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ICAD is working with Global Affairs Canada (GAC) to recruit two members for the Canadian Delegation to the UN High-Level Meeting on HIV (HLM on HIV). We are recruiting one delegate who is a person living with HIV, and a […]

 

Thursday, Oct 28th 2020,
With the date of the ICAD AGM (December 10th, 2020), the Board election process has opened! ICAD kindly invites all eligible members to submit their nomination for ICAD’s incoming Board of Directors. The Board consists of four officers (President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer) and not more than five other Directors. Two of these positions are reserved for persons living with HIV.

Six of ICAD’s nine Board positions are up for election this year. Directors are elected for a two-year term at the Annual General Meeting on December 10th, 2020 during ICAD’s virtual AGM . ICAD strongly encourages persons from all regions of Canada (particularly outside of … Read more 


 


 

Parliamentary Reception to Commemorate World AIDS Day and Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week
Speaking Notes from ICAD Executive Director, Robin Montgomery

Co-hosts : Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development (ICAD), Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN), Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada, and the all-Parliamentary Global Health Caucus on HIV, TB and Malaria

December 2, 2019 (Ottawa, ON)

Good afternoon everyone.

I’d like to begin by acknowledging that the land on which we gather today is the stunningly beautiful, traditional and unceded territory of the Algonquin nation.

My name is Robin Montgomery and I’m the ED of the Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development – a Canadian coalition of approximately 100 members from … Read more 


 

By Help Lesotho

Grandmothers are the key support structure for children in Lesotho and are essential to their survival. Many of them have lost their own children and family members to HIV/AIDS, leaving them confused, lonely and grief-stricken.

Despite their own poverty, illnesses and hopelessness, grandmothers have opened their homes and hearts to Lesotho’s orphaned children, filling the role of parents and guardians. They have the burden and the unique opportunity to support their grandchildren to become educated young leaders.

One such grandmother (‘nkhono’), Nkhono ‘Mafese’s life has been a series of tragedies. She became a widower after 20 years of marriage when her husband contracted Tuberculosis from working in … Read more 


 

By Laurie Edmiston, CATIE Earlier this year, I witnessed a profound historic moment at the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam. Dr. Alison Rodger, a leading HIV researcher in the United Kingdom, presented the final results from a study of couples with one HIV-positive and one HIV-negative partner. After eight years of the study, she reported, there were zero cases of HIV transmission from one partner to the other – thanks to the prevention benefits of modern HIV medications. The evidence has been mounting for years. Several large clinical trials have confirmed that HIV treatment can suppress the virus so successfully that sexual transmission doesn’t occur. Three-quarters of Canadians diagnosed with … Read more 


 

New Research Priorities from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) Restricts Prevention Options By Marc-André LeBlanc, Founding member of IRMA

International Rectal Microbicide Advocates (IRMA) and our many partners and allies believe we need an array of HIV prevention options. There has been enormous progress in the field of HIV prevention research in recent years. The remarkably high efficacy of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) for prevention has been demonstrated, both for oral pre-exposure prophylaxis ( PrEP, now approved and subsidized in several countries ) and through treatment leading to viral suppression or “undetectability” ( U=U, Undetectable = Untransmittable ).

Microbicide—products that could be used vaginally or rectally to reduce a … Read more