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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.

Canadian Leaders Must Work to Eradicate HIV and Hepatitis C

National Partners in Canada's HIV Response | Posted 10.07.2015 | Canada Politics
National Partners in Canada's HIV Response

So, what can we do? We have seen tremendous success in other countries: setting clear goals and targets has been key to slowing the HIV epidemic and beginning to envision how we might end this ongoing public health crisis. The goals set by the global community are attainable -- science is on our side. What's needed is good policies and programs, taken to scale.

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

Karen de Prinse | Posted 09.22.2015 | 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 09.08.2015 | 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 08.05.2015 | 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.

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.

Status Quo Is Not Enough To Fight the AIDS Epidemic

Meaghan Derynck | Posted 02.02.2015 | Canada Impact
Meaghan Derynck

2014-12-01-worldaids.gifThere is absolutely no way that we can 'Close the Gap' by being complacent in setting our targets. We must ask ourselves, when it comes to ending the AIDS epidemic, what does success look like? Does it mean putting the blinders on and telling ourselves that the status quo is still good enough?

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.

Nurse Exposes 6-Year-Old B.C. Girl To HIV During Vaccination

The Huffington Post B.C. | Sara Harowitz | Posted 10.28.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A routine vaccination has turned into a nightmare for a B.C. family after a six-year-old girl was exposed to HIV. It happened earlier this month wh...

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...

AIDS Not Cured In Girl

CP | Marilynn Marchione, The Associated Press | Posted 09.09.2014 | Canada

A Mississippi girl born with the AIDS virus and in remission for more than two years despite stopping treatment now shows signs that she still harbour...

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.

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...