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Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development

A Canadian Coalition of HIV and AIDS organizations and individuals working to strengthen the response to HIV.

The Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development (ICAD) is a registered Canadian charity based in Ottawa, Ontario representing a large coalition of over 100 Canadian HIV and AIDS organizations, international development non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, labour unions, and individuals. ICAD helps Canadians contribute to international HIV work and encourages Canadian organizations to use the lessons learned from the global response that ICAD makes available, to improve prevention, care, treatment, and support services across diverse settings in Canada. ICAD provides leadership in reducing the global and domestic impact of the HIV and AIDS epidemic through improving public policy, providing information and analysis, and sharing lessons learned.

Treating Social Determinants Of Health Can Help End HIV/AIDS

Picture this scenario: An individual living with HIV in British Columbia, "Doug" (whose name has been changed for privacy), was being "shuffled around" through care. As a result, he had grown tired and had mostly given up on treating his HIV.
10/04/2016 01:35 EDT
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It Is Time To Rally Around Young Women And Girls

In many parts of Africa, there are women who have no way of negotiating the choice, or use, of contraceptives with a partner. There are women in relationships who have no option of refusing sex, nor the power to require use of a condom. While HIV infections among the general population of eastern and southern Africa have been plummeting, it has resurfaced and started to grow among adolescent girls and young women.
09/13/2016 12:10 EDT
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Canada's Fight To End HIV, TB And Malaria For Good

In the most affected countries, girls account for more than 80 per cent of all new HIV infection cases among adolescents. This is an alarming statistic. Entire generations of young women are seeing their lives shattered before they even begin because, through lack of education and, primarily, the violence they suffer, their rights are not respected.
08/29/2016 09:42 EDT
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Stepping It Up For Women's HIV Prevention

Many women around the world are placed in situations where they are often unable to negotiate with their partners to be faithful or to use condoms. Stepping it up for gender parity requires that women have access to a range of HIV prevention options, including those that they can use without partner involvement if they choose. Recent advances in oral pre-exposure prophylaxis have contributed to an expanding set of options, and two weeks ago, the results of two vaginal microbicide trials were released, taking us one momentous step forward along this path.
03/13/2016 09:43 EDT
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Stepping It Up For Women's HIV Prevention

Many women around the world are placed in situations where they are often unable to negotiate with their partners to be faithful or to use condoms. Stepping it up for gender parity requires that women have access to a range of HIV prevention options, including those that they can use without partner involvement if they choose. Recent advances in oral pre-exposure prophylaxis have contributed to an expanding set of options, and two weeks ago, the results of two vaginal microbicide trials were released, taking us one momentous step forward along this path.
03/13/2016 09:43 EDT
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The Support Women Provide Is Still Undervalued

Each year, International Women's Day offers us the opportunity to take stock of how much progress women in communities all around the world have made, and how much further we have to go. As we continue to fight against ingrained patriarchal structures that constrain us all, it is important that we advocate for increased recognition and a shared division of labour across all spheres including our emotional lives.
03/12/2016 08:01 EST
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The Support Women Provide Is Still Undervalued

Each year, International Women's Day offers us the opportunity to take stock of how much progress women in communities all around the world have made, and how much further we have to go. As we continue to fight against ingrained patriarchal structures that constrain us all, it is important that we advocate for increased recognition and a shared division of labour across all spheres including our emotional lives.
03/12/2016 08:01 EST
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More Mobiles Than Toilets: New Approaches To The Fight Against HIV/AIDS

Ending the AIDS epidemic requires that we discuss the invisible side of HIV/AIDS, such as cases of sexual violence... Many women may be aware of the risks of HIV during unprotected sex, but without equity and rights over their bodies, they may not be able to enact any measures of protection. Giving women and disempowered persons a channel to ask for help, network, and gain information is essential.
03/11/2016 11:52 EST
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More Mobiles Than Toilets: New Approaches To The Fight Against HIV/AIDS

Ending the AIDS epidemic requires that we discuss the invisible side of HIV/AIDS, such as cases of sexual violence... Many women may be aware of the risks of HIV during unprotected sex, but without equity and rights over their bodies, they may not be able to enact any measures of protection. Giving women and disempowered persons a channel to ask for help, network, and gain information is essential.
03/11/2016 11:52 EST
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Capping AIDS Requires Stepping It Up For Gender Equality

The presence of gender inequality becomes apparent within the communities of CAP-AIDS Uganda's CBO partners upon observing gender disparities in domestic labour and unpaid work, access to capital, as well as land and housing rights. These women are breadwinners, caregivers and active agents of community development who are entrenched in the social welfare of family, friends and neighbours.
03/10/2016 12:50 EST
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Capping AIDS Requires Stepping It Up For Gender Equality

The presence of gender inequality becomes apparent within the communities of CAP-AIDS Uganda's CBO partners upon observing gender disparities in domestic labour and unpaid work, access to capital, as well as land and housing rights. These women are breadwinners, caregivers and active agents of community development who are entrenched in the social welfare of family, friends and neighbours.
03/10/2016 12:50 EST
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POZ Women's Empowerment Through Community-Based Research

POZ women (women living with HIV) may face further incursions on their mental, physical, and emotional health, as gender-based disparities often interfere with socioeconomic stability. Employed may become unemployed or underemployed. Unstable housing may lead to a risk of homelessness... Being in an unhealthy and abusive relationship can severely affect a woman's sense of safety and security.
03/09/2016 10:33 EST
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POZ Women's Empowerment Through Community-Based Research

POZ women (women living with HIV) may face further incursions on their mental, physical, and emotional health, as gender-based disparities often interfere with socioeconomic stability. Employed may become unemployed or underemployed. Unstable housing may lead to a risk of homelessness... Being in an unhealthy and abusive relationship can severely affect a woman's sense of safety and security.
03/09/2016 10:33 EST
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I Am Female. I Am Black. I Am HIV positive. Any Questions?

Why is it that in a world where HIV is treatable and preventable young women are still getting infected and not being tested? In my opinion it is because women are still made and treated to be secondary in this world. There is a pressure put upon us to be perfectly satisfied even with the greatest tragedies. We are silenced, shamed if we speak up and sometimes in some places, even killed if we speak up.
03/08/2016 06:20 EST
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Are We Making Progress In The Fight Against HIV/AIDS In Canada's African, Caribbean And Black Communities?

The vulnerability of Black Canadians to HIV is highly complex and requires a better focus on prevention, education, harm reduction and testing. Our biggest challenge is the high and especially persistent levels of HIV stigma and homophobia in our communities. These attitudes severely limit our success in engaging Canada's Black communities in a dialogue about HIV, and get in the way of our HIV prevention, testing and treatment efforts. This is what our awareness day is all about. We want to both celebrate our successes and make an objective assessment of where our community is at in this fight to engage people in HIV prevention.
02/07/2016 08:36 EST