Articles tagged with: British Columbia

Views from the front lines: Getting to undetectable

published: August, 07, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , African, Caribbean and Black, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Women, Features and Interviews, Sexual Health, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

From CATIE's "Prevention in Focus" spotlight on programming and research, three service providers speak of the barriers to testing and treatment their communities face.

Views from the front lines: Getting to undetectable

We spoke to three service providers to find their views and insights on the challenges facing their clients in getting an undetectable viral load: Norma Rabbitskin, Senior Health Nurse, Sturgeon Lake First Nation Health Centre, Saskatchewan Sem Teklemariam, Women’s Support Coordinator, Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP),Toronto, Ontario Deanna Macdonald, RN (c), BSN, Interior Health Clinical Care Coordinator – HIV and Health Outreach Team, Kelowna, British Co

Q&A with Oghenowede Eyawo: research points to major shifts in mortality and causes of death among people living with HIV

published: March, 31, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Women, Research, Health, Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Two recent studies by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) point to what else has changed now that people living with HIV are expected to live much longer lives.

Q&A with Oghenowede Eyawo: research points to major shifts in mortality and causes of death among people living with HIV

People with HIV are now living longer, and are less likely to die from an AIDS-defining illness. What do we know about their health and quality of life today? People with HIV who are receiving combination antiretroviral drugs can now live full, long lives—increasingly comparable to those who are HIV-negative. Two recent studies by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) point to what else has changed now that people living with HIV are expected to live much longer lives. One study

Women significantly more likely than men to have suboptimal adherence to HIV therapy

published: February, 27, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Treatment, Living with HIV, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Canadian research "shows that sex maintains a significant and independent effect on adherence.” For AIDSmap, Michael Carter reports.

Women significantly more likely than men to have suboptimal adherence to HIV therapy

Women are more likely than men to have poor adherence to combination antiretroviral therapy (cART), according to Canadian research published in HIV Medicine. Adherence was monitored in a cohort of over 4000 people in British Columbia over 14 years. After controlling for injecting drug use (IDU) and ethnicity, 57% of women and 77% of men attained optimum 95% adherence. “Our findings indicate that women are significantly less likely to achieve optimal adherence to cART than men,” com

High rates of injury found among some HIV-positive people in B.C.

published: January, 16, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, CATIE, General Health, Mental Health, Research, Health, International , CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

CATIE reports on a study that undertook an assessment of rates and predictors of injury in HIV-positive and HIV-negative adults in British Columbia

High rates of injury found among some HIV-positive people in B.C.

Une version française est disponible ici.   In Canada and other high-income countries, the widespread use of potent combination HIV therapy (ART) has significantly reduced AIDS-related deaths and illness—at least among people who are aware of their infection, in care and taking ART every day exactly as prescribed and directed. Due to the tremendous life-saving effects of ART, researchers increasingly expect that a young adult who is infected today and who initiates treatment shortly t

Funding for Camp Moomba!

published: October, 25, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, Social Media, Activism, Fundraisers, Youth, Mental Health, Living with HIV, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Your vote in the Aviva Community Fund challenge could be what allows up to 70 youth living with HIV, aged six to seventeen, to attend camp.

Funding for Camp Moomba!

Did you know there are about 150 children and youth who are growing up with HIV in Canada? Medical advances and good clinical care mean that nowadays there are very few cases where HIV is passed from a parent who is accessing HIV treatment to their baby but worldwide, many parents do not have consistent access to the kinds of HIV care that can prevent HIV from being passed. Many children growing up with HIV in Canada were born in places where effective therapies were not available, have come

A Canadian petition on the need for treatment as prevention gets a Ministerial response

published: May, 02, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, As Prevention , Gay Men, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy reviews the response B.C activists received to their petition to the Federal Government calling for a National AIDS Strategy that embodies better access to diagnosis and treatment, including the principle of treatment as prevention

A Canadian petition on the need for treatment as prevention gets a Ministerial response

Back in 2014 I was in contact with Bob Bachas from British Columbia who, working with SGIAS and with the office of Elizabeth May MP assisting, wanted to petition the Canadian government in the following way:  “Your petitioners call on the House of Commons to recognize that all Canadians, no matter their location or socioeconomic status, deserve access to pro-active diagnosis and effective treatment for HIV/AIDS, and immediately implement a National AIDS Strategy based on the proven princip

Seroconverting at 15

published: July, 01, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks to Preston Leon, a 16-year old man from central British Columbia diagnosed with HIV a year ago, about what it’s like to find out you are HIV-positive when you are a teenager in a small rural community where HIV isn’t talked about

Seroconverting at 15

Burns Lake, British Columbia Bob Leahy: Hi Preston. Remind me what’s the name of the place you live in?  Preston Leon: I live in Burns Lake, British Columbia. Probably about four or 5-thosuand people there. I’ve grown up mosly around here and I spend my time farming, being out in the country. We have a few horses, a few cows, roughly 300,000 acres on one property and 80,000 acres on another. OK. I want to hear your story. When did you find out you were HIV-positive? On June 14, 2014.

PrEP access in Canada needs fixing

published: May, 06, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, As Prevention , Gay Men, Health, Treatment, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

B.C.'s. Health Initiative for Men (HIM) launches open letter calling on Gilead Sciences to make immediate application to Health Canada for use of Truvada in HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). Please consider adding your name.

PrEP access in Canada needs fixing

HIM’s Jody Jollimore says: “By now you may have heard that HIM has authored an Open Letter to Gilead asking them to apply to Health Canada for approval of Truvada as PrEP. We want to increase pressure on Gilead and awareness among gay men that increased access to PrEP starts with an application to Health Canada. Many key partners and stakeholders have already signed the letter, including some of you. If you haven't yet, please consider adding your name. PositiveLite.com’s Bob Leahy says

What it means to be undetectable

published: September, 23, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // As Prevention , Features and Interviews, Sexual Health, Health, Treatment, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bop Leahy talks to the folks at AIDS Vancouver about their innovative campaign “The New Face of HIV – What It Means to Be Undetectable”. It refers to the new realities of living with HIV in the era of highly effective antiretrovirals

What it means to be undetectable

Bob Leahy: Thanks for agreeing to talk to us. We’re intrigued by what you are doing at AIDS Vancouver. Explain the name you have chosen for this new campaign “The New Face of HIV” and why now is the time for it.  AIDS Vancouver: The full name of the initiative is "The New Face of HIV – What It Means to Be Undetectable". It refers to the new realities of living with HIV in the era of highly effective antiretrovirals (ARVs), which most of us in Canada  - and everyone who tests positiv

The TasP train has left the station

published: April, 10, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Conferences, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Newly Diagnosed, Sexual Health, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy at the International Treatment as Prevention Workshop in Vancouver highlights global progress in effectively implementing treatment as prevention to reduce new infections and improve the health of HIV+ people. But who's been left behind and why?

The TasP train has left the station

The big picture: the evidence is in that it works “It’s time” was the unofficial theme, or perhaps subtext, of the International Treatment as Prevention Workshop held last week in Vancouver, a gathering of policy and decision makers, researchers and community from around the world. Altogether 250 delegates came from 41 countries to review progress and plan next steps.  PositiveLite.com was there. Next steps do not necessarily call for gathering yet further evidence to prove that treat

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