PHAC World AIDS Day statement praises the Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U) campaign and Indigenous Know Your Status program
Statement on behalf of the Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health
From Public Health Agency of Canada
November 30, 2017 Ottawa, ON Government of Canada
Every year on December 1st, we come together to mark World AIDS Day and the start of Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week. There was a time not long ago when many lives were lost to AIDS in Canada. Thanks to advances in treatment, the situation today is vastly different. With timely interventions and supports, people living wit
This Friday, December 1, is World AIDS Day. Help us send a message to Minister Wilson-Raybould, and her provincial and territorial colleagues, that they must take action to end unjust HIV criminalization in Canada,
November 27, 2017 - Today, in advance of World AIDS Day, the Canadian Coalition to Reform HIV Criminalization (CCRHC) released its Community Consensus Statement signed by over 150 HIV and human rights organizations across Canada. The statement, which you can read on the CCHRC website, calls on the federal, provincial and territorial governments to take specific actions to end unjust criminal prosecutions against people living with HIV.
Why is this needed?
Right now, people living with HIV
The PositiveLite.com team is happy to welcome Daniel Uy back as a regular contributor. Here, Daniel shares what he's been up to since 2015.
After two years, I have decided to come back to writing. So, the biggest question I have been asked by my editor is, “What have you been up to?”
Wow. When I look over that, it is pretty amazing to share. At the time, I was finishing up a Certificate Program in Project Management at Ryerson University and in an open relationship with someone. Life was full and busy. In the spring of 2016, I was at a crossroad. I had broken up with someone, had also completed some goals of mine, and was sor
Kenya's Kimutai Kemboi on how to live in good health with HIV.
First of all, congratulations for taking an HIV test.
Being HIV-positive isn't a death sentence, neither does it determine when someone is going to die. It is a manageable condition that a person can have a normal life with. Many people have lived for decades with it and are still going strong.
What matters is:
1 - Acceptance. This is a key pillar to a healthy and positive living. You need to accept that it has happened and develop a positive mindset of living with it. Acceptance gives yo
North Bay City Council to be asked to adopt GIPA/MIPA. From BayToday.ca, Linda Holmes reports
To read the complete article by Linda Holmes, visit BayToday.ca, here.
North Bay City Council will be asked at this week’s Tuesday night meeting to adopt the Ontario Accord, called GIPA/MIPA, as part of its policies. GIPA/MIPA, are acronyms for Greater Involvement of People Living With or Affected by HIV/AIDS, and Meaningful Involvement of People Living with HIV/AIDS.
Jason MacLennan, an advocate for the Canadian Positive People Network, will be making a public presentation to cou
For the first time, the HIV community and other concerned organizations are calling on the federal government to reform the Criminal Code.
TORONTO, November 27, 2017 — With World AIDS Day just a few days away, the Canadian Coalition to Reform HIV Criminalization (CCRHC) has released a joint Community Consensus Statement endorsed by over 150 organizations across the country, from the HIV sector and beyond. Developed through several months of cross-country consultation, the statement shows clear consensus against the current overly broad use of the criminal law against people living with HIV and the urgent need for action fro
Last week saw 400 people gather in Toronto for CATIE’s “Transforming our Practice” national forum, looking at new knowledge and new strategies to end the epidemic. It was an unqualified success. But what’s next? Bob Leahy reports.
I’m fortunate to attend many HIV conferences in Canada and sometimes elsewhere. They educate, they inspire and they allow for lots of networking – in particular the peer-to-peer engagement that so strengthens our response to HIV in Canada. CATIE delivered all of this last week in Toronto. While scholarships, through diminishing dollars continue to be hard to get, a sizeable contingent of people living with HIV were in the house, thanks in part to a financial arrangement with CATIE and the
Clinicians in high-income countries should take a harm reduction advice approach with HIV-positive mothers who breastfeed. From AIDSmap, Roger Pebody reports.
While effective HIV treatment greatly reduces the risk of onward transmission during breastfeeding, it does not appear that the risk is zero, a leading paediatrician told the British HIV Association (BHIVA) conference in London last week. Although formula feeding is the safest option in high-income countries, some women will choose to breastfeed and healthcare professionals should support them to do so as safely as possible.
Dr Hermione Lyall of St Mary's Hospital, London said that she and
Patrick Italo Ettenes on déjà vu and drawing from the lessons of past lives to help find the way forward.
Well, it will soon be here… that’s right, Christmas! A time of joy for some and sadness for others. Let’s face it, for many people, Christmas is not the best time of year. Nevertheless, someone like hypersensitive me will feel the energy in the air and sometimes I can smell Christmas, and I am kinda looking forward to it. And on the HIV calendar we have World AIDS Day coming up; a remembrance of all those who died when it first came out.
So what’s this month’s article about? Well od
Force plans to issue guards to officers from January, saying people infected with blood-borne viruses use spitting as a weapon. From The Guardian, Damien Gayle reports.
Avon and Somerset police says the restraints will be used only when a person threatens to spit, has attempted to spit or has already spat. Photograph: Tim Ireland/PA
A police force has been accused of fear mongering and stigmatising sufferers of hepatitis C and HIV by playing up the risks of transmission of blood-borne viruses as a reason to introduce spit guards.
Avon and Somerset police announced their plan to issue spit guards to all operational officers from January next year. “Each d
Isaac D. Joseph on how he got free of cocaine and on what he thinks makes for a successful intervention.
“Did you try to live on your own, when you burned down the house and home, did you stand too close to the fire like a liar looking for forgiveness from a stone?” – Green Day, 21 Guns
For years the LGBT community has been plagued with substance abuse issues. Studies have shown that, when compared with the general population, gay and bisexual men, lesbian, and transgender individuals are more likely to use alcohol and drugs at much higher rates than the general population.
For many indiv
Relationship with healthcare providers cited in 83% of studies reviewed. From CATIE, Erica Lee reports.
- Systematic review identifies the healthcare factors most valued by people living with HIV.
- Relationship with healthcare providers cited in 83% of studies reviewed, and treatment information and support in 63%.
- People with HIV place value on provider’s expertise, confidentiality and coordination, and on ease of access and active participation as a client.
It is important to understand what people with HIV value most in their healthcare experience to deliver services that best respond
From AIDSmap, Roger Pebody reports on an Australian qualitative study exploring relationship dynamics among gay men.
Although some gay men idealise monogamy, particularly in the early stages of a relationship, couples often become non-monogamous over time, Australian researchers report in an article published online ahead of print in Culture, Health and Sexuality.
Men often saw non-monogamy as realistic in gay relationships, due to social and cultural norms in gay communities. But shifting the ground rules of relationships could be challenging for some couples, especially when the partners had different
Bob Leahy on the confluence of voices that is saying paternalism towards people living with HIV doesn’t serve us well – and asks how we challenge it
The issue of paternalism – agencies who think or assume they are working in the best interests of their clients and make decisions for them – is in the news this week
A word about us: PositiveLite.com has always been a bit of an “alt-left” voice when it comes to HIV. We don’t rely for our continued existence on government funders so that gives us a bit more freedom to report on what we – and often others - are feeling.
So what’s the mood?
Big Picture? The mood is of optimism,
Bob Leahy on the extraordinary play now running in Toronto at Toronto’s Kensington Hall that provides a very explicit, close-up look at the Party n Play (PnP) scene
First the explicit: Yes there is a lot of (simulated) sex happening in this play. In fact the five characters interact sexually throughout much of the show. The program warns “you may be uncomfortable’. I wasn’t. Some will be.
Secondly; the close-up. This is a small, intimate theatre and you are sitting VERY close to the action
It’s hard to know what to make of Five Guys Chillin’ as a conventional theatrical piece, because it isn’t. There is precious little narrative thread in th