Category: Research

A team of researchers at several universities and clinics in Montreal conducted a study to explore issues related to healthcare access and mental health among HIV-positive mothers. In detailed interviews with 100 mothers, the researchers uncovered several issues that affected the women’s mental health. The team made recommendations for doctors, nurses and other care providers,… Read more »

Risky Business: Examining the Role of Risk in HIV Prevention Research and Everyday Life Wednesday, April 15 2:00-3:00pm EST CLICK HERE to register and watch Mark’s welcome video. The concept of risk plays a fundamental role in the HIV/AIDS epidemic, shaping our research questions, education strategies, governance and activism. Ultimately, ideas about risk come to… Read more »

Background Case reports are the basis of most sexually-transmitted infection (STI) reporting systems, but reliance on case data alone is limited by an inability to describe trends among key populations, such as gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM). Sentinel surveillance, in which disease monitoring is done at select sites when… Read more »

HIV infection can cause many problems, including some that affect the nerves. The nervous system that permeates the vast majority of the body outside of the brain is called the peripheral nervous system. As early as 1983, doctors in Manhattan noted the strange appearance of injury to the nerves in the feet and legs of… Read more »

Thanks to the widespread availability of potent combination anti-HIV therapy (commonly called ART or HAART), many HIV-positive people are living longer and researchers increasingly expect that some of these people will reach old age. As HIV-positive people age, their risk for type 2 diabetes and other complications related to aging will likely increase. The precursor… Read more »

Sex Now Survey: The Next Generation

Most of you will be familiar with the Sex Now Survey. This year, Sex Now: The Next Generation is probing the range of experiences that end up affecting our health through several generations of gay and bisexual men. As you already know, health status is rooted in our personal slice of history. We want to… Read more »

CATIE News – Age-related macular degeneration in HIV

Researchers at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City and elsewhere in the U.S. have been monitoring the eyes of people who have survived AIDS. They found that out of 1,825 participants, 10% had intermediate-stage AMD. Compared to HIV-negative people, the rate of AMD among these long-term survivors of AIDS was four-fold greater. The findings… Read more »

Thanks to the many benefits of potent combination anti-HIV therapy (commonly called ART or HAART) more HIV-positive people in Canada and similar countries are living longer. The power of ART is so profound that researchers increasingly expect that some HIV-positive people will have near-normal life spans. As people with HIV enter their later years, changes… Read more »

by Shazia Masud, PGY-3 Medical Microbiology, UBC Purpose of the study Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV) is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by Chlamydia trachomatis serovars L1, L2, and L3. Depending on the site of inoculation, LGV can manifest either as an inguinal syndrome with a unilateral painful inguinal lymphadenopathy (buboes) or as an anorectal syndrome… Read more »

CATIE News – Survival after surgery with HIV

In Canada and other high-income countries, the widespread availability of potent combination anti-HIV therapy (commonly called ART or HAART) has had a tremendous impact on the health of HIV-positive people. Since 1996, deaths due to AIDS-related infections have plummeted. Furthermore, researchers increasingly expect some HIV-positive people who take ART to live into their 80s. As… Read more »

Researchers at the University of Toronto are seeking individuals to participate in a project aiming to explore and understand the intersection of immigration status and racialization related to the criminalization of HIV in Canada. It asks: What is the significance of immigration status and racialization for the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure in Canada?