November 29th, 2013
People who use drugs are at greater risk for contracting HIV. This is mainly through using shared drug paraphernalia, including needles, syringes and crack pipes, and having unprotected sex. To reduce the risk of HIV and Hepatitis C transmission, the Canadian AIDS Society promotes the implementation of harm reduction strategies and programs. These provide a continuum of care, and complement efforts in prevention, education, treatment and enforcement.
Harm reduction recognizes that people who use drugs are not always able to abstain from using and provides a safe alternative. BC offers a variety of safer sex, safer injection and safer inhalation supplies (see supply catalogue). This follows the new pan-Canadian best practice recommendations document for harm reduction programs that provide services to people who use drugs and are at risk for HIV, HCV and other harms.
December 1 is World AIDS Day and the start of Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week. Let us take a moment to renew our commitment to "Getting to Zero" by continuing harm reduction and treatment efforts.
A list of AIDS Awareness events in BC can be found at SmartSexResource.com.
For more information on HIV, check out hiv101.ca.
November 7th, 2013
A new best practice recommendations document is now available for harm reduction programs that provide services to people who use drugs and are at risk for HIV, HCV and other harms. This document was created to help Canadian programs keep pace with the most up to date scientific evidence related to harm reduction.
This webinar is for service providers, community members and policy makers who would like to become familiar with the newest best practice recommendations for Canadian harm reduction programs that serve people who use drugs and are at risk for HIV, HCV and other harms.
Date: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 10:00am PST (1:00 pm EST)
Presenter: Carol Strike, Associate Professor of Social and Behavioural Health Sciences, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Topics covered: needle and syringe distribution; other injection equipment distribution; safer crack cocaine smoking equipment distribution; disposal and handling of used drug use equipment; safer drug use education; and education and naloxone distribution in opioid overdose prevention.
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