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Joshua Ostroff

Feist Needs Your Backpacks To Help Thousands Of HIV+ Kids In Malawi

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 02.22.2017 | Canada Parents

"We succeeded in getting these kids free HIV drugs and support. But if they can't keep the meds safe then the whole thing falls apart."

Despite Medical Advances, We're Still Fighting The Stigma Of HIV

Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development | Posted 02.03.2017 | Canada Impact
Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development

Even with access to care, I saw the Afro-Canadian positive community around me failing to receive the care they need. Refugees face many challenges -- being a newcomer, being alone, dealing with trauma. In addition, the shame of having HIV was profound; merely walking into an HIV clinic caused widespread gossip and shaming within the community.

Joshua Ostroff

A Gay Refugee's Journey From Syria To Marching Next To Trudeau

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 12.28.2016 | Canada Living

"I was overwhelmed by the presence of the prime minister next to me."

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.

HIV, TB, And The Battle For Global Health

Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development | Posted 12.02.2016 | Canada Impact
Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development

Tuberculosis (TB), a formidable foe to global health for thousands of years, has joined forces with HIV, a relative new-kid on the block, and together the two have left a wake of destruction, destitution, and death in communities across the globe.

From Pregnant And HIV-Positive Teen To Inspiring Young Mayor

UNICEF Canada | Posted 12.02.2016 | Canada Impact
UNICEF Canada

Livey Van Wyk, 31, has come a long way from pregnant and HIV-positive teenager to becoming a fulfilled mother and an influential and inspiring young mayor who is the pride of her native Namibia. Her life tells a powerful story of courage and hope.

Reflections On The Global Fund Replenishment: Montreal, Malawi And Doing Better

Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development | Posted 11.07.2016 | Canada Impact
Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development

Over the next three years, the Global Fund is on track to save eight million lives because thirty-five some odd countries came together to do the right thing. It is a truly remarkable achievement. The countries that contributed should be commended.

'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.

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 04.21.2017 | 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 03.14.2017 | 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 03.11.2017 | 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 03.09.2017 | 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 02.23.2017 | 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.