Archive for the ‘harm reduction’ Category

At Shift, we don’t spend a whole lot of time talking about human trafficking.

In 2014, we provided ongoing support and case management to 125 registered program clients; only a handful of these individuals had experienced trafficking. In the 8 year history of Shift, people experiencing human trafficking and other forms of sexual exploitation have remained a small minority of the individuals we support.

New direct-acting Antivirals are changing chronic Hepatitis C treatment for the better. Hepatitis C (HCV) treatment has gone from a once exhausting 48 weeks duration to as a little as 8 weeks with a 95% sustained virologic response (SVR). SVR is defined as a viremia (the presence of viruses in the blood) 24 weeks after completion of antiviral therapy for chronic HCV infection (. In analyses of SVR durability, the incidence of late relapse is extremely low, less than 1%.

13th Annual Harm Reduction Conference

Thursday, January 29, 2015

This year we are so excited that Kenneth Tupper, Ph.D., Dr. Carl Hart and Donald MacPherson will be joining us as plenary speakers and we can’t wait to see who else! The call for abstracts for anyone interested in presenting has gone out and anyone wishing to submit an abstract related to policy, practice or research should do so by February 9, 2015!! The more the better!!

Is a person who does not know their HIV status or who has never been tested pose a higher risk for HIV transmission due to their unknown or assumed HIV negative status than a person on TasP with controlled virus or on PreP and known HIV status? These are some of the questions being raised as a result of these new and emerging technologies.

We live in an increasingly global world and with that comes lots of travel, new experiences and health questions for those living with HIV and/or other chronic health conditions.

For some, a trip to the clinic for STI testing is as regular a part of their health routine as going to the doctor for a check-up. For others, it seems embarrassing, like they will be judged. Let me begin this by saying that is far from the truth. You will not be judged, or […]

Cowboys and Condoms!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

YAH HOO! It is that time of year again. The cow folk are restless, the city is in anticipation with business and corporate sectors prepping the multitudes of pancake breakfasts and other Stampede celebration events throughout the city. Yes, Stampede 2014 is just around the corner and the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth brings some […]

I’m sure many of you have seen the recent news articles about Vancouver’s crack pipe vending machines. These polka dot machines have been around for over a year but only now are they being publicized and ill received by the media. Where do these negative feelings come from? Why the fear in harm reduction efforts? […]

It never ceases to amaze me the things that will trigger a response to past experiences, even when we think they have been worked through and thought to be buried and packed away neatly into our brains historical archives never to bother us again. For some it can be the smell of apples and cinnamon […]

Keep Calm and Carry Naloxone

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Recent media reports highlight new research calling for increased access to naloxone as a safe, effective and evidence-based public health strategy.  Distribution of naloxone, often referred to by the brand name Narcan, has been described as a cost-effective method to “cut the death rates from overdose nearly in half” while reducing long-term public health spending […]