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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.

Attendees...

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.
 
Click this link to see the poster and brief description of the event
 
To register, please contact Barbara Santosuosso, Policy...

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.

 

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A Texas woman apparently contracted HIV through sexual contact with another woman, the Center for Disease Control reported Thursday, a rare female-to-female transmission of the virus.

Testing confirmed the 46-year-old woman with newly diagnosed HIV "had a virus virtually identical to that of her female partner, who was diagnosed previously with HIV and who had stopped receiving antiretroviral treatment in 2010," according to the CDC's Weekly Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

 

For more information view the full article on CNN or read the full report from the CDC

In conjunction with International Women's Day (March 8, 2014), a practical and educational tool on the topic of young women living with HIV has been developed by Women for Positive Action (a global, multidisciplinary group of experts committed to addressing the specific concerns of women living with HIV). This tool is designed to inspire community and healthcare representatives to tackle the evolving challenges and support the needs of girls living with HIV as they develop into young women.

"Young women aged 15-24 are particularly vulnerable to HIV, with infection rates twice as high as in...

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