Articles tagged with: OHTN

Smoking in the (HIV) workplace

published: April, 28, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Health, Smoking Cessation , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Editor Bob Leahy on the issues which Ontario AIDS Service Organizations are starting to face regarding staff who smoke during work hours - and smoking outside the premises

Smoking in the (HIV) workplace

What's the problem? I’m sympathetic to smokers. Honestly. I was one myself after all. In some ways I miss smoking. I quit not because of health concerns - I can be hopeless at looking after myself - but because the spiralling cost of cigarettes was eating  too large a hole in my wallet.  Looking back though, it’s clear the evidence was in even then. Who doesn’t know that smoking is bad for your health?  And if you are person living with HIV, it’s doubly so. Research suggests that

A roof over your head: connecting the dots between stable housing and improved health outcomes for people living with HIV

published: April, 01, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, General Health, Mental Health, Research, Sexual Health, Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy with the recently released report from Ontario’s Positive Spaces, Healthy Places research project that not only made the case for better housing for people living with HIV but has been a catalyst for making that happen.

A roof over your head: connecting the dots between stable housing and improved health outcomes for people living with HIV

Ten years in the making  It makes abundant sense that people who live in stable, suitable and affordable housing will have a better chance of coping with HIV and staying well than those who don't. Now there is a substantial body of made-in-Ontario research to prove it.  Arising from community priorities set at a meeting of the Ontario AIDS Network over ten years ago - I remember being in the room and there was considerable agreement on this score -  a housing and HIV research project emer

Research news: compensation available for study participants

published: August, 31, 2014 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Research, Health, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, Wayne Bristow

The purpose of this OHTN study is to understand what people in Ontario think about participating in different types of HIV-related health research. See how you can get involved.

Research news:  compensation  available for study participants

Have you participated in HIV research surveys? If you have, why did you choose to get involved. Was it the topic, maybe it was the organization that was doing the research or just because you were receiving an honorarium for doing it? On the other hand, were you asked to take part in a survey but you declined. If so, why did you decline? Perhaps it was the subject, maybe you felt it wasn’t important enough or you weren’t being paid enough for your time. These are just some of the questio

Brian used to smoke. He doesn’t now.

published: August, 11, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Health, Smoking Cessation , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy on new initiatives in the US to convince people living with HIV that smoking and HIV just don’t mix and why if you want to stay healthy, you should quit.

Brian used to smoke. He doesn’t now.

Some say that personal testimony is the best persuader of all. Certainly the HIV community has used the technique for years, sending people living with HIV out in the community to talk to others about the experience of living with HIV. Sometimes it’s intended as a deterrent to others to go down that path, although I’ve always preferred an approach which stresses our normality and encourages others to talk openly about HIV. (I never liked to be thought of as "Exhibit A" though.)  We’ve

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

Engaging people living with HIV in service delivery

published: February, 21, 2014 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // Research, Health, Living with HIV, Ontario HIV Treatment Network

An OHTN Rapid Response Service report probes the research on how to support and facilitate peer engagement in service provision roles

Engaging people living with HIV in service delivery

This article previously appeared on the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN)  website here.  Question What interventions, programs, or community initiatives have been used to support and facilitate peer engagement in service provision roles? Key Take-Home Messages Peer support workers offer unique and valuable support to their peers by sharing similar lived experiences, particularly in mental health services and chronic disease management (1). Peer support workers are motivated

Meet the future faces of HIV research

published: December, 08, 2013 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // Research, Health, Ontario HIV Treatment Network

An Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) series is profiling the new Universities Without Walls fellows

Meet the future faces of HIV research

This article previously appeared in the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) publication Did You Know, December 2013 edition.  In the past few issues of Did You Know, we have been introducing the 14 fellows who make up UWW's fifth cohort. We are asking them how they first got involved in HIV research, the biggest challenge facing HIV researchers today, as well as some lighter questions. Here is part four. Part three can be found here, part two here and part one here. ***** Soraya Blot, De

Learn more about “inflammaging”

published: November, 12, 2013 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // Aging, Community Events, Events, Research, Health, Revolving Door, Events, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Ontario HIV Treatment Network

What is inflammaging? Find out more and have your questions answered at a free Café Scientifique session in Toronto November 20

Learn more about “inflammaging”

What: Café Scientifique –  an informal setting to talk about “inflammaging” and HIV – understanding its effects and strategies for management. When: November 20, 2013 6-8 pm (refreshments will be served) Where: Downstairs at The Vic Public House - 580 Church Street, Toronto ON M4Y 2E8 Admission: Free Cafe Scientifique is supported by a grant from The Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR) and with added support from the Ontario HIV Treatment Network OHTN  "Our Cafe will

Housing: how it impacts the health and well-being of people living with HIV

published: October, 28, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Research, Features and Interviews, Health, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

For the last seven years the Ontario HIV Research Network (OHTN) has researched the connections between housing and health outcomes for people living with HIV. Bob Leahy talks to the OHTN’s Sean Rourke about what has been achieved

Housing: how it impacts the health and well-being of people living with HIV

PositiveLite.com editor Bob Leahy interviews Sean Rourke, Scientific and Executive Director of the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN), They talk about the role of the OHTN in research on housing issues for people living with HIV, its connection with health  wellness and HIV prevention, as well as its outcomes arising from its Positive Spaces, Healthy Places research project. Filmed at the North American Housing and HIV/AIDS Research Summit in Montreal, September 2013.

National women’s HIV study launched this week

published: October, 03, 2013 Categories // Research, Women, Health, Population Specific

Guest Allison Carter, CHIWOS Provincial Coordinator (BC) on a new Canadian study of the health of women living with HIV that is looking to recruit over 1,250 women

The demographic profile of people living with HIV has changed substantially since the early years of the epidemic. Women now represent over half of the estimated 34 million people living with HIV worldwide. In Canada, women account for 23% of the Canadian total in 2011, nearly double the proportion observed in 1999 (12%). Yet in this changing context, relatively limited research has focused on health issues specific to women living with HIV, particularly those of a sexual, reproductive, and me

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