Articles tagged with: Toronto

Defending uncritical art has consequences.

published: September, 14, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Art, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Performances, Media, Opinion Pieces, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Guest author Rahim Thawer: "... some people indiscriminately defend artistic expression without any room for considering how power and privilege operate in our world."

Defending uncritical art has consequences.

Club 120, Toronto, 2012. Photo courtesy of the author. Marvellous Grounds is the first publisher of this essay. Rahim Thawer (2017). Defending Uncritical Art has Consequences. In Special Issue #2 – Bodies as Archives: QTBIPOC Art and Performance in Toronto, Marvellous Grounds.  I grew up in Etobicoke and went to a racialized-majority middle school and then a white-majority high school. My undergraduate education spanned a few institutions, and in each one, I found enclaves of people o

Ontario researchers find heart attacks occur earlier in people with HIV.

published: September, 12, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, CATIE, Fitness and Exercise, Research, Health, Media

The researchers found that, on average, HIV-positive people tended to have a heart attack about 15 years before HIV-negative people. From CATIE, Sean R. Hosein reports on the CIHR HIV Trials Network Trial - Reprieve Study.

Ontario researchers find heart attacks occur earlier in people with HIV.

Studies have found that some HIV-positive people are at heightened risk for cardiovascular disease. The reasons for this are not clear but may be due to one or more of the following factors: smoking and/or other substance use elevated inflammation caused by HIV the presence of co-existing health conditions such as elevated blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, obesity exposure to older HIV medicines A number of studies from the U.S. have found that HIV-positive people who had a heart attac

Undetectable = Untransmittable on tour: Bruce Richman visits Canada next month

published: March, 15, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Community Events, Events, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy on U=U champion Bruce Richman’s appearances at community meetings in Toronto and Montreal next month. Details here.

Undetectable = Untransmittable on tour: Bruce Richman visits Canada next month

Want to meet the man who started a movement that has changed the way we speak about HIV?  New York City’s Bruce Richman, a founder of the Prevention Access Campaign’s highly successful U=U campaign will be visiting Canada next month to engage in two community meetings.  Since it waS launched last year, the  U=U message has become ubiquitous – and not just in English.  The number of community partners now exceeds 130 from over 20 countries around the globe. Richman himself has attra

Need more care for ASO staffers with mental health issues

published: February, 02, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Mental Health, Features and Interviews, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks to Toronto’s Ed Argo about the mental health issues that plagued him while working in AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs) and why he feels more needs to be done for those in similar situations.

Need more care for ASO staffers with mental health issues

Bob Leahy: Hi Ed. Why don’t I start by asking you why you contacted me? Ed Argo: Many reasons. I’m a person that has lived and lives with mental health issues such as chronic depression, acute anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder and I’ve been thinking about how this connects with GIPA (greater involvement of people living with HIV) and people living with HIV working in AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs). I’m a great believer in Ontario’s Positive Development Leadership Institu

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

From the front lines: living long with HIV

published: October, 25, 2016 Categories // Aging, Social Media, CATIE, General Health, Mental Health, Sexual Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

CATIE's Positive Side reports on four specialized services for older people living with HIV.

From the front lines: living long with HIV

Thanks to effective treatment, far more people with HIV are living into their 60s, 70s and beyond. So all that talk you hear of an “aging population” also applies to HIV. In fact, UNAIDS estimates that roughly one-third of HIV-positive adults in high-income countries are 50 years and older. A growing number of agencies across the country are stepping up to offer services that meet the needs of people who are aging with HIV. Here are just a few: Workshop Series: Planning for the Long Term

From CWGHR to realize: Bob Leahy talks to Tammy Yates

published: October, 04, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Community Events, Aging, Features and Interviews, Health, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

When Canada’s national organization concerned with HIV and rehabilitation issues changes its name, what’s behind it? Editor Bob Leahy talks to realize (formerly CWGHR) Executive Director Tammy Yates to get the straight goods

From CWGHR to realize: Bob Leahy talks to Tammy Yates

Bob Leahy: Hi Tammy. I’m going to first ask you the obvious question: why the need for a name change from the Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation (CWGHR)? Tammy Yates: Well as you know Bob, since 1998, the organization has really been a leader and a catalyst for improved access to rehabilitation services, including mental health services, here in Canada and internationally. We have done that by bringing together research, education, policy, practice and connecting people who wo

The ART of conversation: A new peer support program from Casey House and ACT

published: May, 30, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

The AIDS Committee of Toronto with a guest column about a new peer telephone support program that meets the needs of people who use substances and who have initiated or restarted ART while in-patient at Casey House

The ART of conversation: A new peer support program from Casey House and ACT

“it would be cool if there was some kind of a buddy support system where other [people living with HIV] could call, you know, just to check on it ‘How is it going?’, because that could mean a world of difference to someone”  Since 1988, Casey House has been providing compassionate, inspired healthcare for people living with HIV in Toronto. As a specialty HIV/AIDS hospital, Casey House offers in-patient care and a range of community programs.  Research and consultations with clients

Positive on PrEP

published: May, 26, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Sexual Health, Health, Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From POZ, guest author Trenton Straube offers insight into PrEP failure and what it means for HIV prevention

Positive on PrEP

Meet three guys who got HIV after starting Truvada as pre-exposure prophylaxis. How does this happen, and how are they doing today? By Trenton Straube If you take Truvada daily, the antiretroviral pill reduces your chances of contracting HIV by 99 percent. The FDA approved Truvada as a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in 2012, but the drug only recently gained traction, with more than 40,000 people now taking it in the United States; thousands more have taken it in clinical trials and studie

Feeling like a disaster

published: March, 31, 2016 Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Two years into his diagnosis, Toronto guy Josh’s faith in himself and his need to move on is shaken by a phone call from his former boyfriend wanting to connect again

Feeling like a disaster

I’m not sure how else to put this, so let me just be blunt: fuck, life is complicated.  I’ve been making good progress in, well, life lately; I started a new job, I’ve made some new friends and I’m continuing to work through things with a therapist who has helped me deal with the trauma of infidelity and an HIV diagnosis. While it’s almost been two years, I still am coming through the proverbial tunnel.  So why is it, then, that a simple phone call, derails my life and leaves me

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