Canada Aids

What I Learned Spending Time with Orphans in Rural Uganda

Natalie Karneef | Posted 08.01.2014 | Canada Impact
Natalie Karneef

I spent May and June of 2014 in rural Uganda, volunteering as a blogger, videographer and teacher with the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project, an organization...

Epidemic Can Be Stopped In Its Tracks

CP | Maria Cheng, The Associated Press | Posted 07.16.2014 | Canada Living

LONDON - The number of people living with HIV worldwide has remained virtually unchanged in the past two years and AIDS-related deaths are at their lo...

B.C. Man Gets Prison Time For Not Telling Partners He Had HIV

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.18.2014 | Canada British Columbia

NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. - A British Columbia man has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for keeping his HIV status from his sexual partners.New Westmi...

Women Need an AIDS Vaccine

Margie McGlynn | Posted 07.29.2014 | Canada Impact
Margie McGlynn

We applaud the Government of Canada's continued efforts to push women's and children's health to the forefront of the global agenda, as the high-level Summit on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health opens in Toronto this week. In far too many many parts of the world, women still struggle to access the health services they need, at an often deadly price.

B.C. Wants Routine HIV Tests For Adults

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.12.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - Once labelled absurd, the idea of mass testing of adults for HIV and AIDS is now part of the routine in British Columbia, proving the provi...

What Happens When You Ask a Thousand HIV-affected Children How They Feel?

John Miller | Posted 04.28.2014 | Canada Impact
John Miller

Both the adults and the kids cry often but data collectors must not confuse their role with the families' service providers. It must be noted that the study has gone through several layers of ethical review and nevertheless, the stories trouble those who hear them. In some cases, children feel safe enough to make horrific disclosures for the first time.

Inmates Need Better Access To HIV Treatment

CP | Camille Bains, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Needle exchange programs and increased access to HIV treatment are essential to curb infection rates among Canadian prisoners, says the le...

How Far is Canada From Being AIDS-Free?

Laurie Edmiston | Posted 02.08.2014 | Canada Impact
Laurie Edmiston

banner Adhering to medications has the potential to bring about very positive results in the overall population. The thinking is that if you increase the number of HIV-positive people on treatment, you lower the total amount of virus circulating in a community and, ultimately, reduce the number of new HIV infections.

Teens With HIV: The Forgotten Generation?

Nicci Stein | Posted 02.05.2014 | Canada Impact
Nicci Stein

banner The adolescent years are tough by any standards. The decade between 10 years and 20 brings multiple challenges -- changing bodies, complex interpersonal peer relationships, navigating increasing independence, experiencing sex and intimacy, completing school and facing the future.

To Truly Prevent HIV, We Need to Let Go of Stigma and Discrimination

Dara Gordon | Posted 02.04.2014 | Canada Impact
Dara Gordon

banner One of the best practices to transcend these barriers is peer education. The organization that I work for champions this model, equipping MSM peer educators to discretely enter the community and educate fellow MSM on HIV transmission; providing them with alternative avenues to get HIV testing, a cornerstone of effective prevention; behaviour change strategies and, lastly, condoms.

Don't Racialize AIDS Discourse -- Our Needs Don't Define Who We Are

Vijaya Chikermane | Posted 02.04.2014 | Canada Impact
Vijaya Chikermane

banner Racialized women and children, especially from the Global South often become the face of health issues as their faces (literally) are plastered on the websites and brochures of global health organizations. Their images usually accompanied by indicators of poverty and rural geographies and are offered to an audience as the justification for much needed programs.

Gender Inequalities + Ageism = Hardship for the Grandmothers of Africa

Marilyn Coolen | Posted 02.03.2014 | Canada Impact
Marilyn Coolen

banner The grandmothers in sub-Saharan Africa face triple jeopardy caused by gender, age and exposure to diseases that are associated with aging. Many are affected and infected by HIV/AIDS, malaria and TB. At the same time they are invisible in the statistics and often in the public consciousness.

The Risky Relationship Between HIV and Poverty

Carli Melo | Posted 02.01.2014 | Canada Impact
Carli Melo

banner HIV is a development issue not simply because of its detrimental impact on economic productivity and the health status of a community, but because low levels of socioeconomic development are actually creating a context in which HIV continues to be spread. When youth perceive their future prospects as exceedingly bleak, they are more inclined to partake in high-risk behaviour.

World AIDS Day 2013: Moving Closer to Zero

Robin Montgomery | Posted 01.31.2014 | Canada Impact
Robin Montgomery

banner Vulnerable population groups including, Indigenous communities, people who inject drugs, men who have sex with men, sex workers, prison inmates, women and transgender communities, still experience considerable health, social and political inequities, confront human rights injustices, and shoulder the brunt of new HIV infections.

Major AIDS Conference To Be Held In Vancouver

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.02.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Vancouver has been selected to host a major international conference on HIV-AIDS.As many as 6,000 delegates and media are expected to atte...

Ali's Had a Cough Since 2006

Dr. Raghu Venugopal | Posted 06.24.2013 | Canada Impact
Dr. Raghu Venugopal

Ali is 36 years old and has been coughing for a long time. He has been coughing since at least 2006. I was called because it was suspected that Ali had multi-drug resistant tuberculosis. Médecins Sans Frontières is working with the Chadian Ministry of Health to aid patients like Ali.

Why Are Women Getting Worse HIV Treatment?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.13.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - British Columbian researchers have found that women with HIV-AIDS are more likely than men to receive sub-standard care and treatment, put...

Dare We Ask The Question Of 'Dare To Wear Love?

2life | Kate Drummond | Posted 03.08.2013 | Canada Impact

In 2009, Hoax Couture designers and real-life couple Chris Tyrell and Jim Searle founded Dare to Wear Love, a Toronto fashion event that raises fu...

Building Women' Rights around HIV/AIDS, Sex and Reproductive Health

Jennifer Kitts | Posted 05.06.2013 | Canada
Jennifer Kitts

Many of the social and economic barriers that stand in the way of effective HIV prevention, treatment, support and care for people living with HIV are the same barriers that impede access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health programs and services. In societies where cultural and gender norms tightly restrict the sexual and reproductive lives and choices of women and men, the risk for both unintended pregnancy and HIV infection is greatest.

Could the Next Generation Be AIDS-Free?

Daniel Townsend | Posted 03.31.2013 | Canada Impact
Daniel Townsend

The theme for World AIDS Day over the next three years will be "Getting to Zero: Zero new infections, Zero discrimination and Zero AIDS related deaths." This message is powerful, however if we are serious about making this a reality, then we need to start purposively tackling the challenges that have hindered our progress so far.

Does Gender Inequality Cause More Girls to Get HIV?

Lisa MacDonald | Posted 02.11.2013 | Canada
Lisa MacDonald

It is no coincidence that in countries and regions with high HIV/AIDS prevalence, women tend to have a lower position in society. But exactly what are the linkages between how women and girls are valued and their risk for HIV/AIDS? A significant factor is the ability to make choices. Women's lack of power relative to men gives them less bargaining power in negotiating the use of condoms to protect themselves. Poverty and lack of alternative options lead women to use survival strategies, including prostitution and exchange of sex for resources. To improve women's position in society and give them more control over their life choices, the perceived value of women and girls must change.

Eliminating the Spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa: One Small Medical Caravan at a Time

Krista Humick | Posted 02.06.2013 | Canada
Krista Humick

If the only image you have of Africa is that of a continent continually in a state of crisis, then you are severely mistaken. It is time Westerners stop characterizing Africa as a bottomless pit of despair, and a continent ridden in abject poverty. We can no longer afford to distort its reality with misconceived assumptions.

How Grandmothers Are Helping the AIDS Epidemic

Andrea Beal | Posted 02.04.2013 | Canada
Andrea Beal

In sub-Saharan Africa, fewer than half of the people who need them have access to treatment medications. Children are still being born HIV positive. And their parents are still dying of the disease, leaving them to be raised by their aging and grieving grandmothers. These strong, resourceful women are literally saving the continent.

Happy World (Ignore Women and) AIDS Day!

Paula Donovan | Posted 01.31.2013 | Canada
Paula Donovan

Hats off to the spin doctors who managed to turn this year's World AIDS Day into a global celebration. A mere 34 million people are living with HIV! ...

An AIDS-Free Generation Is Within Our Reach

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 01.30.2013 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Sitane Diamini is no stranger to pain and hopelessness. Her album of family memories includes a scene at the local medical clinic in her home country of Swaziland, on the day when both she and her husband tested positive for HIV. Then she became pregnant. For someone reading this story 20 years ago, what happened next might have seemed nothing short of miraculous.