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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 // CATIE, Current Affairs, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, 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, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, 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 // CATIE, Gay Men, Sexual Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, 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, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, 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, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, 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, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, 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, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, 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

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, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Opinion Pieces

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, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Opinion Pieces

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

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

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