Tag: Harm reduction

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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Now more than ever, we need a safe supply of drugs

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has everyone extremely worried, and understandably so. But there is another public health emergency that still hasn’t been resolved – the overdose crisis. And COVID-19 is threatening to create two epidemics among people who use drugs, unless we take immediate action.

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Gay guys are doing it! Sex in the age of COVID-19

Gyms are closed, events are cancelled, restaurants are take-out only and most of us are staying home in order to reduce our physical contact with the community and other people. It’s been widely publicized that these changes have been implemented to help slow the transmission of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). And (trans and cis) gay, bi, queer, as well as other guys into guys, are taking it seriously. We are doing our part to the best of our ability.

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Face à la COVID-19 : trois enjeux pour les hommes ayant des relations sexuelles avec d’autres hommes et leur santé

L’irruption de l’épidémie de COVID-19 a entraîné des changements majeurs dans nos vies quotidiennes. Le confinement d’une bonne partie de la population mondiale et les restrictions de circulation en sont des illustrations spectaculaires ! Mais quelles sont les implications de cette situation inédite pour la santé des hommes ayant des relations sexuelles avec d’autres hommes (HARSAH) ?

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Five ideas to scale up hepatitis C services in Canada

Hepatitis C is curable. Today’s treatment regimens are highly effective and easy to complete. And it has the added benefit of preventing transmission to others, making it possible to eliminate hepatitis C from Canada. However, for many of the most marginalized people affected by hepatitis C in Canada, including people who use drugs, treatment remains frustratingly out of reach. Those who are most at risk are also the ones most often missed by healthcare services.

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