Articles tagged with: CATIE

The "epidemic" of misunderstanding about HIV

published: December, 02, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Hep B and C, CATIE, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Treatment, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

Laurie Edmiston of CATIE shares some thoughts about where we are in the fight against HIV.

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Many Canadians likely think of HIV as a challenge experienced by other parts of the world, such as Sub-Saharan Africa. And they're correct. But it's also true Canada faces its own HIV epidemic-- a reality to be reminded of on World AIDS Day (December 1) and throughout the year. The most visible face of our HIV epidemic is the 75,000 Canadians living with the virus. Less visible, but perhaps equally significant, is the widespread lack of knowledge about new advances in HIV prevention. If more o

Good news? On this World AIDS Day, 2016, there is a lot to report.

published: December, 01, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , CATIE, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Sexual Health, Health, Treatment, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

CATIE details how 2016 has been a year of positive change for people living with HIV.

Good news? On this World AIDS Day, 2016, there is a lot to report.

 The science of treatment and prevention has much to inspire agencies delivering needed services to people living with, and at risk of, HIV.  We know that there are significant health benefits for people with HIV to begin treatment as soon as possible after diagnosis. Early treatment with good adherence in order to maintain an undetectable viral load allows an HIV-positive person to live a long and healthy life. A ground-breaking study called START (Strategic Timing of Antiretroviral Trea

Show your support: Sign the Canadian Consensus Statement

published: November, 30, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Hep B and C, Activism, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Current Affairs, General Health, Sexual Health, Health, Treatment, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

CATIE's Laurie Edmiston: "We, the organizing committee – CATIE, CTAC and PositiveLite.com – consulted various communities across Canada over a 20-month period for their input. The resultant Statement reflects those insights."

Show your support: Sign the Canadian Consensus Statement

A message from Laurie Edmiston, executive director, CATIE: As we head into World AIDS Day, I am today asking for your assistance in taking a step that could help to greatly enhance our country’s response to HIV. You may have heard about the Canadian Consensus Statement on the Health and Prevention Benefits of HIV Antiretroviral Medications and HIV Testing. Essentially, the Canadian Consensus Statement, or CCS (for short), declares the importance of certain principles and app

Calming the flames

published: November, 04, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Food, Nutrition and Recipes, CATIE, General Health, Health, Vitamins - Supplements, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

From CATIE's Positive Side, Pamela Fergusson on how diet can help cool chronic inflammation.

Calming the flames

Inflammation is a hot topic right now, especially for people living with HIV and other chronic conditions. Simply put, inflammation is our body’s natural response to infection or injury. There are two types of inflammation: acute and chronic. With acute inflammation (a hangnail, for example), injured or infected cells signal the immune system to respond with a cascade of healing chemicals. The site of the infection or injury may get swollen, warm and sore as the chemical processes of inflam

Profile: border crossings

published: October, 31, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, CATIE, Women, Health, International , Living with HIV, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

From CATIE's Positive Side, Sane Dube with the stories of two HIV-positive African immigrant women living in Canada and the sometimes difficult paths they’ve walked to get to where they are today

Profile: border crossings

Esther and Marvelous are both animated storytellers. It’s hard to be anything but mesmerized in their presence. I spent an afternoon with each of them in conversations peppered with boisterous laughter. In the quiet moments they wove words together, effortlessly bringing their memories to life. They talked about their lives as HIV-positive African immigrant women living in Canada and the sometimes difficult paths they’ve walked to get to where they are today. To understand how far they’v

From the front lines: living long with HIV

published: October, 25, 2016 Categories // Aging, Social Media, CATIE, General Health, Mental Health, Sexual Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

CATIE's Positive Side reports on four specialized services for older people living with HIV.

From the front lines: living long with HIV

Thanks to effective treatment, far more people with HIV are living into their 60s, 70s and beyond. So all that talk you hear of an “aging population” also applies to HIV. In fact, UNAIDS estimates that roughly one-third of HIV-positive adults in high-income countries are 50 years and older. A growing number of agencies across the country are stepping up to offer services that meet the needs of people who are aging with HIV. Here are just a few: Workshop Series: Planning for the Long Term

The Undetectable = Uninfectious doubters

published: October, 18, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, As Prevention , Sexual Health, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

If your virus is undetectable you can’t transmit the virus. But why do some living with HIV and their service providers struggle with that concept, or even deny its truth? Bob Leahy reports on the reasons why.

The Undetectable = Uninfectious doubters

The history I’ve spent the last couple of months arguing that undetectable equals uninfectious. Now, I shouldn’t have to argue that, because the science tell us so. The world’s leading HIV experts and savvy organizations are saying it too. Still, there is resistance to embracing this, the most significant science breakthrough since antiretrovirals hit the scene back in 1996. The power of those antiretrovirals to not only return people to good health but stop the transmission of HIV has

A counsellor’s perspective: it’s about more than just a virus

published: October, 10, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, CATIE, Health, Living with HIV, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

From CATIE's Positive Side, ACT's John Larsson from Toronto reflects on the many changes antiretroviral therapy (ART) brought to HIV work.

A counsellor’s perspective: it’s about more than just a virus

This article previously appeared at CATIE's Positive Side, here. Une version française est disponible ici.  In 1996, everyone was very excited, elated, about the new treatment “cocktails.” But those of us who had been working in the field for a while recognized pretty quickly that this new hope presented a double-edged sword: Yes, it was great, but it was really going to f*** with people’s heads. Before antiretroviral therapy (ART) came on the scene, my work as a counsellor ofte

Toronto-led team explores different PrEP deployment scenarios

published: October, 05, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , CATIE, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, Treatment, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

Fascinating projections from St Michael's Hospital on the impact on HIV diagnoses in Toronto when employing different PrEP scenarios. From the CATIE blog, Sean R. Hosein reports.

Toronto-led team explores different PrEP deployment scenarios

Une version francaise est disponible ici. Truvada is a pill containing the following two anti-HIV drugs: tenofovir DF – 300 mg FTC (emtricitabine) – 200 mg Health Canada has approved the daily use of Truvada to reduce the risk of sexual transmission of HIV as part of a series of prevention measures that includes the following: testing for HIV prior to initiation of Truvada screening for and, when necessary, treatment of sexually transmitted infections regular and frequent tes

Ask the experts: meno-poz

published: September, 30, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Aging, Social Media, CATIE, General Health, Women, Sexual Health, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

From CATIE's Positive Side, RonniLyn Pustil asks a naturopath, two medical doctors and a person living with HIV what women with HIV can expect as they approach menopause

Ask the experts: meno-poz

“What can I expect as an HIV-positive woman who is entering menopause? Will menopause be different for me because of my HIV status?” — P.W., Twillingate, NL Valerie Nicholson, Person living with HIV, Vancouver I am an Indigenous woman living with HIV since 2004. When I was 54 years old, my periods (moon time) became irregular, and when they did come they were very heavy. Then I hit menopause. When I was going through “the change,” I started to dislike the word menopause. What

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