Central Opening Doors 2016
The Central Opening Doors conference is an initiative funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, AIDS Bureau.
This annual conference provides participants from Simcoe / Muskoka, Peel and York Region the opportunity to strengthen and update their HIV-related knowledge and skills.
Service providers from the health care and social service sectors, students and people living with HIV/AIDS are invited to register for this conference.
NEW APPROACHES TO HIV PREVENTION: FROM CLINIC TO COMMUNITY
DR. ISAAC BOGOCH, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO – DEPARTMENT OF MEDICINE & INFECTIOUS DISEASES CONSULTANT, TORONTO GENERAL HOSPITAL
This workshop will discuss HIV prevention strategies with a focus on HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), a one pill a day medication that prevents HIV infection. Participants will review current data that has formed PrEP care delivery models, and discuss how comprehensive HIV preventative care can be integrated into clinical and public health settings. Additional interactive discussion topics include HIV prevention outreach to marginalized populations and strategies to improve access to care.
THE SEX YOU WANT CAMPAIGN
DANE GRIFFITHS, MANAGER OF HEALTH PROMOTION, GAY MEN’S SEXUAL HEALTH ALLIANCE OF ONTARIO (GMSH)
In October 2016 the GMSH will launch a comprehensive sexual health campaign for cis and trans gay, bisexual, queer, and other men who have sex with men. The campaign is timely in an era of sustained HIV infection and an epidemic of sexually transmitted infections among gbMSM. The Sex You Want features animated videos, comic strips, and info-graphics that reflect the complex and diverse experiences of gbMSM, grounded in science and a progressive attitude towards sex and pleasure. The website is community-driven with extensive consultation with community members, working groups, frontline workers, researchers, and policymakers. The Sex You Want aligns with Ontario’s new provincial HIV strategy which emphasizes gay men as a priority population, encouraging HIV and STI testing, utilizing new and emerging biomedical HIV prevention strategies, and timely connection to HIV treatment and care.
MOVING BEYOND “POSITIVE SPACE”: IMPROVING THE HEALTH AND WELLBEING OF LGBT2SQ COMMUNITIES
DEVON MACFARLANE, DIRECTOR, RAINBOW HEALTH ONTARIO
While many people are aware that lesbian, gay, bi, trans, Two Spirit, and queer (LGBT2SQ) people experience a range of barriers to care, fewer people are aware of the broad range of health disparities that LGBT2SQ populations experience. In this workshop, we will develop a shared understanding of some of the types of health disparities that LGBT2SQ communities experience, and we will also explore some of the ways that health and social services workers, programs, and organizations can make a difference.
For more information on the presenters, please visit www.centralopeningdoors.org