Canadian HIV/AIDS Awareness Week

By Chantelle Archambault, November 30th, 2017 in

Canadian HIV/AIDS Awareness Week takes place during the week leading up to World AIDS Day on December 1. The aim of this week is to provide information, education, and prevention around HIV/AIDS. Despite laws protecting their rights, people living with HIV/AIDS still face all forms of discrimination. Many people living with HIV face stigma and […]

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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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Naloxone Now Free at Participating Ontario Pharmacies

By Chantelle Archambault, August 19th, 2016 in

Naloxone is a non-addictive medication that can be used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, allowing someone who is overdosing to breathe more normally and giving them or someone nearby enough time to call 911 and get to the hospital before it wears off (20-90 minutes)1. Anyone can administer naloxone, and anyone who […]

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#PrEPon

By Chantelle Archambault, August 4th, 2016 in

When it comes to HIV prevention, we can’t afford to leave anyone behind. Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is taken as one pill (Truvada) once a day by a person who is HIV-negative to prevent HIV. When taken every day as prescribed by a doctor or nurse practitioner, it is as effective (if not better) at preventing […]

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Substance Use and the Healthcare System

By Adam, February 9th, 2016 in

To keep on top of our health it is essential to first have good access to health care and to have a good trusting relationship with our healthcare providers. Healthcare providers need to know what is actually going on with their patients to be able to diagnose and respond appropriately, and patients need to feel comfortable enough to share what is actually going on for them. Substance users face multiple barriers when accessing the healthcare system which can have negative impacts on health outcomes.

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No more excuses. We can end the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

By Adam, January 14th, 2016 in

It is not that we lack the medical advances and interventions to end the pandemic. It is that our proven tools have not been implemented adequately or uniformly.

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HIV in Canada?? #PutARibbonOnIt

By Adam, November 23rd, 2015 in

It’s a question often heard on World AIDS Day, December 1st, when much of our attention turns to the global HIV epidemic. Many of us think of HIV/AIDS as an issue affecting other countries or Hollywood celebrities like Charlie Sheen. But an HIV epidemic in Canada?

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What’s new in HIV?

By Adam, October 1st, 2015 in

Over the past few years, a number of important clinical trials have answered key questions about the use of anti-HIV drugs for both treatment and prevention. There is now an emerging global consensus about the implications of this new research for the clinical management of HIV

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What is the Impact of Community AIDS Service Organisation Programs?

By Adam, September 21st, 2015 in

Do HIV prevention investments in Ontario avert thousands of new infections and saved nearly billions of dollars in costs to the healthcare system? A team of researchers spent time to crunch the numbers and have just released a report.

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Amnesty International Supports Policy to Decriminalize Sex Work

By Adam, August 13th, 2015 in

International human rights watchdog Amnesty International voted in favor this Tuesday of a policy that would decriminalize sex work, leading many women’s right groups to urge Amnesty to reconsider their decision.

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