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HPV Vaccine: Who needs it?

published: June, 30, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, CATIE, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Sexual 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, Health, International , CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Sexual Health, 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, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Research, Sexual Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, 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, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, 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 // Hep B and C, CATIE, Health, Research, International , Sexual Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

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 // Hep B and C, As Prevention , Conferences, 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.

Fast facts: New HIV infections in Canada

published: May, 17, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Current Affairs, CATIE, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Living with HIV

From CATIE these are some of the numbers you need to know when talking about HIV in Canada

Fast facts: New HIV infections in Canada

This article previously appeared in Prevention in Focus, a publication of CATIE, here.   Une version française est disponible ici.     7: the number of Canadians infected with HIV every day in 2014*  54.3%: the percentage of new infections in Canada contracted through through sex between men in 2014*  32.6%: the percentage of new infections in Canada contracted through heterosexual sex in 2014*  10.5%: the percentage of new infections in Canada contracted through injection drug

After daily HIV pills may come long-acting injectables

published: May, 13, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Population Specific

CATIE reports on long-acting therapies—the safety and other issues to consider

After daily HIV pills may come long-acting injectables

This article first appeared in Treatment in Focus, a publication of CATIE, here.   Une version française est disponible ici.    Potent combination anti-HIV therapy (commonly called ART) can help control HIV disease and help some people have near-normal lifespans. However, current formulations of ART need to be taken every day, sometimes twice daily, for the rest of a person’s life.  Long-acting formulations of ART are under development. Such formulations could be offered as part of

From the front lines: Gay men’s knowledge of new prevention strategies

published: April, 06, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Gay Men, CATIE, Health, Sexual Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

CATIE spoke to three service providers to find their views and approaches on the issues related to talking to gay men about new prevention strategies

From the front lines: Gay men’s knowledge of new prevention strategies

This article previously appeared in CATIE’s Prevention in Focus here.   Une version française est disponible ici.   We spoke to three service providers to find their views and approaches on the issues related to talking to gay men about new prevention strategies:  Brook Biggin, Community Education Facilitator, HIV Edmonton, Edmonton, Alberta Phillip Banks, Executive Director, Peel HIV/AIDS Network (PHAN), Brampton, Ontario Chris Aucoin, Gay Men’s Health Coordinator, AIDS Coali

Border crossings

published: March, 31, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, CATIE, Women, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, International , Living with HIV, Population Specific

From CATIE’s The Positive Side come the stories of two positive Zimbabwean women who did what it took to survive – and settle in Canada

Border crossings

This article by Sane Dube originally appeared in The Positive Side, a publication of CATIE, here.  Une version française est disponible ici.   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 Afric

From the Front Lines: Living Long with HIV

published: March, 15, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Living with HIV

How is the service sector responding to HIV and aging? CATIE’s The Positive Side recently documented four specialized services for older people living with HIV. Read about them here.

From the Front Lines: Living Long with HIV

This article previously appeared in The Positive Side, a publication of CATIE, here.   Une version française est disponible ici.   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

Fewer deaths, longer Lives

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

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, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Living with HIV

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, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

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, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

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

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