Canada Aids

How a Made-in-B.C. Strategy Could Bring an End to AIDS in Canada

Dr Ryan Meili | Posted 05.24.2015 | Canada Impact
Dr Ryan Meili

Saskatchewan is among a number of regions in Canada, such as Manitoba and even our nation's capital, currently experiencing alarming spikes in the spread of HIV. B.C. has an impressive track record for slowing the spread of HIV/AIDs in the province. The B.C. Centre created a Treatment as Prevention strategy which provides widespread access to HIV testing, care, support and treatment. Keys to the strategy's success have been political commitment, programmatic focus, ongoing innovation coupled with monitoring and evaluation, appropriate resourcing and free services (including fully free antiretroviral therapy (ART)).

HIV-Positive Women Face Many Challenges, But They Can Be Overcome

John Maxwell | Posted 05.21.2015 | Canada Impact
John Maxwell

The full spectrum of how the HIV epidemic has impacted women in Ontario is a relatively new topic. This is, of course, despite women having been affected by HIV since the beginning. These are some of the challenges that face the women who live with or are at risk for HIV. They are manifold and they are ingrained, but they are not insurmountable.

Why Canada's African, Caribbean and Black Communities Are Most Affected by HIV and AIDS

Tsion Demeke Abate | Posted 04.09.2015 | Canada Living
Tsion Demeke Abate

The reality is that out of all Canadians living with HIV, more than one in four don't know they are living with it. And for those of us working with African, Caribbean and Black communities in Canada, it doesn't surprise us to learn that Joseph is a Black man. People from African, Caribbean and Black communities in Canada are disproportionately affected by HIV and AIDS.

Canada Needs a New Game Plan to Eradicate HIV

Laurie Edmiston | Posted 02.06.2015 | Canada Impact
Laurie Edmiston

2014-12-01-worldaids.gifCanada has an extensive network of healthcare professionals, community-based organizations and AIDS service organizations contributing greatly to reducing the incidence of HIV. But a new report on HIV infections from the Public Health Agency of Canada illustrates the need to expand the reach and impact of HIV prevention and treatment efforts.

Women Living With HIV Aim to Break the Glass Ceiling

Allison Carter | Posted 02.04.2015 | Canada Living
Allison Carter

A recent Canadian study of women living with HIV aims to break this glass ceiling, shedding important light on what opportunities exist and what barriers persist towards closing the gap for women living with HIV, a highly underserved community both in Canada and around the world.

Let's Close the Access Gap in the Struggle Against AIDS

Claire Holloway Wadhwani | Posted 02.04.2015 | Canada Impact
Claire Holloway Wadhwani

Closing this access gap means expanding health systems to include grassroots outreach and the community-level advocates who lead the charge. It is well documented that village-level and even home-based HIV testing greatly improve rates of testing. The same is true for HIV education, counselling, and treatment follow-up.

Closing the AIDS/HIV Gap: The Caregivers of Sub-Saharan Africa

Hilary Elliott | Posted 02.04.2015 | Canada Impact
Hilary Elliott

2014-12-01-worldaids.gifThe AIDS pandemic has created gaps in the lives of grandmothers and grandchildren that will never be closed. In addition to the horrific loss of life which can never be reversed, the pandemic has destroyed traditional family structures for a whole generation in sub-Saharan Africa.

Does New HIV-Prevention Technology Empower Women, or Burden Them?

San Patten | Posted 02.01.2015 | Canada Impact
San Patten

2014-12-01-worldaids.gif One key promise of Multi-Purpose Prevention Technologies is that they will allow women to take control over their own sexual and reproductive health decisions. But I can't help but wonder about the difference between putting prevention and contraception 'in women's hands' versus 'on women's shoulders.'

To End the AIDS Epidemic, We Need to Attack its Roots

Robin Montgomery | Posted 01.31.2015 | Canada Impact
Robin Montgomery

2014-12-01-worldaids.gifIn 2013, for the first time in the history of HIV and AIDS, we saw more people gaining access to antiretroviral treatment than the number who became newly-infected with HIV that same year. But closing this gap commands deep digging to get at the root drivers of the epidemic.

What I Learned Spending Time with Orphans in Rural Uganda

Natalie Karneef | Posted 10.01.2014 | 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 09.14.2014 | 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.