Canada Hiv

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.

Why We Need A Global Approach To Eliminating HIV, TB And Malaria

Development Unplugged | Posted 09.07.2016 | Canada Politics
Development Unplugged

It's in everyone's interest to take a global and strongly humanitarian approach to eliminating HIV, TB and malaria; we need to think beyond the confines of nation-states in relation to diseases that have no respect for borders. The human costs of these three devastating illnesses are too high.

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.

From Farm To School Table, Feeding Disadvantaged Children In Uganda

Natalie Karneef | Posted 04.20.2016 | Canada Impact
Natalie Karneef

Fifteen years ago, Twesigye Jackson Kaguri, a native Ugandan, was living the American dream -- until his brother, and then his sister, died of HIV/AIDS. Coming face to face with the scale of Uganda's HIV/AIDS pandemic, Kaguri took the $5000 he had saved for a down payment on his own home and built Nyaka Primary School.

Stepping It Up For Women's HIV Prevention

Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development | Posted 03.13.2016 | Canada Impact
Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development

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.

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.

I Am Female. I Am Black. I Am HIV positive. Any Questions?

Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development | Posted 03.08.2016 | Canada Impact
Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development

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.

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 And Hepatitis C Rates Are 10 To 30 Times Higher In Prisons

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.13.2016 | Canada

This is about both health and human rights, said one researcher.

Are We Making Progress In The Fight Against HIV/AIDS In Canada's African, Caribbean And Black Communities?

Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development | Posted 02.07.2016 | Canada Impact
Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development

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.

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.

This Is The Time For Leadership To Tackle HIV In Canada

Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development | Posted 12.07.2015 | Canada Impact
Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development

Many of us think of HIV/AIDS as an issue affecting other countries. But an HIV epidemic in Canada? An estimated 75,500 Canadians are living with HIV, with seven new infections occurring every day. While these numbers are concerning, Canada's overall rate of new infections is still lower than the global average. What these numbers don't show, however, is that HIV has reached epidemic levels in key populations across the country.

Canadian Law Amplifies Gender-Based Violence And HIV Stigma

Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development | Posted 12.07.2015 | Canada Impact
Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development

Women living with HIV must contend not only with the possibility of rejection, shame, or violence if they disclose, but also with the fear of criminalization. The law provides abusers with another tool for blackmail and further violence, even in cases where a woman disclosed. All the partner has to do is claim she didn't. It's important to generate strategies, such as electronic or paper documentation of disclosure, to protect women living with HIV from harassment, blackmail, abuse, criminal charges, and prosecution, all of which are fueled by the law. They need ways to look out for themselves physically, emotionally, and legally.

HIV Positive: How One Night Changed Everything

Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development | Posted 12.05.2015 | Canada Impact
Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development

Thato knew the risks of unprotected sex in Lesotho, a small mountainous kingdom landlocked by South Africa, a country baring the title of the world's second highest prevalence of HIV. She always used condoms, until that night. She watched as the nurse pricked her finger and the blood spilled onto the HIV test strip. She waited the painful 10 minutes it takes for the the strip to reveal one red line for HIV-negative and two for HIV-positive. The reality of her status hit her and she could no longer speak. Her words, "I am positive," seemed to hang in the space and time.

Why Aren't More HIV-Positive People Being Screened For TB?

Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development | Posted 12.04.2015 | Canada Impact
Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development

TB is now responsible for the deaths of 1 in 3 people with HIV, up from 1 in 4 just last year, and has been officially named the world's No. 1 infectious disease killer.

A Year After I Disclosed I Have H.I.V.

Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development | Posted 12.03.2015 | Canada Impact
Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development

I was born on May 21st 1993 with H.I.V. In my world this was the scariest thing imaginable. Not the actual virus. I was fortunate enough to learn I could physically live a long relatively healthy life. The stigma has kept me forever afraid. But my disclosure saved my life. That's not the case for everybody and I think it's important we all have a choice. Whatever choice that is, let yourself be happy. Let yourself feel no shame. I am not living with H.I.V, H.I.V is living with me.

Is There Power For The End Of AIDS?

Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development | Posted 12.03.2015 | Canada Impact
Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development

One of the key factors in achieving the end of AIDS is one of the most challenging -- gender equality. We need to go beyond the science of HIV care to the larger issues of social structures that create vulnerabilities to HIV.

Being HIV-Positive Shouldn't Mean Living Without Intimacy

Allison Carter | Posted 12.01.2015 | Canada Living
Allison Carter

Sex and relationships are important aspects of being human. Now imagine learning that you're HIV-positive. A new study published December 1, on World AIDS Day, shows just how powerful HIV-related fear and discrimination can be for a woman's sex life.

Global Fast-Track Targets Require Fast-Tracked Funding Globally

Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development | Posted 12.03.2015 | Canada Impact
Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development

The fact that there are still approximately 2 million people around the world who receive an HIV-positive diagnosis each year only accentuates how important it is to scale-up proven combination prevention approaches. Equally important is the scale-up of investments to find a safe, effective and affordable vaccine and multi-purpose prevention technologies.

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

Will Sacks | Posted 11.26.2015 | 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.

Getting To Zero: A Call For World AIDS Day

Dr. Julio Montaner | Posted 11.24.2015 | Canada Impact
Dr. Julio Montaner

UNAIDS has embraced the ambitious goal of ending the AIDS by 2030, and this has now been formally endorsed within the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals agenda. On World AIDS Day, UNAIDS will be calling for the world to achieve: "Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS-related deaths."

Teaching The Difference Between The Pap And STI Testing

Lyba Spring | Posted 11.04.2015 | Canada Living
Lyba Spring

The importance of the distinction becomes clear when we look at the statistics. According to the lead researcher of a recently published article on this issue, over the past 10 years, chlamydia and gonorrhea rates in Canadians rose by 72 and 53 per cent, respectively, especially for chlamydia.

Our Drug Policy Shouldn't Be a Criminal Justice Issue

Richard Elliott | Posted 10.20.2015 | Canada Impact
Richard Elliott

Mandatory minimum sentences for possessing drugs for personal use do not make Canadians safer. They will not improve the health of our economy, the safety of our streets, or the well-being of communities throughout Canada. The inevitable overcrowding of Canadian prisons will not only increase tension and conflict in prisons, but also cost taxpayers billions of dollars.

Our Tour of Shame

Maia Rose Rotman | Posted 10.14.2015 | 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.