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Profile: border crossings

published: October, 31, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, CATIE, Women, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, International , Living with HIV

From CATIE's Positive Side, Sane Dube with the stories of two HIV-positive African immigrant women living in Canada and the sometimes difficult paths they’ve walked to get to where they are today

Profile: border crossings

Esther and Marvelous are both animated storytellers. It’s hard to be anything but mesmerized in their presence. I spent an afternoon with each of them in conversations peppered with boisterous laughter. In the quiet moments they wove words together, effortlessly bringing their memories to life. They talked about their lives as HIV-positive African immigrant women living in Canada and the sometimes difficult paths they’ve walked to get to where they are today. To understand how far they’v

From the front lines: living long with HIV

published: October, 25, 2016 Categories // Social Media, Aging, CATIE, General Health, Mental Health, Sexual Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

CATIE's Positive Side reports on four specialized services for older people living with HIV.

From the front lines: living long with HIV

Thanks to effective treatment, far more people with HIV are living into their 60s, 70s and beyond. So all that talk you hear of an “aging population” also applies to HIV. In fact, UNAIDS estimates that roughly one-third of HIV-positive adults in high-income countries are 50 years and older. A growing number of agencies across the country are stepping up to offer services that meet the needs of people who are aging with HIV. Here are just a few: Workshop Series: Planning for the Long Term

A counsellor’s perspective: it’s about more than just a virus

published: October, 10, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Activism, Social Media, CATIE, Gay Men, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Living with HIV

From CATIE's Positive Side, ACT's John Larsson from Toronto reflects on the many changes antiretroviral therapy (ART) brought to HIV work.

A counsellor’s perspective: it’s about more than just a virus

This article previously appeared at CATIE's Positive Side, here. Une version française est disponible ici.  In 1996, everyone was very excited, elated, about the new treatment “cocktails.” But those of us who had been working in the field for a while recognized pretty quickly that this new hope presented a double-edged sword: Yes, it was great, but it was really going to f*** with people’s heads. Before antiretroviral therapy (ART) came on the scene, my work as a counsellor ofte

Toronto-led team explores different PrEP deployment scenarios

published: October, 05, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , CATIE, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment

Fascinating projections from St Michael's Hospital on the impact on HIV diagnoses in Toronto when employing different PrEP scenarios. From the CATIE blog, Sean R. Hosein reports.

Toronto-led team explores different PrEP deployment scenarios

Une version francaise est disponible ici. Truvada is a pill containing the following two anti-HIV drugs: tenofovir DF – 300 mg FTC (emtricitabine) – 200 mg Health Canada has approved the daily use of Truvada to reduce the risk of sexual transmission of HIV as part of a series of prevention measures that includes the following: testing for HIV prior to initiation of Truvada screening for and, when necessary, treatment of sexually transmitted infections regular and frequent tes

Ask the experts: meno-poz

published: September, 30, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Aging, CATIE, General Health, Women, Health, Sexual Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

From CATIE's Positive Side, RonniLyn Pustil asks a naturopath, two medical doctors and a person living with HIV what women with HIV can expect as they approach menopause

Ask the experts: meno-poz

“What can I expect as an HIV-positive woman who is entering menopause? Will menopause be different for me because of my HIV status?” — P.W., Twillingate, NL Valerie Nicholson, Person living with HIV, Vancouver I am an Indigenous woman living with HIV since 2004. When I was 54 years old, my periods (moon time) became irregular, and when they did come they were very heavy. Then I hit menopause. When I was going through “the change,” I started to dislike the word menopause. What

The Canadian Consensus Statement. Sign it. Use it. I have and here’s why.

published: September, 22, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, CATIE, As Prevention , Gay Men, Youth, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Newly Diagnosed, Research, Women, Health, Sexual Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Opinion Pieces

From the CATIE blog, Glenn Betteridge on what the Community Consensus Statement is and why it's so important to all people living with HIV

The Canadian Consensus Statement. Sign it. Use it. I have and here’s why.

Une version francaise est disponible ici. Many of you may have noticed the ebb and flow of the community-based HIV movement, influenced by medical and scientific breakthroughs, funder priorities, community activism and larger political, social and economic forces.  Throughout my 20-plus years in HIV community-based work and volunteering, I have tried to ground myself in a few bedrocks as a way of anchoring my work. The essential connection between health and human rights. The need for polic

Back from the abyss of meth adddiction

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

The CPPN Wants You!

published: September, 20, 2016 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, Social Media, CATIE, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Opinion Pieces, John McCullagh

John McCullagh reports on Canada's first network by and for people living with HIV.

The CPPN Wants You!

Ever since the early days of HIV in Canada, local networks of people living with HIV have been the primary drivers of the response to the epidemic. However, Canada has lacked a national network of people living with HIV acting collectively to inform and influence public policies. Until now, that is. Formed in the summer of 2015, and steadily gaining members since, the Canadian Positive People Network (CPPN) aims to respond to the changing needs of diverse communities of people with HIV. “I

Art Posi+ive: Significant Others

published: August, 03, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Activism, CATIE, Arts and Entertainment, Features and Interviews, Performances, Living with HIV

From CATIE, award-winning dancer Benoît Lachambre transforms the dynamic between performer and spectator.

Art Posi+ive: Significant Others

This article by David Pelletier previously appeared on CATIE's Positive Side here. Une version française est disponible ici.  For Benoît Lachambre - dancer, choreographer, founder of the Montreal-based Par B.L.eux dance company and seasoned teacher of contemporary dance—artistic expression is all about sharing and communion. This aspect of his work is so fundamental that since the mid-1990s he’s been breaking down “the fourth wall,” the invisible barrier that separates the

Durban Diary – Day eight

published: July, 21, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // International AIDS Conference , As Prevention , CATIE, Legal, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Making history. Bob Leahy reports from the International AIDS Conference. Day eight finds him joining in the launch of an important new Canadian statement designed to move us forward to the end of AIDS while protecting our rights

Durban Diary – Day eight

Today was an exciting day for us in Durban. It was day of protests. It was also the long awaited launch of the Canadian Consensus Statement on the health and prevention benefits of HIV antiretroviral medications and HIV testing. That’s a long title to describe something that builds upon the science that has proved the benefits of treatment, testing, PrEP and PEP, emphasizing the human rights issues which their rollout brings up and brings us together in a common progressive and affirmative

HPV Vaccine: Who needs it?

published: June, 30, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, CATIE, Sexual Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health

From CATIE, Dr. Irving Salit "So let us get the facts straight about HPV in men and women and what to do about it".

HPV Vaccine: Who needs it?

Did you know that men can get HPV cancers? HPV (the human papillomavirus) causes warts, pre-cancers and cancers. HPV is most famous for causing cervical cancer so it has mainly been linked in people’s minds to cancer in women. Because of that, HPV cancer prevention programs have only focused on women (for example, governments spend many millions on cervical cancer screening and immunizing girls against HPV). However, HPV is readily passed between partners and the other half of the world (

Borrowing from our neighbours: Developing an annual HIV testing day

published: June, 27, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, CATIE, Sexual Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, International , Sex and Sexuality

CATIE reports on the success of the Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent regions of Ontario in getting more people to test for HIV.

Borrowing from our neighbours: Developing an annual HIV testing day

This article previously appeared in Prevention in Focus, a publication of CATIE, here. Une version française est disponible ici.  Over the last three years, the AIDS Committee of Windsor (ACW) has held an annual HIV Testing Day in the Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent regions of Ontario. The idea was ignited by National HIV Testing Day in the United States, which occurs annually on June 27. Each year ACW’s testing campaign consists of a testing day, followed by ongoing promotion of HIV

Drugs, mobile phones and HIV prevention

published: June, 23, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, CATIE, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Sexual Health, Treatment, Population Specific

From CATIE, Kate Jongbloed tells how The Cedar Project is using mobile phones to contribute to the health and healing of young Indigenous people who use drugs.

Drugs, mobile phones and HIV prevention

This article previously appeared on the CATIE blog here. How’s it going? These three little words have tremendous power. Sent as a simple text message, it creates an opportunity for dialogue between a case manager and a person seeking health care. It is the power of those three words that drives a new mobile phone program in B.C. that connects young Indigenous people living with or vulnerable to HIV with much-needed care and services. The initiative is part of The Cedar Project, a co

Are you a consensus builder? Be one now!

published: June, 07, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Activism, CATIE, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Living with HIV

Add your voice, experience and wisdom to the draft Canadian Consensus Statement on the health and prevention benefits of HIV antiretroviral medications and HIV testing !

Are you a consensus builder? Be one now!

We are at a crucial moment in the HIV epidemic in Canada. Despite significant scientific and medical advances over the past few years, the HIV epidemic continues to disproportionally affect socially and economically marginalized people. A comprehensive, community-driven, holistic response that combines HIV treatment and prevention, health and human rights is needed. When finalized, the Canadian Consensus Statement will provide fundamental shared principles to help guide us as we build that

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 // CATIE, Hep B and C, Research, Sexual Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, International

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

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