Posts Tagged ‘hiv/aids’
At Torontoist, Lisa Cumming describes the latest changes to hit Casey House, an HIV/AIDS hospice and hospital.
For almost 30 years, Casey House has provided care to Torontonians living with HIV/AIDS, home care, and other supportive healthcare programs. For some patients, it has been a home away from home when they needed the support most. Although it will remain in the neighbourhood, the hospital is going to move.
The change in location was driven by one goal: to expand the services and care offered to patients.
At its new site, a 58,000-square-foot facility adjacent to Casey House’s existing location, a new day health program will be launched, offering wound care, hot lunches, massage therapy, physiotherapy, antiretroviral therapy support, and connections to places like Fife House, where a patient can get peer and housing support.
Construction of the facility is scheduled to be substantially completed by December 2016 with occupancy commencing late 2016 to early 2017.
“We’re fortunate in that [the old building] is just across the street and that we’re able to continue to see it—that was part of our plan as well,” said Lisa McDonald, the spokesperson for Casey House. “We didn’t want to sell that building and have it torn down and it be used for condos or anything like that.”
Casey House is currently located at 9 Huntley Street, and while the new facility is a mere 97 metres away, at 571 Jarvis, it’s the site of a heritage property known as the “Grey Lady.”
[URBAN NOTE] “Cyclists ride to support Torontonians with HIV/AIDS in the Friends for Life Bike Rally”
The City Centre Mirror reports on this year’s iteration of the Friends for Life bike rally. This is a noble cause, indeed.
An extended heat alert Sunday didn’t dissuade a few hundred cyclists from hopping on their bikes to Montreal to raise money for Torontonians living with HIV/AIDS.
Toronto People with AIDS Foundation’s (PWA) Friends for Life Bike Rally left Allan Gardens July 24 for a one-day, 108-kilometre ride to Port Hope. Some cyclists will pedal 600 kilometres in six days to arrive in Montreal July 29.
More than 300 riders and crew have cycled annually in the rally for the past 17 years, raising more than $14 million in sustainable funding for PWA.
Originally posted at Demography Matters, I opted to crosspost here on account of the local content.
I was in the area and it seemed apropos after the Orlando shooting, so I went off to visit Toronto’s AIDS Memorial, in Church and Wellesley’s Barbara Hall Park, before I went to work Monday afternoon. It is simple enough, pillars almost two metres high each with six inscribed metal plates of the names of the dead, organized chronologically by the year of their death, in a peaceful garden. It is a solemn place, but lovely for all that.
I’ve visited the memorial before. I even shared a picture of it last year, looking at the memorial pillars from the outside as framed by the roses. I had not taken a picture of the memorial from the inside, the pillars with the plaques of inscribed names–so many names–arcing away into the distance.
There is actually quite a lot of information you could surmise about the epidemic from the information on the plates. In the first years of the 1980s the plates are almost empty, one being more than enough for a year’s dead. Later, they spill over into multiple plates. Still later, around 1990, the plates shift to a smaller type.
In the mid-1990s, the impact of effective antiretroviral therapy, much more effective than the easily blunted AZT monotherapy, becomes evident. It is on the 1996-1998 pillar this is most visible. The year 1995 took up most of the previous pillar, but 1996 took up a mere half, 1997 two plates, and 1998 only one. Later plates and later years revert to the low density of names of the mid-1980s, this time with the smaller font. (The 1999 and 2000 plates on the next pillar are visible to the left. Later years’ plates have fewer names still, reverting to the early 1980s, as HIV infection becomes manageable.)
Anti-retrovirals worked. They continue to work, and in ways that might not have been imagined by the originators of modern anti-retroviral therapy, treating and even preventing HIV infection. Toronto’s AIDS Memorial, and like memorials in other cities around the world, serve as effective partial records both of a terrible medical/human tragedy and how, if too late, this tragedy began to be ended. It’s still too far away from ending in some parts of the world, but there is hope. What better testimony is there to this than the pillars of the AIDS Memorial which remain unscarred by plaques?
I’ve visited the AIDS Memorial in Church and Wellesley’s Barbara Hall Park. I even shared a picture of it here last year, looking at the memorial pillars from the outside as framed by the roses. I had not taken a picture of the memorial from the inside, the pillars with the plaques of inscribed names–so many names–arcing away into the distance. So, here one is.