Peel HIV/AIDS Network Endorses Truth and Reconciliation Report’s Calls to Action

By Julie Schultz, June 21st, 2017 in

On National Aboriginal Day, Peel HIV/AIDS Network Endorses Truth and Reconciliation Report’s Calls to Action   “Reconciliation must support Aboriginal peoples as they heal from the destructive legacies of colonization that have wreaked such havoc in their lives.” -Honouring the Truth, Reconciling the Future: Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee of Canada   […]

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Transcending Borders: Journey of an LGBTQ Newcomer

By Julie Schultz, June 20th, 2017 in

By: Ziva Gorani   I am a transgender, Kurdish, Syrian refugee that has come to Canada, via Turkey, under sponsorship from the Canadian government. I am here to speak to you about a story of a Syrian Queer, my story. I just want to remind you, I am not a representative of the Syrian LGBTQ […]

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Central Opening Doors: Reproductive & Sexual Health Matters

By Julie Schultz, June 16th, 2017 in

This year’s Central Opening Doors Conference will focus on Sexual and Reproductive Health. Sexual health is often considered in the limited context of sexually transmitted infections or reproduction. Given this narrow focus, it can be challenging to identify other sexual health matters, how they relate to other aspects of our physical, mental, social or spiritual […]

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The ‘It Takes Courage’ Strategy: Addressing HIV Stigma in Faith Communities

By Julie Schultz, May 31st, 2017 in

By: Alexander Asamoah, African Caribbean Black Health Promotions Coordinator   IT TAKES COURAGE STRATEGY is the initiative of the African and Caribbean Council on HIV/AIDS in Ontario (ACCHO).  ACCHO is a provincial coalition of organizations and individuals committed to providing leadership in HIV prevention, education, advocacy and research the African, Caribbean and Black (ACB)populations through […]

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Ontario Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS (OACHA) Strategy

By Julie Schultz, March 6th, 2017 in

Ontario Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS (OACHA), in consultation with a diversity of HIV/AIDS stakeholders, has developed a strategy titled HIV/AIDS Strategy to 2026: Focusing Our Efforts – Changing the Course of the Prevention, Engagement and Care Cascade in Ontario.  Consultants on the project included people living with HIV and those from priority populations who are at-risk of […]

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Periods and Sex: Sexual and Reproductive Health Week Special Feature

By Julie Schultz, February 17th, 2017 in

By: Natalie Kaminski, Women’s Health Promotion Coordinator So let’s begin by addressing the issues. Periods suck. As girls we were taught that they are a part of growing up, that they were messy and messy was never acceptable.  Our parental figures taught us about how to get through them with pads or tampons and maybe […]

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PHAN’s Commitment to Engaging the Black Community

By Julie Schultz, January 30th, 2017 in

Through its African, Caribbean, Black (ACB) Health Promotion program, Peel HIV/AIDS Network  (PHAN) keeps an ongoing engagement with the Black communities in Peel about HIV and other related health issues.  In furthering this engagement, PHAN is committed to creating spaces for the discussion even of ‘taboo topics.’ In March 2016, PHAN organized a forum to […]

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WHAI’s Guide to Prep & Women: What You Need to Know

By Julie Schultz, December 6th, 2016 in

Across numerous studies and reports, PrEP has proven to be over 90% effective at preventing the transmission of HIV when taken as directed. Women and HIV/AIDS Initiative (WHAI) has developed an infinitely valuable new resource, Prep and Women: What You Need to Know,  that addresses in detail many of the questions that will invariably arise […]

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Gay Men’s Health Summit: Resist Stigma!

By Julie Schultz, December 6th, 2016 in

More than 250 people were in attendance last month at the Community- Based Research Centre for Gay Men’s Health’s 12th annual Gay Men’s Health Summit in Vancouver, B.C..  A few lucky PHAN staffers were among the attendees, and Gavin Bejaimal was one of them. Read on for his account of the experience. “On the week […]

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International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

By Julie Schultz, December 6th, 2016 in

During the week of December 17th, sex worker communities and social justice organizations stage actions and vigils and work to raise awareness about violence that is commonly committed against sex workers. We come together to remember all of those lost to violence, and to renew our commitment to the ongoing struggle for empowerment, visibility and […]

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