YOUTH AND HIV: greater efforts needed

YOUTH AND HIV: greater efforts needed

May 14th, 2018

Researchers from the Public Health Agency of Canada and the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health have published a survey titled :  “HIV in Canada: 2016 ”. This report shows an 11.6% increase in new HIV cases between 2015 and 2016. It also indicates that the two provinces with the highest percentages of new infections were Ontario (37.6%) and Quebec (25.3%) and that the 25-to-39 age group was the one with the highest increase in new infections.The fight against HIV has not yet been won. A considerable amount of information work still needs to be carried out among the youth.

Sexting for perfect, confidential information

To address this increase in infections among young people, due to a large extent to lack of communication and testing, the Portail VIH du Québec has come up with a tool enabling people to inform their partners of their HIV status in a confidential manner, by text message, via Sext’Info.

This is an information, prevention, education and reference tool directly accessible through text messages. It is anonymous and transmits free of charge the results of a person’s sexually transmitted infection (STI) diagnosis. The required information comprises the STIs concerned, the mobile phone numbers of the partners to be informed and, in the event of HIV, whether the latest sexual relations took place within the last 72 hours, to allow for information on post-exposure treatment.

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