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For an AIDS-free Quebec by 2030 : The community sector is mobilizing

Montreal, July 26, 2022 – The Coalition des organismes communautaires québécois de lutte contre le sida (COCQ-SIDA) held yesterday its conference QC sans sida – Cap sur 2030. On the sidelines of the 24th International AIDS Conference, community and political actors gathered at the PHI Centre to discuss actions to be taken to eradicate HIV/AIDS […]

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IRIS Estrie needs your support!

IRIS Estrie is a community organization that has been established in the Eastern Townships for over 34 years. Its mission is to prevent HIV and other STIs, overdoses and social exclusion among at-risk populations (sex workers, substance users, youth, 2SLGBTQ+ community, people living in or at risk of homelessness, people living with mental health problems, […]

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International AIDS Society to hold 24th conference in Montreal

The International AIDS Society (IAS) is the largest organization of HIV/AIDS professionals in the world. With more than 13,000 members in 170 countries, the IAS hosts the International AIDS Conferences, HIV Science Conferences and HIV Research and Prevention Conferences. A little history The IAS was founded in 1988 to produce conferences on HIV. The birth […]

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The COVID epidemic, and the impact on HIV infections 

In terms of individual health, the pandemic that has been raging since 2020 has sent HIV and its cause into the political and popular public arena. Reductions and interruptions of various services to the population have been imposed by the collective health measures: offloading of services, difficulty in getting medical appointments, screening and lab tests, […]

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Simian smallpox strikes in Montreal – vaccination in progress

Since May 12, 2022, simian smallpox has struck in Montreal. The city is indeed considered to be the epicenter of this disease in North America. The symptoms reported are the following: skin lesions on the mouth and genitals fever night sweats headaches swollen glands joint or muscle pain This disease is transmitted mainly through close […]

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HIV, coronavirus and community organizations

In terms of individual health, the pandemic that has been raging since 2020 has sent HIV and its cause behind the political and popular public scene. Reductions and interruptions have been imposed by massive health measures: load shedding in services, difficulty for a medical appointment, carrying out screening and laboratory analyses, cancellation of informative group […]

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International AIDS Conference

From July 29 to August 2, the Quebec AIDS Foundation will be visible at the 24th conference of the International Aids Society (IAS; www.aids2022.org) will be held in Montreal.  The 4th conference was also held in Montreal in 1989. Montreal is an important research center in Canada. The studies conducted on HIV and other sexually transmitted […]

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Criminalization of HIV exposure

In Canada, a person living with HIV can be convicted of a criminal offence for failing to disclose their HIV status to a sexual partner. They can be charged and convicted regardless of whether HIV transmission occurred or not, and regardless of whether they intended to harm their partner. The only consideration is the level […]

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Undetectable = Untransmittable

Did you know? When a person is on antiretroviral treatment, and that this one has an undetectable viral load, it can no longer transmit the HIV virus. Equation referring to U=U This scientific evidence is also known as “Undetectable = Intransmissible”. Undetectable means that the viral load, or the amount of virus in the blood, […]

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Key populations

In the current dynamics of the global HIV / AIDS epidemic, the communities most at risk of the virus are sex workers, men who have sex with men and people who inject drugs. Because of the discrimination and even the criminalization to which they are subjected, these people are indeed 10 to 24 times more […]