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Joint Statement with the International Aids Alliance RE: Panel on HIV and Human Rights at 31st Session of the Human Rights Council

“We welcome the HRC acknowledgement that the full realization of human rights is an essential element in the global AIDS response. Today, more than 30 years into the AIDS epidemic, we have the knowledge, tools and the experience to end AIDS; but it will be impossible to get there without a strong and real commitment towards the realisation of the human rights of all people living with and affected by HIV.”

 

Submission to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada on Medical Inadmissibility

In Canada, people seeking permanent resident status or temporary residence as students or workers can be rejected on the basis of their HIV status due to the “excessive demand” provision of Canada’s laws governing medical inadmissibility. Relying on the purportedly neutral criteria of the cost of health services, this law renders any applicant who would require more than $6450 per year’s worth of health or social services inadmissible to Canada. Due to the high cost of antiretroviral medications, the health care costs of many people living with HIV are higher than the current threshold.

Privacy and Disclosure for Youth Living with HIV or HEP C: Questions and Answers

This guide is for youth between the ages of 15 and 29 and focuses on some of the factors at play when young people living with HIV or hepatitis C (Hep C) are thinking about telling others about their HIV or Hep C status.

Harm Reduction in Canada: What Governments Need to do Now

Canada is in urgent need of comprehensive harm reduction policy that jettisons the failed, costly model of drug prohibition that has ravaged so many lives, from fueling the spread of HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV), to contributing to over-incarceration, to creating conditions for the ongoing epidemic of overdose fatalities. A harm reduction approach must include measures to reduce the harm sometimes associated with various substances (legal or illegal), and also a commitment to end the harms produced by the existence and enforcement of punitive drug laws and policies.

Concerns from the Health Community Regarding Proposed Next Steps in the TPP11

Canada continues to engage in discussions about reviving the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), even though the US has now withdrawn. The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network has joined with other civil society organizations to release an open letter to the governments of the remaining TPP countries, calling on them to abandon the TPP in its current form.

Open letter to the Liberal Party of Canada – Decriminalize Sex Work: Support resolution #2764

It is now well recognized, not just by sex workers but by a wide range of human rights organizations including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women, and the Center for Health and Gender Equity, United Nations bodies such as the UN Development Programme, the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS, and the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, and courts that punitive laws and policies governing sex work, including the criminalization of some or all aspects of sex work, lead to numerous violations of sex workers’ human rights.

The Missing Millions: Stopping and reversing the steady erosion of federal HIV Funding

In recent years, the Government of Canada has renewed a commitment to ongoing dialogue and constructive engagement with civil society in the response to HIV, hepatitis C virus (HCV) and other sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBIs).

Inside Stories: Kathleen

Meet Kathleen. Her husband is currently serving time in prison. She worries about his health while he is there, as well as the health of his fellow inmates. Part of a series on prison health.

Inside Stories: William and Connie

Meet William and Connie. William used drugs to cope with the death of his parents. His sister Connie worries about him in prison and is concerned for his health. Part of a series on prison health.

Inside Stories: Corrine

Meet Corrine. She works in prison support and understands the conditions many prisoners face inside and just why injection drug use is so rampant. Part of a series on prison health.

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