, Rethinking Justice: the 7th Symposium on HIV Law and Human Rights. The symposium focused on unjust HIV criminal legislation in Canada. Canada unfortunately has one of the worst records in the world for the overly broad use of criminal laws to address HIV nondisclosure. Panels of experts and those with lived experience of HIV criminalization presented their research and experiences. The legal experts di

What’s happening on the ground: first voice perspectives of the overdose crisis in Atlantic Canada

published: June, 22, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Hep B and C, Conferences, General Health, Current Affairs, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Guest author Michael Liddell: "... people who use drugs and their allies are using the mantra of 'nothing about us without us' to organize and demand action."

What’s happening on the ground: first voice perspectives of the overdose crisis in Atlantic Canada

At the opening of the 25th Harm Reduction International Conference in Montreal held in Montreal in May of this year, the Federal Minister of Health Jane Philpott announced that more people have died in the overdose epidemic in the past few years than during the height of the AIDS crisis in the late 80s and early 90s. This fact is made even more tragic considering that it need not happen. This grim reality was on the minds of many and was the catalyst for a workshop hosted by Direction 180

Rethinking justice with renewed hope

published: June, 19, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Community Events, Activism, Social Media, Conferences, Current Affairs, Legal, Media, Rob Olver - Editor

Rob Olver attends the 2017 Symposium on HIV, Law and Human Rights and comes away with a sense of cautious optimism.

Rethinking justice with renewed hope

So there I was, getting up at three in the morning once again in order to get to Toronto in time for an event. The event in this case was "Rethinking Justice 2017 Symposium on HIV Law and Human Rights" and I'd been looking forward to it especially since I knew a representative of the federal government would be there and I was very keen to hear what that representative might have to say to us. Two buses and a train later, I was in Toronto, waiting for the symposium to begin. First off, Trevor

Criminalization of HIV non-disclosure: is the tide turning?

published: June, 19, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Activism, Social Media, Conferences, Current Affairs, Features and Interviews, International , Legal, Media, Rob Olver - Editor

Rob Olver interviews Edwin J. Bernard, Global Co-ordinator of the HIV Justice Network at "Rethinking Justice 2017 Symposium on HIV, Law and Human Rights

Criminalization of HIV non-disclosure: is the tide turning?

One of the things that made the “Rethinking Justice: 2017 Symposium on HIV, Law and Human Rights” a “must-attend” for me was the presence of Edwin J. Bernard, Global Co-ordinator of the HIV Justice Network and foremost expert on HIV criminalization worldwide. PositiveLite.com had interviewed Edwin before and published him as well, but that was all the way back in 2012 and 2016 so I attended the symposium hoping for the chance of an interview. I wasn’t disappointed. Edwin proved very

CAS hits a home run with a successful Forum

published: June, 12, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Conferences, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

The Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) Forum for people living with HIV held in Regina last week was a much needed win for an embattled national organization fighting for its very existence

CAS hits a home run with a successful Forum

View from a hotel window. "Regina might not be the most exciting city in Canada" says publisher Bob Leahy "but it played host to a solid conference that re-established CAS as a force to be reckoned with." The Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) went into last week’s national Forum for People Living with HIV needing a victory. It has had a history, after all, of meetings that left many frustrated, if not angry. As well, it is currently on what some would see as life support from the Public Health Ag

Forum for hope

published: June, 01, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Conferences, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

The CAS (Canadian AIDS Society) Forum for People living with HIV is In Regina, Saskatchewan next week. Bob Leahy says it's a meeting to watch for those following the course of HIV advocacy in Canada.

Forum for hope

Opportunity knocks Next week sees sixty people living with HIV from across Canada gather in Regina, Saskatchewan. It’s an annual event, usually a precursor to the CAS Annual General Meeting held immediately following it. There will be no such double-barreled affair this year, Money is tight and PHAC is no longer funding AGMs so the AGM will be held in a different (online) format at a later date.  It’s unusual for financial considerations to intrude so glaringly, but as previously report

Canadian Minister of Health opens International Harm Reduction Conference amid controversy over overdose deaths

published: June, 01, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Conferences, Events, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

Last year an estimated 2300 people died of heroin and fentanyl-related overdoses in Canada. It looks likely that this figure will increase in 2017. From AIDSmap, Susie McLean reports onThe 25th International Harm Reduction Conference (HR17) in Montréal.

Canadian Minister of Health opens International Harm Reduction Conference amid controversy over overdose deaths

Health Minister Jane Philpott and protestors at the HR17 opening ceremony © Charles Mackay / HRI The 25th International Harm Reduction Conference (HR17) in Montréal, Canada, kicked off with a dramatic opening session last week, featuring Jane Philpott, Canadian Minister of Health, along with a group of angry protesters chanting ‘They talk, we die’.    The minister’s speech and the protest focused on the soaring rate of overdose deaths dominating the work of harm reduction organis

Applying for any community scholarship? What you should know.

published: May, 24, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, International AIDS Conference , Conferences, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Applying for a community scholarship? What you should know. Bob Leahy says it can be a frustrating experience which often leads to the big NO. But, he says, keep trying as persistence can pay off

 Applying for any community scholarship? What you should know.

HIV conferences are not for everyone, but they can be empowering, educational and a great way to interact with other people living with HIV. For those community members – people living with HIV – who would like to attend, though, it’s not easy. Simply put our attendance costs money – for travel and accommodation in particular. If you are not employed in the sector, and even if you are, the way to get there is usually to apply for a community scholarship which will fund your attendance

Doors did open; it was magical!

published: May, 12, 2017 Written by // Jeff Potts Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Conferences, Jeff Potts, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Jeff Potts on a recent HIV conference, Eastern Ontario Opening Doors, that included “an unparalleled awakening, an awe-inspiring and emotional moment in time" - U=U and much more

Doors did open; it was magical!

The view from Glen House Resort, Gananoque We pulled up to the main entrance of the Glen House Resort, near Gananoque, Ontario  on a wonderful Wednesday afternoon, under sunny Springtime skies, and we were warmly greeted by a small group of early arrivers – most of whom I know; none of whom Paul had opportunity to meet before that moment. We registered for the 25th Eastern Ontario Opening Doors conference ready to participate together at an HIV-inspired event… simply as our sero-discord

Transforming lives on the U=U campaign trail

published: May, 09, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Conferences, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy and Bruce Richman have been talking directly to people living with HIV. It can be an emotional and transformative experience on both sides of the podium, says Bob, as it was last week in Gananoque, Ontario,

Transforming lives on the U=U campaign trail

On transformative experiences We are accustomed to raw emotion, to tears even, in HIV workshop settings when the conversation turns to topics like grief and loss. That’s our history. But seldom do we see tears of joy or maybe something deeper, something hard to explain but clearly good, something akin to elation.  That happened in Gananoque, Ontario last week. “There is nothing better than being there when people living with HIV learn about #UequalsU for the first time” said the Preve

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 // Activism, Community Events, Conferences, 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

Tomorrow I'll be in Chicago at HealtheVoices17!

published: April, 18, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Conferences, Upcoming Events, Health, International , Living with HIV, Media

#Healthevoices17: a conference for online health advocates.

Tomorrow I'll be in Chicago at HealtheVoices17!

I’m feeling very fortunate and getting pretty excited now because in just two more days I’ll be in Chicago for #HealtheVoices17. #HealtheVoices17 is a conference for online patient advocates. Bloggers who advocate for the rights of people living with a variety of ailments, of which HIV is just one. This year, the conference is proud to host more than 100 attendees from 30 different states in the U.S., as well as Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Australia, the United Arab Emirates and Taiwan So

Attending CAHR2017 as a CATIE rapporteur

published: April, 13, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Aging, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Conferences, As Prevention , Gay Men, Youth, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Research, Women, Health, Treatment, Legal, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Rob Olver - Editor

Rob Olver reports back on #CAHR2017

Attending CAHR2017 as a CATIE rapporteur

As I prepared to attend CAHR2017 in Montreal I was elated, but a bit nervous as well. I hadn’t qualified for a community scholarship but had been accepted as a CATIE rapporteur. This meant I’d be covering the event for CATIE as well as for PositiveLite.com and then on the final day, my fellow rapporteurs and I would present a report back to the rest of the conference with a distillation of what we’d seen and heard. So yes, I had butterflies, mostly because I haven’t done much science w

Conference Report: CAHR serves lots of good science in Montreal with an extra helping of activism and a side of U=U (undetectable equals untransmittable)

published: April, 12, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Conferences, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy attends CAHR2017 and returns with the highlights (and low points) of four days in Montreal last week

Conference Report: CAHR serves lots of good science in Montreal with an extra helping of activism and a side of U=U (undetectable equals untransmittable)

With a motto “We’re not done yet” the 26th Annual Canadian conference on HIV/AIDS Research - CAHR 2017 – slid into a very wet and windy Montreal last week.  It was a good conference, more interesting and engaging and approachable than many – but ultimately what impressed just as much came not from the conference program itself but from the actions of the community present. First a word about how and why I was able to attend. It’s a privilege to earn a community scholarship that

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