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New funding opportunity for Indigenous post-secondary students

published: September, 13, 2017 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Social Media, Activism, Current Affairs, Youth, Research, Media

The OHTN's Indigenous Learning Pathways to Prevention Award (ILPP) will fund two The OHTN's Indigenous Learning Pathways to Prevention Award (ILPP) will fund two students conducting community-based projects in Ontario.

New funding opportunity for Indigenous post-secondary students

The OHTN's Indigenous Learning Pathways to Prevention Award (ILPP) aims to engage Indigenous post-secondary students in community-based research to improve prevention, treatment, and care programs offered to their communities around sexually transmitted and bloodborne infections, including HIV. The ILPP will fund two Indigenous students conducting community-based projects with an Indigenous health or community-based agency in Ontario. The award provides $30,000 over a one-year period to

Interview: Measuring Ontario’s performance on the HIV Care Cascade

published: August, 31, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, As Prevention , Mental Health, Features and Interviews, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

The Ontario HIV Treatment Network’s epidemiology unit has just released a report on how Ontario people living with HIV are doing on engagement in care, on treatment and viral suppression respectively. Bob Leahy interviews James Wilton and Abigail Kroch .

Interview: Measuring Ontario’s performance on the HIV Care Cascade

Read the full report “HIV care cascade in Ontario: Linkage to care, in care, on antiretroviral treatment, and virally suppressed”  Bob Leahy: Thanks for talking to PositiveLite.com. Tell us about the good news that’s contained in the report. OHTN: There’s lots of good news in the report! First of all, the report represents the first large knowledge exchange product released by the Ontario HIV Surveillance and Epidemiology Initiative (OHESI). This is a new collaboration responsible

New Pozcast focuses on GIPA in the workplace.

published: August, 16, 2017 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Social Media, General Health, Mental Health, Research, Health, Living with HIV, Media, Ontario HIV Treatment Network

From Universities Without Walls, a series of informative discussions hosted by James Watson.

New Pozcast focuses on GIPA in the workplace.

The Greater Involvement of People Living with HIV (GIPA) is a set of principles that highlights engagement, equity and social justice and places people living with HIV at the centre of the HIV movement. However, implementing GIPA in the workplace can be challenging. Is it doable? Are the principles still relevant in today’s work environment? James Watson talks with two people living with HIV who work in the sector to find out, Marvelous Muchenje a Program Coordinator at the Women’s Heal

POZcast focuses on HIV, Fatherhood and Fertility

published: June, 21, 2017 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Social Media, Research, Health, Living with HIV, Media, Ontario HIV Treatment Network

From Universities without Walls, a series of informative discussions hosted by James Watson.

POZcast focuses on HIV, Fatherhood and Fertility

Tune in to hear how HIV-positive men and their healthcare providers are talking about fatherhood, and why some men are rethinking their decisions around parenting. James Watson talks to Dr. Mark Yudin, from the University of Toronto, and Logan Kennedy from Women’s College Hospital, about new fertility options, access to stigma-free parenting environments, and why fertility researchers are turning their attention to men. He also talks to Charlie, a Peer Research Associate, who opens up ab

Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) endorses U=U.

published: May, 17, 2017 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Social Media, As Prevention , General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Current Affairs, Research, Sexual Health, Health, Treatment

The Ontario HIV Treatment Network: "Acting on this knowledge will drive good public policy and clinical practice – encouraging prompt access to testing, treatment and support, as well as dramatically reducing HIV stigma."

Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) endorses U=U.

The "Undetectable = Untransmittable" Campaign (U=U) is an international movement. It unites communities of people living with HIV, service organizations and leading HIV researchers in support of a clear, evidence-based consensus statement about the power of effective antiretroviral treatment to prevent the sexual transmission of HIV. The Ontario HIV Treatment Network endorsed the U=U consensus, as follows, on May 15, 2017: The Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) is funded by the Ministry

Why do people with HIV smoke so much?

published: February, 16, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Social Media, OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Aging, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, General Health, Mental Health, Health, Smoking Cessation , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Rob Olver - Editor

Rob Olver: What does this tell us about people living with HIV and what are the health implications as the population ages? The Ontario HIV Treatment Network Cohort Study has some sobering answers.

Why do people with HIV smoke so much?

At the beginning of last August I quit smoking for the last time, after having smoked for roughly half my life, but in spells of about seven years on and seven off. An odd pattern, I know. It wasn’t planned, it just worked out that way. And so I got lots of experience at giving up the habit, sometimes successfully, sometimes not. And at times it was easy to quit, while at others it was incredibly hard and sometimes downright impossible. For instance, one day fairly early in my smoking care

New Tools for Community-Based Research course: February 2017

published: January, 31, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Community Events, OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Activism, Upcoming Events, Research, Health, Ontario HIV Treatment Network

Universities Without Walls has partnered with the Faculty of Education at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) to launch a professional certificate program.

New Tools for Community-Based Research course:  February 2017

Tools for Community-Based Research is a seven week course that incorporates self-directed education modules and live online discussion. Our goal is to get you ready to participate in and contribute to community-based research teams, especially those engaged with health research. When? The course will run from February 6 - March 31, 2017. You can find the curriculum overview and registration information here. Scholarships: The Ontario HIV Treatment Network will offer a number of scholars

HIV Disclosure and Criminalization

published: January, 23, 2017 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Research, Women, Legal, Opinion Pieces

OHTN Research Quarterly's focuses on the impact of Canadian HIV disclosure laws and what the research says

HIV Disclosure and Criminalization

In Canada, HIV-positive people who do not tell their sexual partner(s) that they are positive before having sex may face criminal charges ranging from sexual assault to common nuisance. This use of law was established in the 1990s, and further complicated by a 2012 Supreme Court decision, which stated that people living with HIV must disclose before having sex that poses a “realistic possibility of HIV transmission.” As well, women who do not inform care providers about their HIV status

The OHTN's Positive Spaces study wins major award at AIDS2016

published: August, 16, 2016 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // International AIDS Conference , OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Social Media, General Health, Current Affairs, Mental Health, Health, International , Media, Ontario HIV Treatment Network

Award-winning Ontario research study Positive Spaces Healthy Places documented the impact of housing on both the physical and mental health-related quality of life for people living with HIV

The OHTN's Positive Spaces study wins major award at AIDS2016

A study about housing A ground-breaking, community-based Canadian study exploring the relationship between housing and health for people living with HIV has been honoured with the second Robert Carr Research Award. Positive Spaces Healthy Places: HIV, Housing and Health Research in Action – a 5-year longitudinal study funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research – documented the impact of housing on both the physical and mental health-related quality of life for people living with

What’s Hot with Peer Researchers?

published: April, 12, 2016 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Community Events, Social Media, Activism, Living with HIV, Ontario HIV Treatment Network

13th Edition: News from the OHTN’s James Watson about peer engagement. What's Hot with Peer Researchers?" is an online talk show about community-based research that has people living with HIV as the main protagonists

What’s Hot with Peer Researchers?

Engaged Yet?  hosted by James Watson  Tuesday, April 19th @ 2pm EST  “Engagement” is a word that holds great meaning in the HIV sector, it drives programming, shapes research methodologies and is a key element in successful interventions. But how do we measure and achieve engagement and how can it be sustained over time? Does it lift you up or eventually always let you down? What’s the difference between engagement and participation? Peer engagement roles are diverse, we talk abou

‘What’s Hot with Peer Researchers?

published: February, 12, 2016 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Activism, Events, Research, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Ontario HIV Treatment Network

From the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) - here’s their 12th Edition - Training Peer Researchers: To the task or for the future?

‘What’s Hot with Peer Researchers?

Training Peer Researchers: To the task or for the future?  Hosted by James Watson Wednesday, February 24th @ 2pm EST A research team can only be successful with well-trained peer researchers in any role (e.g. governance, data collection, analysis etc.). But, do we train for the task that one time or for a future? What future is there for peer researchers? This 12th edition of “What’s Hot” is all about training: Should we educate and build capacity beyond research skills? Is cert

Positive Quitting

published: February, 09, 2016 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Health, Smoking Cessation , Ontario HIV Treatment Network

Here’s an update on an ongoing initiative in Ontario designed to help people living with HIV through the process of quitting smoking

Positive Quitting

The Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) and PositiveLite.com have partnered in a project to reduce smoking rates in people living with HIV, given the harmful effects on our health, quality of life and other related factors. Here’s the OHTN’s Diana Campbell with an update.  Hello! We here at Positive Quitting wanted to send an update about smoking cessation activities in Ontario. There’s been a lot of activity across the province and some good momentum building as we draw attention to

Lets’ talk motherhood, HIV and Community-based research (CBR)

published: January, 18, 2016 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Research, Women, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Ontario HIV Treatment Network

What’s Hot with Peer Research Associates? Find out in this January 27 OHTN online talk show, details below

Lets’ talk motherhood, HIV and Community-based research (CBR)

What’s Hot with Peer Research Associates?  11th Edition: A special focus on mothers, hosted by James Watson & Gladys Kwaramba  Revised Date: Wednesday, January 27th @ 2pm EST This edition of "What's Hot" will focus on the experience of peer research associates (PRAs) who are moms. How is the perspective of mothers included in community-based research? PRA moms face additional challenges, layers of judgement, gossip and surveillance? So what supports are needed? What are appropriate

Great new Canadian website on smoking and HIV

published: September, 17, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher, Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Health, Smoking Cessation , Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher, Ontario HIV Treatment Network

Positive Quitting is a partnership between PositiveLite.com and the Ontario HIV Treatment Network to help people living with HIV who want to quit smoking

Great new Canadian website on smoking and HIV

From the OHTN’s Did You Know September 2015 newsletter Working with partners including ACT, PWA, Positive Living Niagara and PositiveLite.com, the OHTN has created a brand new resource on smoking and HIV. Quitting smoking is one of the very best things that someone living with HIV can do to protect their health. Our new website offers videos, apps, links to helplines and workshops, and loads of ideas for smokers living with HIV, AIDS service organizations and HIV clinics. We know that peo

A roof over your head: connecting the dots between stable housing and improved health outcomes for people living with HIV

published: April, 01, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, General Health, Mental Health, Research, Sexual Health, Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy with the recently released report from Ontario’s Positive Spaces, Healthy Places research project that not only made the case for better housing for people living with HIV but has been a catalyst for making that happen.

A roof over your head: connecting the dots between stable housing and improved health outcomes for people living with HIV

Ten years in the making  It makes abundant sense that people who live in stable, suitable and affordable housing will have a better chance of coping with HIV and staying well than those who don't. Now there is a substantial body of made-in-Ontario research to prove it.  Arising from community priorities set at a meeting of the Ontario AIDS Network over ten years ago - I remember being in the room and there was considerable agreement on this score -  a housing and HIV research project emer

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