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Profile: bouncing back

published: July, 14, 2015 Written by // CATIE: Upcoming Events Categories // CATIE, Women, Health, Living with HIV, Population Specific , CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

From CATIE’s The Positive Side, the story of an HIV-positive woman’s journey. “Exuberant, outspoken and unapologetic, she redefines resiliency. Meet Gloria Tremblay.”

Profile: bouncing back

This article by Jennifer McPhee first appeared in The Positive Side, a publication of CATIE, here.   Une version française est disponible ici. Gloria Tremblay, 72, met her partner Larry through friends about a year after her husband of 38 years died of lung cancer. Unlike her emotionally abusive and controlling first husband, Larry seemed like a nice, uncomplicated man—a cattle farmer and pipeliner who lived in rural Saskatchewan. They dated for six months before having sex. Gloria wa

New from CATIE

published: July, 09, 2015 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Hep B and C, CATIE, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

10 things to know if you work with people living with, or at risk for, Hep C. (World Hepatitis Day is coming up on July 28, 2015)

New from CATIE

This article first appeared on the CATE website here.   Une version française est disponible ici.  In the past year, the options for hepatitis C (Hep C) treatment in Canada have improved dramatically, changing the landscape of Hep C care across the country.  Here is a quick snapshot of some of the key things to know about Hep C testing, care and treatment.  In the past year, several new, highly effective Hep C treatments have been approved in Canada and we can now talk about curing H

Chatty CATIE: Talking ‘bout my generation

published: July, 07, 2015 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, Youth, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

From CATIE’s The Positive Side, what HIV-positive youth want you to know. (CATIE talks to four young HIV-positive Canadians)

Chatty CATIE: Talking ‘bout my generation

This article with interviews by RonniLyn Pustil first appeared in The Positive Side, a publication of CATIE, here.    Une version française est disponible ici.  ASHLEY ROSE MURPHY, 17 Student and volunteer speaker Diagnosed with HIV at 6 weeks old Ajax, Ontario When I was diagnosed at six weeks of age, I had PCP (pneumocystis pneumonia) and was in respiratory distress. I was always told by my adoptive parents (they adopted me when I was three) that I had a bug but not the name of i

“Unprotected” or “condomless”: Upgrading our HIV terminology

published: June, 19, 2015 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, Health, Sexual Health, Opinion Pieces, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

CATIE asks “What do you call sex without a condom? Unprotected?” Think again.

“Unprotected” or “condomless”: Upgrading our HIV terminology

This article by James Wilton first appeared on the CATIE blog here.   Une version française est disponible ici.  What do you call sex without a condom? Unprotected? Only a few years ago, you might have been correct. But a growing consensus of HIV prevention experts is shifting away from this terminology to something more accurate and more simple: sex without a condom, or condomless sex. Why? Our understanding of HIV transmission and prevention has changed dramatically in the past decad

When to START has never been clearer

published: June, 10, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // CATIE, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Features and Interviews, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Editor Bob Leahy in conversation with CATIE’s Sean Hosein about START, the important and ground-breaking study that recently provided definitive evidence of the health benefits of starting HIV treatment sooner rather than later

When to START has never been clearer

From CATIE  (June 1, 2015): Study confirms starting HIV treatment early prevents illness and death "A large, well-designed clinical trial called START has confirmed that by initiating anti-HIV therapy early—when their CD4+ cell counts are still relatively high—HIV-positive people can significantly reduce their risk of developing AIDS, other serious illnesses unrelated to AIDS or dying. According to the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the results from

Stepping up HIV testing in Canada

published: May, 25, 2015 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, Research, Sexual Health, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

From CATIE, a research update: Could routine testing help reduce the number of people who are unaware they are HIV positive?

Stepping up HIV testing in Canada

This article by Laurel Challacombe first appeared in Prevention in Focus, a publication of CATIE, here.   Une version française est disponible ici.  In 2011, an estimated 25% of the 71,300 Canadians living with HIV were unaware of their infection.1= People who haven’t been tested and diagnosed are unable to benefit from linkage to care, support and treatment, which improve health and reduce HIV transmissions. In 2013, the Public Health Agency of Canada released an HIV Screening and Te

How is Canada doing?

published: May, 18, 2015 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, Research, Sexual Health, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

From CATIE, the state of HIV testing in Canada: a systematic review

How is Canada doing?

This article by James Wilton first appeared in Prevention in Focus, a publication of CATIE, here.   Une version française est disponible ici.  In Canada, a substantial proportion of people with HIV are unaware they are infected and many are not learning about their HIV status until late in their disease. These individuals can be at higher risk of poor health and may be more likely to pass HIV to others. Diagnosing people as early as possible after infection – by increasing uptake and

Art Posi+ive: Picture This

published: May, 13, 2015 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Art, CATIE, Arts and Entertainment, Health, Living with HIV, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

From CATIE’s The Positive Side, Shan Kelley's provocative art reframes sickness and stigma

Art Posi+ive: Picture This

This article by Jennifer McPhee first appeared in The Positive Side, a publication of CATIE, here.   Une version française est disponible ici.  When I call mixed media artist Shan Kelley, 37, one evening, at his home in Montreal, he apologetically asks to reschedule our interview because his 16-month-old daughter has a cold and is up past her betime. Later, he admits that prior to his HIV diagnosis five years ago he hadn’t envisioned having a child. He actually surprised himself by sud

Show yourself some love!

published: May, 05, 2015 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, General Health, Mental Health, Health, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

CATIE says “Think self-care sounds self-indulgent? Think again.”

Show yourself some love!

This article by  Darien Taylor first appeared in The Positive Side, a publication of CATIE, here.   Une version française est disponible ici. Effective antiretroviral therapy has given people with HIV our lives back. But with this new lease on life can come responsibility and, for many of us, stress. Along with all the ordinary tasks of life, we are living with a demanding chronic illness. We juggle doctors’ appointments, bloodwork and medication schedules with employment, school or t

About shingles, HIV, ART and the immune system

published: April, 29, 2015 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, General Health, Research, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

CATIE reports on a study that explores the risk for shingles in the current era

About shingles, HIV, ART and the immune system

This article previously appeared on the CATIE website here.  Une version française est disponible ici.  Infection with VZV (varicella zoster virus), a member of the herpes virus family, is relatively common. In general, in childhood VZV causes chickenpox and in adults it recurs to cause shingles. After the signs and symptoms of chickenpox resolve, VZV goes into a state of latent infection inside nerve cells. It is generally held in check by the immune system. However, as the immune syste

Could routine testing help reduce the number of people who are unaware they are HIV positive?

published: April, 13, 2015 Written by // CATIE and the Quebec Consensus Statement Categories // CATIE, Sexual Health, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

CATIE says “the routine offer of an HIV test in health care, in addition to other testing initiatives, can increase awareness of HIV status among those who may not present for HIV testing on their own”

Could routine testing help reduce the number of people who are unaware they are HIV positive?

This article by Laurel Challacombe first appeared in Prevention in Focus, a publication of CATIE, here.   Une version française est disponible ici. In 2011, an estimated 25% of the 71,300 Canadians living with HIV were unaware of their infection.1 People who haven’t been tested and diagnosed are unable to benefit from linkage to care, support and treatment, which improve health and reduce HIV transmissions. In 2013, the Public Health Agency of Canada released an HIV Screening and Test

“HIV transmission risk within serodiscordant couples can be reduced to very low, even negligible levels.”

published: April, 06, 2015 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // As Prevention , CATIE, Research, Sexual Health, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

We hear from CATIE on HIV prevention within serodiscordant couples: a changing paradigm

“HIV transmission risk within serodiscordant couples can be reduced to very low, even negligible levels.”

This article by James Wilton first appeared in Prevention in Focus, a publication of CATIE, here.  Une version française est disponible ici.  Serodiscordant couples (where one partner is HIV negative and the other is HIV positive) are often thought to be at “high risk” of HIV transmission. However, new understandings of the biology of HIV transmission and the emergence of new HIV prevention options mean that the HIV transmission risk within these couples can be reduced to very low, ev

Smoke signals

published: March, 25, 2015 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: With medicinal marijuana laws in a state of limbo in Canada, where do things stand for people who count on it? Peter Carlyle-Gordge gives us the straight dope

Smoke signals

This article previously  appeared in The Positive Side, a publication of CATIE, here. Une version française est disponible ici. Thousands of people living with HIV in Canada find cannabis critical for managing their illness—for appetite stimulation, weight gain and relief from nausea, pain, anxiety and depression. Rosa Colavito-Palao, a therapist at Nine Circles Community Health Centre in downtown Winnipeg, sees many clients with HIV and other health conditions for whom pot has proven t

Moving PrEP into practice: an update on research and implementation

published: March, 12, 2015 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // As Prevention , CATIE, Health, Treatment, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

CATIE reviews the research on PrEP, what has happened to move this tool into practice, and the role front-line service providers can play in its safe and effective implementation in Canada.

Moving PrEP into practice: an update on research and implementation

This article by James Wilton first appeared on the CATIE website here .  Une version française est disponible ici. The use of daily Truvada pills as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a new HIV prevention strategy recently found to be effective in clinical trials. While generating a significant amount of excitement and hope, current use of PrEP in Canada is low and there are several unanswered questions about how this strategy can be safely and effectively implemented. This article revi

Profile: crossing the threshold

published: March, 10, 2015 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Gay Men, CATIE, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

From CATIE, Murray Jose-Boerbridge, executive director of the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation, tells the story of his 24-year journey with HIV.

Profile: crossing the threshold

This article previously appeared in The Positive Side, a publication of CATIE, here. Une version française est disponible ici. "When members of what would become The Fellowship of the Ring crossed the threshold into Bilbo Baggins’ home, they knew that their lives were about to change forever. They would not be able to walk back across that threshold the same person. Thus it is with thresholds, whether physical or psychological. Once you cross them, everything changes and there is no turn

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