Released in August of 2012, the Needle and the Damage Undone is a gritty, provocative story that explores the impact harm reduction has on the lives of people who use injection drugs in Newfoundland and Labrador. The documentary traces the evolution of harm reduction from its meagre beginnings in the 1990s to the current day and offers insight into the rising rates of injection drug use in the province.
British Columbia will be the first province in Canada to use a more accurate HIV detection test that has greatly improved the diagnosis of early or acute HIV infection.
The new test, which will be utilized provincially following the results of a study led by the B.C. Centre for Disease Control, detects the virus as soon as one to two weeks after it enters the body, compared with up to four weeks using standard HIV testing.
Phase I Clinical Trial (SAV CT 01) of the first and only preventative HIV vaccine based on a genetically modified killed whole virus (SAV001-H) has been successfully completed with no adverse effects in all patients, Western and Sumagen Canada Inc. announced today.
Developed by Dr. Chil-Yong Kang and his team at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, with the support of Sumagen Canada, the vaccine (SAV001-H) holds tremendous promise for success in the final phases of clinical testing now that the first hurdle has been accomplished. It is the only HIV vaccine developed in Canada...
A worrying trend is developing within the Eastern Health region. There's been a steep increase in the number of reported cases of the venereal disease, gonorrhoea. VOCM's Linda Swain reports.
So far this year, 21 cases of the sexually-transmitted disease have been reported. That compares to just five cases in 2012 and four in 2011. In an open letter to members of the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association posted on the NLMA's website, Eastern Health says the numbers reflect a trend seen across the country. Gonorrhoea has become more resistant to standard antibiotics and now it's...
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.
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.
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.
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...