Articles tagged with: Dr Julio Montaner

Treatment as prevention: more gains for B.C.

published: November, 29, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Health, International , Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

The government of B.C. has signed a memorandum of understanding between China and the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS to support Treatment as Prevention expansion

Treatment as prevention: more gains for B.C.

From the CBC website:  The British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS is taking its successful "treatment as prevention" program to China to help stem the spread of the disease. The head of the program is hoping the expansion of the treatment plan worldwide will embarrass the Canadian government into adopting the same plan across our country. Dr. Julio Montaner says China, Brazil, France, the United States and several countries in Africa are in the process of emulating the program

British Columbia leads the way

published: September, 12, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Research, Health, Sexual Health, Treatment, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

Researchers call for national strategy to fight HIV/AIDS. B.C.’s Treatment as Prevention strategy significantly decreases rates of new HIV infections compared to other Canadian regions

British Columbia leads the way

From the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, Vancouver, B.C. New HIV diagnoses in British Columbia continue to decline at a rate faster than other Canadian regions, suggesting the made-in-B.C. Treatment as Prevention strategy implemented in the province should be adopted across the country.  In an article published in this September’s issue of HIV Medicine, researchers from the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) analyzed Health Canada data from 1995 to 2011 fin

Call for action on treatment as prevention

published: May, 16, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // As Prevention , Health, Treatment, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy endorses a call for national action, following a new study that reinforces the effect of antiretroviral treatment on prevention of HIV.

Call for action on treatment as prevention

Let’s be clear from the start. My history is one of being an opponent of treatment as prevention (TasP) - and a vocal one at that. But that was then and this is now, a time where the arguments of yore are no longer at all persuasive. So I’ve changed my mind and I now fully support TasP. To be honest, mine is not a popular stance in Eastern Canada, but I’m in good company elsewhere. I’m referring to endorsement of TasP by the  World Health Organization, the International AIDS Socie

Downtown Eastside

published: August, 19, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Current Affairs, Health, Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

A video report. The epi-centre of HIV in Vancouver, B.C is also a centre for innovation in diagnosis, treatment and provision of a range of other social services.

Downtown Eastside

PositiveLite.com editor Bob Leahy says:  HIV work, it seems to me, is difficult without really knowing the neighbourhoods you serve, their social mores, their challenges, their success stories.  Same goes for our ability to discuss the work of others; it really helps to know and understand the environment. We in Eastern Canada often speak of Vancouver’s downtown Eastside without really knowing it well.  Here’s a piece which will help change that just a little. From the Treatment as Pr

HIV in Canada in 2012 – a Report Card

published: July, 19, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // International AIDS Conference , Activism, As Prevention , Conferences, Health, International , Sexual Health, Legal, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Worth crowing about – or cringe-worthy? On the eve of the much awaited International AIDS Conference in Washington, Bob Leahy files a personal report card on the state of our response to HIV in Canada in 2012.

HIV in Canada in 2012 – a Report Card

Since the last International AIDS Conference in Vienna in 2010, the landscape has changed significantly.  Two years ago, for instance, HPTN 052 was not even in our collective vocabulary.  Now it’s ubiquitous, and the issues it raised – the promise of a 96% reduction in transmission rates for those on treatment (although it’s not quite that simple) are a principal focus of AIDS 2012, as they should be. But where is Canada on this and other recent advances – and are we slipping from ou

My doctor

published: June, 13, 2012 Categories // General Health, Women, Health, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Denise Becker has a famous doctor, a former head of the International AIDS Society and one of the world’s most respected HIV researchers. We have featured him on PositIvelIte.com before. His name is Dr Julio Montaner.

I first met Dr. Julio Montaner around 1996.  He was giving a talk at the International AIDS conference in Vancouver; a few of my friends had told me it would be worth my while to attend his HIV “Up-Date”.  I listened and soon realized that he was an incredible leader in the scientific fight against HIV.  What I discovered over the next few years took me by surprise, a side of Dr. Montaner I had not suspected - that of a humanitarian and a doctor who cared deeply about his patients.  W

Semen goes viral – or does it?

published: April, 17, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Health, Sexual Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

If you have an undetectable viral load, is your semen undetectable too? Researchers say it may not be. But what’s the likelihood of actual HIV transmission? And how should we process that risk? Bob Leahy reports.

Semen goes viral – or does it?

There has been a flurry of articles recently with headlines like “Undetectable Viral Load? Not Necessarily in Semen” like this one in POZ.  Discovery of this connection isn’t the least bit new, of course, but what’s drawn attention is new research from Boston which furthers our understanding of the associated risk a little more. More on what that research says in a moment. The headlines may sound alarming for those who thought, because they’d reached undetectable, they were muc

Understanding Risk: A Conversation

published: March, 20, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // As Prevention , Features and Interviews, Research, Health, Sexual Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Editor Bob Leahy interviews CATIE’s James Wilton about the tricky topic of communicating risk in the age of undetectable viral load

Understanding Risk: A Conversation

Bob Leahy: James, you gave a presentation at the Gay Men’s Sexual Health Summit in Toronto last week on Understanding and Communicating Risk: Viral Load and HIV Transmission. That’s a topic that fascinates us here, and one we’ve been following on PositiveLite.com for some time. Clearly it’s important for people living with HIV to have the best possible understanding of this too.  With this in mind, thank you for agreeing to talk to PositiveLite.com and helping us understand more. I g

Undetectable – Big Deal or No Deal? Take One.

published: February, 19, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy weighs in, the first of three PositiveLite.com writers this week to tackle the subject of what the experience of living with an undetectable viral load means to them personally.

Undetectable – Big Deal or No Deal?  Take One.

It’s become pretty apparent that while many people living with HIV are blessed with an undetectable viral load, how we process that information strays all over the map.  It’s a classic case of 'your experience may vary'.  For some, it’s clearly business as usual,  with nothing really changing, while others are in awe of what’s happened to them. I like that we don’t all think alike on this one.  I like that we all process things at different speeds.  I like that our community in

HIV It's Different Now

published: November, 15, 2011 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, As Prevention , Features and Interviews, Health, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

John McCullagh talks to HIV positive activist Denise Becker about a new, innovative “seek and treat” campaign in Vancouver that aims to identify and treat the estimated one in four people who are infected with HIV but don’t know it.

HIV It's Different Now

If you live in Vancouver and you’re an adult who’s ever had sex, the chances are you’ll be offered an HIV test with your next routine medical examination. This four-year, $48 million pilot project funded by the BC government, is a “seek and treat” program whose objective is to identify and treat the estimated one in four people who are infected with HIV but don’t know it. The project, supported by an advertising campaign though social and more conventional media, is purposely cast

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