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Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) Position Statement

An HIV prevention approach where an HIV-negative person uses anti-HIV medications to reduce the risk of HIV infection.  Although PrEP is not approved for use in Canada, it is accessible as an off-label prescription.  One type of PrEP, involving daily use of a common anti-HIV medication called Truvada, was approved for prevention in the United States in 2012 and continues to undergo rigorous international research and evaluation. PrEP is not a cure for HIV and is not intended to replace existing evidence-based HIV prevention strategies. Conversation and education about the use of PrEP in Canada is an important and timely public health issue.

HIV Community Link supports enhanced access to PrEP in Canada and looks forward to continuing to assist our communities in identifying and accessing the right prevention tool at the right time.

Click here to read our full position statement on Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)

Enhanced Access to HIV Testing

Research indicates individuals who are HIV positive but undiagnosed may be the source of a majority of new infections, driving the epidemic in those populations most at risk. At HIV Community Link, we believe HIV testing is essential in reducing potential for forward transmissions and new infections. Early diagnosis is also a primary factor in health and wellness for people living with HIV. Enhanced access to HIV testing has a profound impact on both individual and community health outcomes.

Click here to read our full position statement on Enhanced Access to HIV Testing

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Decriminalization of Prostitution

All Canadians are afforded the right to work in a safe environment with our general health and well-being protected by various government and social organizations. Our human rights as Canadians allow us to be treated equally and provide us with the opportunity to be protected equally. Unfortunately, due to the criminalization of prostitution under sections 210-213 of The Criminal Code of Canada, sex workers are not afforded these same rights. Their basic human rights are violated by the institution of these laws and therefore sex workers’ health and safety suffer.

Click here to read our full position statement on Decriminalization of Prostitution

Treatment as Prevention

HIV Community Link supports the February 2014 International Community Consensus Statement on the use of antiretroviral therapy (ART) in preventing HIV transmission. We emphasize the importance of a human rights-based approach to treatment initiation based on individual patient factors, consent and self-determination when deciding to use antiretroviral therapy. We also support the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Guidelines which recommend ART for all individuals living with HIV to reduce the risk of disease progression and prevent the transmission of HIV.

Click here to read our full position statement on Treatment as Prevention

Harm Reduction

Harm reduction is a public health approach designed to reduce the individual and community harms associated with risk behaviour. A core belief of this approach is that communities may never eliminate individual participation in risk behaviours, but the harms associated with those behaviours, such as disease, death, crime and suffering, can be reduced. Harm reduction does not condone illegal risk behaviours but acknowledges that these behaviours exist. In the interest of public health and the needs of affected populations, associated harms should be mitigated.

Click here to read our full position statement on Harm Reduction

Briefing Documents

Home Testing for HIV: What You Need to Know

Home testing refers to HIV test kits that can be purchased over the counter and performed in the privacy of one’s home, without the assistance of health care workers or other trained professionals. While HIV home tests are not currently approved for sale in Canada, there are a number of HIV home tests available in other countries and for sale online. Read on for more information about HIV home testing including potential benefits and concerns about this important technology… Click here

New to Alberta: What You Need to Know

Are you a Person Living with HIV (PLWH) who is new to Alberta and looking for information about local HIV related services and supports?  Read on to find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions and important information for PLWH who are new to Calgary and Alberta.  With programs in three locations across southern Alberta (Calgary, Medicine Hat and Brooks), HIV Community Link connects new Albertans to the information and services they need. Click here

Pre Exposure Prophylaxis: What You Need to Know

PrEP is the use of antiretroviral medication to reduce a person’s risk of becoming HIV positive. One type of PrEP, daily oral Truvada, has been estimated to provide an up to 99% level of protection when used as prescribed. PrEP is a hot topic in HIV research and dialogue in the community: What does the research say? Who is PrEP for? How can I access PrEP?  Read on to find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about PrEP… Click here

Treatment as Prevention (TasP): What You Need to Know

According to the World Health Organization, Treatment as Prevention is “a major part of the solution to ending the HIV epidemic”. Treatment as Prevention, also known as TasP, is an HIV prevention strategy based on the fact that the single largest risk factor for HIV transmission is viral load – the amount of circulating virus in body fluids.  With effective treatment, the possibility of HIV transmission is significantly reduced and PLWH can experience longevity and wellness. Read on for more information about this game-changing prevention strategy… Click here

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