There will be a town hall hosted on Wednesday night to discuss mental health services in the province. The town hall will be hosted by NDP MHA Gerry Rogers, with guest panelists Andy Jones and Mary-Lynn Bernard, who recently lost a son to suicide, and mental health advocates Mark Gruchy, Roger Baggs, Paula Corcoran, and advocate/actor Mary Walsh. The evening will begin with an hour of "candid discussion" of each panelist's experience and assessment of mental health services in the province. That will be followed by small-group discussions of possible solutions, with each group reporting...
The goals of public health departments don't always coincide with those of police departments, a situation health advocates for sex workers have been concerned about for some time.
"On the one hand, you have public health, which is handing out condoms to sex workers, and on the other hand, you have police confiscating them," says Sandra Ka Hon Chu, codirector of research and advocacy at the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network. "It's just cancelling out the benefits of condom distribution, which is absolutely essential for sex workers health."
Confiscating multiple condoms from an individual as...
When it comes to ensuring schools are a safe environment for LGBT youth, Newfoundland and Labrador leads the country, but there’s still a long way to go.
Across Canada, almost 65% of LGBT youth felt unsafe in their schools (compared to just 15% of non-LGBT students). It was no wonder why: 68% of trans students were verbally harassed, as well as 55% of lesbian or bisexual women and 42% of gay or bi-sexual men. Sexual harassment was also a huge problem, reported by 49% of trans students, 40% of gay students, and 33% of lesbian students. A full 20% of LGBT students were physically abused at...
Researchers at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS in Vancouver have developed a tool to assess the quality of care received by patients. This tool, called the Programmatic Compliance Score (PCS), compares certain aspects of care that patients receive against recommendations within leading HIV treatment guidelines.
In previous research, the BC team that developed the PCS found that patients who are not receiving guideline-recommended care in the first year of using ART are likely to have poor health and an increased risk of death.
In its latest report, the BC team focused on analysing...
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Alberta Health Services is warning 225 patients of a Fort McMurray clinic to get tested for HIV and hepatitis B and C.
Dr. Albert de Villiers, the region’s chief medical health officer, says the risk of contracting the disease is low, but people should get tested as a precaution. “We have been advising them that they have been to a clinic in Fort McMurray where there were some issues with sterilization of medical equipment and they might have been exposed,” de Villiers said Friday.
Those being contacted are or were patients of the Dayspring Medical and Cosmetic Clinic. The College of...
The 23rd Annual Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS Research – CAHR 2014 – will be held May 1-4, 2014 at the Delta hotel and the Convention Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
With the 2014 theme of “Turning the Tide on HIV”, CAHR will have a stellar program of world-renowned speakers, allowing you to connect with researchers, frontline public health and community-based workers, policy makers, people living with HIV and AIDS and others interested in the field of HIV research.
This year’s conference will be co-chaired by Drs. Michael Grant and Debbie Kelly, from Memorial University.
It is with great pleasure that we would like to announce that the Canadian Treatment Action Council will be hosting a Café Pratique on Treatment as Prevention and HIV/HCV Integration at the CAHR Conference in St. John’s, Newfoundland on Thursday, May 1st from 09:00-13:00 (Newfoundland Standard Time). We would like to invite you to participate in what will surely be a fascinating discussion! Local participants do not need to register for the CAHR Conference.
NLCAHR invites you to join us on May 6, 2014 from 7-9 pm at Eastern Edge Gallery (72 Harbour Drive, St. John's), for a talk by Mikiki, gay men’s health activist and street outreach worker. This public forum will explore shifting messages around HIV prevention, HIV stigma, and a recent landmark study that links community-wide HIV treatment to community-wide HIV prevention.
Mikiki is a queer video and performance artist from Newfoundland. His experiences as a Sexuality Educator in Calgary's public schools, a Bathhouse Attendant in Saskatoon, and a Drag Queen Karaoke Hostess in St. John's...
Ugandan police raided the offices of a U.S.-funded project known to offer AIDS services to homosexuals, a government spokesman said Friday, in what appeared to be the first public action by police to enforce a new law that strengthened criminal penalties against gay sex.
The Makerere University Walter Reed Project in the Ugandan capital of Kampala was targeted for "training youths in homosexuality," spokesman Ofwono Opondo said on Twitter Friday. He offered no further details but said a "top diplomat" was said to be involved in the project.