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John McCullagh

John McCullagh

John McCullagh is the publisher of He's an HIV-positive gay man who’s been active in Toronto's LGBTQ community since immigrating to Canada from his native Britain in 1975. A social worker by profession, he's worked in government and the not-for-profit sector in both front-line and management positions. His experience includes research, policy analysis, strategic planning, program development, project management, and communications. 

In the early years of the AIDS epidemic, John was a counsellor at the Toronto Counselling Centre for Lesbians and Gays (now known as David Kelley Services), an organization he co-founded and which was one of the first agencies in Toronto to offer professional counselling to those infected with and affected by HIV. 

Now retired, John volunteers with the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) and is a board member of CATIE, Canada’s national HIV and Hepatitis C knowledge broker.  

John regularly contributes articles to about his personal experiences of living with HIV and about issues relevant to Canada's HIV and LGBTQ communities.


CBC radio asks the question: Is PrEP a game changer in the fight against HIV?

Friday, 21 February 2014 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher Categories // As Prevention , Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Health, Sexual Health, Treatment, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

Is PrEP a game changer in the fight against HIV? To find out, CBC radio interviews a Canadian physician & researcher and a Toronto guy on PrEP.

CBC radio asks the question: Is PrEP a game changer in the fight against HIV?

Earlier this month,, the online version of Xtra!, Canada’s national gay and lesbian newspaper, posted a four part video series on PrEP, while the printed version of the paper had as it’s cover story Canadians already on PrEP while drug sits in regulatory limbo. We reposted the videos on our site. The links to those videos are in the Related Articles section below. 

Yesterday, CBC radio’s flagship current affairs program The Current  did their own feature on PrEP, with a more Canadian focus than was provided by the Xtra videos. They interviewed Len Tooley, a Toronto guy on PrEP who is also an HIV educator, tester and counsellor. Readers will recall that a year ago, Len gave a three-part interview about why he had decided to go on PrEP, what was required for him to get a prescription in a country where Truvada has not yet been approved as PrEP (but where doctors can prescribe it “off label”) and his experience in actually taking it every day. The links to those interviews can also be found below. 

Besides Len, yesterday’s CBC radio interview also featured Dr Darrell Tan, a doctor and researcher at Toronto’s St Michael’s Hospital, who will be launching in the coming months a new pilot behavioural study on what happens in the “real world” (as opposed to a clinical trial) when gay guys are prescribed PrEP. 

The questions asked by the interviewer were thoughtful. Len and Darrell not only answered them well but also managed to provide listeners with a lot of information about PrEP while also addressing many of the criticisms we’ve heard about using a medical intervention such as this to prevent HIV. 

I felt that if I were a person listening in who knew nothing about PrEP, I’d had have all my questions answered. Listen to the interview at this link and see what you think.