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Bob Leahy

Award-winning blogger Bob Leahy first made his social media mark a decade ago on LiveJournal.com where there are still to this day almost 3,000 entries of his available to be read. He was a featured blogger on Ontario’s HIVStigma.com campaign, along with PositiveLite.com founder Brian Finch.  He joined PositiveLite.com at its inception in 2009 and became it's Editor a year later.

Born in the UK, Bob’s background is in corporate banking, which he gladly left in 1994, after being diagnosed with HIV the previous year.  He has chaired the board of PARN (Peterborough AIDS Resource Network) and has been an executive board member of both the Ontario HIV Treatment Network  (OHTN) and the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS).  He was inducted in to the Ontario AIDS Network’s Honour Roll in 2005.  Bob is currently a member of Ontario’s GMSH (Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance). He also writes for TheBody.com.

In 2012, Bob was honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for his work and commitment to HIV/AIDS in Canada.

Bob continues to write for this site while in the Positivelite.Com editor’s seat, with a particular interest  in HIV prevention, theatre and the arts in general. He is accredited media for a number of Toronto theatres. He lives in Warkworth, Ontario with his partner of thirty-two years and three dogs.

Dec17

Older HIV patients “need more support”

Wednesday, 17 December 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Editor Categories // Aging, Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Health, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy

Editor Bob Leahy chats on video about HIV, aging, being gay and healthcare challenges for University of Ontario students

Older HIV patients “need more support”

 “But time makes you bolder 

 Even children get older

 And I'm getting older too”

Landslide, Fleetwood Mac

Earlier this month, in response to a request, I went to the University of Ontario campus in Oshawa, Ontario to record a video interview centered around myself talking about HIV and aging issues.

Said the request “I am developing a new online course called "Perspectives in Aging" here at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). Here's an overall description of it: "This course integrates perspectives on the physiology, psychology, epidemiology and sociology of aging and its implications for Canadian society and the Canadian Health care system. Several of the key health issues associated with aging are discussed from the perspective of the physical, cognitive and psychological changes accompanying the aging process and the effect that this has on individuals, families and communities."

I would like to provide the students with unique aging healthcare perspectives. I was hoping you would be willing to chat about your experiences as a person living with HIV i.e. how HIV prematurely ages the body. I also believe your perspectives as an older gay man would also be of interest - especially your past and present interactions with health care providers. I feel this would be a good perspective for the students to hear - these will be future healthcare professionals.”

As it happened the chat lasted forty-two minutes. My interviewer, Mika L. Nonoyama RRT, PhD, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ontario Institute of Technology was adept at honing in on most of the issues we talk about amongst ourselves. As a result the conversation is a bit like a primer in all things HIV and Aging, from a personal rather than a clinical perspective.  I hope you like it.

Special thanks to Shannon Everett, Multimedia Developer, Teaching & Learning Centre. University of Ontario Institute of Technology for the video filming and editing.