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Canada Needs a New Game Plan to Eradicate HIV

Laurie Edmiston | Posted 12.07.2014 | 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 12.06.2014 | 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 12.05.2014 | 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 12.05.2014 | 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 12.03.2014 | 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 12.02.2014 | 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 12.01.2014 | 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...

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.

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.

The Number One Killer of People With HIV

Meaghan Derynck | Posted 02.02.2014 | Canada Impact
Meaghan Derynck

banner As advocates, we often like to use analogies to explain the scourge of pandemics like HIV: It's a runaway train with no conductor, a loaded gun in the hands of a madman, a tide that needs to be turned. The problem with analogies though is that they have a way of detracting from the overarching, inevitable truth: People are dying. Real people. By the end of 2012, there were 35.3 million people across the world living with HIV. Even more jarring is the fact that one third of those people also have tuberculosis, and many of them will die before they even know that they have it.

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.

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...

1,000 Need HIV, Hepatitis Tests After Sterilization Problems

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.03.2013 | Canada Living

QUEBEC - About 1,000 patients will need to be screened for HIV and hepatitis after sterilization problems at Quebec City-area medical establishments.T...

Why "Not Enough Money" Is no Excuse for Africa's HIV/AIDS Treatment Gap

Nicci Stein | Posted 06.29.2013 | Canada Impact
Nicci Stein

Imagine how you feel now, knowing that without your medications your condition will get worse and you know you will die -- a death that is completely avoidable. Imagine feeling that the world, including your own country, doesn't care enough to keep you alive.

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.

Why Are Women Getting Worse HIV Treatment?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.13.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - British Columbian researchers have found that women with HIV-AIDS are more likely than men to receive sub-standard care and treatment, put...

Building Women' Rights around HIV/AIDS, Sex and Reproductive Health

Jennifer Kitts | Posted 05.06.2013 | Canada
Jennifer Kitts

Many of the social and economic barriers that stand in the way of effective HIV prevention, treatment, support and care for people living with HIV are the same barriers that impede access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health programs and services. In societies where cultural and gender norms tightly restrict the sexual and reproductive lives and choices of women and men, the risk for both unintended pregnancy and HIV infection is greatest.