Mot clé : Dépistage

Apporter le dépistage à la population

par Amanda Giacomazzo

Le Canada a adopté les cibles mondiales visant l’éradication du VIH et de l’hépatite C comme menaces pour la santé publique d’ici 2030. Quoiqu’ambitieuses, ces cibles sont devenues une possibilité réaliste grâce à l’efficacité des médicaments modernes. Le traitement du VIH supprime tellement efficacement le virus que les Canadiens séropositifs qui commencent tôt le traitement peuvent connaître une espérance de vie semblable à celle de leurs pairs séronégatifs. Cela permet également de prévenir la transmission du VIH entre les partenaires sexuels. En ce qui concerne l’hépatite C, la majorité des Canadiens qui suivent un traitement guérissent de nos jours en l’espace de plusieurs semaines.

Making the most of a new HIV testing technology

By Mark Gilbert

Mark Gilbert

There are a lot of new test technologies in the pipeline: both new types of tests in the works, such as rapid syphilis tests or point-of-care HIV viral load testing, and new ways to use existing tests, such as self-testing or online testing.

As testing options increase, we need to think about where they will have the most impact. I learned about this from helping implement a new test technology called pooled nucleic acid amplification testing (pooled NAAT) at six clinics in Vancouver in 2009, as part of a research study to determine the impact of this new type of test on gay men’s lives. With pooled NAAT, blood samples that are negative on a routine screen for HIV antibodies are automatically tested for HIV RNA. This shortens the HIV window period to 10-12 days and means that individuals with very early or acute infection – when HIV viral load and chances of transmission are high – can be diagnosed at a time when standard tests are negative.

What Canada can learn from Australia’s HIV response

By Laurie Edmiston

While at AIDS 2014, CATIE’s Ed Jackson and I met with a number of Australian agencies to pursue a plan to share best practices around gay men’s sexual health programming. I was already familiar with some of Australia’s powerful awareness, prevention and testing campaigns, but a closer look at the Aussie HIV response has been eye-opening and provides many useful learnings for Canada.