Articles tagged with: OHTN

Bob Leahy talks to Patrick Sullivan

published: December, 18, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, As Prevention , Conferences, Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Sexual Health, Health, Treatment, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher, Ontario HIV Treatment Network

What is driving high infection rates in the gay and bi men’s community? And what techniques might work best to address this epidemic within an epidemic? Editor Bob Leahy talks to Patrick Sullivan at the 2012 OHTN Research Conference

Bob Leahy talks to Patrick Sullivan

One of the most interesting sessions at last month’s Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) 2012 Research Conference in Toronto  was a plenary called “Is Treatment Enough Prevention?” This  session focussed on the recent discourse concerning the potential for antiretroviral therapy to reduce infectiousness and thus, the theory goes, reduce infection rates. But to what extent does treatment as prevention work with gay men?  If it hasn’t worked so far, why not?  And does a discourse

The 2012 Ontario AIDS Network Honour Roll Awards

published: November, 23, 2012 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, Events, Health, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

The annual OAN Honour Roll Awards acknowledge the long-term and consistent contributions of individuals or organizations that use their experiences, skills, resources and voices to champion the cause of HIV/AIDS in Ontario.

The 2012 Ontario AIDS Network Honour Roll Awards

Each year since 1996, the Ontario AIDS Network (OAN)  has recognized outstanding leadership and achievement within the HIV/AIDS movement in Ontario through its Honour Roll awards. The Honour Roll acknowledges the long-term and consistent contributions of individuals or organizations that use their experiences, skills, resources and voices to champion the cause of HIV/AIDS in Ontario.  The OAN is a coalition of people living with HIV and AIDS, AIDS service organizations and AIDS service prog

On the road with Wayne

published: November, 20, 2012 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Conferences, Living with HIV, Wayne Bristow

Two down and one to go. Wayne Bristow is.taking time out of his Ontario HIV convention tour to talk a bit about it and why he does it.

On the road with Wayne

I could say that the main reason I do this stuff would be "because I need something to do and I have a lot of time". But really the reason is it helps me learn more about what I'm living with, that I am going to live with, and I learn about all the new research and interventions that are happening that will allow me a long, healthy and productive life.  I've learned that I am not a victim. I can't honestly feel that I am a survivor. I contracted HIV in a time when medications were available

In search of a level playing field

published: November, 14, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door, Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Research, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Ontario HIV Treatment Network

In Canada, is access to HAART/ARV therapy, HIV viral load testing or HIV medical care in general associated with demographic characteristics of people living with HIV? The Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN)’s Rapid Response Unit files their report.

In search of a level playing field

This article first appeared on The Ontario HIV Treatment Network    (OHTN)’s website here. Questions 1. In Canada, is access to HAART/ARV therapy associated with demographic characteristics of PHAs? 2. In Canada, is access to HIV viral load testing, or HIV medical care in keeping with established guidelines and standards, associated with demographic characteristics of PHAs? Key Take-Home Messages . In many Canadian studies, issues related to access to HAART are not addressed becau

Researcher Trevor Hart featured on CANFAR’s Thinking Positive video series

published: November, 12, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Research, Health, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Leading Canadian researcher and all round nice guy Trevor Hart talks to TV's Valerie Pringle about how the mind, sex are HIV connected.

Researcher Trevor Hart featured on CANFAR’s Thinking Positive video series

If you are active in the Canadian HIV community you may well know Dr Trevor Hart, or have learned of his work. If you don’t know him, the video which follows will position who he is and the important work he does, always side by side with representatives form the community, including people with HIV like me.  He's a nice guy. We’ve worked together on the Gay Poz Sex (GPS) program for HIV+ gay and bisexual men, in particular. Dr. Hart is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psycho

The Smoking Project with Sean Rourke

published: November, 12, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // OHTN OHTN/PositiveLite.com, Features and Interviews, Health, Smoking Cessation , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher, Ontario HIV Treatment Network

Today marks the unveiling of an important collaboration between ourselves and the OHTN designed to bridge research and action, to improve the health and well-being of people living with HIV who smoke. Here Bob Leahy interviews OHTN head Sean Rourke.

The Smoking Project with Sean Rourke

Many people will know Dr. Sean Rourke, Scientific and Executive Director of the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN). He’s approachable, eloquent and clearly highly committed. You’ll get a sense of all that in the video which follows where he talks about The Smoking Project. I don’t want to paraphrase what he says, but one of the frustrations of anyone involved in the research field must be the historic difficulty of turning research in to practice. “I think the OHTN’s role is to p

Webinar: HIV and mental health: New thinking, new strategies

published: November, 05, 2012 Categories // Community Events, Mental Health, Events, Research, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Revolving Door, Events, Guest Authors

ACT’s third Community Health Forum in the current series is on new thinking and strategies with regard to HIV and mental health. Attendance is free. The forum will also be available as a webinar.

Webinar: HIV and mental health: New thinking, new strategies

The third workshop in the current series of free open discussion forums for people living with HIV hosted by the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) will be held on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 7:00 pm at the Ramada Plaza Hotel, 300 Jarvis Street in Toronto.  The topic this month is HIV and mental health: New thinking, new strategies. Topics to be discussed at this forum include:  Mental illness is common in HIV, whether present before infection or as a complication of living with HIV Op

New insights in HIV management and strategies for a cure

published: October, 01, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, Events, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Revolving Door, Events, Guest Authors

ACT’s second Community Health Forum in the current series is on new insights in HIV management and strategies for a cure. Attendance is free. The forum will also be available via webcast.

New insights in HIV management and strategies for a cure

The second workshop in the current series of free open discussion forums for people living with HIV hosted by the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) will be held on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 7:00pm at the Ramada Plaza Hotel, 300 Jarvis Street in Toronto.  The topic this month is New insights in HIV Management and Strategies for a Cure. The forum will address questions such as:  What is the current problem with curing HIV infection? Reservoirs and immune containment. What shou

Show Me The Love – Part One

published: September, 25, 2012 Categories // Research, Sexual Health, Health, Living with HIV, Sex and Sexuality

What are the barriers to intimacy, sex and relationships that people living with HIV can face? The AIDS Committee of Guelph and Wellington County set out to answer that question. Here’s Megan DePutter’s report.

Show Me The Love – Part One

In the interview with Bob Leahy, Editor, PositiveLite.com that you can watch below, I share some of the findings from the community-based research project we recently completed at the AIDS Committee of Guelph & Wellington County (ACG). It’s called Show Me the Love:  Understanding the Barriers to Sexual Intimacy among People Living with HIV & AIDS. You may have read my earlier post describing the project, or Wayne Bristow’s account of being an interview participant in the project.

Helping HIVers who want to quit smoking: a status report

published: September, 25, 2012 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // Research, Health, Smoking Cessation , Living with HIV, Ontario HIV Treatment Network

Smoking rates in HIVers are higher than in the general population. So PositiveLite.com asked the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) to conduct a review of smoking cessation programs for people living with HIV: what’s out there and how is it working?

Helping HIVers who want to quit smoking: a status report

This report was produced by the Ontario HIV Treatment Network’s Rapid Response Service. You can read the report online here. The Question: What research has been conducted regarding smoking cessation programs/interventions geared specifically towards people with HIV/AIDS (PHAs) who smoke?  Key Take-Home Messages Tobacco smoking is much more common among PHAs than in the HIV-negative population (1-5) While most medical providers offer some form of smoking cessation services, AIDS Se

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