Pozitive News/Nouvelles Pozitives

Posted: 15th September 2014 by Matthew Smith in Uncategorized

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Pozitive News- Sept 2014

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Nouvelles Pozitives- Sept 2014

Posted: 15th September 2014 by Keri-Ann Scott in Awareness, Community Event

 Mix it up with Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt

and the

Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life!

Show this flyer (electronic or paper) when you make a purchase at Menchies, 1111 Regent Street, Fredericton, on Wednesday, September 17 1:00 to 9:00 pm and they will donate 15% to the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life!

Menchie's Flyer Image

Marche action SIDA / AIDS Walk

Posted: 26th August 2014 by Matthew Smith in Awareness, Community Event, Living w/ HIV
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The english version will follow

2014 REGISTER DONATE Community Events Notice - FRENCH copy



2014 REGISTER DONATE Community Events Notice - English copy

Ted Gaudet (1948 – 2014)

Posted: 26th June 2014 by Matthew Smith in Living w/ HIV
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Ted - Dec 1 2012It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Ted Gaudet.

Please click here to visit Ted’s In Memoriam page.

C’est avec le cœur lourd que nous vous annonçons le décès de Ted Gaudet.

Veuillez cliquer ici pour consulter la page In Memoriam de Ted.

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 “Public health has received three (3) reports of hepatitis B cases amongst men who have sex with men (MSM) in recent weeks in the Greater Moncton Area. All three cases have or are suspected of having at-risk sexual activities.  Due to the anonymous nature of most partners, many contacts could not be traced; therefore other cases occurring within the MSM community are likely.

  • Only 30-50% of adults are symptomatic, and symptoms can be non-specific (i.e. fatigue, malaise, fever, nausea, vomiting, anorexia, rash, arthralgia, dark urine, abdominal discomfort). Only a small proportion will develop acute icteric viral hepatitis.
  • Vaccines recommended for this group (in addition to routine vaccines) include the following:
    • HPV:  HPV4 vaccine (Gardasil®) is recommended for MSM due to the increased prevalence of HPV infection and increased risk of anal cancers.
    • Hepatitis A and B vaccines.

 **Unfortunately, MSM are not currently covered under provincial eligibility for either of these vaccines; however hepatitis vaccines can be acquired at a cost of around 120$ for a full series of either one, and approximately 600$ for the Gardasil® series.

La Santé publique a reçu trois (3) rapports de cas d’hépatite B diagnostiqués au sein de la communauté des hommes ayant des relations sexuelles avec des hommes (HARSAH) dans la région du Grand Moncton. Tous ont, ou semblent avoir, des comportements sexuels à risques élevés. Puisque l’identité de la plupart de leurs partenaires est inconnue, plusieurs contacts n’ont pu être retracés. Il est donc très probable que des cas additionnels sont ou seront présents au sein de cette communauté.

  • Seulement 30 à 50 % des adultes sont symptomatiques et les symptômes peuvent être non spécifiques (i.e. fatigue, malaises, fièvre, nausées, vomissements, anorexie, éruptions cutanées, arthralgies, urines foncées et malaises abdominaux, notamment).  Une minorité seulement vont développer une hépatite ictérique.
    • Les vaccins recommandés pour ce groupe (en plus des vaccins de routine) sont les suivants :
      • Le vaccin contre le VPH : Le vaccin VPH4 (Gardasil®) est recommandé aux HARSAH en raison de la prévalence accrue des infections au VPH et du cancer de l’anus chez ces individus.
      • Les vaccins contre l’hépatite A et l’hépatite B.
    **Malheureusement les HARSAH ne sont pas un groupe éligible aux vaccins fournis gratuitement par l’état.  Les vaccins d’hépatite peuvent être acquiert à un cout d’environ 120$ pour la série complète, et environ 600$ pour la série du Gardasil®.

The Division in the Spectrum

Posted: 16th May 2014 by Matthew Smith in Awareness, LGBTQ
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different walks of life sticks rainbowAs we reflect on this International Day Against homophobia lets take a moment to reflect upon where we’ve come from. There was a time not so long ago when we were Ostracized, Criminalized, Sterilized, and Lobotomized.   <— (Shameless plug) There is a lot of pride when we think of just how hard people worked for equal rights. How much abuse was endured in the quest for the right to be left alone. And how much this groundwork allows us to continue carrying the torch today. Speaking of torches, how about the 2014 Olympics? It was great to see politicians, community and activism freely supporting their LGBTT2SQQI colleagues.

When we think about homophobia I think perhaps it’s situations like Russia’s anti-gay business that come to mind, but this type of homophobia is just that, a type of it. It’s easy to look outside the community at Russia, or the Westboro Baptist Church and see the “them” and “us”. Them Bad. Us Good. Read the rest of this entry »