Articles tagged with: AIDS Committee of Toronto

Women living with HIV and intimate partner violence: Questions & Answers

published: July, 21, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Women, Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors

A new guide produced by HIV/AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO), the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, METRAC and the AIDS Committee of Toronto.

Women living with HIV and intimate partner violence: Questions & Answers

Abuse by an intimate partner is not only wrong - it can be against the law. Yet, intimate partner violence is one of the most common forms of violence against women. Intimate partner violence can be physical, emotional, psychological or sexual abuse from someone with whom you have or had an intimate relationship. This guide is for women, including trans women, who are living with HIV and who experience or are at risk of experiencing violence from their intimate partner.  This guide pro

A counsellor’s perspective: it’s about more than just a virus

published: January, 26, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

From CATIE’s The Positive Side “As a counsellor, I’m not only dealing with my clients’ blood work and meds. We talk about their lives, their relationships, their mental health, their trauma. People are not, and never were, just the virus in their bodies.”

A counsellor’s perspective: it’s about more than just a virus

This article by John Larsson first appeared in The Positive Side, a publication of CATIE, here.   Une version française est disponible ici. In 1996, everyone was very excited, elated, about the new treatment “cocktails.” But those of us who had been working in the field for a while recognized pretty quickly that this new hope presented a double-edged sword: Yes, it was great, but it was really going to f*** with people’s heads. Before antiretroviral therapy (ART) came on the scene

HIVnow campaign will change the conversation during Toronto Pride

published: June, 18, 2015 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, Pride, Social Media, Community Events, As Prevention , Research, Sexual Health, Health, Legal, Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

What is #HIVnow? It’s the HIV awareness campaign Toronto Pride deserves.

HIVnow campaign will change the conversation during Toronto Pride

John Maxwell, executive director, ACT (left) Christopher Thomas, communications coordinator, ACT (right)     Ryan Lisk, manager of community health programs, ACT (left) Mason McColl, gay men's online strategy and resource coordinator, ACT (right)     Ty Best, graphic designer of the posters The AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) has just launched a bold, new multimedia campaign, HIVnow, that is intended to raise awareness around HIV because the times

Is PrEP right for me?

published: April, 13, 2015 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, As Prevention , Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Sexual Health, Health, Treatment, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

In a video interview, PositiveLite.com talks with Ryan Lisk and Mason McColl of the AIDS Committee of Toronto about the agency’s new education campaign to start conversations and share information about the use of Truvada as PrEP in the Canadian context.

Is PrEP right for me?

The evidence is now in. Science has proven that the use of Truvada (a fixed dose combination in one tablet of emtricitabine and tenofovir) as a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a highly effective HIV prevention tool.  Yet, almost three years now after the Food and Drug Administration approved Truvada as PrEP in the U.S., its approval in Canada for this purpose is nowhere on the horizon. While some doctors have agreed to prescribe it to their patients (prescribing an approved drug for a

Webinar: Not Your Typical HIV and Aging 101

published: March, 16, 2015 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Community Events, Aging, Events, Health, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

We post an ACT webinar exploring the experiences of older adults living with or vulnerable to HIV that includes two case studies and a discussion of programs and policies affecting this population in Canada.

Webinar: Not Your Typical HIV and Aging 101

Concerns about the well-being of older adults living with HIV is an emerging issue in Canada and around the world. Before the introduction in 1996 of effective anti-retroviral therapies, most people living with HIV did not expect to live long lives. This meant that, for the most part, community-based organizations did not have to concern themselves with the needs of older people living with HIV. Now, however, provided they are diagnosed and treated in time, people living with HIV can long, he

Webinar - Living with HIV: The first five years

published: October, 08, 2014 Categories // Community Events, Events, Research, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

ACT’s October Community Health Forum will address living with HIV during the first five years following diagnosis with the virus. Attendance is free. The forum will also be available as a webinar.

Webinar - Living with HIV: The first five years

The second workshop in the 2014-2015 series of free open discussion forums for people living with HIV hosted by the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT)  is on HIV and the First Five Years  It will focus on these issues: Lived experiences from the first five years of living positively Considerations of strategies for overall health management Current guidelines and considerations for starting HIV treatment  How to build good relationships with your health care providers  The guest spe

What it means to be undetectable

published: September, 23, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // As Prevention , Features and Interviews, Sexual Health, Health, Treatment, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bop Leahy talks to the folks at AIDS Vancouver about their innovative campaign “The New Face of HIV – What It Means to Be Undetectable”. It refers to the new realities of living with HIV in the era of highly effective antiretrovirals

What it means to be undetectable

Bob Leahy: Thanks for agreeing to talk to us. We’re intrigued by what you are doing at AIDS Vancouver. Explain the name you have chosen for this new campaign “The New Face of HIV” and why now is the time for it.  AIDS Vancouver: The full name of the initiative is "The New Face of HIV – What It Means to Be Undetectable". It refers to the new realities of living with HIV in the era of highly effective antiretrovirals (ARVs), which most of us in Canada  - and everyone who tests positiv

HIV and heterosexual black men

published: May, 26, 2014 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Features and Interviews, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

John McCullagh talks with Winston Husbands of the AIDS Committee of Toronto about the HIV-related needs, challenges and priorities of heterosexual African, Caribbean and Black men in Ontario.

HIV and heterosexual black men

What are the HIV-related needs, challenges and priorities of heterosexual African, Caribbean and Black men in Ontario? To answer this question, I recently sat down with Winston Husbands, the director of research at the AIDS Committee of Toronto. We discussed the results of a recent study that was designed to assist researchers, service providers and policy makers in understanding some of the issues relevant to HIV prevention for straight Black men as well as issues related to the care and supp

One night stand with James Wilton

published: May, 09, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Dating, Community Events, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Events, Research, Health, Sexual Health, Treatment, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

AIDS Committee of Toronto’s One Night Stand Workshop Series features CATIE’s James Wilton talking May 8 in Toronto about the study that’s redefining risk for poz gay men and others with undetectable viral loads.

One night stand with James Wilton

Bob Leahy says: Regular readers of PositiveLite.com will know the name James Wilton.  He’s CATIE’s affable expert on HIV transmission risk and has been an amazing resource for PositiveLite.com to interview, exchange ideas and on occasion, argue with, albeit amiably. (An example of an interview on transmission risk I’ve had with him, which also appears on the CATIE website, is here.) Now comes a chance to hear James speak on what I consider the most exciting news to come down the HIV p

Group support program for mixed serostatus couples in Toronto

published: March, 28, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Dating, Research, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Lifestyle, Living with HIV

Are you in a relationship, where one partner is HIV-positive and the other partner is HIV-negative? Contact them fpr more information, says ACT.

Group support program for mixed serostatus couples in Toronto

The AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT), David Kelly Services/Family Service Toronto (FST), Mt. Sinai Hospital, the Centre for Spanish Speaking People (CSSP), and the Village Family Health Team are conducting research into group support programs for serodiscordant couples. As part of this research, we are developing a pilot psychoeducational support group for gay and bisexual men in same-sex serodiscordant relationships. We are looking for couples (you and your partner) to participate together in

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