Articles tagged with: John McCullagh

Sex and party drugs

published: December, 23, 2011 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Population Specific , John McCullagh

John McCullagh reports on a new sex-positive, drug user-positive harm reduction-based peer support group for gay and bisexual guys who use drugs and alcohol and who want to explore in depth their drug use and sexual health

Sex and party drugs

PositiveLite.com’s editor Bob Leahy recently talked with Duncan MacLaughlin, the manager of community health programs at the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT), about the evolution in promoting gay men’s health that’s moving away from focusing on our weaknesses and vulnerabilities and more towards emphasizing our resilience and strengths. This interview, which you can read here, was specifically about a new ACT initiative TheSexYouWant.ca, which goes beyond the basics to tackle mo

Let's talk about HIV and senior citizens

published: December, 20, 2011 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Aging, Health, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

In Canada and other high-income countries, access to treatment has improved the likelihood of HIVers surviving into old age. John McCullagh reports on recently published studies that have made recommendations for caring for older people living with HIV.

Let's talk about HIV and senior citizens

The Canadian population is aging. It’s estimated that the percentage of seniors will almost double within the next 25 years, when one quarter of the population will be aged 65 or older. Canadians living with HIV are also aging. However, HIV and seniors aren’t something that we often talk about in the same sentence. But, given the facts, we should. It’s estimated that today 12% of the close to 70,000 Canadians who have an HIV diagnosis are aged 50 and older and that this is expected to i

Pride and belonging - queer seniors and social service agencies

published: December, 14, 2011 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Aging, Community Events, Conferences, News Categories, Events, Health, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

The experiences of queer seniors living in long-term care homes or receiving services in day care and recreational programs hasn’t always been positive. In the second of a two-part series on the needs of older LGBT people, John McCullagh reports.

 Pride and belonging - queer seniors and social service agencies

In the first of these two reports from the Senior Pride Network’s (SPN) Opening the Closet on Aging conference held in Toronto at the end of November 2011, I wrote about what aging means for a generation of queer people whose activism was central to our current rights activity and how aging complicates issues related to sex, sexuality and our abilities to live open, out lives. To help us begin to explore solutions to these issues, the 175 delegates in attendance at the conference took part

How aging might be the final frontier for making queer lives livable

published: December, 05, 2011 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Community Events, Aging, Conferences, Gay Men, Events, Living with HIV, Population Specific , John McCullagh

What does it mean for society at large and for queer communities in particular as a whole generation of gay men all age together? John McCullagh reports from the Opening the Closet on Aging conference held last week in Toronto.

How aging might be the final frontier for making queer lives livable

Last week, the Senior Pride Network (SPN) held its fourth conference on aging within the LGBTQ community at The 519 Community Centre in Toronto. The SPN is an association of individuals, organizations and community groups that share an interest in and a commitment to expanding positive and appropriate programs and services for older queer people. The conference was well-attended. Although seniors were in the majority, a surprising number of the delegates were far from their retirement years.

HIV and street-involved young men

published: November, 29, 2011 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Conferences, Youth, Features and Interviews, Sexual Health, Health, Population Specific , John McCullagh

At the recent Ontario HIV Treatment Network research conference, John McCullagh spoke to researcher Josephine Wong about the vulnerabilities to HIV and other STIs of street-involved young men in Toronto.

HIV and street-involved young men

Although Canada’s a rich country, homelessness is a reality for far too many of our fellow citizens. A significant proportion of them are young people. In addition, there are many youth who, if not technically homeless, experience precarious living situations. There are many reasons for this - poverty, family rejection, domestic violence, parental drug and/or alcohol misuse or a lack of space where young people feel they can be themselves. These circumstances make these so-called street-inv

Theatre Review: John Logan’s Red at Canadian Stage

published: November, 26, 2011 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Theatre, John McCullagh

Talented artist or eccentric egomaniac? John McCullagh reviews the Canadian Stage production of Red, John Logan’s intense and exciting two-character drama about two years in the life of New York abstract expressionist artist Mark Rothko.

Theatre Review: John Logan’s Red at Canadian Stage

Toronto has a vibrant theatre scene. Live theatre in the city is of two kinds: the big, splashy and commercial Broadway- or West End-style productions and the more challenging and provocative fare mounted by the city’s many not-for-profit companies. The latter is the kind of theatre I like the best. Which is why I stopped going to Canadian Stage productions because, until 18 months ago, this large, municipally subsidized house was putting on plays that were, for the most part, light commerc

OHTN addresses HIV and aging

published: November, 22, 2011 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Aging, Conferences, Events, Features and Interviews, Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

John McCullagh attended a presentation on HIV and aging at the 2011 Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) Research Conference in Toronto. Here’s his report and a conversation he had about the latest Canadian research on this subject

OHTN addresses HIV and aging

When HIV and AIDS first appeared on the scene thirty years ago, it was a terrifying illness that quickly killed those who became infected. Yet through scientific and community efforts it’s now turned into a condition that, if diagnosed and treated in a timely manner, can be managed into old age. Thanks to such advances in treatment, people with HIV are living much longer than ever before. According to information compiled by CATIE, it’s estimated that 12% of HIV+ people in Canada are 50 y

HIV It's Different Now

published: November, 15, 2011 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, As Prevention , Features and Interviews, Health, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

John McCullagh talks to HIV positive activist Denise Becker about a new, innovative “seek and treat” campaign in Vancouver that aims to identify and treat the estimated one in four people who are infected with HIV but don’t know it.

HIV It's Different Now

If you live in Vancouver and you’re an adult who’s ever had sex, the chances are you’ll be offered an HIV test with your next routine medical examination. This four-year, $48 million pilot project funded by the BC government, is a “seek and treat” program whose objective is to identify and treat the estimated one in four people who are infected with HIV but don’t know it. The project, supported by an advertising campaign though social and more conventional media, is purposely cast

OMG, I forgot to take my meds

published: November, 11, 2011 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Health, Treatment, Living with HIV

John McCullagh describes his panic when, for the first time, he forgot to take his anti-HIV medication and how it took the calm assurance of his doctor that the drugs weren’t going to fail to allow him finally to relax

OMG, I forgot to take my meds

I suppose it happens to all of us from time to time, but it was a first for me. I forgot to take my anti-HIV meds. When I first went on HIV drug treatment 20 months ago, my doctor emphasized the importance of adherence. In other words, in order for the treatment to work and for the virus not to develop resistance to the drugs I’m taking it’s important to take my meds on time, every time. I’m an obsessive-compulsive person at the best of times, so I was sure I wasn’t going to mess up

Life expectancy for many HIVers is near normal

published: November, 03, 2011 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Aging, Health, Treatment, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

John McCullagh reports on a new UK study that suggests that, with prompt treatment, the life expectancy of many HIV positive people is near normal.

Life expectancy for many HIVers is near normal

It was not so long ago that receiving a diagnosis of HIV also meant a diagnosis of an early death. But the existence of effective treatments now means that HIVers are able to live with the virus to an increasingly older age. Recently, the British Medical Journal (BMJ) published a report of a study that suggests that, with prompt treatment, the life expectancy of many HIV positive people is near normal. Although the study focused on people living in the UK, it’s likely that the findings would

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