Mot clé : Traitement du VIH

HIV and life insurance: A welcome change but questions remain

By Wendy Porch and Jeff Potts

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. It’s gone, so what next?

by Bob Leahy

The team (from left to right): Rob Olver, Wayne Bristow, John McCullagh and Bob Leahy

It’s not  surprising that —what we called Canada’s online HIV magazine but it was, I’d argue, so much more —came to an end on March 31. It had been going for nine years.

It was a unique model run by people living with HV for people living with HIV. Most people thought we had big offices; in fact, we operated out of our own homes. We were independent in all senses of the word.

Autochtoniser la recherche : la conférence Pratiques sages

Par Laurie Edmiston

L’an dernier, le rassemblement annuel du Réseau canadien autochtone du sida (RCAS) avait pour thème « Transformer les approches holistiques en santé autochtone ».

Ce rassemblement de personnes des Premières Nations, Métis et Inuit combine une réunion d’affaires, une rencontre de personnes autochtones vivant avec le VIH et la conférence « Pratiques sages » sur la recherche.

Mais surtout, c’est un rassemblement de collègues qui sont devenus des amis, de clients qui sont devenus des pairs, de personnes vivant avec le VIH qui sont devenues des leaders communautaires, et de membres d’une grande famille. Des Aînés y accueillent les participants sur leurs terres ancestrales et des enfants sont également présents – les plus jeunes jouent entre eux et les plus âgés apprennent et participent avec leurs mères.

Inclusion et respect – Apprécier le rôle que jouent les personnes vivant avec le VIH auprès des partenaires de recherche

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.

A step toward ending unjust HIV criminalization, with more to be done in 2018

by Nicholas Caivano

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.