Denying your identity shouldn’t be a requirement to save someone’s life. Every year, thousands of willing blood donors are turned away simply because of their sexuality. In Canada, men who have sex with men and trans women cannot donate blood unless they have been celibate for three months. It’s a damaging policy, especially now. Canada… Read More »
OTTAWA, June 11, 2020 – The Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) is pleased to announce the publication of a CAS-led protocol of Canadian clinical practice guidelines for the use of plant-based cannabis and cannabinoid-based products in the management of chronic non-cancer pain and co-occurring conditions in the British Medical Journal (Open). The legalization of recreational marijuana… Read More »
George Floyd was one of the many Black people that have endured violence and death at the hands of police, who regularly abuse their power in the name of “law enforcement”. The Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) condemns this anti-Black racism and fully supports those in Canada and around the world who are fighting against it.
While some may think that the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in less people having sex and therefore fewer new cases of sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBI), some health care professionals and sexual health advocates, including CAS, think that it could be exactly the opposite. Many sexual health testing clinics have closed their doors entirely… Read More »
CAS has published a new list of resources for individuals (including specific populations such as people living with HIV, Indigenous communities, and people who use drugs) and non-profit organizations to use during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can view this section by clicking on the COVID-19 button on the menu or by clicking here.
One of our past Executive Directors has passed. It is with great sadness that we learned that David Garmaise passed away on April 19th in Pattaya, Thailand, with his devoted partner Wat Khantaraphan lovingly by his side. David’s activism is highlighted in downtown Ottawa where his silhouetted banner flies, naming him a Community Hero by Ottawa’s… Read More »
National HIV Testing Day was first launched in Canada on June 27, 2018, in order to highlight the importance of testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBI), dismantle the stigma surrounding HIV and encourage Canadians to take charge of their sexual health by getting tested. The first national HIV Testing Day… Read More »
We truly hope that this communication finds you all well, and we hope that your organizations are finding ways to deal with this new reality. We wanted to give you an update on some of our continuing activities and some general information that may be of help to your organization. We have been following developments… Read More »
The Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) staff have been working from their homes, continuing our work while doing our part to flatten the spread of COVID-19. We will be following crucial developments as they unfold, and we are with you all in solidarity. We hope that your organizations, staff, volunteers and the people you serve stay… Read More »
The Canadian AIDS Society is monitoring the ever-changing landscape during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We understand that these are trying times, so we are sharing the official COVID-19 response page from the Public Health Agency of Canada, as they are the experts with regards to COVID-19. We hope that you will all take the necessary… Read More »
PHAC reports 25.3% increase in the diagnostic rate since 2014; Canada far behind other G7 countries in eliminating new infections FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OTTAWA, February 18th, 2020 – In December 2019, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) released its “HIV in Canada—Surveillance Report, 2018”, which revealed that the number of new HIV cases in… Read More »
In December of 2019, researchers from the Public Health Agency of Canada released the 2018 HIV Surveillance Report. In the Canadian Communicable Disease Report (CCDR) article, the researchers downplay the impact of rising HIV rates, and indeed even downplay the existence of such an increase. Canada’s HIV response needs to be strengthened to address… Read More »
The Canadian AIDS Memorial Quilt serves as a living memory of the almost 25,000 Canadians who have died of AIDS-related causes. In the beginning of the AIDS crisis many people who died of AIDS-related causes did not receive funerals—due to both the social stigma of AIDS and the outright refusal by many funeral homes and… Read More »
In collaboration with the Ontario AIDS Network (OAN), the Coalition des organismes communautaires québécois de lutte contre le sida (COCQ-sida), the Pacific AIDS Network (PAN), the Alberta Community Council on HIV (ACCH), and the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN), CAS is happy to provide this guide to Canada’s HIV organizations and allies on how to engage Canadian political parties on their role… Read More »
On July 17, 2019, the Government of Canada published an action plan entitled, “Accelerating our response: Government of Canada five-year action plan on sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections”. While this Action Plan is a much needed step in the right direction toward addressing the drastically increasing rates of sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBI) in… Read More »
Second annual national HIV Testing Day taking place this June in Canada 2018 event resulted in 835 Canadians being tested for HIV OTTAWA, May 21, 2019 – The national HIV Testing Day event organized by the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS), community-based organizations and local health authorities across Canada will be returning this year on June… Read More »
December 1, 2018 marks the 30th annual World AIDS Day. Community-based organizations across Canada will be holding events leading up to and on World AIDS Day. Check out if there is an event in your community below! More resources can be found here. World AIDS Day 2018: Local events Saskatchewan: Regina 1. Movie Night: Dallas… Read More »
U = U (Undetectable Equals Untransmittable) Not since the introduction of Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) in 1996 has there been as significant a milestone as U=U (Undetectable Equals Untransmittable). Ever since Swiss HIV experts produced the first-ever consensus statement in 2008 to say that HIV-positive individuals on effective antiretroviral therapy are sexually non-infectious, CAS has been noting… Read More »
Thank you to everyone who participated in national HIV Testing Day in 2018. Stay tuned for more information about national HIV Testing Day 2019!
Hello members of our community that have living or lived experience with HIV and/or hepatitis C, Below is an amazing opportunity from the Public Health Agency of Canada to have your voice heard and to contribute to the movement. “The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is preparing for the planned launch, in Fall 2020… Read More »