HIV: December 1… And every other day of the yea

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HIV: DECEMBER 1… AND EVERY OTHER DAY OF THE YEAR
November 14th, 2014

FBEvery year around December 1st, HIV takes center stage for a few days in honour of World AIDS Day. The media take part by sharing messages of hope from partners involved in the fight against HIV, through the UNAIDS campaign, “Getting to zero: Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS-related deaths.”

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Since 2011, this leitmotiv has guided all our efforts, from the biggest organizations right down to the humblest local initiatives. But we also want you to know what’s happening day-to-day, from advances to pitfalls, from victories to disappointments. That’s why Fqsida is now on social media. Our Facebook page will be a place to strengthen our communication with the public, and better share information about this ever-urgent issue, and all its manifold implications: news, Fqsida member organizations’ initiatives, statistics, social progress, new approaches to prevention, testimonials, etc.

We will also use this new platform to thank you for your invaluable support, and highlight the immeasurable impact of your donations.

Preventing syphilis: “Soirée légendaire, un dépistage c’est clair”

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PREVENTING SYPHILIS: “SOIRÉE LÉGENDAIRE, UN DÉPISTAGE C’EST CLAIR”
June 16th, 2014

Syphilis is among the STBBIs experiencing a marked rise in Quebec. Gay men and men who have sex with men (MSM) are particularly affected*.

Last April, COCQ-SIDA launched a prevention campaign to emphasize the importance of regular testing and advising your partners, in order to reduce the number of infections within the community.

Because syphilis is often asymptomatic, it can be hard to know when you’ve been infected. What’s more, it’s easily transmissible. That’s why getting tested is one of the best ways to look out for your sexual health, and the health of your partners.

“Although gay men and MSM get tested more often than most people, they should be getting tested even more frequently in order to counter this epidemic. Advising your partners is also an effective way to reduce the number of infections and avoid being re-infected,” states Geneviève Némouthé of COCQ-SIDA.

* Data available online: inspq.qc.ca