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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, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Treatment

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

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, CATIE, Arts and Entertainment, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

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, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Sexual Health, Health, Lifestyle, Sex and Sexuality

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

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

Profile: bouncing back

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

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 // CATIE, Hep B and C, 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, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

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

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, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health

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, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health

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

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

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

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