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Laurie Edmiston

Laurie Edmiston
Executive Director of CATIE, Canada's source for HIV and hepatitis C information.

This blog by Laurie Edmiston first appeared on Huffington Post here .

The world got some inspiring news at last summer’s International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia: UNAIDS said we are positioned to see the end of the HIV epidemic by 2030. To achieve this goal, it proposed that by 2020, 90 per cent of people living with HIV globally should be diagnosed. Ninety per cent of those diagnosed should be receiving treatment, and 90 per cent of those on treatment should have a significantly reduced amount of virus in their blood, greatly improving the health of people living with HIV and reducing the risk of transmission.

Similar aspirations have … Read more 


Allison Carter

Allison Carter
Public health professional with the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University and the Epidemiology and Population Health Program at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. BC Community-Based Research Coordinator for CHIWOS

This blog by Allison Carter first appeared on Huffington Post here .
More than half of all people living with HIV worldwide are women, and yet they continue to be under-represented in the HIV response. A recent Canadian study of women living with HIV aims to break this glass ceiling, shedding important light on what opportunities exist and what barriers persist towards closing the gap for women living with HIV, a highly underserved community both in Canada and around the world.

The study was published in the journal Health Care for Women International and was led by, with, and for women living with HIV, in collaboration with allied researchers, clinicians, … Read more 


Dr. Julio Montaner Dr. Julio Montaner Director BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS

Twenty years ago, when I was treating a patient who was HIV infected, I would have to advise them of personal considerations such as shortened life span, and risk of transmitting the virus to sexual partners or during childbirth. At the time, an HIV diagnosis was a drastically life-altering event.

Today, if a young woman with HIV infection comes to me for treatment, I can tell her she can live a full life through drug treatment – up to 75 years of age or beyond – and can raise a family. This enormous progress has a lot to do with the development of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), the game-changing … Read more 


Claire Holloway Wadhwani Claire Holloway Wadhwani Executive Director Canada Africa Partnership on AIDS

This blog by Claire Holloway Wadhwani first appeared on Huffington Post here .
World AIDS Day: a time for us to celebrate the amazing progress being made in the global struggle against HIV/AIDS and a time to reflect on what could be done better.

This year there is much cause to celebrate. Great advances are being made in new treatment as prevention options and, thanks to global partnerships, affordable treatment is available to more communities than ever before.

Still, there are people being left behind.

In East African communities, where CAP/AIDS Network partners live and work, availability does not necessarily equal access. Even when testing and treatment is available and … Read more 


Hilary Elliott Hilary Elliott
Grandmothers Advocacy Network (GRAN). Grandmother of 2, an advocate for sub-Saharan African grandmothers and vulnerable children.
Jenny Neal Jenny Neal
Grandmothers Advocacy Network (GRAN). CoChair of G4G Saskatoon, Leadership Team of Grandmothers Advocacy Network. Advocate for African grandmothers & their orphaned grandchildren.

This blog by Hilary Elliott and Jenny Neal first appeared on Huffington Post here .

The AIDS pandemic has created gaps in the lives of grandmothers and grandchildren that will never be closed. In addition to the horrific loss of life which can never be reversed, the pandemic has destroyed traditional family structures for a whole generation in sub-Saharan Africa. Fifteen million children orphaned by AIDS have lost their mothers and fathers, their sense of family, and their place in the community. The pain is also felt by the grandparents who have lost their sons and daughters, often after caring for them during their sickness. In addition to their emotional … Read more 


Michaela Cavanagh Michaela Cavanagh Michaela Cavanagh works as the communications and documentation officer for the CVC/COIN Vulnerabilized Groups Project, a 5-year PANCAP Round 9 Regional Global Fund Grant in the Caribbean.

In a recent study of ten low-income and middle-income countries, the prevalence of HIV in transgender women was found to be incredibly high, at nearly 18%. Transgender women who engage in sex work are especially vulnerable, and most in need of prevention, treatment, and care.

This World AIDS Day, if we truly want to close the gap, we must work together to put the needs of our most vulnerable communities at the forefront of the fight.

In the Dominican Republic, a small island nation situated in the Caribbean – the region with the second highest HIV prevalence in the world after sub-Saharan Africa – the Transgender and LGBT communities face … Read more 


Meaghan Derynck

Meaghan Derynck
TB Project Officer at RESULTS Canada, a national advocacy organization with a network of volunteers committed to creating the political will to end global poverty.

Ambition is what drives us all. It’s the belief that through commitment, hard work, the right motivation, and bold goals, we can accomplish something as substantial as the eradication of a disease.

Too often though, we fall victim to the limitations we place on our ambitions – we segment our efforts, or believe that we shouldn’t set our sights too high for risk of failure. … Read more 


San Patten

San Patten is a consultant based in Halifax, Canada who specializes in HIV policy, program evaluation, organizational development and community-based research. She wrote the Canadian Microbicides Action Plan and the Canadian HIV Vaccines Plan, and is a co-investigator on the Resonance Project. She is a big proponent for biomedical tools as part of a comprehensive toolkit to prevent HIV, including their potential role in reducing the social-structural inequities that create vulnerability to HIV.

Can futuristic high-tech solutions be found for age-old gender imbalances in HIV transmission?

Wherever HIV is found, one constant is the differential gendered impacts on men and women. Millions of women lack the social and economic power to insist on existing HIV-prevention measures such as condoms, abstinence, or mutual monogamy. Biomedical prevention technologies are exciting for their potential to allow individuals to protect themselves, regardless of the desires and wishes of their sexual partner.

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Robin Montgomery

Robin Montgomery
Executive Director
Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development (ICAD)

The global AIDS landscape has undergone a shift of continental proportions over the past three decades. Our collective efforts have reached transformative milestones with more progress over the past five years than in the preceding 23 years (The Gap Report, UNAIDS 2014). Experts affirm that we have successfully crossed a threshold and have begun to bend the curve of new HIV infections in neighbourhoods around the world. … Read more 


Marina Irick

Marina Irick
Coordinator of the Canadian Observational Cohort (CANOC) collaboration, based at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.

Researchers continue to uncover gaps in treatment

While there’s no question that World AIDS Day marks an opportunity to celebrate huge strides in fighting the HIV epidemic over the last three decades, complex questions remain about gaps in treatment access along lines of gender, race, geographic region, drug behaviour and age. … Read more