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Fewer deaths, longer Lives

published: March, 03, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, General Health, Health, Living with HIV, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

From CATIE’s The Positive Side the numbers tell the dramatic story of improvements in mortality and life expectancy since the introduction of antiretroviral therapy.

Fewer deaths, longer Lives

This story originally appeared in the Positive Side, a publication of CATIE here. Une version française est disponible ici.   At the start of the epidemic, AIDS was for most a death sentence. Most people died within months or a few years. Since the introduction of effective antiretroviral therapy (ART) in 1996, HIV-related deaths have steadily declined in Canada. The number has dropped by 83%, from a peak of 1,764 deaths in 1995 down to 303 deaths in 2011.  The average life expectancy f

The Evolution of HIV Treatment

published: February, 24, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

From CATIE’s The Positive Side, a history of HIV treatment from ART to the present. Bottom line? We know that the best time to start is as soon as possible.

The Evolution of HIV Treatment

This article by Sean Hosein first appeared in The Positive Side, a publication of CATIE, here.   Une version française est disponible ici.  The arrival of the AIDS epidemic in Canada and other countries was scary on so many levels. We watched in shock as previously healthy young men became ill and were robbed of their vitality and eventually their lives. In the early ’80s, scientists had few answers to many of the questions that people and the media posed about AIDS. Perhaps most chill

Poz identities

published: February, 17, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

From CATIE’s The Positive Side, an HIV specialist says “What it means to live with HIV and to be on treatment varies dramatically depending on how and when you were diagnosed.”

Poz identities

This article by Dr. Lisa Barrett first appeared in The Positive Side, a publication of CATIE, here.   Une version française est disponible ici.  I have worked with a wide range of people with HIV since about 2000, first as a PhD student working in an HIV clinic and then later as an MD—from long-term survivors who were diagnosed in the ’80s and ’90s to those who learned they were HIV positive in the past six months, from people in their 20s to an 86 year old. What it means to live

You + ART

published: February, 08, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

CATIE’s The Positive Side asked “Tell us about your relationship with antiretroviral therapy: Is it your BFF, your mother-in-law, your longest relationship…?”

You + ART

This article with interviews by RonniLyn Pustil, Sophie Wertheimer and Darien Taylor first appeared in The Positive Side, a publication of CATIE, here.    Une version française est disponible ici.  JONATHAN POSTNIKOFF, 31 Treatment outreach coordinator Positive Living BC Vancouver Diagnosed with HIV: 2010 CD4 count: 980 Viral load: undetectable Taking ART for: 5 years I had read blogs about atrocious side effects and met people from the early days of treatment who told horror st

The push for treatment access

published: February, 01, 2016 Categories // Activism, CATIE, Health, International , Treatment, Opinion Pieces

From CATIE’s The Positive Side, Tim McCaskell on how community-based activism has shaped accessibility of HIV drugs today

The push for treatment access

This article by Tim McCaskell first appeared in The Positive Side, a publication of CATIE, here.    Une version française est disponible ici.   When AIDS first started decimating communities of gay men in the early ’80s, those in power were largely indifferent. Why spend resources to save the lives of a group so widely reviled? It was not until well-known people started getting sick and it was recognized that anybody could get HIV that panic ensued and a public health response was mo

Looking ahead: CATIE’s Laurie Edmiston talks to PositiveLite.com

published: January, 05, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // CATIE, Features and Interviews, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy in conversation with CATIE’s Executive Director Laurie Edmiston about the opportunities that working with a new federal government provides and what she sees as the road ahead for CATIE and the HIV community in the era of 90-90-90.

Looking ahead: CATIE’s Laurie Edmiston talks to PositiveLite.com

Bob Leahy: I wanted to talk to you focusing mostly on the future, Laurie ,but first let me ask you what kind of year was 2015 for HIV in Canada. A good news year?  Laurie Edmiston: I think it’s been a mixture. Certainly the last part of the year was good. I’m very enthused about the potential with the new government. I also think that the IAS conference in Vancouver was very good; there was some conclusive evidence about some important science that I think we can take into account in our

New Government, New Priorities: Let’s meet the needs of all people in Canada

published: December, 31, 2015 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, Current Affairs, Health, Opinion Pieces, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

From the CATIE blog: “It’s time for the government to repeal harmful laws, compile data, and provide services and funding to meet the sexual and reproductive health needs of all people in Canada."

New Government, New Priorities: Let’s meet the needs of all people in Canada

This article by Frédérique Chabot and Sarah Kennell first appeared on the CATIE blog here.  Une version française est disponible ici.  It’s been a long and winding campaign trail and like most of the country, we’re waiting in anticipation to see what this new government will do.  In the lead up to the election, Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights produced a series of policy briefs that outlined actions the Government of Canada could take on a range of sexual and reproductiv

CATIE’s Executive Director looks ahead in blog post

published: December, 28, 2015 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, Current Affairs, Health, Opinion Pieces, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

Laurie Edmiston says "We’re optimistic the new Canadian government may herald new resolve to tackle HIV"

CATIE’s Executive Director looks ahead in blog post

This article by Laurie Edmiston first appeared on The CATIE blog here. Une version française est disponible ici. Editor's note: Watch for Laurie Edmiston's new year interview with Bob Leahy coming soon to PositiveLite.com.  On December 1, World AIDS Day, The Hon. Dr. Jane Philpott, Canada’s Minister of Health, declared that our country endorses the UNAIDS treatment targets that look to seeing an end to the global AIDS epidemic by 2030. On the same day, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issu

A groundbreaking year in HIV treatment and prevention

published: November, 23, 2015 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // As Prevention , CATIE, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

CATIE says: “Evidence that has been building over the past few years about the treatment and prevention of HIV is so significant, some people are calling it revolutionary. The question for the world is: When will we put it into practice?”

A groundbreaking year in HIV treatment and prevention

This article previously appeared on the CATIE website here.   Une version française est disponible ici.  It’s historic. It’s inspiring. Evidence that has been building over the past few years about the treatment and prevention of HIV is so significant, some people are calling it revolutionary. Showcased at this year’s International AIDS Society (IAS) conference in Vancouver, our new information forever changes the prospects of health for those living with HIV, their partners and

Harm reduction behind bars: Prison-based needle and syringe programs

published: November, 11, 2015 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, Research, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

CATIE review current international best practices for prison-based needle and syringe programs and suggest ways that service providers and others can support the introduction of such programs in Canada

Harm reduction behind bars: Prison-based needle and syringe programs

 This article by Emily van der Meulen and Sandra Ka Hon Chu  forst appeared in Prevention in Focus, a column from CATIE, here.  Une version française est disponible ici.  HIV and hepatitis C are serious public health issues in Canadian prisons. Rates of these infections in federal institutions are considerably higher than in the general population.  The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) currently provides prisoners with condoms, methadone maintenance treatment, and bleach to reduce

Starting ART on the same day as an HIV diagnosis in British Columbia

published: November, 05, 2015 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Treatment, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

From CATIE: Some readers may be surprised that the majority of newly diagnosed participants chose same-day initiation of ART. This will likely be the way that HIV will be treated in the years ahead.”

Starting ART on the same day as an HIV diagnosis in British Columbia

This article first appeared in Treatment Update, a publication of CATIE, here.   Une version française est disponible ici. It is likely that immediate HIV treatment will become the standard of care in high-income countries when this viral infection is diagnosed in the future. It is therefore important to assess programs that offer immediate HIV treatment in order to determine their effectiveness and the attitud s toward them by newly diagnosed people. Before we delve into the main part

How effective are HIV prevention methods

published: October, 29, 2015 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // As Prevention , CATIE, Health, Treatment, Opinion Pieces, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

From the CATIE blog “new prevention options are welcome news for both HIV-positive and HIV-negative people, but they have created dilemmas for HIV educators.”

How effective are HIV prevention methods

This article by Laurel Challacombe first appeared in the CATIE blog here.   Une version française est disponible ici.  Three decades of awareness campaigns have instilled a very clear and consistent message to the public: condoms are the most effective way to prevent an HIV infection. So what happens when a new prevention method emerges – and it is also highly effective? In recent years, multiple studies have confirmed that maintaining an undetectable viral load through the consisten

Visual AIDS: More than meets the eye

published: September, 04, 2015 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Art, Arts and Entertainment, CATIE, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

From CATIE’s The Positive side, a visual representation of celebrating ten years of living with HIV

Visual AIDS: More than meets the eye

This article first appeared in the Positive Side, here.   Une version française est disponible ici. On the eve of the 10th anniversary of my HIV diagnosis, I have come to realize that in the wonderful world of HIV, society is increasingly divided into two: HIV-negative people and us, the HIV-positive ones! I don’t mean to sound “negaphobic”; quite the opposite—I’m a firm believer in embracing our negative brothers and sisters. But sometimes HIV-negative people can lack a sense

People living with HIV who are undiagnosed: Revisiting our HIV prevention messaging

published: August, 20, 2015 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Dating, CATIE, Health, Sexual Health, Lifestyle, Sex and Sexuality , CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

CATIE says “most HIV transmissions – particularly among men who have sex with men (MSM) – may originate from people living with HIV who don’t know that they are HIV positive: and “There is a clear need to develop new HIV prevention messages”

People living with HIV who are undiagnosed: Revisiting our HIV prevention messaging

This article by James Wilton first appeared in Prevention in Focus, a publication of CATIE, here.   Une version française est disponible ici.  Who is at risk of HIV infection and what are the circumstances in which transmissions occur? This information is important for people working in HIV to know to effectively target HIV prevention messages and inform what these messages say. Historically, those considered at highest risk were HIV-negative partners of people who knew they were HIV pos

In search of the invisible man

published: July, 23, 2015 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, Health, Living with HIV, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

From CATIE’s The Positve Side, “Straight men living with HIV”

In search of the invisible man

This article by Sophie Wertheimer first appeared in The Positive Side, a publication of CATIE, here.   Une version française est disponible ici. When AIDS first became a public health concern in the early 1980s, many people tried to turn away from it and pretend it didn’t exist. Since that time, people with HIV have fought relentlessly for visibility, rights and services. But one group of people with HIV has remained largely invisible and has rarely been named in the history of this mo

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