Articles tagged with: John McCullagh

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

The PEP experience — Raj’s story

published: April, 01, 2014 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Gay Men, As Prevention , Features and Interviews, Sexual Health, Health, Treatment, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

In part two of our three-part series on PEP, we hear from Raj Singh, a forty-something Toronto gay guy who was potentially exposed to HIV at a sex party.

The PEP experience — Raj’s story

This week, PositiveLite.com is focusing on Post-exposure Prophylaxis, or PEP — medication that can help prevent HIV after a possible exposure. Yesterday, I sat down with Duncan MacLachlan, the Director of Community Health Programs at the AIDS Committee of Toronto, to talk about PEP, its effectiveness and its availability. Join me today, as I have a conversation with Raj Singh, a Toronto gay man, who took PEP a year ago after a potential exposure to HIV.  John McCullagh: Raj, thank

When to start HIV treatment

published: March, 06, 2014 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Conferences, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Events, Features and Interviews, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, John McCullagh

In a video interview, publisher John McCullagh talks with Toronto HIV primary care physician Colin Kovacs about the vexed question as to when to start treatment.

When to start HIV treatment

When to start HIV treatment? It seems there’s no consensus and, as far as most of Canada is concerned, no guidelines either. It used to be - and often still is - that starting treatment was recommended only when our CD4 cell counts had fallen to a certain level — 200, or 350 or 500. Yet those numbers keep changing and vary between jurisdictions. The Americans have tended to be more aggressive about recommending treatment at higher CD4 numbers, while the Europeans have, for the most part, b

The AIDS Generation — Stories of Survival and Resilience

published: March, 04, 2014 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Aging, OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Activism, Conferences, Gay Men, Events, Features and Interviews, Health, Living with HIV, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

Lest the world forget, Perry Halkitis tells the stories of pain, suffering, survival and resilience of his generation of gay men — the AIDS generation.

The AIDS Generation — Stories of Survival and Resilience

Last fall, at the annual Ontario HIV Treatment Network research conference, New York psychologist Perry Halkitis read excerpts from his recently published book The AIDS Generation — Stories of Survival and Resilience. In it he tells the stories of 15 gay men living with HIV. All are long-term survivors who lived through the dark years of the 1980s and 1990s and are now in middle age. As Halkitis writes:  Each of these men are very much part of the aging HIV cohort, despite a lifetime of ne

CBC radio asks the question: Is PrEP a game changer in the fight against HIV?

published: February, 21, 2014 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Gay Men, As Prevention , Features and Interviews, Sexual Health, Health, Treatment, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

Is PrEP a game changer in the fight against HIV? To find out, CBC radio interviews a Canadian physician & researcher and a Toronto guy on PrEP.

CBC radio asks the question: Is PrEP a game changer in the fight against HIV?

Earlier this month, dailyxtra.com, the online version of Xtra!, Canada’s national gay and lesbian newspaper, posted a four part video series on PrEP, while the printed version of the paper had as it’s cover story Canadians already on PrEP while drug sits in regulatory limbo. We reposted the videos on our site. The links to those videos are in the Related Articles section below.  Yesterday, CBC radio’s flagship current affairs program The Current  did their own feature on PrEP, with a

LGBT health matters!

published: February, 18, 2014 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, Conferences, Events, Health, John McCullagh

Publisher John McCullagh reports on a conference in Toronto that focused on the health and wellness of our diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities.

LGBT health matters!

At the beginning of this month about 300 service providers, researchers and policy makers gathered in Toronto for a conference focused on improving LGBT health and wellness and increasing the capacity to deliver quality health care to LGBT communities. It was organized by Rainbow Health Ontario, a province-wide program funded by Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long Term Care with a mandate to improve access to services and to promote the health of Ontario’s LGBT communities.  

Insite: Vancouver’s supervised injection site

published: October, 24, 2013 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // CATIE, As Prevention , Hep B and C, Conferences, Events, Research, Features and Interviews, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

In a video interview, Darwin Fisher, manager of Insite, Vancouver’s supervised injection site, talks with PositiveLite.com publisher John McCullagh about this innovative program and how it addresses the needs of Canada’s most marginalized community.

Insite: Vancouver’s supervised injection site

Ten years ago, Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, a low-income area with a traumatized population and a crisis of homelessness, had the highest rate of HIV seroconversions in the western world, a rising incidence of deaths from drug overdoses and a Hepatitis C prevalence among the drug-using population that was at saturation levels.  The community came together with an innovative response to this: a supervised injection site called Insite. But Insite is more than that. It’s also a place that

How Saskatchewan responds holistically to the needs of service users

published: October, 17, 2013 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // CATIE, As Prevention , Hep B and C, Conferences, Events, Research, Features and Interviews, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

The incidence of HIV in Saskatchewan is twice as high as in any other province of Canada. In a video interview, PositiveLite.com publisher John McCullagh talks with the medical health officer for that province’s HIV leadership team to find out why.

How Saskatchewan responds holistically to the needs of service users

The incidence of new HIV infections in Saskatchewan is twice as high as that in other provinces in Canada. To find out why that is so, I talked, during last month’s CATIE Forum on New Science, New Directions in HIV and Hepatitis C, with Dr Johnmark Opondo, the deputy medical health officer for the Saskatoon health region in Saskatchewan.  In our conversation, Johnmark talked about  the interface between the two epidemics of injection drug use and HIV that is driving infection rate

Seven ways to speed up the HIV treatment pipeline

published: September, 23, 2013 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, Conferences, Events, Research, Features and Interviews, International , Treatment, John McCullagh

John McCullagh interviews long-time HIV activist Mark Harrington about getting the best HIV treatments to as many people as quickly as possible.

Seven ways to speed up the HIV treatment pipeline

Those who saw the documentary How to Survive a Plague (reviewed by PositiveLite.com) may remember Mark Harrington, one of the young activists who founded the Treatment Action Group (TAG), whose efforts accellerated the discovery and licencing of protease inhibitors, the anti-retroviral drugs that, in 1996, changed the face of HIV from a virtual death sentence into a chronic, manageable disease.  This month, an older Mark Harrington, now the executive director of TAG,

CATIE Forum: New Science, New Directions in HIV and Hepatitis C

published: September, 16, 2013 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // CATIE, As Prevention , Hep B and C, Conferences, Events, Research, Features and Interviews, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

Ahead of this week’s CATIE Forum, CATIE’s executive director Laurie Edmiston talks on video with PositiveLite.com about how new scientific developments have opened up opportunities for innovative program development and the integration of service delivery

CATIE Forum: New Science, New Directions in HIV and Hepatitis C

We stand at a pivotal point in our response to HIV and Hepatitis C. Recent research has enhanced our understanding of the science of prevention, transmission, testing, treatment, care and support — science that opens up new, innovative avenues for program development and the integration of service delivery.  In Toronto, on September 18 and 19, 2013, CATIE, Canada’s national HIV and Hepatitis C knowledge broker, will be presenting the bilingual CATIE Forum, a national opportunity

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