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Bob Leahy

Bob Leahy

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

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.

Oct29

Get your flu shots, poz people

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Editor Categories // General Health, Health, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy

Feel like a little prick? You should. Flu season is coming up and if you are HIV-positive, getting your flu shot soon is a no-brainer.

Get your flu shots, poz people

It's that time.

I’m sure most people know why it’s necessary but in any event, I’ll just reiterate what the CDC says, which happens to be the best source I’ve found, for information on flu shots as it relates to people living with HIV. Says the CDC . . . 

"People with HIV/AIDS are at high risk of serious influenza-related complications. Studies done before routine use of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) suggested an increased risk for heart- and lung-related hospitalizations in people infected with HIV during influenza season as opposed to other times of the year, and a higher risk of influenza-related death in HIV-infected people. Other studies have indicated that influenza symptoms might be prolonged and the risk of influenza-related complications is higher for certain HIV-infected people." 

More detailed information is here 

There are many places to get your flu shot, including many pharmacists, but because they are long-time friends of PositiveLite.com that have supported us since our early days, we are highlighting The Village Pharmacy in Toronto’s gay village  today, Details above. 

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