Articles tagged with: OHTN

Seventeen years from the edge of the abyss

published: August, 12, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

David Hoe was diagnosed with HIV in 1988. He was within days of death in 1996 when new drugs pulled him back from the brink. Now 70, Hoe is alive to tell the tale to a new generation that has lost the fear factor.

Seventeen years from the edge of the abyss

Photograph by: Jean Levac , Ottawa Citizen By Joanne Laucius, From  OTTAWA CITIZEN August 7 DAVID HOE is an AIDS activist and former federal public health adviser. He learned he had HIV in 1988 and almost died in 1996 before he was pulled from the brink by the arrival of new antiviral drugs. He recently celebrated his 70th birthday and is among the growing number of HIV survivors who are living well into their retirement years. David Hoe calls it “the Lazarus thing.” In 1996, he wa

Stigma is a barrier to HIV disclosure

published: April, 06, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

CAAT researcher Henry Luyombya says stigma can be challenged through education and encouraging people living with HIV to get involved.

Stigma is a barrier to HIV disclosure

This article by Shazia Islam first appeared in The Humber News here.  Fear of stigma is the primary reason why people living with HIV do not disclose their status, a frontline worker said in an interview with Humber News on Monday. Henry Luyombya, (below right), HIV researcher and member of the Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment (CAAT), told Humber News that people need to be better educated about HIV in order to challenge the stereotypes. “People are misinformed about the facts on

A video tribute to Jay Browne

published: January, 29, 2013 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Ontario HIV Treatment Network

The OHTN’s “Remembering Joesph A. (Jay) Browne, II”

A video tribute to Jay Browne

Friends, family and colleagues honor the legacy of Jay Browne (December 31, 1930 - January 13, 2013). Jay was a driving force in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Ontario for the past 30 years. Appointed Chair of the Ontario Public Education Panel on AIDS (OPEPA) in 1985, he went on to become the first Coordinator of the AIDS Bureau at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Under his leadership, community funding increased and anonymous testing was introduced. More recently, in true Jay fashi

How criminalization is affecting people living with HIV in Ontario

published: January, 25, 2013 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // Research, Sexual Health, Health, Legal, Living with HIV, Ontario HIV Treatment Network

Who is disclosing and why? What do PHAs think of the law? Here's the OHTN fact sheet summarizing the findings of important research on the impact of criminalization on people living with HIV in Ontario

How criminalization is affecting people living with HIV in Ontario

This article first appeared in the OCS 2012 Newsletter, a publication of the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN).  What research question is addressed by How Criminalization is Affecting People Living with HIV in Ontario? This research project examines how people living with HIV (PHAs) perceive the law and the legal obligation to disclose their HIV infection status to sexual partners. It also analyses PHAs’ perceptions of the impact of high-profile media events and public perceptions of

Testing, testing . .

published: January, 22, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Research, Health, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy is one of those studied in the Ontario HIV Treatment Network's Cohort Study of people living with HIV. Here he talks about the series of brain health and behavioural tests that some participants, including himself, take each year

Testing, testing . .

Recently, I was in Toronto for my annual “checkup” with Paul, my friendly research coordinator with the Ontario Cohort Study (OCS).  I’ve previously talked about my involvement in this Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN)'s research cohort here. Today I wanted to provide a photo-post with more detail on what the testing process looks like from the ground. But first some background on OCS for those who are unfamiliar with it. Almost 6,000 Ontario people living with HIV hav

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

Jay Browne

published: January, 15, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Current Affairs, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

We heard yesterday that “a unique and special person”, an inspiration to us all, had died. Jay Browne was a friend to the HIV community like few others.

Jay Browne

This from the AIDS Bureau . . . It is with deep sadness that I inform you that Jay Browne died last night. Jay was a unique and special person. He leaves behind a stellar and profound legacy. His kindness, compassion, intelligence, insight and forethought shaped the AIDS community in Ontario for close to thirty years. Everyone he met will be able to tell you a story of how he connected as a person and a professional.  If you have only come to be involved in AIDS issues within the last ten y

Public perception of harm reduction interventions

published: January, 13, 2013 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Research, Health, Ontario HIV Treatment Network

The OHTN’s rapid response service set out to discover what the public thinks of needle exchange programs, methadone clinics, supervised injection facilities/safe injection sites and other harm reduction interventions

Public perception of harm reduction interventions

This rapid response prepared by the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) summarizes the available research evidence to inform the following two questions:  1. What are public perceptions and opinions of needle exchange programs, methadone clinics, supervised injection facilities/safe injection sites and other harm reduction interventions? 2. How can negative public perceptions of these interventions be addressed? Key Take-Home Messages Public opinion polls and surveys taken between 200

Another year over

published: December, 31, 2012 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Activism, Living with HIV

Wayne Bristow is in a reflective mood as one year closes and the promise of another one opens up

Another year over

"Another year over and a new one just begun" - John Lennon Let me first apologize for so many acronyms in this post. It’s part and parcel of working and volunteering in HIV organizations; it becomes the language. I’m not alone, particularly among people my own age, when I say the years are going by way too fast. It’s like everything that happened just yesterday. I started noticing it when I was about 45, around the time the job in the factory was coming to an end. The years in that pla

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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