Articles tagged with: Julio Montaner

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

Nearly half of Canadians living with HIV start treatment late

published: October, 08, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Research, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

The BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS reports on a new Canadian study finding that from 2000-2012 nearly half of those surveyed started antiretroviral treatment (ART) when they had already reached an AIDS-defining illness or a weakened immune system

Nearly half of Canadians living with HIV start treatment late

Vancouver, BC [October 5, 2015] HIV testing in parts of Canada remains based on “perceived risk” and could be keeping people living with the disease from discovering their status. A new study, based on the largest Canadian database of people living with HIV, finds nearly half of those surveyed started antiretroviral treatment (ART) when they had already reached an AIDS-defining illness or a weakened immune system. The study found that: From 2000 to 2012, 48% started ART with low CD4 co

B.C.s Julio Montaner pushing for consensus on 90-90-90 in Canada

published: September, 29, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

Montaner pens open letter to the Prime Minister of Canada calling for endorsement of HIV/AIDS global target

B.C.s Julio Montaner pushing for consensus on 90-90-90 in Canada

                      September 2015 Dear Prime Minister, It gives me great pleasure to report that our 90-­‐90-­‐90 Target will be further considered as the strategy to end AIDS by 2030. This will be part of the agenda on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) this September 27th, at a Special Session within the 2015 UN General Assembly (UNGASS) in New York City. The 90-90-90 Target, based on the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS-pioneered Treatment as Preventi

Canada, the rudderless ship

published: August, 27, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Health, International , Treatment, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Despite sea changes in treatment and prevention opportunities, Canada’s response to HIV is mired in the status quo, says Bob Leahy. And with no National AIDS Strategy, Canada is falling behind other poorer nations climbing their way out of the epidemic

Canada, the rudderless ship

What the numbers tell us Think that Canada is a world leader in its response to HIV?  Think again.  It may come as a shock to many that Canada is doing poorer than many lesser developed countries. Typically thought of as the epi-centre of the epidemic, Africa has in fact made huge strides in getting people living with HIV on treatment and achieving viral load suppression. Who ever thought, for instance, that Rwanda would be doing better than we are?  Our most prosperous provinces are now

Vancouver conference confirms tools are in place, shows the way to move forward to end the epidemic

published: July, 27, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // International AIDS Conference , Conferences, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Treatment, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy was in Vancouver last week for IAS 2015 for what he terms “a moment in time when the end of AIDS really does seem in sight”. Here is his very personal view of conference highlights

Vancouver conference confirms tools are in place, shows the way to move forward to end the epidemic

If IAS 2015 (aka the 8th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention)  was not notable for new research, it was certainly hugely important in building resolve. It was strong too in identifying what needs to be done to use the tools and knowledge we now have to turn the epidemic around. For collectively, we seem poised now, witnessing a moment in time when the end of AIDS really does seem in sight.  Many have been singing the same tune. Said Elton Joh

Ramping up testing to make treatment as prevention work

published: April, 11, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Conferences, As Prevention , Research, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors

Aidsmap reports on BC research that says expanded HIV testing in to local hospitals and primary care may find more acute infections as well as more late presenters

Ramping up testing to make treatment as prevention work

This article by Gus Cairns previously appeared on aidsmap.com here.  Expanding HIV testing into local hospitals and primary care may not only find more people who have lived with HIV for a long time without knowing it, but may also find more people who have only recently become infected, a pilot study from Vancouver in Canada has found.  The study was presented in Vancouver itself, at last week’s 2014 Treatment as Prevention Workshop there. The workshop’s chair, Dr Julio Montaner, tol

Undetectable – Big Deal or No Deal? Take two.

published: February, 21, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , John McCullagh

“The status of being ‘undetectable’ ”, writes John McCullagh, “gives me a sense of positive self-esteem and emotional well-being. I’m not diseased. What I have is a well-managed, chronic illness. It’s unfortunate, but it’s nothing to be ashamed of."

Undetectable – Big Deal or No Deal?  Take two.

This is the second of three articles by PositiveLite.com writers on “what undetectable means to me.” Read Bob Leahy’s earlier take on this topic here.  Wayne Bristow will follow later this week. Three months after I started anti-retroviral therapy (ART), I got a call from my doctor. Even though my next appointment with him was still a week away, he phoned me because he wanted to give me the good news right away. My lab results had just come back showing that my HIV viral load had reach

Sex, risk, viral load and HIV criminalization

published: January, 04, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Sexual Health, Health, Legal, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

A new year’s update: John McCullagh reports on two positive developments that move forward the debate about sex, risk, undetectable viral load and the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure.

Sex, risk, viral load and HIV criminalization

The year 2011, just ended, marked the thirtieth anniversary of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Much has been achieved in those three decades, most notably advances in treatment that have changed the face of HIV for those who have access to antiretroviral (ARV) medication from a terminal illness to a chronic yet manageable disease. But of late there’s been other good news to celebrate. Just last month, for example, researchers from the University of Western Ontario announced that clinical trials are