Carry on the fight!


February 7th, 2014

lettrepresidentFor the Fondation québécoise du sida and our recipient organizations, the year begins as last year ended – with passion, hope and in high spirits! We feel the passion of working every day to stop the spread of infection and the excitement of constantly mobilizing people with projects and activities that make a difference – all in the hope of one day eliminating HIV/AIDS!

In our newsletters throughout the coming year, we will be talking to you about these concrete activities in the field and new approaches, but also about those that have proven their effectiveness and in which people are investing their time and energy every single day. We will be talking to you about these women and men, seropositive and seronegative, community workers and volunteers, in Québec and in Africa, who are fighting to get rid of HIV/AIDS!

With you at our side, we are indeed meeting this formidable challenge! Through your donations, you share the same passion, the same excitement, the same hope! Your support is much appreciated!

BRAS-Outaouais: Valentine’s Day prevention campaign


February 7th, 2014

30ansSexually transmitted infections (STIs) have dramatically increased in Canada in the past few years. The highest rates of infection are observed in young people 15-24 years of age.

The Outaouais region is not immune from this reality. The data in a 2010 report on the health status of the region’s population are alarming. For example, in the past decade, the number of cases of chlamydia has doubled and that of gonorrhea has quintupled.*

All year long, BRAS-Outaouais works on sensitization and prevention of STIs and HIV. The celebration of love during the Valentine’s Day period provides a particularly good opportunity to talk about condoms – with humour. This is how the BRAS-Outaouais Valentine’s Day campaign demystifies the use of condoms. Targeting youth, the organization hands out postcards with a condom attached to the back, and distributes sensitization coasters in a dozen bars, restaurants and sex shops in Gatineau.

For the 2014 edition, the organization is also mobilizing in high schools in the region, giving out place mats destined for their cafeterias. BRAS-Outaouais is planning to distribute 4,000 of these during the campaign.


Burundi: Local branches of the ANSS for better access to care and treatment


February 7th, 2014

burundiThe little laboratory in the Gitega branch office provides free screening and medical monitoring of HIV-seropositive patients. ©Coalition PLUS

Gitega, the second largest city in Burundi and focal point of the province of the same name, is a two-hour drive from the capital Bujumbura, in the very heart of the country. The quality of public clinics there is very low, and there is a chronic lack of personnel, medications and medical equipment. The cost of seeing a doctor and getting treatment is prohibitive for most patients living in this particularly poor rural region. The prevalence of HIV is higher in this province than the national average, with 4.6% of the population living with the virus. Aware of the importance of decentralizing medical services to render them more accessible to poor, isolated people, the Association Nationale de Soutien aux Séropositifs et aux Malades du Sida (ANSS), member of Coalition PLUS, set up one of its four branches in Gitega in 2005. Today, this regional centre plays an absolutely vital role in the lives of 2,000 women, children and men living with HIV/AIDS. They benefit from free medical care and social services, and more than 1,000 are receiving antiretroviral treatments thanks to the Association.

Tribute to Nelson Mandela


February 7th, 2014

Mandela“History will surely judge us harshly if we do not respond with all the energy and resources that we can bring to bear in the fight against HIH/AIDS.”

Health and dignity are inextricably intertwined. Nelson Mandela unwaveringly fought for dignity, and human rights were at the very core of his existence. When AIDS began to affect his country, he immediately saw in it another facet of this universal fight.

Nelson Mandela was the first world leader to make the fight against the stigma that seropositive people face a political one. He will remain a major figure in the history of human rights and the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Source : / crédit photo ©

Revealing one’s serostatus



February 7th, 2014

Because of its confidential nature, serostatus is protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Québec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms. Therefore there is no legal obligation to disclose one’s status in everyday life situations and in the absence of the risk of transmission. But the question of revealing seropositive status is an everyday issue for people living with HIV. Should they reveal it or conceal it? To whom and from whom? When? How? This is often a difficult decision, because the stigma is real, and rejection, whether real or perceived, is always a possibility.