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Syphilis cases on the rise among HIV-positive people in Calgary

published: March, 27, 2018 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, CATIE, Health, Research, Sexual Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Media

"The Calgary study underscores the need for regular, perhaps even frequent, screening for syphilis among sexually active HIV-positive people." From CATIE, Sean R. Hosein reports.

Syphilis cases on the rise among HIV-positive people in Calgary

- Calgary doctors noticed a three-fold increase in syphilis among patients with HIV - Syphilis was more common among people with HIV not taking treatment - More than half of cases had no symptoms, highlighting the need for screening Syphilis cases decreased in the 1990s but began to increase in Canada and other high-income countries around the year 2000. This increase has disproportionally affected gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM), including those who are HIV positive

Syphilis cases on the rise among HIV-positive people in Calgary

published: March, 25, 2018 Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, CATIE, Health, Research, Sexual Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Media

From CATIE, Sean R. Hosein reports

- Calgary doctors noticed a three-fold increase in syphilis among patients with HIV - Syphilis was more common among people with HIV not taking treatment - More than half of cases had no symptoms, highlighting the need for screening Syphilis cases decreased in the 1990s but began to increase in Canada and other high-income countries around the year 2000. This increase has disproportionally affected gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM), including those who are HIV positive

8 Questions about PrEP for guys

published: March, 20, 2018 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, CATIE, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Media

From CATIE, authoritative answers to eight of the most frequently asked questions about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).

8 Questions about PrEP for guys

A word on language: People use different words to talk about their bodies and their genitals. Here we use medical words, such as penis, anus and vagina, to describe genitals. Some people may use other words, such as private parts, dick, ass and front hole. CATIE acknowledges and respects that people use words that they are most comfortable with. 1. What is PrEP?  PrEP is used by HIV-negative people to help prevent HIV transmission. PrEP stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis. It involves taki

Researchers study the impact of co-infection with hepatitis viruses on pregnant women with HIV

published: March, 01, 2018 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Hep B and C, CATIE, Women, Research, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Media, Population Specific

From CATIE, Sean R. Hosein reports on a study designed to find out more about the impact of these viruses on pregnancy and birth outcomes in co-infected women.

Researchers study the impact of co-infection with hepatitis viruses on pregnant women with HIV

- Hepatitis C co-infection increases risk of pregnancy complications for women with HIV - Women co-infected with hepatitis C had higher HIV viral loads when giving birth - Researchers suggest screening women with HIV for hepatitis C before pregnancy Due to shared routes of infection, co-infection with hepatitis-causing viruses, particularly hepatitis B-virus (HBV) and/or hepatitis C virus (HCV), is relatively common among some people with HIV. To find out more about the impact of these viru

Love Positive Women: why a fulfilling sexual life with HIV matters

published: February, 15, 2018 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Activism, Social Media, CATIE, Events, Women, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality

From CATIE Blog, Allison Carter, Jessica Whitbread and Angela Kaida: "Only by elevating HIV-positive women’s sexual pleasure to a higher status can we truly support their access to full sexual health and rights."

Love Positive Women: why a fulfilling sexual life with HIV matters

“I went through a long period, seems like ancient history now, but I remember when I was first diagnosed, I felt so dirty. Like everything about me was, I suppose, unsafe and unclean and my blood was just full of crap. Just the whole thing was very internalized… For the most part now, I feel loveable. I feel good about myself. I just feel like I’ve still got a lot to offer and give and that I can be part of a strong, healthy relationship, despite the difficulties, I suppose.” —Anony

Indigenizing research: the Wise Practices conference

published: February, 07, 2018 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , CATIE, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Research, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Media, Opinion Pieces

From CATIE Blog, Laurie Edmiston: "...while CAAN and the AHA Centre are trying to conduct community research while honouring Indigenous people’s processes, some of us are still trying to impose our own standards and measures on Indigenous communities."

Indigenizing research: the Wise Practices conference

This past year the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) held its annual gathering, on the theme of “transforming wholistic approaches to Indigenous health.” It’s a gathering of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people, combining a business meeting, a gathering of Aboriginal people with HIV/AIDS, and the ‘Wise Practices’ research conference. But more importantly, it is a gathering of colleagues who have become friends, clients who have become peers, people with HIV who have become

It’s time to retire Canada’s AIDS epidemic

published: December, 01, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , CATIE, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Mental Health, Health, Research, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Revolving Door, Treatment, Media, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

For World AIDS Day 2017, PositiveLite.com is proud to present this guest editorial by CATIE Executive Director, Laurie Edmiston.

It’s time to retire Canada’s AIDS epidemic

Having turned 60 two months ago, I know there’s nothing quite like a milestone birthday to force you to get serious about your priorities and your future. The HIV response is facing our own wake-up call this December 1 as we mark the 30thWorld AIDS Day – a milestone I never imagined we would reach when I started working in HIV, 30 years ago. I have spent more than half of my life working in the HIV response, and while our goals have remained unchanged – reducing HIV infections and kee

CATIE scores again with a fine national conference – but is it their last?

published: November, 28, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, As Prevention , Conferences, CATIE, Current Affairs, Events, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Media, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Last week saw 400 people gather in Toronto for CATIE’s “Transforming our Practice” national forum, looking at new knowledge and new strategies to end the epidemic. It was an unqualified success. But what’s next? Bob Leahy reports.

CATIE scores again with a fine national conference – but is it their last?

I’m fortunate to attend many HIV conferences in Canada and sometimes elsewhere. They educate, they inspire and they allow for lots of networking – in particular the peer-to-peer engagement that so strengthens our response to HIV in Canada. CATIE delivered all of this last week in Toronto. While scholarships, through diminishing dollars continue to be hard to get, a sizeable contingent of people living with HIV were in the house, thanks in part to a financial arrangement with CATIE and the

What’s next for long-acting HIV drugs?

published: November, 22, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // As Prevention , CATIE, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Research, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment

Two phase III trials are underway with long-acting (LA) formulations of HIV drugs. From CATIE, Sean R. Hosein reports.

What’s next for long-acting HIV drugs?

Two phase III trials are underway with long-acting (LA) formulations of HIV drugs. These trials will explore the safety and effectiveness of LA formulations in people new to HIV treatment (Flair) and in people who are treatment experienced (Atlas). The interim results from these two pivotal studies should be available in the latter half of 2018. If the results from Flair and Atlas are favourable, the manufacturer of the LA drugs, Viiv Healthcare, will submit a dossier of the data to regulator

World AIDS Day: Clients can handle the truth

published: November, 16, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, As Prevention , Current Affairs, CATIE, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Mental Health, Women, Health, Research, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Sexual Health, Treatment, Media

CATIE: "Whether we are talking about U=U, PrEP or HIV self-testing, we must provide all the information and options to our clients, and trust them to make the best decisions for their own health."

World AIDS Day: Clients can handle the truth

Thousands of HIV organizations around the world are adding a new message to their World AIDS Day campaigns this year, and it is turning decades of HIV prevention messaging on its head. We can now say conclusively that a person living with HIV who takes treatment and maintains an undetectable viral load does not transmit the virus to their sexual partners. The evidence was solidified last year with the final results of PARTNER and HPTN 052, two large studies confirming zero cases of HIV transm

Investigating where patients go when they leave HIV care

published: November, 06, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , CATIE, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Research, International , Sexual Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Media

From CATIE, Sean R. Hosein reports on research that begins to paint a picture of what happens when people living with HIV are "lost to follow-up."

Investigating where patients go when they leave HIV care

- Previous research has found HIV-positive Canadians stop attending follow-up HIV appointments at rates between 11% and 24%. - Alberta researchers find that many patients “lost to follow-up” are seeking healthcare outside HIV services, often in hospital emergency rooms. - This research has implications for programs that seek to re-engage patients in HIV care. Potent combination anti-HIV therapy (ART) can reduce levels of HIV in the blood (viral load) to very low levels that cannot be de

U.S. simulation explores the intersection of PrEP and some sexually transmitted infections

published: October, 10, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , CATIE, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Health, Research, Sexual Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Lifestyle, Media

"The results of the researchers’ simulations show that PrEP should be considered as a package of interventions, of which STI screening and treatment are an important part. From Catie, Sean R. Hosein reports.

U.S. simulation explores the intersection of PrEP and some sexually transmitted infections

The use of medicines to prevent a person from becoming infected with HIV is called pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). PrEP consists of two anti-HIV drugs—tenofovir DF and FTC—in one pill. In clinical trials with gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM), PrEP has been highly effective in preventing the spread of HIV. According to a team of U.S. researchers who analysed data from several clinical trials, the consistent use of PrEP can reduce the risk of HIV infection “by more

Supervised injection facilities in Canada: past present and future

published: September, 26, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, CATIE, Current Affairs, General Health, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Media

There has been an escalation of efforts to open new sites across Canada, spurred on by the ongoing opioid overdose epidemic.. From CATIE, Zak Knowles provides this overview.

Supervised injection facilities in Canada: past present and future

The current opioid epidemic in Canada has led to an increased understanding of the health-related and social harms associated with injection drug use. There is growing acceptance of the need for supervised injection facilities (SIFs) to help reduce these harms and the number of overdose deaths. A recent review1 looks at the history and future of SIFs in Canada and the impact of peers in the history and future of SIFs. SIFs in Vancouver In the mid to late 1990s, Vancouver’s health authorit

Frailty, nerve injury and falls in middle-aged and older HIV-positive people

published: September, 15, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Aging, Social Media, CATIE, General Health, Mental Health, Research, International , CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Living with HIV, Media

From CATIE, Sean R. Hosein reports on a U.S. study that links such things as grip strength and gait speed with increased risk of falling.

Frailty, nerve injury and falls in middle-aged and older HIV-positive people

More HIV-positive people are living longer thanks to the use of potent combination anti-HIV therapy (ART). As HIV-positive people enter their middle age and senior years, they will have to grapple with one or more aging-related issues. One issue that can have a large impact on the health and quality of life of older people is falling. Older people who fall can injure themselves, and according to U.S. researchers, such injuries can make pre-existing problems, such as physical inactivity or weak

Ontario researchers find heart attacks occur earlier in people with HIV.

published: September, 12, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, CATIE, Fitness and Exercise, Health, Research, Media

The researchers found that, on average, HIV-positive people tended to have a heart attack about 15 years before HIV-negative people. From CATIE, Sean R. Hosein reports on the CIHR HIV Trials Network Trial - Reprieve Study.

Ontario researchers find heart attacks occur earlier in people with HIV.

Studies have found that some HIV-positive people are at heightened risk for cardiovascular disease. The reasons for this are not clear but may be due to one or more of the following factors: smoking and/or other substance use elevated inflammation caused by HIV the presence of co-existing health conditions such as elevated blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, obesity exposure to older HIV medicines A number of studies from the U.S. have found that HIV-positive people who had a heart attac

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