Combined prevention



Auguste 19, 2015

HIV prevention strategies can take on many forms today, the main ones being behavioural, structural and biomedical.

Behavioural prevention strategies are aimed at replacing risky individual and collective behaviours that favour the transmission of the virus with safer behaviours, such as wearing condoms and getting tested for HIV.

Structural strategies focus more widely on social, economic, legal, cultural and educational factors liable to increase the vulnerability of persons and groups most exposed to the epidemic and to impede behavioural change.

Biomedical strategies include pre-exposure treatment and triple-drug therapy.

Combined prevention aims at a synergy between all these strategies. It no longer opposes behavioural prevention on one hand and biomedical prevention on the other. It notably now tends to bring prevention, screening and treatment together in a global approach.

While the AIDS epidemic has experienced a net reduction over the past few years, efforts to prevent HIV transmission have not made it possible to avoid new infections, with very different levels of incidence in certain countries or regions, within certain population groups, in certain areas with generalised epidemics and in countries where the epidemic is most concentrated.

The combined prevention strategy is therefore aimed at improving the effectiveness of the prevention and reduction of HIV transmission risks for the benefit of individuals and the community.


Prevention campaign: In my bag


August 19, 2015

Dans mon sacFor some years now, Quebec has experienced an increase in the number of sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBIs), such as chlamydia. Women have not been spared, and there is a need to raise their awareness on the importance of preserving their sexual health.

COCQ-SIDA, a partner organisation of Fqsida, has therefore developed its first campaign to promote health and the prevention of HIV and other STBBIs among the women of Quebec. The “In my Bag” campaign, launched on 6 July last, promises a healthy, fulfilling sex life free from STBBIs.

The website provides factual information focusing on the notions of pleasure, discovery and conscious, not subjected, sexuality.

Although certain women present increased risk factors, vulnerability to HIV is not a fixed state: at different moments of her life, a woman can face situations that increase the risk of HIV infection.

The campaign presents the bags of four women with different profiles:
– Lyne, in her fifties, newly separated, seeks new partners;
– Rosa, a young migrant woman, is trying to develop ties in her host country;
– Audrey likes partying and multiple encounters;
– Julie, a young mother, is unaware that her husband unfaithful.

Among the some fifteen organisations that are working together on this initiative, we would like to highlight the participation of ACCM, CASM and Gap-Vies, members of Fqsida.

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Burundi: Thank you for your solidarity!


August 19, 2015

TURIHO_1 (2)While Burundi sinks further into a deep political crisis, punctuated by violence that has caused about a hundred deaths so far and forced some 170,000 Burundians to flee their country, the members of l’Association nationale de soutien aux séropositifs et malades du sida (ANSS – National Association for Support to HIV-positive and AIDS patients) refuse to abandon their beneficiaries, taking daily risks to go out and do their work and carry out their mission. Despite that, many patients are obliged to remain in their homes and no longer go to their medical appointments. This endangers their lives.

The urgency of the situation has led FQSIDA and its partner, Coalition Plus, to mobilize, and launch an exceptional appeal for donations for this historic association which currently provides medical and psycho-social support for more than 5,000 HIV-positive adults and children throughout the country. This upsurge of solidarity is beginning to bear fruit since the generosity of our donors has already enabled us to collect close to CAN$ 15,000.

Burundi 1This money will enable the ANSS to come to the assistance of AIDS orphans whom it lodges, feeds, and provides with education and medical care. These orphans – most of whom have found it extremely difficult to obtain treatment – are caught up in deadly clashes of which they understand absolutely nothing.

HIV in Burundi:
This country of 10 million inhabitants is in the throes of a generalised epidemic: 1.2 % of its people are HIV-positive; 50% are less than 25 years old. ANSS alone provides medical care and access to treatment to more than 5,000 persons.

Photos: © Coalition PLUS

UNAIDS: 32 billion dollars needed by the year 2020 to end the HIV epidemic by 2030


August 19, 2015

Between 2000 and 2014, new HIV infections fell by 35.5% (to 2 million). New infections among children went down by 58% over the same period. AIDS-related deaths decreased by 41% (to 1.2 million) since peaking in 2004.

“The world has delivered on halting and reversing the AIDS epidemic,” said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “Now we must commit to ending the AIDS epidemic as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.”

“Ending the AIDS epidemic (…) by 2030 is ambitious but realistic,” he noted. However, “we urgently need to carry out efforts on a larger scale over the next five years”, the UN warns, calling for the investment of close to 32 billion dollars each year by 2020, as against 21.7 billion this year.

To end the epidemic, the UN has set itself intermediate goals for 2020, under the “90-90-90” plan, which seeks to ensure that:
– 90 % of people infected with HIV know their status (as against half at the moment);
– 90 % of people who know their status follow treatment;
– 90 % of those treated have viral suppression (the virus becomes undetectable).

Source: Agence France-Presse (AFP) —July 14, 2015

UNAIDS press release on its report