The 2009 report from the Institut national de santé publique du Quebec (INSPQ) pointed to positive benefits such as minimizing disease transmission and overdose-related deaths, as well as providing injection drug users with access to health care as reasons for the recommendation.Read more »
Geneva, Switzerland - The International AIDS Society (IAS) today welcomed a British Columbia court's ruling on Friday dismissing the federal government's effort to close Vancouver's medically supervised injection site, emphasizing the programme's proven track record of attracting some of the most marginalized and difficult to serve individuals who are addicted to drugs and decreasing risk behaviors that lead to the transmission of HIV and other blood borne pathogens such as hepatitis C.Read more »
A bill that would make it easier to sell cheap HIV drugs to developing countries has passed second reading in the House of Commons.
Members of Parliament voted 143-127 on Wednesday in favour of sending Bill C-393 to committee.
New Democrat MP Judy Wasylycia-Leis sponsored the bill, which is designed to reform Canada's five-year-old access-to-medicines law.
Under Bill C-9, passed in May 2004, generic drug makers in Canada must obtain a special licence each time they want to sell a cheaper, generic version of a patented medicine to a developing country. They also have to pay royalties on any such sales to the patent-holding drugmakers, and the licence is good for only two years.Read more »
Aboriginal people in Canada are infected with HIV/AIDS at a rate more than three times that of the rest of the population -- and without addressing the root causes like poverty, substance abuse and domestic violence, it's only going to get worse.
That was the message at a panel discussion in Vancouver this morning, held to kick of Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week and recognize World AIDS Day.
But stigma, and lack of access to health services, makes it difficult for many aboriginal people to get the help they need, said Art Zoccole, chair of the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network.Read more »
Victoria AIDS Resource and Community Service Society has operated a mobile needle exchange for more than six years. This was to enhance the fixed site and to reach those who did not access the fixed site exchange.
Since the closure of AIDS Vancouver Island's fixed site, we wonder about those who are not accessing the mobile services and where they are seeking harm-reduction supplies and information.
The Nov. 17 article said there has been a decline in substance users testing positive for HIV/AIDS. It has been a huge concern all along that there are a substantial number of individuals who do not get tested for many reasons. Since the closure of the fixed site, which had nurses regularly providing testing in a non-judgmental way, testing has decreased significantly according to those who use our services and those we work with.Read more »
The report by the National Centre for HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research, Return on Investment 2: Evaluating the cost-effectiveness of needle and syringe programs in Australia, found free distribution of injecting equipment in high-risk communities has prevented more than 32,000 new cases of HIV infections and around 100,000 new hepatitis C infections since 2000.
Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations executive director Don Baxter said the report shows giving injecting drug users access to needle and syringe programs has had an overwhelmingly positive effect on slowing down HIV and hepatitis C infection rates. Read more »