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Board Recruitment

Call for Volunteers to join our Board of Directors We are seeking the involvement of leaders within our community to support and advance the Mission of The AIDS Network. We currently have one vacancy on our Board of Directors. There are also opportunities to serve on our Board Committees such as Finance, Fundraising and Governance. […]

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On-demand PrEP

On-demand (or intermittent) PrEP means taking pills only on days before and after having sex. It is sometimes referred to as 2-1-1 dosing. The Canadian PrEP guideline states that on-demand PrEP can be considered as an alternative form of PrEP for gbMSM only. This could be a good option for men who know in advance when they […]

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How well does daily PrEP work?

PrEP using TDF + FTC A large body of evidence shows that daily PrEP (using TDF + FTC) is highly effective at reducing the risk of HIV acquisition when used consistently and as prescribed. Daily PrEP was initially proven effective on the basis of evidence from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) conducted in gbMSM, in transgender […]

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Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)

All about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) What is PrEP? PrEP is an HIV prevention method that uses antiretroviral (anti-HIV) drugs to help prevent HIV when taken by HIV-negative people. PrEP is available as a prescription pill containing two antiretroviral drugs. These same pills are also used together with other medications in people living with HIV for […]

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Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP)

PrEP vs. PEP What is PEP? PEP consists of a combination of three HIV medications that an HIV-negative person takes for four weeks to reduce their risk of getting HIV after a potential exposure to HIV. This is different from pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), which involves taking two HIV medications on an ongoing basis, starting before and […]

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what is HIV?

What is HIV? HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. HIV takes over cells in the immune system to make more copies of itself and in the process it weakens the immune system. With modern treatment, people living with HIV are able to live long and healthy lives. If left untreated, HIV can cause people to […]

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Ways to prevent HIV Transmission

HIV and sex: When you are having sex, there are many ways to prevent the transmission of HIV, including the use of water-based or silicone-based lube, condoms, not sharing sex toy with your partner, being on PrEP if HIV-negative, or having an undetectable viral load if HIV-positive. If sharing sex toys is a part of the […]

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How is HIV Transmitted

Stop the spread! How is HIV passed on? HIV is only passed through specific fluids: blood, semen and ejaculatory fluid, vaginal and anal fluid, and breast milk are the only bodily fluids where a high enough viral load is possible to facilitate transmission. When one of these fluids in a person living with HIV enters […]

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HIV Testing

An untreated HIV infection takes a long time to become noticeable (sometimes up to 10 years without symptoms) the only way to be certain of your HIV status is to be tested. People who are on PrEP are tested every 3 months; however, if a person is not on PrEP, a good testing timeline is […]

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