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December 1 is World Aids Day, a chance to remember the numerous lives lost to HIV-related illness and raise awareness about the current and ongoing challenges of those men and women living with and at risk for HIV. Founded in 1988 as the first global health day, World Aids Day urges us to come together to support and uplift people living with HIV, many of whom can now control the virus with a single pill each day or an injection every other month. Similarly, HIV may be prevented by pills and injections. Despite the improvements in therapy many living with HIV continue to face stigma and discrimination often because of a lack of education among the public and providers surrounding its transmission. For more than 30 years, the clinical and research teams at Toronto General's Immunodeficiency Clinic have worked to serve HIV patients and provide light and support in the darker moments. A multidisciplinary team provides exceptional care to hundreds of clients. The clinic's accomplished research team conducts clinical, basic science, epidemiologic and psychosocial studies that seek to provide new insights into the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS-related conditions and improve quality of life. Learn more about World Aids Day here.
December 3 is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. According to the United Nations, one billion people on the planet live with disabilities and 80 per cent of persons living with disabilities live in developing countries. UHN is grateful for the leadership of our Accessibility Advisory Council (AAC), a group of TeamUHN members, Patient Partners, and persons with disabilities who work to identify, remove, and prevent barriers to care, services, work, and learning. Led by co-chairs Dianne Barham (Talent Management, Human Resources) and Tim Tripp (Director, Library & Information Services), this group is seized with guiding our organization to maintain the highest standards of accessibility, using an intersectional lens to consider how people with disabilities who are Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, and members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ communities receive care and treatment. Learn more about the AAC in this UHN News story. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
A recent study from scientists at the Toronto General Hospital Research Institute is shedding light on how chronic acid reflux affects the communities of microbes in the lung. Drs. Tereza Martinu and Bryan Coburn explored the effect of gastroesophageal reflux disease on lung health after transplantation. "We found that patients with chronic reflux had increased bacterial density with more species that are commonly found in the mouth," says Dr. Martinu. Read
more on UHN News and take a look at
the full study here.
My sincere thanks to the 2SLGBTQIA+ Committee and Spiritual Care for co-hosting a virtual memorial event last week to mark Transgender Day of Remembrance. We honour all those who have died as a result of transphobic violence and recommit ourselves to ensuring transphobia, homophobia, and all forms of discrimination have no place at UHN.
A recording of the event is available online.
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