Tag: research

At the PAN Fall Conference, we learned from Dr. Lianping (Mint) Ti about short-course direct-acting antiviral (DAA) drugs for hepatitis C (HCV). These well-tolerated drugs have demonstrated cure rates of 95% and have been available in British Columbia (BC) since 2014, but their dispensation has been limited to individuals with advanced liver disease due to… Read more »

Housing Promotes Health for People Living with HIV

An extensive review of studies on housing, HIV and health carried out by researchers at the Ontario HIV Treatment Network shows that housing is an important determinant of health for positive folks. According to the OHTN: “Working with colleagues in the U.S. and Canada, researchers from the OHTN have shown a conclusive link between housing… Read more »

What is the difference between research and evaluation?

We often hear research and evaluation talked about in very similar circles – they both use methods to gather data and work to answer a question. However, they are different disciplines and have different focuses and practices and it is important to take some time to distinguish between the two. Some of the high-level differences… Read more »

Rapid Response from the OHTN: Seeking Sex Online

Curious about apps like Grindr and sexual health behaviours? The OHTN’s new Rapid Response provides an overview of the impact of mobile apps and hook-up sites on risk behaviour and HIV/STI transmission among men who have sex with men. It also looks at ways to work with these platforms to promote sexual health. Key Take-Home… Read more »

Help recruit youth for the Youth Disclosure Project survey

The HIV Disclosure Project has formed a collaboration with YouthCO and Canadian Positive People Network to develop a workshop for youth living with HIV to talk about disclosing their HIV status. In this phase of the project feedback is being gathered to learn about youth experiences with disclosure. In order to get this information, they’re… Read more »

Study on suicide prevention is recruiting in Vancouver

As many as 1 in 5 gay and bisexual men have attempted suicide. We don’t know why. A research study in Vancouver is gathering personal life-stories of men who have attempted suicide as an adult, in order to better understand this important issue. This study is asking local community-based organizations to help get the word… Read more »

On October 23, 2015, the Gender & Sexual Health Initiative (of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS), Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, and Positive Women’s Network (PWN) on behalf of the Women, HIV and the Law Project held a one-day Research Roundtable for a small group of leading experts, including women living with HIV (WLWH), academics, AIDS support organizations (ASOs), clinicians, and legal… Read more »

The C3Q Survey Individuals living with HIV often express concerns about how they think, feel, and function in everyday life.  A team of researchers at McGill University has partnered with HIV community-based programs to develop the C3Q study (Communicating Cognitive Challenges in HIV Questionnaire).  The first phase of this study focused on identifying aspects of… Read more »

While media headlines focus on individuals prosecuted for alleged HIV non-disclosure, we know that the impacts of criminalizing HIV non-disclosure go far beyond those who are formally charged. I was therefore delighted to learn in April that our 3-year community-based research (CBR) proposal to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research had been approved. Titled “Women… Read more »

Challenges and Opportunities in Rural HIV Health was an Affiliated Independent Event at the 8th IAS Conference, held by the CANOC Collaborative Research Centre on July 18, 2015 in Vancouver, BC. The session provided a platform for experts, community members, researchers, clinicians and students to unite and discuss the unique challenges of remoteness and geographic… Read more »

CPHA STBBI Stigma Scale pilot testing invitation

In April 2014, the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) launched a new project entitled Engaging health professionals to decrease stigma and discrimination and improve sexually transmitted and blood-borne infection (STBBI) prevention. This project aims to enhance the prevention of STBBIs and reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with these infections through the development and dissemination… Read more »

Welcome to the Pacific AIDS Network’s spring review of What’s HOT in HIV Research! In this edition we are going to take a look at contributions made by the PAN team to the Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR) 2015 Conference in Toronto, which was held in April. Invaluable Lessons: Compensating Peer Research Associates in… Read more »