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From the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) 2017; new drugs, new hope and possible timelines

published: April, 07, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , CATIE, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Media

From CATIE, Sean R. Hosein reports on several new drugs that are in varying stages of development.

From the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) 2017;  new drugs, new hope and possible timelines

Une version française est disponible ici. At the recent Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), which took place in Seattle from February 13 to 16, 2017, researchers presented data about new anti-HIV compounds in development, including the following: a new integrase inhibitor – bictegravir a new nuke (NRTI) – code-named GS-9131 a non-nuke (NNRTI) – doravirine a new protease inhibitor – code-named GS-PI1 a capsid inhibitor (a new cla

If you just found out you are HIV-positive...

published: March, 16, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , CATIE, General Health, Newly Diagnosed, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Sexual Health, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Living with HIV

CATIE's must-read information for the newly diagnosed.

If you just found out you are HIV-positive...

Finding out you have HIV may be a shock. You do not have to go through this alone: There is help. With ongoing treatment, care and support, HIV can be managed. You can live long and well with HIV. You’ve already taken the first step by getting tested. Now it is important to get care and treatment as soon as you can. 1. HIV can be treated. Talk to the person who gave you your test result about finding a doctor who treats people with HIV. If they cannot give you the name and number of an HI

Research Update: A new HIV primary and secondary prevention continuum

published: March, 13, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , CATIE, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Treatment

For CATIE, Logan Broeckaert reports on a new, cyclical model proposed in the United States designed to help the HIV-negative remain negative.

Research Update: A new HIV primary and secondary prevention continuum

Une version française est disponible ici. The HIV care continuum has become an important way to visualize how well we are doing at ensuring people living with HIV achieve the best possible health and well-being outcomes and minimize the risk of transmission. An undetectable viral load is the key outcome in the HIV care continuum because it is associated with both reduced morbidity and mortality but also a substantially reduced risk for HIV transmission.   A new model, the HIV preve

Views from the front lines: PrEP in Canada

published: March, 01, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, CATIE, Gay Men, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Media

CATIE spoke to three service providers about PrEP and finds very different conditions in different regions, but a common need for PrEP access.

Views from the front lines: PrEP in Canada

We spoke to three service providers to find their views and insights on how they talk to their clients about PrEP: Holly Taylor, Women's HIV/AIDS Community Development Coordinator, Regional HIV/AIDS Connection, London, Ontario Brook Biggin, Community Education Facilitator, HIV Edmonton; Founder, Edmonton Men’s Health Collective, Edmonton, Alberta Jessica Quijano, Travailleuse de rue, RÉZO, Montreal, Quebec Holly Taylor Are the communities or clients that you work with a

February 28 Webinar Alert: Generations, life course, & gay men’s health: findings from the 2014/2015 National Sex Now Survey

published: February, 27, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, CATIE, Research, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Sexual Health, Media, Sex and Sexuality

From CATIE be first to hear findings from the 2014/2015 National Sex Now Survey, the largest survey of sexual minority men in Canada.

February 28 Webinar Alert: Generations, life course, & gay men’s health: findings from the 2014/2015 National Sex Now Survey

Event Date: 28 February 2017, 13:00 EST Register here Presented by: Community-Based Research Centre and BC’s gbMSM Health Network, in partnership with CATIE Over 8,000 participants completed the 2014/15 iteration of the Sex Now survey (SN15), making it the largest survey of sexual minority men in Canada. The theme explored for SN15 was Gay Generations: Life Course and Gay Men’s Health, which provided an unprecedented opportunity to learn more from Canadian men about life course in

Research update: meta-analysis shows PrEP is effective in women with high adherence

published: February, 24, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, CATIE, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Women, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors

From CATIE, Camille Arkell discusses the results of five randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that included women.

Research update: meta-analysis shows PrEP is effective in women with high adherence

Une version française est disponible ici. What do we know about PrEP effectiveness in women? Oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has demonstrated high levels of effectiveness in research conducted among gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM);1however, research in women has shown mixed results,2,3,4,5,6 leading to concerns that PrEP may be less effective for women. Of the five randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that included women, 2,3,4,5,6 two trials (in women alone) fou

Getting to 90-90-90 requires attention to mental health

published: February, 17, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, CATIE, Mental Health, Research, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health

CATIE: Studies have found that mental health conditions, including depression and problematic substance use, can, in some cases, increase the risk for non-adherence to ART.

Getting to 90-90-90 requires attention to mental health

Une version française est disponible ici. The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) has established goals for countries trying to achieve progress in the prevention, care and treatment of HIV infection. Countries and regions are encouraged to strive to meet these goals by the year 2020. The goals can be summarized in the phrase 90-90-90, which stands for the following: 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV

PrEP in Canada: What do we know about awareness, acceptability and use?

published: February, 14, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, CATIE, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Sexual Health, Health, Treatment, Media

For CATIE, Camille Arkell reports on the current state of PrEP in Canada.

PrEP in Canada: What do we know about awareness, acceptability and use?

Une version française est disponible ici. Introduction A growing body of evidence tells us that oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a highly effective strategy for reducing the risk of HIV transmission when used consistently and correctly. In February 2016, Health Canada approved the daily use of the drug Truvada as PrEP, in combination with safer sex practices, to reduce the risk of sexual HIV transmission for people at high risk of HIV infection. This approval was a necessary step

Good news from CATIE: what people need to know about Undetectable viral load and HIV sexual transmission

published: February, 08, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Activism, CATIE, As Prevention , Current Affairs, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Research, Sexual Health, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment

CATIE says "people who are engaged in regular healthcare, are on treatment and have an ongoing undetectable viral load do not pass HIV to their sexual partners".

Good news from  CATIE: what people need to know about Undetectable viral load and HIV sexual transmission

This article previously appeared on the CATIE website here. Une version française est disponible ici. Studies have shown that HIV-positive people who are engaged in regular healthcare, are on treatment and have an ongoing undetectable viral load do not pass HIV to their sexual partners. This is great news! If I am HIV-positive how can I make this work for me? Talk to your doctor about treatment and an undetectable viral load as a prevention strategy. Before depending on this strategy,

Three reasons why CATIE supports U=U for sexual transmission

published: January, 25, 2017 Categories // Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, CATIE, As Prevention , Youth, Current Affairs, Newly Diagnosed, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Women, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, International , Treatment

From CATIE, Camille Arkell with three reasons why this revolutionary message is so important

Three reasons why CATIE supports U=U for sexual transmission

This article by Camille Arkell previously apperared at CATIE blog, here. Une version française est disponible ici. CATIE recently endorsed the Consensus Statement of the Prevention Access Campaign, celebrating the fact that “undetectable equals untransmittable.” This revolutionary statement, pushed forward by a dedicated group of people living with HIV, has prompted CATIE to reflect on our sexual HIV prevention messaging. The research on treatment as prevention has been slowly ac

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, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, International

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

Undetectable=Untransmittable – CATIE signs on

published: January, 13, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Activism, Social Media, As Prevention , CATIE, Current Affairs, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Read this amazing blog post from CATIE's Excective Director Laurie Edmiston

Undetectable=Untransmittable – CATIE signs on

This article originally appeared on the CATIE blog here  Une version française est disponible ici.   All of us here at CATIE, and indeed around the world, are celebrating the most significant development in the HIV world since the advent of effective combination therapy 20 years ago – people living with HIV with sustained undetectable viral loads can confidently declare to their sexual partners “I’m not infectious!” The “fabulousness” of this news cannot be overstated. With or

The "epidemic" of misunderstanding about HIV

published: December, 02, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Hep B and C, As Prevention , 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

Good news? On this World AIDS Day, 2016, there is a lot to report.

published: December, 01, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , CATIE, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Sexual Health, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment

CATIE details how 2016 has been a year of positive change for people living with HIV.

Good news? On this World AIDS Day, 2016, there is a lot to report.

 The science of treatment and prevention has much to inspire agencies delivering needed services to people living with, and at risk of, HIV.  We know that there are significant health benefits for people with HIV to begin treatment as soon as possible after diagnosis. Early treatment with good adherence in order to maintain an undetectable viral load allows an HIV-positive person to live a long and healthy life. A ground-breaking study called START (Strategic Timing of Antiretroviral Trea

Calming the flames

published: November, 04, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, Food, Nutrition and Recipes, General Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Vitamins - Supplements

From CATIE's Positive Side, Pamela Fergusson on how diet can help cool chronic inflammation.

Calming the flames

Inflammation is a hot topic right now, especially for people living with HIV and other chronic conditions. Simply put, inflammation is our body’s natural response to infection or injury. There are two types of inflammation: acute and chronic. With acute inflammation (a hangnail, for example), injured or infected cells signal the immune system to respond with a cascade of healing chemicals. The site of the infection or injury may get swollen, warm and sore as the chemical processes of inflam

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