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Medication to Zero?

Will people living with HIV ever be able to stop taking antiretroviral drugs?

Toronto to Zero is hosting a free lecture by Dr. Tae-Wook Chun, internationally recognized HIV scientist who first described how HIV hides in inactive immune cells at Casey House, in Toronto.

Now a tenured scientist at the American National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Dr. Chun’s work continues to focus on eliminating persistent reservoirs of virus in the human body. The goal of his research is to develop treatment strategies to allow people living with HIV to maintain undetectable viral loads without daily antiretroviral drugs.

The event is free and open to all interested, although registration is required.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 – 6:30pm
Casey House Dining Room – 119 Isabella Street, Toronto

Tickets – FREE (please reserve yours by following this link)

PLDI Core Training 2019 Dates

Dates for next Positive Leadership Development Institute have been announced!

PLDI Core Training April 25-28 2019 (London);
PLDI Communication Training July 19-21 2019 (Toronto);
PLDI Governance Training March 13-15 2020 (Toronto);
PLDI Facilitator Training February 7-9 2020 (Toronto).

Reach out to Tara Jewal with any questions.

Ontario PrEP Cohort Study!

The Ontario PrEP Cohort Study (ONPrEP) is looking for PrEP users to participate their research project!

Are you currently on PrEP? If so, have your voice heard and take part in the Ontario PrEP Cohort Study! Participation is open to any adult starting or using PrEP in Ontario. Compensation is provided.

You can learn more about the project by either visiting ONPrEP.ca or contacting the Provincial Study Coordinator at 416-864-6060 ext 77395. 

Ontario Social Assistance/ODSP Update workshop

*As registration response to HALCO’s scheduled April 11 workshop was overwhelming, this additional date has been added* 

Join presenter Jill McNall (HALCO Community Legal Worker and licensed paralegal) at the 519 Church Street Community Centre in a workshop which will provide an overview of what is known about the changes that the Ontario Government have announced for the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) – what the changes might mean and what to do next.

Thursday  May 2, 2019 1:30pm – 4 p.m
The 519 Ballroom,  2nd Floor,
519 Church Street, Toronto 
(just north of Wellesley Street East)

Everyone is welcome to attend this in-person general interest workshop but space is limited so registration is required.

Honour Roll: Wrap!

Thank you to all who were able to join us for this year’s OAN Honour Roll celebration!

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre overflowed with love, support and gratitude for this year’s recipients: Amutha SamgamSarah BurtchTom Hammond and the Toronto Overdose Prevention Society.

Thank you, also, to those who sent us their photos from the event! If you would like to access your photobooth photos, Tara can send you your pictures on request. Email tjewal@oan.red to receive your picture!

It’s important that we take the time to recognize those in our community who are making exceptional changes to our sector. And we hope that the Honour Roll accomplished just that!

See you all next year!

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