Hep B and C

B.C. researchers explore life expectancy among HIV-positive people

published: March, 30, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Aging, Hep B and C, General Health, Mental Health, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Living with HIV, Media

From CATIE, Sean R. Hosein reports on studies comparing the effect of comorbidities on life expectancy in people living with HIV and those who are HIV-negative.

B.C. researchers explore life expectancy among HIV-positive people

In the 20th century, life expectancy increased in Canada and other high-income countries thanks to improvements in medicine, better living conditions and so on. These changes have led some researchers to focus on something called health-adjusted life expectancy: exploring the number of years a person can expect to live in good and bad health and taking into account age-related illness, death and disability. Among many HIV-positive people in Canada and other high-income countries there has be

CTAC stages first-class conference on treatment advocacy

published: February, 07, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Hep B and C, Conferences, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

CTAC may be struggling to retain its government funding but it proved last week in Toronto that it’s still a highly relevant platform for treatment advocacy work in Canada.

CTAC stages first-class conference on treatment advocacy

CTAC executive director Shelina Karmali, award winner Francisco Ibanez-Carrasco and board chair Terry Pigeon The three-day CTAC (formerly known as Canadian Treatment Action Council) 2017 Treatment Access Conference held  in Toronto last week was particularly strong on PrEP and Hepatitis C (Hep C)  treatment advocacy, What struck me most though was its well-defined activist roots and embracing of community mobilizing, community engagement and grass roots advocacy. Both presentations and disc

How the Obamacare repeal will impact HIV-positive people

published: February, 02, 2017 Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Hep B and C, Gay Men, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Youth, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Mental Health, Health, Research, International , Legal, Revolving Door, Treatment, Media, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

For The Advocate, Carl Schmid provides an analysis of the likely effects of the Trump administration's repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

How the Obamacare repeal will impact HIV-positive people

This article previously appeared at The Advocate, here. A lot is happening these days that most of us are finding, frankly, pretty hard to believe. But it is not a dream. Donald Trump, who ran on repealing the Affordable Care Act, is now our president, and Republicans, who control the entire Congress, wasted no time and have already set in motion the process to repeal parts of health care reform. As someone who has advocated for years to ensure that people living with HIV have access to qual

Government walks away from talks on critical harm reduction measure in Canadian prisons.

published: January, 19, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, Hep B and C, Current Affairs, Legal, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network says last-minute about face means prisoners remain at risk of HIV and hepatitis C

Government walks away from talks on critical harm reduction measure in Canadian prisons.

TORONTO, January 17, 2017 - In a profoundly disappointing move by a government that claims to support harm reduction and "evidence-based policies," the Government of Canada has withdrawn from a planned mediation, preferring to waste more money on lawyers to fight evidence-based harm reduction services in prisons. Meanwhile, prisoners will continue to needlessly contract preventable infections, at serious cost to both Canadian public health efforts and the public purse. This developmen

The "epidemic" of misunderstanding about HIV

published: December, 02, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Hep B and C, CATIE, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment

Laurie Edmiston of CATIE shares some thoughts about where we are in the fight against HIV.

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Many Canadians likely think of HIV as a challenge experienced by other parts of the world, such as Sub-Saharan Africa. And they're correct. But it's also true Canada faces its own HIV epidemic-- a reality to be reminded of on World AIDS Day (December 1) and throughout the year. The most visible face of our HIV epidemic is the 75,000 Canadians living with the virus. Less visible, but perhaps equally significant, is the widespread lack of knowledge about new advances in HIV prevention. If more o

An exclusive interview with Health Minister Jane Philpott

published: December, 01, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Hep B and C, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Features and Interviews, Health, Legal, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors

In an exclusive interview for PositiveLite.com for World AIDS Day, Rob Easton talks with federal Health Minister Jane Philpott about Canada’s 90-90-90 achievements, a renewed federal initiative on HIV, criminalization of non-disclosure and more.

An exclusive interview with Health Minister Jane Philpott

Photo: Motswari Mofokeng Rob Easton: Minister Philpott, thank you for taking the time for this interview with PositiveLite.com. Jane Philpott: My pleasure. You’ve had a very busy few weeks with health accords and a number of different announcements. How challenging is it to get HIV on the list of priorities, both within your ministry, and also around the cabinet table? I think it would be fair to say that HIV and other sexually transmitted and blood born infections have not b

Show your support: Sign the Canadian Consensus Statement

published: November, 30, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Activism, Hep B and C, As Prevention , Current Affairs, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Sexual Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment

CATIE's Laurie Edmiston: "We, the organizing committee – CATIE, CTAC and PositiveLite.com – consulted various communities across Canada over a 20-month period for their input. The resultant Statement reflects those insights."

Show your support: Sign the Canadian Consensus Statement

A message from Laurie Edmiston, executive director, CATIE: As we head into World AIDS Day, I am today asking for your assistance in taking a step that could help to greatly enhance our country’s response to HIV. You may have heard about the Canadian Consensus Statement on the Health and Prevention Benefits of HIV Antiretroviral Medications and HIV Testing. Essentially, the Canadian Consensus Statement, or CCS (for short), declares the importance of certain principles and app

Canadian Health Minister rethinks AIDS funding cuts – a little

published: November, 10, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Hep B and C, Current Affairs, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Minister Jane Philpott announces a slight reprieve – a delay of one year in cuts for some plus transition funding for others

Canadian Health Minister rethinks AIDS funding cuts – a little

Statement by the Honourable Jane Philpott on the HIV and Hepatitis C Community Action Fund Ottawa - The fight to eliminate HIV, Hepatitis C and other sexually transmitted or blood borne infections is a priority for our government. Achieving our goals requires a comprehensive approach that includes a strong focus on vulnerable populations, with investment in interventions that have the greatest potential impact. Recently, the Public Health Agency of Canada announced its decisions related to f

Back from the abyss of meth adddiction

published: September, 20, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Activism, Hep B and C, Gay Men, CATIE, Movies, Features and Interviews, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Living with HIV

Shazia Islam sits down with HIV activist Christian Hui to learn about how he’s fighting stigma so that others don’t have to go through what he did.

Back from the abyss of meth adddiction

The scene opens with seven men sitting on chairs arranged in a circle. An awkward silence permeates the room until a counsellor among them asks one of them to begin. Lucas ponders what his family might think if they ever find out that he’s hooked on crystal meth. Chen is next. He lists all that he has lost: his house, his job, his partner. Then Jeremy talks about his desire for love and acceptance as Alex, the main character, gives him a knowing look. Empty Nest is a short film, written by

Long term survivor Barry Haarde rides again!

published: July, 04, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, Hep B and C, Fundraisers, Fitness and Exercise, Features and Interviews, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

HIV and Hepatitus C long term survivor Barry Haarde is about to set off on his fifth trancontinental bicyle trip to raise funds for hemophilia.

Long term survivor Barry Haarde rides again!

Barry Haarde is a remarkable 50 year old long term survivor of both HIV and HepC who is about to embark on his fifth transcontinental bike ride for Wheels for the World 2016: Saving Lives by the Mile.  Since 2012, Barry has ridden over 10,000 miles to help raise $150,000 for Save One Life. Barry's goal this year? 5,000 miles--from Everett, Washington through 22 states to Key Largo, Florida! He will ride from July 17 - September 11. Bob Leahy: Hi Barry. This is your fifth transcontinental bi

Whats in a haircut? (Stigma that's what.)

published: June, 09, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Hep B and C, Living with HIV

Guest Author Rob Newman on dealing with everyday stigma and prejudice. Sometimes it's one cut too many.

Whats in a haircut? (Stigma that's what.)

,Had to get my haircut today … I would like to say that my hair was unmanageable and completely out of control but truth be told when my hair gets past a certain length, I just look unkempt. As always I get my haircut at a local joint that doesn’t charge a lot … let’s face it I don’t have a lot of hair. During the cut as in almost every case the small talk will turn to where do you work, what do you do? This question is always a double-edged sword in that when I do tell an otherwise

Vancouver Island welcomes HIV Positive youth from across Canada

published: June, 03, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Hep B and C, Conferences, Youth, Upcoming Events, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

Youth Unleashing Power – a pozitive youth symposium #YUP2016

Vancouver Island welcomes HIV Positive youth from across Canada

(Victoria, BC – June 2, 2016) Welcome! The Vancouver Island Persons Living with HIV/AIDS Society (VPWAS) welcomes HIV Positive Youth from across Canada to the first symposium created by and for pozitive Canadian youth. Youth aged 16-30, living with HIV/AIDS and/or Hepatitis C, will be gathering for Youth Unleashing Power – a pozitive youth symposium #YUP2016 from June 3-5 2016 on the campus of the University of Victoria, on the homelands of the Lekwungen People. This 3-day sympo

Can offering incentives to test increase HIV and STI testing rates?

published: June, 01, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Hep B and C, CATIE, Research, Health, International , CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Sexual Health

Apparently they can. CATIE summarizes the results of a systematic review investigating the use of incentives to encourage testing.

Can offering incentives to test increase HIV and STI testing rates?

This article previously appeared on the CATIE website here. Une version française est disponible ici.  By Erica Lee Testing and diagnosis for HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are important to detect new infections and bring people into care and treatment. Diagnoses of infections can not only improve the health of people living with HIV or STIs through care and treatment but it also helps to prevent new infections, thus controlling infection in communities. Many different st

Five big ideas to stop the spread of HIV and Hepatitis C in Canada

published: May, 25, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Conferences, Hep B and C, As Prevention , CATIE, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, International , Treatment, Living with HIV

The CATIE Forum in October 2015 heard speakers from across Canada and beyond. Here are some of the recommendations they put forth.

Five big ideas to stop the spread of HIV and Hepatitis C in Canada

This article previously appeared on the CATIE website, here. Une version française est disponible ici.  by Andrew Brett Research over the past several years has opened up new possibilities for the prevention of both HIV and hepatitis C. From greater knowledge to newer technologies, we are now in a better position to prevent infections than we have ever been. But are we making the most of these new possibilities? That was one of the questions tackled at the CATIE Forum in October 2015.

Inside look at Insite

published: July, 20, 2015 Categories // Hep B and C, Health, Legal, Living with HIV

In Vancouver for IAS 2015, Bob Leahy visits Insite, the supervised injection facility in the downtown east side, where every day 800+ people with addictions and multiple other issues inject drugs in a safe, clean environment that also gives them a hand up

Inside look at Insite

It’s hot in Vancouver today. The morning sun beats down on a ramshackle but busy stretch of street. There is a shabby “Adult Novelties” store next door that looks like it’s permanently closed. Street people are everywhere, at times almost clogging the sidewalks, clustered together by the dozen with heaps of tattered belongings and treasured who-knows-what, the brick-a-brack of surviving on the streets. It’s Vancouver’s downside east side, sometimes described as the most infamous ar

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