Catégorie : Nouvelles

It’s time for Toronto to step up: Let’s become a UNAIDS Fast-Track City

By Darien Taylor

The past few years have been a rollercoaster for those of us most impacted by HIV. The use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) by people who are HIV-negative has gone from being discredited and shamed to become one of the keystones of a renewed and revitalized push to “end the HIV epidemic”. The other life-changing piece of research is the landmark PARTNER study that showed us, once and for all, that the sexual transmission of HIV does not occur in people whose viral loads are undetectable. The joyous global uptake of the U=U message has been nothing short of inspirational.

Five factors that help improve relationships between supervised injection services and local police

By Tara Marie Watson and Carol Strike

Supervised injection services (SIS) provide safer spaces for people to inject drugs and help reduce the risk of overdose and behaviours linked to HIV and hepatitis C. Now more than ever, as Canada continues to experience an overdose crisis that took nearly 4,000 lives in 2017, people who use drugs need barrier-free access to these services. Policing practices – such as arresting people near harm reduction programs – can be major barriers to SIS attendance and operation.

We recently completed a study focused on how to improve SIS-police relationships. For this research, we interviewed SIS managers, program coordinators and police liaisons in Europe, Australia, Quebec and British Columbia, reviewed international literature on harm reduction training for police, and conducted focus group consultations with Toronto-based SIS/harm reduction workers, people who inject drugs and police. Our multi-stakeholder team (including researchers, SIS managers, harm reduction workers and student trainees) used the information we gathered to identify factors that may help to improve relationships between SIS and local police. Here are our five recommendations:

HIV criminalization and the newly launched expert consensus statement: Bringing science to justice

By Richard Elliott

One of the highlights of last month’s 22nd International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam (AIDS 2018) was the release of the “Expert consensus statement on the science of HIV in the context of criminal law”. In this statement, 20 eminent world scientists — including two leading Canadian researchers — provided their conclusive opinion on the low-to-no possibility of a person living with HIV transmitting the virus in various situations, including via sexual acts. Published in the peer-reviewed Journal of the International AIDS Society, the statement describes the current evidence on HIV transmission, treatment effectiveness and forensics so that HIV-related science may be better understood in criminal law contexts. You can learn more about the evidence in the statement from the short summary and a Frequently Asked Questions document, both available here.

AIDS 2018 : Le bon et le mauvais

Par Sean Hosein

Sean Hosein, le rédacteur scientifique et médical de CATIE

À l’occasion du Congrès international sur le sida (AIDS 2018), qui s’est déroulé cette année à Amsterdam, aux Pays-Bas, nous avons été témoins de plusieurs développements clés dans la réponse mondiale au VIH. Nous avons également constaté le recul de nos efforts pour prévenir les infections et améliorer la vie des personnes vivant avec le VIH.

De la science clinique à l’épidémiologie, en passant par les droits humains et la défense des droits, voici quelques nouvelles saillantes, bonnes et mauvaises, rapportées à AIDS 2018.

Ce qu’il faudra pour éliminer l’hépatite C du Canada

Par Rivka Kushner

Le Canada fait partie des 194 pays qui ont adopté la Stratégie mondiale du secteur de la santé contre l’hépatite virale de l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé, en 2016, et qui s’engagent – entre autres – à éliminer l’hépatite virale en tant que grave menace pour la santé publique d’ici 2030.

Mais que signifie concrètement éliminer l’hépatite virale? Des chercheurs, des fournisseurs de soins de santé et des praticiens en santé publique des quatre coins du monde étaient réunis pour tenter de répondre à cette question lors du récent Sommet mondial sur l’hépatite, à Toronto du 14 au 17 juin 2018. Les conférenciers ont partagé les plus récents résultats de recherches, signalé quels pays sont sur la bonne voie pour atteindre les cibles et discuté des éléments nécessaires pour parvenir à l’objectif de l’élimination dans le reste du monde.