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Let's make IT happen... a footnote

published: October, 20, 2017 Written by // Jeff Potts Categories // Social Media, Current Affairs, Jeff Potts, Media

Jeff Potts of the CPPN offers a clarification of his previous article, "Let's make IT happen"

Let's make IT happen... a footnote

It’s in my DNA… I tend to call things the way I see them. At the same time, I am very careful to share my assessments honestly, guided by matters-of-fact, even when the facts are not popular, and always knowing that people can and will see things differently than I do. I welcome these realities with respect and with readiness to discuss what really matters. In my humble opinion, the richness of any discussion is realized when it is shaped by differing points-of-view. The article I wrote

Backlash from civil society as PEPFAR announces three-year strategy

published: October, 19, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Current Affairs, General Health, Mental Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media, Opinion Pieces

The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is to accelerate efforts in just 13 countries under its news strategy. But critics say this narrowed focus could lead to a resurgence of the HIV epidemic..

Backlash from civil society as PEPFAR announces three-year strategy

PEPFAR's new three-year strategy, which was announced at the UN General Assembly in September, focuses efforts on 13 countries with high HIV prevalence that are nearing epidemic control – the point at which there are more annual AIDS-related deaths than there are new HIV infections. Under PEPFAR’s 2017-2021 strategy, Botswana, Côte d’Ivoire, Haiti, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Rwanda, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe will see PEPFAR-funded programmes renewed and ex

Let's make IT happen

published: October, 17, 2017 Written by // Jeff Potts Categories // Social Media, Activism, Current Affairs, Jeff Potts, Living with HIV, Media

The CPPN's Jeff Potts: "Honestly, our best intentions are not enough… especially now. So… let’s be resilient… let’s work together to live the lessons we learned; let’s focus on the “by us” and make it happen."

Let's make IT happen

I want to write about my own journey in recent months, but also the future path of the organization of which I am now Executive Director. That path recently was made more inviting, courtesy of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). First some history. PHAC made its announcements revealing which organizations it invited to submit Letters of Intent for consideration of funding under the new Community Action Fund. The Canadian Positive People Network (CPPN) was not among them and it appeare

Ontario AIDS Network’s 2017 Honour Roll Awards impress

published: October, 16, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Women, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

The OAN recovers after last year’s stumble to announce a full slate of worthy candidates. Bob Leahy reports

Ontario AIDS Network’s 2017 Honour Roll Awards impress

Late last week we heard that The Ontario AIDS Network Board of Directors announced the 2017 Honour Roll Award Recipients. They are: . Adrian Betts and Christian Hui, The Person with HIV/AIDS Leadership Award . Anthony Mohamed and Maureen Owino, The Caring Hands Award . Richard Elliott and Ryan Peck, Social Justice in HIV/AIDS Award Here’s why we are excited. Last year we and others were fiercely critical of the OAN for not recognizing any person living with HIV – there are many who wou

Deadly secrets: China and HIV/AIDS

published: October, 16, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

From AsiaSociety.org, Heather Clydesdale reports on the Chinese govenments slow and secretive response to HIV and other pandemics.

Deadly secrets: China and HIV/AIDS

China's officials are now leading a more open campaign against infectious diseases. (2dogs/Flickr) China, with its state-controlled media and strong government presence, has traditionally tried to keep news of a pandemic under wraps. An outbreak of an illness can weaken public confidence and scare away tourists, business travelers, and investors. But as China has discovered, this strategy in fact can help deadly diseases boil over and become epidemics. The Chinese government’s slow and sec

Moscow Buyers Club: Russia's AIDS patients work together to overcome medication shortages

published: October, 10, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, As Prevention , Current Affairs, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

"Russia is virtually the only developed country where the number of new HIV infections and the number of AIDS-related deaths is on the rise." From Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty, this report by Robert Coalson and Anastasia Kuzina.

Moscow Buyers Club: Russia's AIDS patients work together to overcome medication shortages

When the Russian government's system for purchasing and distributing the vital drugs needed to combat the virus that causes AIDS breaks down, patients use social-media networks to give one another medicine and hope. (file photo) MOSCOW -- Many of the posts on the website Pereboi.ru -- a chat room for Russians diagnosed with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS -- are alarming. "Today my husband went to the clinic and they told him that they gave out all the medicine on Monday," wrote Nelli from U

Virally suppressed people have “effectively no risk” of transmitting HIV, says US CDC: but how many are suppressed?

published: October, 06, 2017 Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Gay Men, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

Over 60% of gay men have viral suppression, but less than 30% of under 25s. From AIDSmap, Gus Cairns reports.

Virally suppressed people have “effectively no risk” of transmitting HIV, says US CDC: but how many are suppressed?

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) used 27 September, National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, to announce that HIV diagnoses had fallen in white gay and bisexual men and remained stable among African-American gay men between 2010 and 2014, its last complete year of figures. The CDC went further in its release: for the first time, it attributed this slowing of diagnoses to “the prevention effectiveness of antiretroviral therapy (ART)” and said that data from

Appropriations committees in U.S. Congress vote to maintain funding for Global Fund and PEPFAR

published: October, 05, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , General Health, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Research, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

President Trump had proposed cuts to both. From Aidspan, David Garmaise reports.

Appropriations committees in U.S. Congress vote to maintain funding for Global Fund and PEPFAR

To read the complete article by David Garmaise, visit Aidspan, here. The appropriations committees in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have approved funding for global health programs for the fiscal year 2018 at about the same levels as the previous year. In so doing, the committees ignored the budget proposed by President Donald Trump which called for cuts of $2.5 billion overall, including $225 million less for the Global Fund and $1 billion less for PEPFAR. The U.S. 2018

AIDS Bureau gets new head

published: September, 30, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Treatment, Media, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Joanne Lush moves into the position long held by recently retired Frank McGee

 AIDS Bureau gets new head

It was announced last week that the AIDS Bureau - not its official title but the one most commonly used - has a new head. It’s Joanne Lush. This is good news. Joanne steps up to the position previously held by Frank MvGee, who recently retired. (We reported on that here.) Joanne is no stranger to much of this work, having worked at the Bureau since 2003. Prior to that she was the Executive Director of what was then called Peterborough AIDS Resource Network (PARN). I was chair of PARN’s b

Supervised injection facilities in Canada: past present and future

published: September, 26, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, CATIE, General Health, Current Affairs, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Media

There has been an escalation of efforts to open new sites across Canada, spurred on by the ongoing opioid overdose epidemic.. From CATIE, Zak Knowles provides this overview.

Supervised injection facilities in Canada: past present and future

The current opioid epidemic in Canada has led to an increased understanding of the health-related and social harms associated with injection drug use. There is growing acceptance of the need for supervised injection facilities (SIFs) to help reduce these harms and the number of overdose deaths. A recent review1 looks at the history and future of SIFs in Canada and the impact of peers in the history and future of SIFs. SIFs in Vancouver In the mid to late 1990s, Vancouver’s health authorit

Ontario to cover HIV prevention pill under public health plan

published: September, 22, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, As Prevention , Current Affairs, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Media

Once-daily pill contains two anti-HIV drugs that reduce the risk of sexual transmission of virus

Ontario to cover HIV prevention pill under public health plan

Generic versions of pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP to prevent HIV are becoming more available in Canada. (CBC) To read the complete article, visit CBC News, here. Ontario will soon cover a combination HIV prevention pill that is now available in generic form, HIV advocates say. The once-daily pill contains two anti-HIV drugs that reduce the risk of sexual transmission in HIV-negative individuals. Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, originally cost about $1,000 a month as the brand nam

How HIV became a matter of international security

published: September, 21, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Social Media, Current Affairs, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Media

Governments around the world were slow to get to grips with HIV/AIDS. But a big change came when they started understanding it not just as a health issue but as a security threat too. For Mosaic, Alexandra Ossola investigates.

How HIV became a matter of international security

This article by Alexandra Ossola originally apppeared at Mosaic, here. Richard Holbrooke sat in a blue striped chair in the meeting room of the United Nations Security Council. It was a rainy, unseasonably warm January day in New York City, just ten days into the new millennium. Many people were still relieved that the Y2K millennium bug hadn’t wreaked havoc on computers, as some experts had feared. And yet, during the council’s seven-hour meeting, it was clear that a bigger, real threat

GIPA takes a hit

published: September, 20, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // featured, Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , Current Affairs, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

As funding starts to slow, engagement and involvement of people living with HIV is often the first to go. Bob Leahy on the politics of inclusion, exclusion and how people living with HIV are fighting back

GIPA takes a hit

“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times: said Charles Dickens. “It was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity." That was about Paris in 1869. It could have been written about Canada in 2017 and the state of our response to HIV. The best of times? Many feel we are approaching the end of the epidemic with 2030 set as the target date by UNAIDS. We are closing in on 90-90-90 targets which means more people li

SOS Venezuela: ARV’s urgently needed.

published: September, 19, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Activism, Social Media, As Prevention , Current Affairs, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Features and Interviews, Sexual Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Rob Olver - Editor

Rob Olver speaks with ICASO Executive Director, Mary Ann Torres about her efforts to mobilize a Canadian response to the humanitarian crisis ongoing in Venezuela.

SOS Venezuela: ARV’s urgently needed.

Just a decade ago, Venezuela's AIDS program  was a model for countries throughout the developing world. Now it's a ruin. Recently, by way of our friends at the Canadian Positive People Network (CPPN), PositiveLite.com received an update on Venezuela's steadily worsening situation, along with an ask: "S.O.S. Venezuela: Urgent solidarity needed!" ran the header. Signed by ICASO Executive Director Mary Ann Torres, the appeal continued: "There is a humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, the home c

Frank McGee, Ontario’s controversial AIDS Bureau head, is gone

published: September, 18, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, Current Affairs, Health, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

McGee, a formidable voice in Ontario’s HIV community, retires after a long career in public service.

Frank McGee, Ontario’s controversial AIDS Bureau head, is gone

It was announced late last week by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care that after a successful recovery from a lengthy illness, Frank McGee is retiring from the Ontario Public Service. “Frank has been at the forefront of Ontario’s response to HIV” it said. “His contributions have helped Ontario become a leader in HIV/AIDS in Canada.” His retirement comes at a difficult time; new HIV infections in the province have risen in each of the last three years on record, where other ju

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