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As most developed nations struggle with their deficits and sluggish economies, Canada is being praised for sticking with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the country is being asked to give more.

Canada’s Minister of International Co-operation Julian Fantino on Monday provided another $20 million to the Global Fund — a body created by the G8 and United Nations — to support affordable medicines facilities for malaria. Since 2002, Canada has given $1.5 billion to the fund, which has more than 1,000 programs running in 151 countries and has provided AIDS treatment...

James Murray (ACT’s Gay Men’s Community Development Coordinator) and Barry Adam (University of Windsor) have recently published an article in the Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality (Vol. 10, Nos. 3-4, pp. 75-90). 

The article, entitled “Aging, Sexuality and HIV Issues Among Older Gay Men”, is based on the first stage of a research project on Sexuality and HIV Issues Among Older Gay Men.
ACT and Hassle Free Clinic are collaborating on the project and stage two has recently started.

To download a PDF of the entire article click here.

 

The integration of mental health interventions into HIV prevention and treatment platforms can reduce the opportunity costs of care and improve treatment outcomes, argues a new Policy Forum article published in this week's PLOS Medicine. Syvia Kaaya from the School of Medicine at the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and her international colleagues say that effective interventions exist for recognition and treatment of co-morbid mental disorders and can be implemented successfully by trained non- specialized providers in HIV care.

The authors...

People who use injection drugs are disproportionately affected by HIV. In Canada, it is estimated that up to 16% of new HIV infections in 2011 may have been due to injection drug use and up to 14,200 people living with HIV in 2011 may have become infected this way. Although many interventions are known to be effective at preventing HIV among people who use injection drugs—such as methadone treatment programs, needle exchanges and supervised injection sites—additional strategies could play an important role in reducing the spread of HIV in this population.

PrEP: a potential new prevention...

A new blood-donation policy came into effect across Canada on Monday, officially nixing the lifelong ban that prevented men who have had sex with men from giving blood. Canadian Blood Services and HEMA-Quebec -- which oversee Canada's blood system -- are now allowing men to donate blood if they have not had homosexual sex in the last five years.

The new policy comes two decades after Canada's tainted-blood scandal. At that time Transfusions infected over 30,000 Canadians with Hepatitis C or HIV, sparking an inquiry in 1993 that ultimately led to the Red Cross being stripped of its control...

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