Canada Aids

There's No Time To Backtrack The Fast-Track To Ending AIDS By 2030

Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development | Posted 12.12.2016 | Canada Impact
Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development

We are just three years away from being called to account for our progress towards the 2020 Fast-Track targets -- a critical milestone in ending the AIDS epidemic. We still have a great distance to travel before we're able to call it a success. Measures to close this gap are readily available, but what we need is an all hands-on deck approach.

How Do We Make A Better World For Children Affected By HIV/AIDS?

Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development | Posted 12.09.2016 | Canada Impact
Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development

Since 2011, new infections in children have reduced by a massive 60 per cent -- this drop is responsible for most of the impressive decline in HIV infections globally. So why then is it hard for me to join in the spontaneous applause that tend to break out at events where statements such as "... and her baby was born HIV-free" or "... and my baby is healthy" are made?

Spread Too Thin To End AIDS: Narrowing Global Focus And Setting Priorities

Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development | Posted 12.08.2016 | Canada Impact
Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development

Internationally the formal commitment has been made to end AIDS by 2030. However, there is a chasm to be crossed between the formal signature of a country acknowledging that these targets ought to be met, and the day-to-day financial, political, and social effort that meeting these targets will require.

We Must Embrace Inclusion For An AIDS-Free 2030

Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development | Posted 12.08.2016 | Canada Impact
Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development

Few health workers with knowledge of sign language and a lack of written or visual information on HIV in sign language are further barriers for those with hearing impairments. Requiring a sign language interpreter also limits the level of privacy deaf people have when accessing health services. Additionally, much information can get lost in translation. Without comprehensive knowledge of HIV transmission, Lesotho's deaf population remains vulnerable to this virus.

I Want To Believe The End Of AIDS Is Nigh – My Life Depends On It

Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development | Posted 12.06.2016 | Canada Living
Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development

Thirty-seven years old. In 2030, I will be 37 years old. In 2030, the AIDS epidemic will be eliminated. I hope. According to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or "Global Goals" that's the plan. I pray to God they're right. I can wait till 37, but if I'm being honest, I expect to be waiting much past that.

What Could The Future Of Women's HIV Prevention Look Like?

Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development | Posted 12.05.2016 | Canada Impact
Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development

current prevention strategies are not decreasing the rate of new HIV infections quickly enough to end the epidemic -- and women and girls are especially at risk. Given recent advances in HIV prevention science, we can, and must, do better.

'Cascade Of Care' Can Help India Plug Gaps In TB Treatment

Dr. Madhukar Pai | Posted 10.26.2016 | Canada Impact
Dr. Madhukar Pai

Over the last decade, the HIV community has very effectively used the cascade of care analysis to identify and plug gaps so that more patients receive effective treatment. UNAIDS recently endorsed an ambitious "90-90-90" global target based on the cascade. The TB community has lagged behind.

Continue To Fund Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis And Malaria

Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development | Posted 10.18.2016 | Canada Impact
Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development

Global Fund announced that pledges totalling US$12.9 billion were made. This is almost US$1 billion more than what was raised at the previous replenishment conference in 2013 and represents a significant commitment to fighting the three diseases over the coming three years. But will it be enough to end the three epidemics for good?

Treating Social Determinants Of Health Can Help End HIV/AIDS

Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development | Posted 10.04.2016 | Canada Impact
Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development

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.

British Patient May Be 1st To Be Cured Of HIV

The Huffington Post Canada | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 10.03.2016 | Canada Living

Experimental U.K. treatment made HIV "undetectable" in a patient's blood during clinical trials.

All Ages Matter In Fight To End HIV/AIDS For Good

Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada Impact
Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development

Older women/grandmothers in sub-Saharan Africa are rarely recognized or included in programs and policies addressing HIV/AIDS, health-care strengthening and development assistance. Yet they are at the centre of the pandemic.

Seize Momentum In Winning Fight Against AIDS, TB And Malaria

Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development | Posted 09.21.2016 | Canada Impact
Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development

Global leaders pledged over US$12.9 billion dollars which will help save 8 million lives and stop an additional 300 million new infections worldwide by 2019, as well as contribute to ending these deadly diseases as epidemics by 2030. This is truly a promising horizon.

Canada Is Leading The Fight To End AIDS, TB And Malaria For Good

Dr. Madhukar Pai | Posted 09.16.2016 | Canada Impact
Dr. Madhukar Pai

As Montreal gears up to host the biggest leaders in global health, it is our hope that Canada will go well beyond provision of international aid, and find a way to harness the abundant scientific talent in Canada. Doing so will not only amplify the financial contributions by Canadians, but also show our global solidarity.

No Place Should Be Too Fragile For Canada's Care

Chelsea MacLachlan | Posted 09.16.2016 | Canada Impact
Chelsea MacLachlan

More than half of the world's child deaths occur in fragile places like South Sudan and Afghanistan. Yet Canada only commits 25 per cent of its official development budget to these areas. To go the distance to reach the world's most vulnerable people, the figure needs to change.

U.S.-Canadian Leadership's Global Fight For Better Health

Development Unplugged | Posted 09.01.2016 | Canada Politics
Development Unplugged

When it comes to ensuring health and well-being around the globe, no one can be left behind. This ambitious goal is at stake as global leaders come together in Montreal this month to pledge commitments to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) for the organization's 2017-2019 funding cycle.

Harm Reduction Drug Policies Are Saving Lives

Dr. Julio Montaner | Posted 04.26.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Julio Montaner

Treatment as Prevention (TasP), pioneered by the BC-CfE and implemented in British Columbia with support of the provincial government, has shown that bringing HIV services to those in need where they are at saves lives, prevents new infections and contributes to health care sustainability.

Capping AIDS Requires Stepping It Up For Gender Equality

Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development | Posted 03.11.2016 | Canada Impact
Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development

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.

5 Critical Exercise Guidelines For People Living With HIV

Allison Webel | Posted 02.23.2016 | Canada Living
Allison Webel

Recent studies indicate that people living with HIV have an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Although a number of pharmacological strategies under investigation should help minimize this risk, behavioral interventions, such as physical activity and exercise, also can lower the risk. However, as with anyone living with a chronic disease, questions will arise whether or not it is safe to exercise with HIV. The answer is a resounding YES.

HIV Patients Can Live Normal, Healthy Lives Despite The Stigma

Allison Webel | Posted 01.27.2016 | Canada Living
Allison Webel

High profile disclosures of HIV status, like Charlie Sheen's, remind us of just how far we've come in treating HIV in the past 30 years. HIV is now a chronic disease like diabetes, heart disease or emphysema. However, there are still questions -- such as can people with HIV really live normal, healthy lives?

Four Skills You Need to Successfully Manage Your HIV

Allison Webel | Posted 01.22.2016 | Canada Living
Allison Webel

Just because you have HIV doesn't mean that life stops. There are still chores to do, friends to keep up with, jobs to perform, and family relationships to maintain. Sure, things you once took for granted may become more complicated in the face of HIV, but you don't need to give them up.

It's Time To Change Our Attitudes About HIV/AIDS

Will Sacks | Posted 11.26.2016 | Canada Living
Will Sacks

HIV infection is decidedly no longer a death sentence, and no longer a major inhibitor of quality of life. HIV-positive people can live long and healthy lives. For those with access to care, some sex educators now talk about HIV infection as more of a nuisance to be managed than than a life-altering diagnosis.

Our Tour of Shame

Maia Rose Rotman | Posted 10.06.2016 | Canada Politics
Maia Rose Rotman

"Where is Canada?" In Turkey and Jordan recently, this was the question we heard over and over, from Syrian refugees themselves, crisis intervention workers, medical professionals, human rights activists and others dedicated to helping Syrians.To friends and family, I referred to my time in the region as a tour of shame, as a Canadian. There was a clear perception among the people we spoke with that Canada preferred Christian asylum seekers, and this explained the delays and inaction. As the now-infamous photo of Alan Kurdi reminds us, there is an immediate need for Canada to show leadership in developing a concrete solution.

Long-Term Care Is a Struggle for Those Aging With HIV

Karen de Prinse | Posted 09.22.2016 | Canada Living
Karen de Prinse

There is still a common belief that being HIV-positive is a death sentence, when in reality most people now reach the age of retirement, living with what is a serious, long-term illness. These inaccurate beliefs result in stigma and discrimination with often devastating effects.

In Response to Rentboy Bust, the Case for Decriminalizing Sex Work

Dr. Chris Beyrer | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Dr. Chris Beyrer

As the proliferation of online escort services -- gay and straight alike -- suggests, Americans engage in escort services in considerable numbers. Moralism aside, what's the actual harm? We reviewed the available scientific evidence on HIV, other health issues, violence and human rights among sex workers, including among male sex workers -- and gained invaluable insights into the power of decriminalization to reduce harm.

Confronting the Isolation of Living with HIV

John Maxwell | Posted 08.04.2016 | Canada Impact
John Maxwell

As a result of the stigma around HIV, many folks feel shame and judgment about how they got HIV and don't want others finding out. We believe that isolation is alleviated by networks of support, by the opportunity to create shared experiences with other people, by the opportunity to be true to who you are without fear.