Canada’s annual spring conference of HIV research professionals, CAHR, was in Vancouver April 12-14. CBRC was there to present findings and to hear from others. CBRC also ran a day long complementary event entitled Beyond Behaviours that featured some of Canada’s leading gay men’s health researchers addressing a robust gathering of gay men’s health providers. Key interest: what is happening with HIV in gay men?
The HIV epidemic is either stable or increasing among gay men in all western countries, including Canada, despite the uptake of Treatment as Prevention (TasP). Changes in sexual culture brought on with the Internet, increased HIV prevalence due to the success of treatment, immigration from homo-oppressive countries, marginalized ethnicities, sexual prejudice and structural barriers all appear to be contributing to a witches brew of factors prolonging the HIV epidemic in gay men, here and virtually everywhere.