Author: CATIE

New lab process in B.C. simplifying the hepatitis C care cascade

British Columbians can now be diagnosed with hepatitis C from a single blood test, saving time and money for both patients and the health care system. This is thanks to a new testing process introduced by the Public Health Laboratory at the B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), known as hepatitis C (HCV) RNA reflex testing.

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COVID-19 in prisons: What needs to be done in Ontario

Immediately after Ontario declared the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as being a public health emergency in mid-March 2020, all visits from family and friends and programming were suspended in prisons in the province.

With little information from the Ministry of the Solicitor General regarding their efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Prisoners’ HIV/AIDS Support Action Network (PASAN) was flooded with phone calls from prisoners concerned about their health and the well-being of their family and friends.

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Difficultés liées aux tests de dépistage des ITS pendant la pandémie de COVID-19

La Nouvelle-Écosse n’a pas été épargnée par la syphilis. En 2012, la province a connu une hausse marquée du nombre de cas, qui avait presque doublé par rapport à l’année précédente. Une autre éclosion a été constatée début 2020 : le nombre de cas avait augmenté de 60 % entre 2018 et 2019. Cette dernière éclosion était différente à deux égards : elle concernait principalement les femmes et ne se limitait pas à la seule région de Halifax.

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Gendering the Scene: We need to listen to women and gender-diverse people who use drugs

Over the past several years, Canada has been in the grip of an overdose crisis. We have seen the devastating effects both of a contaminated drug supply and of punitive laws that restrict access of people who use drugs to effective treatment and support. Now we are facing the twin crisis of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, which has radically altered the way we interact with one another and affected the drug supply chain.

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