Historically, people living with HIV in Canada have been excluded from access to life insurance. In recent years, however, both Manulife and Sun Life have started accepting applications from people living with HIV, now that HIV is widely recognized as a manageable chronic illness. Nevertheless, this significant change in policy is not well-known within the HIV sector. How can we change that and how can we facilitate access to life insurance for people living with HIV?
With these two questions in mind, we at Realize and the Canadian Positive People Network (CPPN) surveyed our members and the insurance sector to gain clarity from both sides as to what the underlying issues might be. We found out that life insurance is something that people living with HIV think about today, but few folks know that it’s an option. And, for the few people living with HIV who are aware that Manulife and Sun Life are offering life insurance options, many people wondered what is offered and were curious about where to go for more information or to apply. Some wanted to know what the “catch” might be.
By Allison Carter, Jessica Whitbread and Angela Kaida
« I went through a long period, seems like ancient history now, but I remember when I was first diagnosed, I felt so dirty. Like everything about me was, I suppose, unsafe and unclean and my blood was just full of crap. Just the whole thing was very internalized… For the most part now, I feel loveable. I feel good about myself. I just feel like I’ve still got a lot to offer and give and that I can be part of a strong, healthy relationship, despite the difficulties, I suppose. » —Anonymous quote by a woman living with HIV
Une bénévole de Victorian AIDS Council à une marche communautaire.
par Brent Allan, Laurel Sprague, Suzy Malhotra and Rebecca Matheson
Les partenariats que nous, personnes vivant avec le VIH, avons forgés avec les chercheurs sont un pilier qui a favorisé l’essor de la riposte au VIH. L’heure est venue de réitérer les principes de l’inclusion et du respect et de s’y réengager, dans la tenue des recherches qui touchent nos vies et la présentation de leurs résultats.
For people living with HIV and their allies, 2017 was a ground-breaking year. It culminated with both the federal and Ontario governments publicly recognizing the need to limit the over-criminalization of HIV in Canada. On World AIDS Day 2017, both acknowledged that criminal prosecution for alleged HIV non-disclosure is not warranted when a person living with HIV has a “suppressed viral load” (i.e., less than 200 copies of HIV/ml of blood) because such an individual poses no “realistic possibility” of transmitting the virus—the Supreme Court’s legal test for whether a duty to disclose exists.
C’est officiel! Le Gouvernement du Canada appuie I=I, la déclaration de consensus affirmant qu’une personne vivant avec le VIH ne transmet pas le virus par voie sexuelle si elle suit un traitement antirétroviral et maintient une charge virale indétectable (« indétectable = intransmissible »).
L’annonce a été faite le 30 novembre dans une déclaration collective de l’administratrice en chef de la santé publique du Canada et des médecins hygiénistes en chef de toutes les provinces et de tous les territoires du Canada.
Le Blogue de CATIE présente des perspectives et opinions des personnes et organismes qui travaillent ou collaborent bénévolement à la réponse du Canada au VIH et à l’hépatite C.