Articles tagged with: Canada

Forward/Good days and bad days

published: April, 23, 2015 Categories // Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Josh from ThePlusSideofLifeblog.com is chronicling life with HIV since being diagnosed last year. He talks about a few early bumps in the road in this pair of posts from his own blog

Forward/Good days and bad days

Forward I chose to title this post forward, because it’s time for me to move forward. With life, with managing my HIV and with doing what’s best for me.  One of the things that has been frustrating about this ordeal is some people telling me what I need to do, how I need to do it and when I need to do it. Obviously, my doctor’s advice plays a prominent role in things; but unless you have M.D. after your name, you’re not an expert in my health. So, the first step forward today was m

Where the journey began

published: April, 16, 2015 Categories // Newly Diagnosed, Living with HIV, Population Specific

New writer Josh from ThePlusSideofLifeblog.com is a 26-year old Toronto man. In June of 2014, he tested positive for HIV. He is chronicling the life of a newly diagnosed person. The journey starts here.

Where the journey began

I’m not an advocate. I’m not an expert. I’m a guy who had his life change forever on June 9, 2014, when I found out that I was HIV positive.  Writing that fact down still seems weird. Partly because there are people in my life who don’t know, yet here I sit behind a computer screen anonymously telling my story in pretty deep detail. I don’t remember much about the day I was diagnosed. It came as a complete shock to me. I never engaged in unsafe or risky behaviour, I was monogamous

Free access to HIV and other meds for all Canadians who need them a possibility?

published: April, 16, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

Troy Media asks “Time ripe for a national drug plan in Canada? Any perceived barriers appear to be unjustified.”

Free access to HIV and other meds for all Canadians who need them a possibility?

By Livio Di Matteo, Expert Advisor,  EvidenceNetwork.ca  THUNDER BAY, ON/ Troy Media/ - A new study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal with health economist Steve Morgan as lead author argues a national universal care drug program would not result in substantial tax increases. Indeed, such a plan reduces public and private spending on prescription drugs by $7.3 billion annually - or by 32 per cent. According to Morgan and his co-authors, the private sector would save $8.2 billion

Is PrEP right for me?

published: April, 13, 2015 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Activism, As Prevention , Gay Men, Features and Interviews, Sexual Health, Health, Treatment, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

In a video interview, PositiveLite.com talks with Ryan Lisk and Mason McColl of the AIDS Committee of Toronto about the agency’s new education campaign to start conversations and share information about the use of Truvada as PrEP in the Canadian context.

Is PrEP right for me?

The evidence is now in. Science has proven that the use of Truvada (a fixed dose combination in one tablet of emtricitabine and tenofovir) as a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a highly effective HIV prevention tool.  Yet, almost three years now after the Food and Drug Administration approved Truvada as PrEP in the U.S., its approval in Canada for this purpose is nowhere on the horizon. While some doctors have agreed to prescribe it to their patients (prescribing an approved drug for a

Harper government moves to block supervised injection services for drug users in Canada

published: March, 27, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Current Affairs, Revolving Door, Legal, Guest Authors, Media, Opinion Pieces

From Pivot Legal Society in B.C., new bill could make it much harder for Insite to stay open, and effectively prevents a similar health service from opening in any other Canadian city.

Harper government moves to block supervised injection services for drug users in Canada

This article  by Adrienne Smith first appeared on the PIVOTlegal.org website here  Today, the House of Commons passed Bill C-2, the Respect for Communities Act. Pretty title, but like so much Conservative legislation, the meaning of the title, like the bill, is cruelly ironic.  What the Respect for Communities Act does is effectively block the establishment of new supervised injection facilities like Insite. The bill could make it much harder for Insite to stay open, and it effectively pr

Moving PrEP into practice: an update on research and implementation

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

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

Closing the gap to reach an AIDS-free generation in Canada and the world

published: January, 13, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Dr. Julio Montaner writing for ICAD says “To close the gap in treatment of HIV, innovative HAART therapy must be made universally accessible to those living with HIV across Canada and the world. . . The Canadian government is falling out of step.”

Closing the gap to reach an AIDS-free generation in Canada and the world

This article first appeared ion the ICAD website here.   Twenty years ago, when I was treating a patient who was HIV infected, I would have to advise them of personal considerations such as shortened life span, and risk of transmitting the virus to sexual partners or during childbirth. At the time, an HIV diagnosis was a drastically life-altering event. Today, if a young woman with HIV infection comes to me for treatment, I can tell her she can live a full life through drug treatment – u

Canadian AIDS Society’s AGM and PHA Forum in Ottawa is coming in June: some scholarships for people living with HIVs available

published: January, 06, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Community Events, Conferences, Events, Upcoming Events, Living with HIV, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy says you have until February 13 to apply: you should consider going out and meeting HIVers from all across Canada

Canadian AIDS Society’s AGM and PHA Forum in Ottawa is coming in June: some scholarships for people living with HIVs available

The Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) has announced that the 2015 People Living with HIV/AIDS Forum and the Canadian AIDS Society AGM will be held June 12-15 at the Lord Elgin Hotel in Ottawa. Scholarship application forms for those people living with HIV wishing to attend and requiring financial assistance to do so are now available on their website.  What is the Canadian AIDS Society? It’s a national coalition of numerous community-based AIDS organizations from across Canada. Its goal is to st

Women living with HIV aim to break the glass ceiling

published: January, 06, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Research, Women, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Allison Carter writing for ICAD says “more than half of all people living with HIV worldwide are women, and yet they continue to be under-represented in the HIV response.”

Women living with HIV aim to break the glass ceiling

This blog by Allison Carter first appeared on Huffington Post here  and then on the ICAD website here.  More than half of all people living with HIV worldwide are women, and yet they continue to be under-represented in the HIV response. A recent Canadian study of women living with HIV aims to break this glass ceiling, shedding important light on what opportunities exist and what barriers persist towards closing the gap for women living with HIV, a highly underserved community both in Canada

National Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week 2014

published: November, 25, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Community Events, Events, Upcoming Events, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

From the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) comes details of a series of events planned for across Canada to celebrate successes and explore ways of “getting to zero”.

National Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week 2014

Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week 2014 reaches out to include Aboriginal People Living HIV and AIDS (APHAs), national Aboriginal organizations, government partners, health care providers,and community leaders to focus on how Aboriginal people can continue to work together to reach the UNAIDS 2011-2015 goal of: Getting to Zero. Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS related deaths.   While Worlds AIDS Day reminds us that progress has been made in finding solutions and moving

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