Articles tagged with: Ontario HIV Treatment Network

When to start HIV treatment

published: March, 06, 2014 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Conferences, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Events, Features and Interviews, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, John McCullagh

In a video interview, publisher John McCullagh talks with Toronto HIV primary care physician Colin Kovacs about the vexed question as to when to start treatment.

When to start HIV treatment

When to start HIV treatment? It seems there’s no consensus and, as far as most of Canada is concerned, no guidelines either. It used to be - and often still is - that starting treatment was recommended only when our CD4 cell counts had fallen to a certain level — 200, or 350 or 500. Yet those numbers keep changing and vary between jurisdictions. The Americans have tended to be more aggressive about recommending treatment at higher CD4 numbers, while the Europeans have, for the most part, b

The AIDS Generation — Stories of Survival and Resilience

published: March, 04, 2014 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Aging, OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Activism, Conferences, Gay Men, Events, Features and Interviews, Health, Living with HIV, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

Lest the world forget, Perry Halkitis tells the stories of pain, suffering, survival and resilience of his generation of gay men — the AIDS generation.

The AIDS Generation — Stories of Survival and Resilience

Last fall, at the annual Ontario HIV Treatment Network research conference, New York psychologist Perry Halkitis read excerpts from his recently published book The AIDS Generation — Stories of Survival and Resilience. In it he tells the stories of 15 gay men living with HIV. All are long-term survivors who lived through the dark years of the 1980s and 1990s and are now in middle age. As Halkitis writes:  Each of these men are very much part of the aging HIV cohort, despite a lifetime of ne

Meet the future faces of HIV research

published: December, 08, 2013 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // Research, Health, Ontario HIV Treatment Network

An Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) series is profiling the new Universities Without Walls fellows

Meet the future faces of HIV research

This article previously appeared in the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) publication Did You Know, December 2013 edition.  In the past few issues of Did You Know, we have been introducing the 14 fellows who make up UWW's fifth cohort. We are asking them how they first got involved in HIV research, the biggest challenge facing HIV researchers today, as well as some lighter questions. Here is part four. Part three can be found here, part two here and part one here. ***** Soraya Blot, De

Positive Quitting

published: November, 15, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Health, Smoking Cessation , Lifestyle, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks about a project called Positive Quitting involving PositiveLite.com and the OHTN to put smoking cessation back on the table for those who want to quit and help improve the health and wellbeing of people living with HIV

Positive Quitting

PositiveLite.com and the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) are partnering in a project to try to reduce smoking rates in people living with HIV. I invite you to watch our new video which features a person living with HIV, a smoking cessation expert and the OHTN’s Sean Rourke talking about the project. Just why do many people living with HIV smoke? We’d like to turn to the research but there is none specific to that question, but we can listen to the people who do smoke. Or did. Quite a

Housing: how it impacts the health and well-being of people living with HIV

published: October, 28, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Research, Features and Interviews, Health, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

For the last seven years the Ontario HIV Research Network (OHTN) has researched the connections between housing and health outcomes for people living with HIV. Bob Leahy talks to the OHTN’s Sean Rourke about what has been achieved

Housing: how it impacts the health and well-being of people living with HIV

PositiveLite.com editor Bob Leahy interviews Sean Rourke, Scientific and Executive Director of the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN), They talk about the role of the OHTN in research on housing issues for people living with HIV, its connection with health  wellness and HIV prevention, as well as its outcomes arising from its Positive Spaces, Healthy Places research project. Filmed at the North American Housing and HIV/AIDS Research Summit in Montreal, September 2013.

OHTN Research Conference news

published: August, 11, 2013 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // Conferences, Events, Research, Health, Living with HIV, Ontario HIV Treatment Network

Register now for the early-bird rate. The three-day event will be held November 17-19 at the Hilton Toronto Hotel. Scholarships are available.

OHTN Research Conference news

Can you spot the PositiveLite.com contributors? Registration for the 16th Annual OHTN Research Conference is officially underway. Please note that in order to take advantage of the early-bird rate, you need to register before September 15. Abstract and scholarship applications begin on August 5. The theme for this year's conference is Changing the Course of the HIV Prevention, Engagement and Treatment Cascade. The three-day event will be held November 17-19 at the Hilton Toronto Hotel.  Co

A video tribute to Jay Browne

published: January, 29, 2013 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Ontario HIV Treatment Network

The OHTN’s “Remembering Joesph A. (Jay) Browne, II”

A video tribute to Jay Browne

Friends, family and colleagues honor the legacy of Jay Browne (December 31, 1930 - January 13, 2013). Jay was a driving force in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Ontario for the past 30 years. Appointed Chair of the Ontario Public Education Panel on AIDS (OPEPA) in 1985, he went on to become the first Coordinator of the AIDS Bureau at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Under his leadership, community funding increased and anonymous testing was introduced. More recently, in true Jay fashi

How criminalization is affecting people living with HIV in Ontario

published: January, 25, 2013 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // Research, Sexual Health, Health, Legal, Living with HIV, Ontario HIV Treatment Network

Who is disclosing and why? What do PHAs think of the law? Here's the OHTN fact sheet summarizing the findings of important research on the impact of criminalization on people living with HIV in Ontario

How criminalization is affecting people living with HIV in Ontario

This article first appeared in the OCS 2012 Newsletter, a publication of the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN).  What research question is addressed by How Criminalization is Affecting People Living with HIV in Ontario? This research project examines how people living with HIV (PHAs) perceive the law and the legal obligation to disclose their HIV infection status to sexual partners. It also analyses PHAs’ perceptions of the impact of high-profile media events and public perceptions of

Testing, testing . .

published: January, 22, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Research, Health, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy is one of those studied in the Ontario HIV Treatment Network's Cohort Study of people living with HIV. Here he talks about the series of brain health and behavioural tests that some participants, including himself, take each year

Testing, testing . .

Recently, I was in Toronto for my annual “checkup” with Paul, my friendly research coordinator with the Ontario Cohort Study (OCS).  I’ve previously talked about my involvement in this Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN)'s research cohort here. Today I wanted to provide a photo-post with more detail on what the testing process looks like from the ground. But first some background on OCS for those who are unfamiliar with it. Almost 6,000 Ontario people living with HIV hav

John McCullagh interviews Dr Sean Rourke on HIV and brain health

published: January, 16, 2013 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Aging, Conferences, Mental Health, Research, Features and Interviews, Health, Living with HIV, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, John McCullagh

How does HIV affect the brain? In the era of HAART, many symptoms are mild and difficult to pick up but this doesn’t mean that they’re unimportant. John McCullagh asked neuropsychologist Dr Sean Rourke what we should be looking out for

John McCullagh interviews Dr Sean Rourke on HIV and brain health

Over 50% of those of us living with HIV can develop cognitive impairments that will affect our attention span, learning efficiency, reasoning/problem solving, word finding and psychomotor skills. In most cases these impairments overall tend to be mild, but even at this level they can affect a person’s ability to work and to carry out day-to-day activities and can lead to difficulties in social situations.  To improve brain health and quality of life for people living with HIV, we need bett

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