“Get tested” – a campaign directed to Caribbean, African and Spanish-speaking communities

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“GET TESTED” – A CAMPAIGN DIRECTED TO CARIBBEAN, AFRICAN AND SPANISH-SPEAKING COMMUNITIES
April 23th, 2014

CourageousThe incidence of sexually transmissible infections (STIs) is on the rise across Canada. Information about sexual health is not readily available, and unless they have reason to be concerned, most people won’t take the initiative to become informed. Moreover, among Caribbean, African, and Spanish-speaking communities, subjects related to HIV, and sexuality in general, remain taboo.

The “Get Tested” campaign specifically aims to promote HIV and STI prevention and testing within these communities. With signage throughout the STM, radio ads, and various other activities, the campaign aims to positively reinforce people’s decision to get tested. The website for the campaign is available in French, English, and Spanish.

Visit sefairedepister.ca/en

STBBIs

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The ABC
STBBIs

April 23th, 2014

Sexually transmissible and blood-born infections (STBBIs) are divided into three categories:

– Bacterial infections – chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis
– Viral infections – HIV, hepatitis B and C, herpes, HPV
– Parasitic infections – crab-lice, scabies

Most of these are transmitted through the exchange of infected body fluids (vaginal secretions, sperm, pre-ejaculatory fluid, blood) during sexual activity – oral, vaginal, or anal. Some, like herpes and HPV, can also be transmitted by skin-to-skin contact in the genital area.

It should not be forgotten that the majority of those infected do not have any symptoms, and so are unaware that they could transmit an STBBIs.

Learn more: itss.gouv.qc.ca

Show your true colours!

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SHOW YOUR TRUE COLOURS!
April 23th, 2014

couleursEven today, the discrimination and stigmatization faced by many players in the fight against HIV/AIDS as a result of their sexual orientation or identity are some of the biggest challenges to combatting the epidemic. Every year on May 17, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia serves as a reminder of this.

This important day is also an opportunity for Fqsida to highlight the impressive involvement of the gay community in the fight against HIV, as well as the considerable advancements that have been made over the past twenty years in terms of recognizing and respecting the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. However, anti-gay violence continues to exist all around us. Homosexuality is penalized in more than seventy countries around the world. In these countries, social acceptance is still a long way off, and rejection and fear of rejection persist, feeding the epidemic.

It’s time. Show your true colours to fight homophobia – and HIV! 

Morocco – Improving access to care for migrant populations, thanks to ALCS

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– MOROCCO –
IMPROVING ACCESS TO CARE FOR MIGRANT POPULATIONS, THANKS TO ALCS

April 23th, 2014

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The 10th edition of the Assises Nationales de l’ALCS – @ALCS

Every two years, the Assises nationales de  l’Association de lutte contre le sida (ALCS) mobilizes players in the fight against HIV from all four corners of Morocco. More than 300 participants – policy makers, association leaders, national and international experts, human rights activists – come together for a few unique days of sharing and reflection.

The 10th edition of this major event took place from January 17-19, 2014, under the theme of “New immigration policy and access to health services.”

Now that the European Union has tightened border controls, Morocco is seeing the arrival of more and more regular and irregular migrant workers, asylum seekers, and refugees. The precarious living conditions and criminal violence experienced by the majority of sub-Saharan migrants to Morocco have engendered a need for medical and psychosocial services beyond what currently exists. By bringing their institutional and associational partners together, ALCS has created a forum to discuss practical ways of addressing these shortcomings. This issue has been among the institutional priorities of ALCS since 2005.

Jack & Jacques, an HIV testing reminder service for gay men

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JACK & JACQUES, AN HIV TESTING REMINDER SERVICE FOR GAY MEN
April 23th, 2014

ACCM is an English HIV/AIDS organization in Montreal, and a member of Fqsida. Its team of professionals and volunteers focus mainly on education and on the prevention of HIV transmission in Montreal communities with the highest risk for sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and HIV transmission. Services are also offered in French and Spanish.

JackJacquesJack & Jacques, a new website for gay and bisexual men in the Montreal metropolitan area, was born of a collaboration with the Direction de santé publique de Montréal. It aims to encourage HIV and STI testing using an approach that empowers men to take action. In particular, it offers an email reminder service for HIV testing. The optimal frequency of reminder emails is determined by a short, anonymous online sexual behaviour questionnaire.

The goal of Jack & Jacques, live since January 2014 in both official languages, is to educate men who have sex with men to help them better understand the risks related to their sexuality, the importance of knowing their HIV status, and the different methods of prevention available.

Visit jacketjacques.ca