Articles tagged with: John McCullagh

Confronting stigma

published: September, 04, 2013 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Mental Health, Features and Interviews, Health, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

Toronto’s McEwan Housing and Support Services recently produced a set of videos on the effects of stigma with the clear refrain: “It hurts”.

Confronting stigma

McEwan House is a Toronto program of Loft Community Services that is specifically designed to meet the needs of HIV-positive people from a variety of backgrounds who have a number of challenges that can include mental health issues, addictions and being homeless. It provides housing and support services in an effort to help their service users remain independent in the community.  They recently produced a set of videos on the effects of stigma with the clear refrain: “It hurts”. Several

The immigration and refugee rights of gay men and people living with HIV

published: June, 13, 2013 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, Conferences, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Features and Interviews, Health, International , Legal, Living with HIV, Population Specific , John McCullagh

Immigration and refugee rights in Canada are under siege and this is impacting people living with HIV. Toronto lawyer and human rights activist El Farouk Khaki, in a video interview, explains why this is so and what we can do about it.

The immigration and refugee rights of gay men and people living with HIV

The implications of intersectionality on gay men was the topic of one of the plenary sessions at the Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance  (GMSH) summit held in Toronto in May 2013. Intersectionality considers the simultaneous intersections between social difference and identity as well as the different forms of systemic oppression that reflect relationships of power.  One of the panel members at this plenary session was El Farouk Khaki, a Toronto refugee and immigration lawyer and human righ

Putting barebacking into context

published: June, 06, 2013 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Conferences, Gay Men, Events, Features and Interviews, Sexual Health, Health, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

Who barebacks and why? The AIDS Committee of Toronto’s bathhouse counsellor Rahim Thawer provides some answers.

Putting barebacking into context

What are we really taking about when it comes to barebacking? This was the question PositiveLite.com, in a video interview, posed to social worker and ACT TowelTalk bathhouse counsellor Rahim Thawer, following his presentation on this topic at the 9th annual Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance of Ontario  summit, held in Toronto in May 2013.  Putting barebacking into context is important now that we’ve begun to have more open discussions about the reality that gay guys aren’t always usi

30 years of ACT: A conversation with Hazelle Palmer

published: April, 18, 2013 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, Events, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

As the AIDS Committee of Toronto, Canada’s largest AIDS service organization, turns 30-years-old, the agency’s executive director talks with PositiveLite.com about its past, present and future.

30 years of ACT: A conversation with Hazelle Palmer

The AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) was founded thirty years ago, in 1983. In this video interview, the agency’s executive director Hazelle Palmer reflects back on the organization’s beginnings, how it has changed over the years as HIV and AIDS have changed and how ACT will continue to make a difference in people’s lives in 2013 and beyond.

HIV in Toronto’s African, Caribbean and Black communities

published: March, 21, 2013 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Features and Interviews, Health, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

John McCullagh talks on video with Shannon Ryan, the executive director of the Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention, about HIV prevention and support among Toronto’s African, Caribbean and Black communities.

HIV in Toronto’s African, Caribbean and Black communities

Canada’s African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) communities are disproportionately affected by HIV. Large and diverse, they comprise both people born in Canada as well as immigrants and refugees from a broad range of countries, often countries where HIV is endemic. It is also a community where, uniquely, HIV predominantly affects those who are heterosexual.  It was to address the specific needs of these communities that Toronto’s Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP) was founded in

Len Tooley on PrEP — Part Three

published: February, 27, 2013 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, As Prevention , Gay Men, Mental Health, Features and Interviews, Sexual Health, Health, Treatment, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

Len Tooley is an HIV-negative gay guy who is on pre-exposure prophylaxis. In this third of three interviews with PositiveLite.com, he responds to critics of negative guys who think PrEP is right for them.

Len Tooley on PrEP — Part Three

Len Tooley is a relatively young, HIV-negative gay guy who works in downtown Toronto as a gay men’s health promoter and an HIV educator, tester and counsellor. As a way of helping him stay HIV-negative, his family doctor prescribed him Truvada as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).  In the first part of his interview with me, which we published two weeks ago, Len talked about what motivated him to go on PrEP. Last week he discussed the conversations he had with his family doctor about PrE

Len Tooley on PrEP — Part Two

published: February, 20, 2013 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, As Prevention , Gay Men, Mental Health, Features and Interviews, Sexual Health, Health, Treatment, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

Len Tooley, an HIV-negative guy on pre-exposure prophylaxis, works as a gay men’s health promoter, HIV educator, tester and counsellor. In this second of three interviews, he talks about conversations with his doctor about PrEP and about being on it.

Len Tooley on PrEP — Part Two

Len Tooley is a 31-year old, sexually active, HIV-negative gay guy who lives in downtown Toronto, where he works as a gay men's health promoter, HIV educator, tester and counsellor. As a way of helping him stay HIV-negative, his family doctor has prescribed him Truvada as a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).  In the first part of his interview with me, which we published last week, Len and I talked about what motivated his decision to go on PrEP. This week, he discusses the conversations h

Len Tooley on PrEP — Part One

published: February, 13, 2013 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, As Prevention , Gay Men, Mental Health, Features and Interviews, Sexual Health, Health, Treatment, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

Len Tooley is an HIV-negative gay guy on pre-exposure prophylaxis who works in Toronto as a gay men’s health promoter, HIV educator, tester and counsellor. In the first of three interviews about being on PrEP, he discusses his decision to go on it.

Len Tooley on PrEP — Part One

In July 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of Truvada (a fixed dose combination in one tablet of emtricitabine and tenofovir) to reduce the risk of HIV infection in uninfected individuals who are at high risk of HIV infection and who may engage in sexual activity with HIV-infected partners. This use of an anti-HIV drug to prevent infection is known as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).  PrEP is considered by most observers to be a major breakthrough in

John McCullagh interviews Dr Sean Rourke on HIV and brain health

published: January, 16, 2013 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Aging, Conferences, Mental Health, Research, Features and Interviews, Health, Living with HIV, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, John McCullagh

How does HIV affect the brain? In the era of HAART, many symptoms are mild and difficult to pick up but this doesn’t mean that they’re unimportant. John McCullagh asked neuropsychologist Dr Sean Rourke what we should be looking out for

John McCullagh interviews Dr Sean Rourke on HIV and brain health

Over 50% of those of us living with HIV can develop cognitive impairments that will affect our attention span, learning efficiency, reasoning/problem solving, word finding and psychomotor skills. In most cases these impairments overall tend to be mild, but even at this level they can affect a person’s ability to work and to carry out day-to-day activities and can lead to difficulties in social situations.  To improve brain health and quality of life for people living with HIV, we need bett

John McCullagh interviews Lisa Power on HIV and aging

published: December, 19, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Aging, OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Conferences, Features and Interviews, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, John McCullagh

What should service providers be doing differently to help people living with HIV stay healthy and active into old age? At the recent OHTN Research Conference in Toronto, John McCullagh put this question to Lisa Power of the UK’s Terrence Higgins Trust

John McCullagh interviews Lisa Power on HIV and aging

Thanks to ART, those of us with HIV are now living much longer. But aging with HIV is not without its challenges. In addition to the normal aging process, people aging with HIV face complications associated with the virus, side effects of treatment and high rates of comorbidities with conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, renal disease, arthritis and osteoporosis. And often we experience social isolation and financial challenges as well.  So what should service providers be

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