The Fqsida website has a new look!

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THE FQSIDA WEBSITE HAS A NEW LOOK!
November 22nd, 2013

A few days from December 1st, World Aids Day, we are proud and delighted to introduce our brand new website! From HIV-related issues, to information about our vision, the work of our member organizations, the critical impact of your support, and the latest news and resources – with just a few clicks you’ll discover how, together, we can put an end to HIV/AIDS!

We’ve also made some changes to your newsletter, to bring you shorter but more frequent updates. Above all, we want to take this opportunity to once again express our deep gratitude. Access to prevention, testing and treatment, improved quality of life for people living with HIV and populations with a high risk of HIV transmission: with your support we can achieve these goals, and win the fight against HIV. Thank you!

Preventive vaccine vs therapeutic vaccine

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PREVENTIVE VACCINE VS THERAPEUTIC VACCINE

November 22nd, 2013

A preventative vaccine is administered to a person who is free of the targeted infection. By introducing a part of the virus or an inactive virus (which acts like a decoy) into the body, the immune system reacts by producing antibodies. If, years later, the virus enters the organism, these antibodies will recognize and destroy it.

A therapeutic vaccine is administered to a person afflicted with a chronic viral infection, against which naturally produced antibodies are ineffective. In other words, therapeutic vaccines aim to increase the activity of the body’s natural defenses.

There is still no vaccine for HIV. The majority of current research efforts focus on therapeutic forms.

The Forum “Entre-Nous”: a unique opportunity to share ideas

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THE FORUM “ENTRE-NOUS”: A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE IDEAS
November 22nd, 2013

The Forum “Entre-Nous” was held on September 27 and 28 in Montreal. The event was organized by and for people living with HIV, and brought together nearly 150 people from all across Quebec to meet, exchange thoughts, and explore ideas. Participants attended conferences and workshops on the topics of stigmatization, the criminalization of HIV, prevention, and global health, and focused mainly on questions of human
rights, and the role of HIV-positive people in society. The intense, animated debate that marked the event, as well as the powerful testimonies that were shared, made it a rare and special two day experience.

Burkina Faso: 16 years fighting HIV with REVS+

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BURKINA FASO: 16 YEARS FIGHTING HIV WITH REVS+
November 22nd, 2013

Burkina Faso scores very low in terms of human and economic development; in 2012 it ranked 183rd out of 187 countries worldwide. HIV/AIDS is a serious public health concern. In fact, UNAIDS has declared a generalized epidemic with an estimated 110,000 people infected, or 1.2% of the population, including 56,000 women and 17,000 children under age 15.

How can this epidemic be stopped, when there are insufficient resources to make widespread testing available throughout the country? How can we guarantee quality of care to the hundreds of thousands of HIV?positive people in need of proper treatment?

The solution starts with the community. REVS+ has dedicated every day to this mission for 16 years. A partner of Coalition PLUS since 2010, this NGO has benefited from technical support for the past three years to strengthen its management capacity and action plans. Today, the organization meets all the criteria required to join our organization. As of last October, it is now a full-fledged member.

Your support of Coalition PLUS, through Fqsida, helps to improve the efficiency of its African member organizations in Burkina Faso, Burundi, Mali, Morocco and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Thank you!

See the 2012 Coalition PLUS Report on Activities at coalitionplus.org

Centre Amaryllis: a step towards social integration

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CENTRE AMARYLLIS: A STEP TOWARDS SOCIAL INTEGRATION
November 22nd, 2013

Sidalys, one of Fqsida’s member organizations, manages three housing developments in Montreal for people living with HIV. The most disenfranchised of these live in Centre Amaryllis. The Centre’s nine residents suffer from problems ranging from substance abuse to mental health issues, and have all experienced homelessness. Two thirds of them are over 50 years old, which makes them all the more vulnerable, given their already precarious circumstances.

Centre Amaryllis is more than a shelter; it offers a better way of life. It allows residents to vastly improve their living conditions, both through proper medical care – some residents also suffer from hepatitis C – and by encouraging residents to take responsibility for their own lives and health. Rather than simply making decisions on residents’ behalf, the team aims to provide them with an appropriate, realistic level of support to help them make their own choices. By empowering residents in this way, a foundation is built of dignity and respect – for themselves and others. Greater autonomy and social integration is then possible, at the pace and discretion of each resident.

Fqsida takes action through 17 organizations in Quebec. Thank you for your support!