Articles tagged with: Canada

Time to act: over 150 organizations across Canada call on federal and provincial governments to end unjust criminalization of HIV

published: November, 28, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors, Media

For the first time, the HIV community and other concerned organizations are calling on the federal government to reform the Criminal Code.

Time to act: over 150 organizations across Canada call on federal and provincial governments to end unjust criminalization of HIV

TORONTO, November 27, 2017 — With World AIDS Day just a few days away, the Canadian Coalition to Reform HIV Criminalization (CCRHC) has released a joint Community Consensus Statement endorsed by over 150 organizations across the country, from the HIV sector and beyond. Developed through several months of cross-country consultation, the statement shows clear consensus against the current overly broad use of the criminal law against people living with HIV and the urgent need for action fro

What is “successful aging” for people living with HIV?

published: August, 30, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Aging, As Prevention , Gay Men, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media

From AIDSmap, Roger Pebody reports on a qualitative study by Ontario researchers on HIV, aging and disability.

What is “successful aging” for people living with HIV?

When Canadian researchers asked HIV-positive people over the age of 50 how they would define “successful ageing”, six key themes emerged – accepting limitations, staying positive, maintaining social support, taking responsibility, living a healthy lifestyle, and engaging in meaningful activities. Writing in the International Journal of STD & AIDS, Patricia Solomon and colleagues note the emphasis on individual control. Clinicians and service providers should work with people livin

Why we still need an HIV vaccine today

published: May, 05, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, General Health, Research, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

"... without an effective vaccine against a virus that constantly mutates and connives to evade the fragile and complex strategies we find to stop it, the prospect of ending new infections is precarious," writes Robert Reinhard

Why we still need an HIV vaccine today

Advocates recognize May 18, 2017 as the 20th anniversary of HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, an important day to mark the need to develop this safe, effective and accessible prevention tool to augment the current biomedical and behavioral prevention options we have now to curb the incidence of new HIV infections in each country. Many ask, “Why is that so when we now have, singly or in strategic combination: oral preexposure prophylaxis, harm reduction, ways to lower a person’s HIV viral load so

LHIVE Healthy is looking for study participants

published: August, 09, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Aging, Alternative Therapies, Social Media, Yoga, Food, Nutrition and Recipes, General Health, Mental Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Fitness and Exercise, Research, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, Smoking Cessation , Treatment, Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Vitamins - Supplements

The LHIVE Healthy study is currently looking for 750 adults living with HIV across Canada to participate in the study.

LHIVE Healthy is looking for study participants

People living with HIV are living longer – but are also disproportionately affected by diabetes, heart disease and smoking-related illness. These ailments are not only a result of HIV, but rather are usually the result of lifestyle choices and risks factors such as tobacco use, low physical activity and poor diet. “One of the real challenges today for people living with HIV is to grow old in an healthy way,” said Dr. Jose Côté, principal investigator of the LHIVE Healthy study. It is i

HIV cure research: slow going at AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa

published: August, 08, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, International AIDS Conference , Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Conferences, Gay Men, Youth, Current Affairs, Newly Diagnosed, Women, Research, Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors

Guest Author Robert Reinhard gives a first-hand account of the highlights of AIDS2016 and the HIV Cure Symposium.

HIV cure research: slow going at AIDS2016 in Durban, South Africa

I attended the recent IAS Durban Conference and the preceding two-day HIV Cure symposium hoping to learn of significant advances in the search for interventions that could place HIV infection into remission with durable immune system control of virus without the need for lifetime antitretroviral therapy (ART). That’s one working definition, among several, of what HIV cure might mean for the 37 million people who currently have HIV. My appetite for progress was not substantially rewarded al

HIV criminalization on the rise, especially in sub-Saharan Africa

published: July, 27, 2016 Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, International , Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors

From aidsmap, Lesley Odendal reports on the state of HIV criminalization in 101 jurisdictions.

HIV criminalization on the rise, especially in sub-Saharan Africa

Globally, 72 countries have adopted laws that specifically allow for HIV criminalization, either because the law is specific to HIV, or because it names HIV as one (or more) of the diseases covered by a broader law. This total increases to 101 jurisdictions when the HIV criminalization laws in 30 of the states that make up the United States are counted individually. Prosecutions for HIV non-disclosure, potential or perceived exposure and/or unintentional transmission have now been reported in

Dumbing down HIV treatment hurts everybody

published: February, 10, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Alternative Therapies, Activism, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy says there is so much faulty information on what being on treatment means and when to start that it is hurting us all. But there are solutions which can successfully balance patient rights with the benefits of starting treatment early

Dumbing down HIV treatment hurts everybody

Balancing act There has always been a balancing act between what science or even common sense suggests what’s best for us and our right to freedom of choice, to do what we think is right for our bodies. That applies to both prevention and treatment decisions. Sometimes we have got it right like saying “give people relevant and accessible information to make them feel in control of their sexual health“.  Sometimes we get it wrong, like the highly prescriptive, but once popular “use a

Laurie Edmiston: Now is time for leadership in fight against HIV in Canada

published: November, 25, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

The Executive Director of CATIE says “With new targets at the global level, and new federal leadership in Canada, now is the time to renew our own HIV response and catch up with the rest of the world.”

Laurie Edmiston: Now is time for leadership in fight against HIV in Canada

“HIV in Canada?”  It’s a question I often hear on World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, when much of our attention turns to the global HIV epidemic. Many of us think of HIV/AIDS as an issue affecting other countries. But an HIV epidemic in Canada? More than 70,000 Canadians are living with HIV and, on average, seven to eight new infections happen every day. While these numbers are concerning, Canada’s overall rate of new infections is still lower than the global average. What these numbers don’

Here’s help with telling your (HIV) story

published: September, 03, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Editor Bob Leahy in conversation with Camille de Putter, author of Storytelling with Heart, a workbook designed to help people tell their stories. It's about working through shame, silence and secrets and learning to write and share.

Here’s help with telling your (HIV) story

Bob Leahy: Hi Camiille. Why don’t you tell me first what people can expect from your book?  Camille DePutter. Sure. I wrote the book because I feel that for many of us we have a sense that we have a story we would like to tell about ourselves and our experiences so I wanted to help people do that, to help them do some of the thinking about what their personal stories may be. It’s a way to start working with those stories, to put them down on paper, think about them in new ways and start

Medical Cannabis (marijuana) updates

published: September, 02, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

News on the latest regulations from the legal experts at the HIV/AIDS Legal Clinic of Ontario (HALCO)

Medical Cannabis (marijuana) updates

As we reported in our Winter 2013-2014 and Autumn 2014 newsletters:  The Marihuana Medical Access Regulations (MMAR) were replaced by a new regime called the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR). The new MMPR came into effect in June 2013 but some of the old MMAR provisions were still the law until March 31, 2014 (some authorizations and licenses have been extended, as described below and in our Autumn 2014 newsletter). There is a lawsuit that is challenging the new M

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