Maison Plein Cœur: Dance to give


Maison Plein Coeur : Dance to give
March 7, 2018

Many organizations in Quebec suffer from the budgetary restrictions of governments. These austerity measures are not without consequence for the lives of these bodies, which simply no longer manage, or find it difficult, to provide programmes and services for the people concerned.

Today, Maison Plein Cœur is the organization affected and it is launching its fundraising campaign, under the theme of Maison Plein Cœur: Let’s Keep Up the Rhythm!

With the federal government’s cuts, the organization is hit by a $100,000 deficit in annual funding. These cuts will therefore end its accompaniment services, reinsertion support or discussion workshops. A total of over 1,000 essential interventions will be affected.

Faced with this new reality, Maison Plein Cœur is, through this campaign, calling for goodwill contributionsto pursue its mission to provide direct help to people living with HIV/AIDS.




No more unanswered questions
March 7, 2018

You’ve just received your test results. They show that you are seropositive or that you are infected with a Sexually Transmitted and Blood Borne Infection. You need information!

Whom can you turn to? Whom can you talk to? You have a lot of questions churning in your mind. How do you face this new reality? The Nova Project has been developed to assist you.

Created by the Portail VIH/sida du Québec, one of our member organizations, its primary mission is to provide information on the realities of HIV infection.

The accompaniment is anonymous, confidential and free. The Nova Project is also about sharing experiences with groups of people living with HIV/AIDS. With Nova, it is now possible to find answers by chatting, texting or calling.

The Nova Project further allows you to contact your partners for fast-track testing or treatment. It also enables you to participate in online evenings.


Together, let’s build a world without AIDS or HIV


Together, let’s build a world without AIDS or HIV
March 7, 2018

The year 2018 is well under way and the Fondation québécoise du sida as well as its Board of Directors wish to extend their best wishes to you. We also take this opportunity to thank you for your constant support for the fight against HIV/AIDS through your donations.

World AIDS Day was celebrated on the 1st of December 2017 and Montreal, through its Mayor, Valérie Plante, signed the Paris Declaration, thus confirming the city’s accession to UNAIDS’ Fast-Track Cities Initiative: “Fast-track: ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030”. Together








This decision challenges and commits us as actors in this fight that we have been waging for decades.

Our merger with the Farha Foundation is one year old. We thank the donors who have come on board as a result of this union and who are now moving forward with us. The fight remains the same as do all our objectives, so let’s pursue our efforts together to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Quebec.


PARCours: Coming together against HIV/AIDS!


The Fondation québécoise du sida is proud to invite you to PARCours, a solidarity event against HIV/AIDS and in support of people living with HIV.

Help us to raise funds against HIV/AIDS!

Get involve now with PARCours by donating here:

PARCours – Sunday October 1st – Laurier Park

PARCours will be held Sunday October 1st at Laurier Park. We will get together with enthusiasm and motivation: the Fondation québécoise du sida, participating groups, volunteers, allies, donors… There will be kiosks, music, and we will take the opportunity to form a big human chain symbolizing the red ribbon.

Ready for the challenge?

Join us on October 1st, from 10 am to 2 pm, to form a big solidarity chain and to help us raising funds! For more information, contact us at 514 842-4004 or at

Thanks for your involvement!

Your donation finances the mission of the 19 group members of the Fondation québécoise du sida. Your support is essential to our work!

Mark Wainberg: a big name in the fight against HIV has left us


Mark Wainberg
a big name in the fight against HIV has left us
May 18, 2017

Mark WainbergThe world-renowned scientist from Montreal, Mark Wainberg, died in April at the age of 71.

Since the early 1980s, he was actively involved in the fight against HIV/Aids and he made it his fight. He not only devoted his scientific and medical career to it, but also became one of the pioneers of the defence of the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS and of the most affected communities, at a time when the subject was taboo and unpopular.

Dr Wainberg is known in particular for discovering the anti-viral medication, 3TC, in 1989. This was one of the very first effective molecules against HIV. The 3TC helped to change the course of the illness and is still widely used in tri-therapies, thanks to which the infection has become a chronic illness.

Mark Wainberg is also famous for his multiple contributions regarding the virus’ resistance to medicines. With his team, he worked to enhance understanding of the mechanisms and genetic mutations of the virus, and to find ways to counter them.

Dr. Wainberg, who was close to the Quebec anti-AIDS milieu and the Farha Foundation in particular, stated in 2000, during an interview with the McGill Reporter: “It is incumbent upon us all to be AIDS activists”. A fervent militant for access for all to medication, he is one of the people who enabled marginalized populations and poor countries, especially in Africa, to benefit from the results of research on HIV/AIDS.

Source : Radio-Canada
Yanick Villedieu – April 4, 2017

ABC OF HIV : Primary infection


ABC OF HIVPrimary infection
May 18, 2017

This is the period immediately after the virus enters the body. At this stage, the virus multiplies quickly and transmission risks are highest.

This first phase can come with flu-like symptoms such as fever, throat pain, muscular pain, fatigue, swollen lymph-nodes and skin eruptions.

These symptoms, which disappear after a few weeks, are not present in all infected persons. Sometimes the primary infection stage goes by unnoticed. It is during this period that the immune system produces antibodies to defend itself against the virus.

Source : L’essentiel du VIH/sida, Portail VIH/sida du Québec, Benoît Lemire

Get involved in the Fqsida board of directors


Get involved in the Fqsida board of directors
May 18, 2017

Fqsida has taken on a new momentum, particularly since Baya Touré joined its management in February and following our recent merger with the Farha Foundation.

Over the next few years, we plan to carry out many activities aimed at increasing our visibility and momentum, so we need a strong, diversified, motivated, and committed board of directors.

This could be the time for you to make a difference! Many opportunities are open to you: Together

˃ Representative of people living with HIV
• for Montreal (1 year)
• for other areas (1 or 2 years)
˃ Representative of Montreal (2 years)
˃ Expert: with a particular expertise or affiliation (funding, events, development, communication etc.)

Interested? We invite you to send us, before the 29th of May 2017, a brief letter of introduction describing your career and your motivation. Address it to Mrs. Mrs. Baya Touré, General Director, at

Fqsida and the Farha Foundation join forces against HIV/AIDS


Fqsida and the Farha Foundation join forces against HIV/AIDS
May 18, 2017
We announced it last April 4th: the Fondation québécoise du sida and the Fondation Farha merged on the 1st of April under the banner of the Fondation québécoise du sida to better join forces against HIV/AIDS!

“This is excellent news for all the men and women fighting against HIV/AIDS in Quebec!” said Sylvain Laflamme, chairman of the board of Fqsida. “This merger comes at the right time and enables us to promote our joint vision: Together let’s build a world without AIDS or HIV”.

The Farha Foundation spearheads the fight against HIV/AIDS. Over the past 25 years, it has distributed close to 10 million dollars to some 76 organizations in Quebec that provide care and services to people living with HIV/AIDS, along with prevention and education programmes.

We are proud of this alliance and happy to renew, in this way, our commitment to the communities of Quebec. The combined experience of our two foundations will contribute to an even better response to the many issues in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Pre-hiring questionnaires: an illegal but common practice!


February 15, 2017

Today you can be refused a job after stating in a pre-hiring questionnaire that you are living with HIV or another chronic ailment, even though you do not represent any risk for those around you.

The web campaign launched by Fqsida in May last highlighted the use, particularly in the Quebec health network, of these discriminatory questionnaires that are clearly condemned by the law.

The online petition calling for the elimination of these illegal questionnaires in the network’s establishments ended on the 31st of January. The signatures were sent to COCQ-SIDA so as to support its efforts to finally end this hiring discrimination and simply have the law respected.

Fqsida – A new director


February 15, 2017

We are happy to announce that Baya Touré has been appointed as general director of Fqsida. Baya knows the various issues linked to funding the fight against HIV and will help to give the Foundation a new impetus in an increasingly difficult context for member organizations, particularly with the budget cuts at the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).