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One night stand with James Wilton

Published 09, May, 2014
Author // Bob Leahy - Publisher

AIDS Committee of Toronto’s One Night Stand Workshop Series features CATIE’s James Wilton talking May 8 in Toronto about the study that’s redefining risk for poz gay men and others with undetectable viral loads.

One night stand with James Wilton

Bob Leahy says: Regular readers of will know the name James Wilton.  He’s CATIE’s affable expert on HIV transmission risk and has been an amazing resource for to interview, exchange ideas and on occasion, argue with, albeit amiably. (An example of an interview on transmission risk I’ve had with him, which also appears on the CATIE website, is here.)

Now comes a chance to hear James speak on what I consider the most exciting news to come down the HIV pipeline in a long time. The interim results of the PARTNER study were published recently and were notable for considerably extending our knowledge of the risk associated with sex in serodiscordant couples where one is undetectable. And for the first time this knowledge extended to gay men. What caught our ears was the news that no one in the study became HIV-Positive after two years together, despite condoms not always being used. This has led to calculations of transmission risk per act which are various shades of very low indeed. Depending on whom you listen to and what is the act referred to these range from “much reduced” to ”likely negligible” to “best estimates of zero”. Needless to say this has major implications for both poz and neg gay men and to the agencies which serve their needs.

Since this news came out has been quietly suggesting that the gay community desperately needs to engage in fulsome discussion about what this research means and how it affects them.  So - and we are so glad to hear this - here is what the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) has planned.


One Night Stand Workshop Series: Discussion Groups for Gay Men

New Research: No One Became HIV-Positive After Two Years Together

Sex between HIV-Negative and HIV-Positive Gay Men - How Meds are Changing Risk

When: Monday, May 12, 2014. 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Where: 399 Church Street, Toronto.

What: Join us for an evening discussion on the implications of the most recent research on how undetectable viral load as result of the success of HIV medication is changing the way we see HIV risk for gay men.

The PARTNER study focuses on HIV transmission between serodiscordant couples, including gay couples. Despite only using condoms sometimes and the presence of sexually transmitted infections other than HIV, no one became infected with HIV.

Our guest speaker from the Canadian AIDS Treatment Exchange will review the PARTNER study and answer questions

Guest Speaker: James Wilton, Coordinator, Biomedical Science of the HIV Prevention Project, CATIE

Hosted by: Rui Pires, Gay Men’s Community Education Coordinator, ACT

If possible, please RSVP to

416-340-8484 ext. 264 or

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Open to all men of any HIV status.

About the Author

Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy - Publisher

Award-winning blogger Bob Leahy first made his social media mark a decade ago on 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 campaign, along with founder Brian Finch. He joined 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

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.

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