World Aids Day

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.

Gender Inequalities + Ageism = Hardship for the Grandmothers of Africa

Marilyn Coolen | Posted 02.03.2014 | Canada Impact
Marilyn Coolen

banner The grandmothers in sub-Saharan Africa face triple jeopardy caused by gender, age and exposure to diseases that are associated with aging. Many are affected and infected by HIV/AIDS, malaria and TB. At the same time they are invisible in the statistics and often in the public consciousness.

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.

An HIV/AIDS-Free Generation Is Within Reach

Hedy Fry | Posted 01.31.2014 | Canada Impact
Hedy Fry

Development of an HIV/AIDS vaccine is still a dream for the future. We have a Canadian strategy that's proven that it can act now to decrease transmission and lower the number of new cases -- a strategy that provides a real opportunity to end the HIV pandemic in our lifetime.

World AIDS Day 2013: Moving Closer to Zero

Robin Montgomery | Posted 01.31.2014 | Canada Impact
Robin Montgomery

banner Vulnerable population groups including, Indigenous communities, people who inject drugs, men who have sex with men, sex workers, prison inmates, women and transgender communities, still experience considerable health, social and political inequities, confront human rights injustices, and shoulder the brunt of new HIV infections.

Could the Next Generation Be AIDS-Free?

Daniel Townsend | Posted 03.31.2013 | Canada Impact
Daniel Townsend

The theme for World AIDS Day over the next three years will be "Getting to Zero: Zero new infections, Zero discrimination and Zero AIDS related deaths." This message is powerful, however if we are serious about making this a reality, then we need to start purposively tackling the challenges that have hindered our progress so far.

The HIV Stigma on Aboriginal Reserves

Janet Madsen | Posted 03.09.2013 | Canada
Janet Madsen

I am part of the HIV support community at Positive Women's Network (PWN) in Vancouver, BC. Many of our members are of Aboriginal descent -- not a surprise, given that Aboriginal people are disproportionately affected by HIV. Stigma shadows discussions about sexual health, mental health and wellness, drug use, and definitely sex itself.

Does Gender Inequality Cause More Girls to Get HIV?

Lisa MacDonald | Posted 02.11.2013 | Canada
Lisa MacDonald

It is no coincidence that in countries and regions with high HIV/AIDS prevalence, women tend to have a lower position in society. But exactly what are the linkages between how women and girls are valued and their risk for HIV/AIDS? A significant factor is the ability to make choices. Women's lack of power relative to men gives them less bargaining power in negotiating the use of condoms to protect themselves. Poverty and lack of alternative options lead women to use survival strategies, including prostitution and exchange of sex for resources. To improve women's position in society and give them more control over their life choices, the perceived value of women and girls must change.

Eliminating the Spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa: One Small Medical Caravan at a Time

Krista Humick | Posted 02.06.2013 | Canada
Krista Humick

If the only image you have of Africa is that of a continent continually in a state of crisis, then you are severely mistaken. It is time Westerners stop characterizing Africa as a bottomless pit of despair, and a continent ridden in abject poverty. We can no longer afford to distort its reality with misconceived assumptions.

How Grandmothers Are Helping the AIDS Epidemic

Andrea Beal | Posted 02.04.2013 | Canada
Andrea Beal

In sub-Saharan Africa, fewer than half of the people who need them have access to treatment medications. Children are still being born HIV positive. And their parents are still dying of the disease, leaving them to be raised by their aging and grieving grandmothers. These strong, resourceful women are literally saving the continent.

AIDS: The Big Level Change Requires Micro Level Action

Claire Holloway Wadhwani | Posted 02.03.2013 | Canada Impact
Claire Holloway Wadhwani

World AIDS awareness month, celebrated in December, provides us with a chance to focus on big goals -- Zero New Infections, Zero Discrimination and Zero AIDS-Related Deaths. Achievement of these goals is within reach, but will require big actions.

Happy World (Ignore Women and) AIDS Day!

Paula Donovan | Posted 01.31.2013 | Canada
Paula Donovan

Hats off to the spin doctors who managed to turn this year's World AIDS Day into a global celebration. A mere 34 million people are living with HIV! ...

Is Education Enough to Fight AIDS?

Donald D'Haene | Posted 01.30.2013 | Canada
Donald D'Haene

World AIDS Day is Saturday. How will you remember and commemorate? Last year alone, 1.7 million people worldwide died as a result of AIDS-related causes. Their deaths must not be in vain. In their memory let us take a more proactive stance in observing this special day this year. End HIV stigma now is a good message. But how? Complacency about AIDS is a major problem and education is still our only vaccine. But sometimes, somewhat surprisingly, even the educated need educating.

An AIDS-Free Generation Is Within Our Reach

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 01.30.2013 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Sitane Diamini is no stranger to pain and hopelessness. Her album of family memories includes a scene at the local medical clinic in her home country of Swaziland, on the day when both she and her husband tested positive for HIV. Then she became pregnant. For someone reading this story 20 years ago, what happened next might have seemed nothing short of miraculous.

Why We Need to Stop Tuberculosis to End AIDS

Niya Chari | Posted 01.30.2013 | Canada Impact
Niya Chari

HIV positive individuals have an estimated 20-30 times greater risk of developing active TB than people without HIV infection. But, without an infusion of renewed global support, global mechanisms cannot scale up their activities to ensure that all people living with HIV are screened for TB, and all TB patients are provided HIV counselling and testing.

Could We Have an AIDS-Free Generation?

Laurie Edmiston | Posted 01.28.2013 | Canada
Laurie Edmiston

Recent advances in our understanding of HIV transmission, treatment, prevention and testing are changing the landscape of our response to HIV and generating a significant amount of optimism. The buzz at the International AIDS Conference this past July in Washington D.C. was that we may now be able to achieve an "AIDS-free generation."

Has AIDS Work Lost Its Heart?

Michael Yoder | Posted 01.27.2013 | Canada
Michael Yoder

Since 1996 we have developed better HIV medications and we live longer, fuller and healthier lives. People who are newly diagnosed and the young might not remember the endless funerals and whisperings about who was sick, who had committed suicide, or who had partied to death to escape the inevitable wasting and loss of personal strength and dignity. It's certainly a good thing that we have better medications, but the AIDS industry has become so dichotomized and disjointed that it is not recognizable from those early "grass roots" days, where everyday people did what they could with little resources and a whole lot of heart. The grass roots of HIV have withered and died.

People Living With HIV Are More Than Their Disease

Scott N. Harrison | Posted 01.22.2013 | Canada
Scott N. Harrison

World AIDS Day is time for both activism and reflection. As nurses, we know the benefit that modern health care has provided to people living with HIV, but we must ensure as technology advances, that we don't lose sight that a person lives with the virus, not the other way around.

Fix a Law for Life: Canada's "Medicines for All" Campaign

Richard Elliott | Posted 01.20.2013 | Canada Impact
Richard Elliott

In the lead up to World AIDS Day 2012 on December 1, Canada's Parliament has the chance to repair Canada's Access to Medicines Regime (CAMR) and finally get the job done. Members of Parliament must make the all-important decision to end partisan political squabbling and vote "yes" for Bill C-398, the bill that will fix CAMR once and for all. Millions of lives hang in the balance.

World AIDS Day 2011: Canadian Organizations Seek To Raise Awareness

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 12.05.2011 | Canada Living

"There are more people today living with HIV in Canada than there were 10 years ago," says Christopher Bunting, president and CEO of the CANFAR. ...