Category: News

Conversations That Matter – Sex Workers and PrEP at CAHR 2017

by Andrew Sorfleet

The possible unintended consequences of the introduction of PrEP to the sex industry is something that has been discussed in international sex work advocacy since at least 2012. So, when I saw that new PrEP prescription guidelines for Canada were being drafted, stating that “sex-trade workers” were a “significant risk of having transmissible HIV,” I was troubled that there had been no community consultation whatsoever. National guidelines required a national convening.

Shame Canada: Canadian Task Force ignores expert advice in new hepatitis C screening guidelines

By Jennifer van Gennip

The Canadian Task Force on Preventative Health Care (CTFPHC) released its HCV Screening Guidelines today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal on Monday. To the dismay of experts across Canada including hepatitis C specialists, advocacy groups, and stakeholders, the new screening guidelines ignore expert advice regarding who should be tested for Hep C, setting a dangerous public health policy where dollars come first and the health of Canadians comes last.

Comment s’assurer que les actions de sécurité publique ne contreviennent pas à la mise en place de stratégies de réduction des méfaits ?

Par Anik Tremblay

La transmission du VIH et du VHC constitue encore aujourd’hui un problème de santé publique de première importance.  Certains comportements, comme l’usage de drogues par injection et par inhalation, entraînent des risques importants de transmission. En effet, selon les données de surveillance [i], 15 % des personnes qui vont dans les centres d’accès au matériel d’injection et d’inhalation sont infectées au VIH et 63 % au VHC.

5 bonnes nouvelles à Ottawa pour le mieux-être des gars qui aiment les gars

Par Roberto Ortiz

À Ottawa, les gars gais, bisexuels, bispirituels, queer et d’autres gars qui aiment gars, que nous soyons cis ou trans (GBT2Q), avons de quoi être fiers. Ce sont des membres de nos communautés qui ont fondé MAX, le premier organisme avec un mandat de santé globale GBT2Q de l’Ontario (et le troisième au Canada). Cet hiver et ce printemps, voici cinq autres bonnes nouvelles pour le bien-être de nos communautés :

Three reasons why CATIE supports U=U for sexual transmission

By Camille Arkell

CATIE recently endorsed the Consensus Statement of the Prevention Access Campaign, celebrating the fact that “undetectable equals untransmittable.” This revolutionary statement, pushed forward by a dedicated group of people living with HIV, has prompted CATIE to reflect on our sexual HIV prevention messaging.

The research on treatment as prevention has been slowly accumulating for many years. As an evidence-based organization, CATIE now recognizes that the evidence on undetectable viral load has reached a point where we are compelled to take our messaging a step further. We can comfortably say that when a person taking antiretroviral treatment has an ongoing undetectable viral load and is engaged in care, they do not transmit HIV to their sexual partners.

This is why we decided to sign on to U=U: