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Getting tested for HIV – Part I

Getting tested for HIV – Part I

I’m home now, sipping some hot chocolate and dipping into it the occasional chocolate chip cookie and the wheels are finally turning. Which wheels? Well, the gears and pinions of bureaucracy. Long story short, I’ve finally set myself up for getting an HIV / AIDS test at my local CLSC. You see, in my defense, lately the winter in my part of Montreal has been rather cold. Not just cold, go get a sweater cold

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World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day

World Aids Day came into existence in London, in January of 1988. It was conceived and adopted by 140 countries meeting at the World Summit of Ministers of Health on AIDS and was envisioned as an opportunity for governments, national AIDS programs, non-governmental and local organizations, as well as individuals everywhere, to demonstrate a keen […]

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HIV/AIDS Questionnaires

HIV/AIDS Questionnaires

HIV/AIDS is much more than a simple disease, it's a very complex reality where usually taboo issues – like sexuality and drug use – get intermingled.  The lack of information on these issues often leads to fear and rejection of infected individuals and may even put one in danger.  It is thus very important to […]

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World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day

World Aids Day came into existence in London, in January of 1988. Since then, the World AIDS Campaign has brought the world’s attention to specific issues in HIV/AIDS prevention and care within a specified time frame and provides the direction for activities around World AIDS Day on the 1st of December every year. For this year’s World Aids Day theme, Stigma and Discrimination, the focus is on the variables inherent in its title.

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The History of AIDS

The History of AIDS

The official scientific history regarding AIDS began in the summer of 1981.  Scientific journals noted cases of a rare type of pneumonia (PCP) and Kaposi's Sarcoma (KS) amongst several groups of gay men living in large cities.  These diseases are normally non-existent since a healthy immune system is able to protect people from them, yet […]

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The History of AIDS

The History of AIDS

The official scientific history regarding AIDS began in the summer of 1981. Scientific journals noted cases of a rare type of pneumonia (PCP) and Kaposi’s Sarcoma (KS) amongst several groups of gay men living in large cities. Since a healthy immune system is able to protect people from PCP and KS, it was suggested that something about this specific group contributed to a reduction in their immune system. This syndrome was subsequently named GRID (gay-related immune disorder).

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The Red Ribbon

The Red Ribbon

World Aids day is December 1st, and upon this day many people will be taking steps to help increase the awareness of aids as an important global pandemic. One simple way to show your support of this day is to wear a red ribbon. To have a better understanding of its origins one must look back to the year 1991.

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Youth, HIV, and AIDS

Youth, HIV, and AIDS

Everyone has heard about AIDS and HIV, and as a result it's gotten to the point where it's practically banal, and many youth are, for the most part, no longer afraid of it.  Of course, the majority of young people know that it can be caught through kissing (the exchange of bodily fluids) or by […]

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The Red Ribbon

The Red Ribbon

World Aids day is December 1st, and upon this day many people will be taking steps to help increase the awareness of aids as an important global pandemic. One simple way to show your support of this day is to wear a red ribbon. To have a better understanding of its origins one must look […]

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Tattoos and Piercings: Was Body Art all you got?

Tattoos and Piercings: Was Body Art all you got?

Have you ever considered getting some Body Art – tattoos, piercing, branding, or subdermal implants?  Did you know that there may be risks involved, such as becoming infected with HIV or Hepatitis C?  Do you assume that all tattoo parlours (body art studios) are safe?  Can Body Art be safe?  Yes, Body Art can be […]

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