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Why a course on sexual health and dementia

published: January, 31, 2017 Written by // Megan DePutter Categories // Aging, Social Media, As Prevention , Events, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Sexual Health, International , Treatment, Megan DePutter, Sex and Sexuality

Megan DePutter: "Well-intended concerns about consent and capacity may lead to withholding information or efforts to restrict or manage sexual behaviour in ways that may be inappropriate."

Why a course on sexual health and dementia

Terrence Higgins Trust has partnered with Alzheimer Scotland to offer a course on Sexual Health and Dementia (for course details see bottom of post) in our new Learning Centre. Sexual health needs might not be the first thing you think of when it comes to supporting people with dementia. But sexual health is important for everyone. Here are a few reasons why we at Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland and Alzheimer Scotland felt it was important to create a course on Sexual Health and Dementia. 1.

Upcoming Ottawa Forum on HIV, Rehabilitation and Episodic Illness

published: January, 19, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, Aging, Conferences, Events, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

SAVE THE DATE: Bruce House, Ottawa presents its first forum focusing on HIV and mental health, and HIV and aging in March

Upcoming Ottawa Forum on HIV, Rehabilitation and Episodic Illness

envision.enlighten.engage.energize  Date: March 22-23, 2017 Location: Arts Court, 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6E2 Description: This two-day event will raise awareness, build momentum, and offer opportunities to share knowledge around HIV, rehabilitation and episodic illness. The forum will focus on HIV and mental health, and HIV and aging and features Dr. Kelly O'Brien (University of Toronto) as keynote speaker. Additional presenters include PSAN, HALCO, realize, and more. A recepti

Syndemics centre stage at OHTN Conference, (“But what are syndemics?” I hear you say)

published: November, 24, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Conferences, Events, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy was at the Ontario HIV Treatment Network Endgame conference this week where the role of inter-related factors that affect HIV transmission and treatment were the topic.

Syndemics centre stage at OHTN Conference, (“But what are syndemics?” I hear you say)

OHTN board chair Tony DiPede opening the conference Before Ron Stall, a Pittsburgh academic, promoted the term “syndemics”, it was hardly on the HIV health sector’s radar. Now it most definitely is, particularly on that of those who work in gay men’s sexual health. Its latter day influence is remarkable. Thus in 2016 we see prominent HIV conferences like this week's in Toronto, held in downtown’s venerable King Edward Hotel, entirely devoted to it.  So to backtrack, what are synde

Space still available: free public legal education workshops at HALCO in November 2016

published: November, 04, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, Events, Upcoming Events, Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors

Complete your legal tool kit for living with HIV

Space still available: free public legal education workshops at HALCO in November 2016

Our free workshops are held in person at the HALCO office/Specialty Legal Clinic Co-op, 55 University Avenue, 15th Floor, Toronto. (just south of King Street West and the fully accessible St. Andrew subway station): Canadian Immigration: Sponsoring Your Family workshop, on Tuesday November 8 from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Presenter: Clare McMullen-Crummey (HALCO Staff Lawyer). Receiving Money while on ODSP workshop, Wednesday November 16 from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., Presenter: Matthew Mal

Free Public Legal Education Workshops October and November 2016

published: October, 12, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Alternative Therapies, Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Events, Upcoming Events, Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors

Complete your legal tool kit for living with HIV

Free Public Legal Education Workshops  October and November 2016

Our free workshops are held in person at the HALCO office/Specialty Legal Clinic Co-op, 55 University Avenue, 15th Floor, Toronto. (just south of King Street West and the fully accessible St. Andrew subway station): HIV Disclosure and the Law: Criminal and Public Health Issues workshop, on Thursday October 27, 2016, from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Presenter Ryan Peck (HALCO Executive Director and Lawyer) Canadian Immigration: Sponsoring Your Family workshop, on Tuesday November 8 from 1

HIV and aging in the Caribbean context

published: October, 05, 2016 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Conferences, Events, Features and Interviews, International , Living with HIV, John McCullagh

John McCullagh with a profile of David D. K. Soomarie, the face of HIV in Trinidad and Tobago.

HIV and aging in the Caribbean context

On September 24, realize, Canada’s national organization that fosters positive change for people living with HIV and other episodic disabilities — formerly known as the Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation (CWGHR) — held its annual Forum. The subject this year was Coming of Age: Exploring our Collective Response to HIV and Aging. In the past few years, medical science has provided us with the knowledge to drastically improve the health and extend the lives of people livin

Coming of Age: Exploring our collective response to HIV and Aging

published: September, 26, 2016 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Aging, Conferences, Events, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Rob Olver - Editor

Rob Olver reports on this past weekend’s forum from the organization formerly known as the Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation (CWGHR)

Coming of Age: Exploring our collective response to HIV and Aging

Rob Olver with Tammy Yates For me, a young man of 62 who was diagnosed days before retirement, this conference was one that I didn't want to miss, as it would present a rare overview not only of our current response to HIV and aging, but of the data which might inform that response in the future.  I also witnessed the dawn of a new era. It was good to see the organization formerly known as CWGHR transform before our eyes last Friday night at a well attended reception at Toronto Courtyard Ma

My experience working at this year’s Pride parade in Toronto

published: September, 22, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Pride, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Events, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Guest author Miguel Torres' experience volunteering at Toronto Pride 2016 lays bare the many racial and cultural divides our community suffers, as well as the need for bridges.

My experience working at this year’s Pride parade in Toronto

Please note that this piece was written during September 17 and 18 and is not a response to Toronto Pride's statement of September 20. "In a large number of societies, being brown still means occupying that middle space, on the cusp of whiteness and on the edge of blackness." Kamal Al-Solaylee, Brown. Lead up to the parade I signed up as a volunteer for the recent Pride parade in Toronto two days after the massacre in Orlando. News reports had come out that there were some who feared joinin

Scotiabank AIDS Walk Toronto 2016

published: September, 11, 2016 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // AIDS Walk for Life, Social Media, Community Events, Gay Men, Fundraisers, Current Affairs, Events, John McCullagh

This annual fundraiser took place on Sunday, September 11, 2016, to benefit ACT. Here are some photos of the event.

Scotiabank AIDS Walk Toronto 2016

The ACT team prepare to lead off the Walk In Toronto, 19,000 people are living with HIV, and one person in the city is newly diagnosed every day. The good news, however, is that new diagnoses are going down. The other good news is that treatment advances, new knowledge about the factors that lead to transmission and new prevention technologies allow us to envision a future without HIV. In the meantime, however, care, prevention and support services are still required for those living with, af

Youth Unleashing Power: reflections (an editorial piece)

published: September, 08, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, Social Media, Activism, Conferences, Youth, Events, Spirituality, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

A report on Youth Unleashing Power: A Pozitive Youth Symposium (YUP) 2016

Youth Unleashing Power: reflections (an editorial piece)

It was at the Canadian Aids Society's Pozitive Youth forum in 2015 when Piotr Burek, one of the organizers of Youth Unleashing Power: A Pozitive Youth Symposium (YUP), met a positive person from his generation for the very first time. For seven years since he tested positive, he had not had the opportunity to meet a positive peer his age. The empowering feelings of connecting with peers at the forum, something he yearned to experience for years, was one of the reasons we, as organizers of Yout

Close for comfort? Reflections on illness, death, dying and grief

published: September, 06, 2016 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // Social Media, Events, Mental Health, Research, Upcoming Events, Ontario HIV Treatment Network

What's hot with Peer Researchers?The OHTN's Universities Without walls presents an online talk show hosted by James Watson

Close for comfort? Reflections on illness, death, dying and grief

What’s Hot with Peer Researchers? Close for Comfort? Reflections on illness, death, dying and griefhosted by James WatsonWednesday, September 28th, 2pm-3pm EST In HIV research we work with peer researchers because of the high value placed on lived experience, their connection to the HIV community and their prime role as cultural interpreters. Working as a peer researcher and with peer researchers brings closeness and a coming to terms with joy and resilience as well as vulnerability to

Young People's Leadership in Ending AIDS and Achieving Universal and Reproductive Sexual Health Rights by 2030

published: July, 24, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, International AIDS Conference , Activism, Conferences, Youth, Current Affairs, Events, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors

"You can't fund an attitude change," says Health Minister. From the Global Forum on MSM and HIV, Charlie Tredway reports from AIDS 2016

Young People's Leadership in Ending AIDS and Achieving Universal and Reproductive Sexual Health Rights by 2030

There is a lot about this session that I adored and that moved me immensely so I will start with what went right. This session was organized and lead by 52 young people from 15 different countries who banded together to creatively share challenges and perspectives on making sure that their views and their vision was more than just the token "youth voice on a panel or a board" that is so often the case. This combined with an incredibly exhilarating and joyous percussive opening that flowed in

Mark S. King from #AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa: no pants, no problem at the Global Village

published: July, 23, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, International AIDS Conference , Social Media, Conferences, Gay Men, Youth, General Health, Current Affairs, Events, Research, Women, Health, International , Living with HIV, Mark S. King

The final installment of Mark S. King's video coverage of AIDS2016: HIV advocates from around the world and dancing with no pants.

Mark S. King from #AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa: no pants, no problem at the Global Village

The International AIDS Conference (AIDS2016) has been inspiring to say the least, but it's also hard work. What better way to unwind than the No Pants No Problem Dance Party, organized by Canada's Jessica Whitbread. Next, for this final installment of Mark's video coverage from AIDS2016 Mark speaks with teenage HIV advocates, grandmothers who care for children orphaned by HIV and a sexually explicit HIV prevention campaign. He also speaks with a team from Amsterdam, Netherlands, where the ne

Mark S. King from #AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa: of wrongful charges, sex trade advocacy and cruising the conference.

published: July, 21, 2016 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, International AIDS Conference , Gay Men, Conferences, Youth, General Health, Current Affairs, Newly Diagnosed, Events, Women, Health, Sexual Health, International , Legal, Mark S. King

Day three: Mark S. King speaks with former Lt. Col. Kenneth Pinkela, a sex trade education advocate, a London PrEP advocate, and later learns that the gay cruising apps are working hard at this conference.

Mark S. King from #AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa: of wrongful charges, sex trade advocacy and cruising the conference.

On day three of Marks video coverage of AIDS 2016 we find him chatting with former U. S. Army Colonel Ken Pinkela, who was dismissed from military service and sentenced to 11 months of military confinement after being wrongfully accused of not disclosing his HIV status to a sex partner. We also hear from Rosemary Namiburu, a nurse wrongfully imprisoned for HIV exposure via a needle and jailed for months. Mark also chats with Elizabeth Taylor's HIV activist grandchildren, Ayanda Denge of the S

My quest to ease the pain of loss through music and a tribute to Prince

published: July, 13, 2016 Written by // Samantha Categories // Social Media, Arts and Entertainment, Mental Health, Events, Travel, Music, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Samantha

Our Samantha on the joy of healing through music."For about two weeks I spent every spare minute, sometimes sitting for hours listening to Prince’s music"

My quest to ease the pain of loss through music and a tribute to Prince

On the same day Prince was found dead, on April 21, 2016, I experienced a personal loss. Experiencing two losses in one day was so painful I did not know how to sooth myself. I paced up and down, had no concentration, couldn't sleep, eat or remain focused on anything to distract myself from the feelings that come with loss. For about two weeks I spent every spare minute, sometimes sitting for hours listening to Prince’s music and a few other artists and it was the only activity that eased m

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