Showcasing Canadian Efforts in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS at AIDS 2012 in Washington

Ottawa, July 20, 2012 – The Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) is proud to announce it will one again host Canada Exhibit for the third consecutive time at the International AIDS Society Conference, AIDS 2012, held in Washington, DC. The conference will take place from Sunday, July 22 through July 27, 2012.

Canada Exhibit, funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada, is a partnership, guided by CAS, of 35 organizations, including federal, provincial and territorial governments, as well as non-governmental organizations and community-based AIDS service organization. It highlights the work being done in field of HIV/AIDS by over 100 Canadian organizations, both domestically and abroad.“This is THE destination for international conference delegates to learn about Canada’s role in making HIV history, as well as for Canadians to meet with their counterparts from both Canada and around the globe,” says Monique Doolittle-Romas, Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian AIDS Society. “It’s a prime opportunity to put Canada’s efforts to fight HIV up on the world stage.”

Visitors to the conference are welcome to drop by at Booth # 35 of Hall D, on the Exhibit Floor. The booth at Canada Exhibit will offer a bulletin board to post announcements about Canadian activities at the conference or to leave messages for other delegates, two areas to meet quietly and chat with delegates, as well as a learning area, where the presentations will take place.

A looped video will also feature Canadian milestones in the response to the pandemic, from the first AIDS diagnosis in our country, to the passing of Bill C-9, the Canadian Access to Medicines Regime, as well as new and innovative HIV vaccine discovery and social research projects highlighted this on World AIDS Day 2011.

Throughout the conference, Canada Exhibit will also highlight hour-long presentations by various groups and individuals working in HIV/AIDS nation-wide on a vast range of topical HIV issues, including treatment as prevention, criminalization of HIV non-disclosure and HIV and hepatitis C co-infection, to name just a few. (Consult the attached Appendix for a complete list of all presentations). Volunteers at the booth will also offer visitors a souvenir USB key with a sample of some of the unique and ground-breaking work being done in HIV in our country.

Keeping Canadians abreast of conference events, CAS staff on-site will be tweeting out messages with highlights. To keep updated, visit the Twitter feed: @canadaaids2012 (followed through #canbooth). You can also become a Facebook friend at:

Canadian AIDS Society

The Canadian AIDS Society is a national coalition of over 120 community-based AIDS organizations from across Canada. Dedicated to strengthening the response to HIV/AIDS across all sectors of society, we also work to enrich the lives of people and communities living with HIV/AIDS. We accomplish this by advocating on behalf of people and communities affected by HIV/AIDS, facilitating the development of programs, services and resources for our member groups, and providing a national framework for community-based participation in Canada’s response to AIDS.


For more information, please contact:

Tricia Diduch, Communications Consultant
Canadian AIDS Society
Ph: 1-800-499-1986 ext. 130
E-mail: [email protected]

Canada Exhibit – Presentation Schedule
IAS 2012 – Washington, D.C.

Sunday July 22, 2012

14h30 Canadian World AIDS Day Campaign
Kim Thomas, Canadian AIDS Society

16h00 Using the Canadian Transmission Guidelines in Your Prevention Work
Brian Huskins, Canadian PHA

Monday July 23, 2012

10h00 Treatment as Prevention: Working in B.C
Irene Day, BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS

11h30 Criminalization of HIV Exposure: How to Mobilize Stakeholders
Èvelyne Fleury, Ministère de la santé et des services sociaux, Québec

13h00 Strategies for Improving Service Access and Maximizing GIPA amongst PHAs Who Are Immigrants, Refugees and Without Full Citizenship Status in Canada
Alan Li, Maureen Owino, Henry Luyombya, Christian Hui – Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment

14h30 Positive Women: Exposing Injustice
Alison Symington, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network

16h00 Community Level Action to Increase Demand, Access and Retention in PMTCT/MCH (ACCLAIM)
Mary Pat Kieffer, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, ew York

Tuesday July 24, 2012

10h00 HIV and Hepatitis C Virus Co-infection in Canada: Challenges and Opportunities for Reducing Preventable Morbidity and Mortality
Dr. Marina Klein, McGill University Health Centre, Division of Infectious Diseases and Chronic Viral Illness Service, Montreal

11h30 The Community PROMISE and Enhanced Community PROMISE Interventions among Female Sex Workers in the Dakar Region, Senegal
Moussa Sarr, Westat, Senegal

13h00 Community-based and Culturally Appropriate HIV diagnosis and Treatment
Renée Masching, Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network, Halifax

14h30 WelTel: A Canadian and African International Project Engaging Patients in Care with Mobile Phones
Richard Lester, University of British Columbia & the BCCDC

16h00 “One Blood: Youth Linked Action” & “The Similarities of Our Differences”
Marlon Thompson & Shayna Buhler, Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development

Wednesday July 25, 2012

10h00 Population-Specific [Canadian] HIV/AIDS Status Report: Women
Brian Gottheil, Public Health Agency of Canada, Ottawa

11h30 “The Way I see it”: A Photographic Exploration of Housing and Health among Persons Living with HIV in Vancouver,Canada
Surita Parashar, BC Centre for Excellence in HIV.AIDS & Simon Fraser University, Vancouver

13h00 The Ontario Accord on GIPA: Transforming Ourselves, Our Allies and Our World
Rick Kennedy, Ontario AIDS Network

14h30 Canadian Participation in Clinical Trials Aimed at HIV Eradication
Dr. Jean-Pierre Routy, McGill University, Montreal

16h00 INtegration and Scaling up PMTCT through Implementation REsearch (INSPIRE)
Dr. Nigel Rollins & Dr. Nathan Shaffer, World Health Organization, Geneva

Thursday July 26, 2012

10h00 HIV and AIDS in Canada: A National Survey 2011
Catherine (Cathy) Worthington, CIHR Social Research Centre in HIV Prevention & The University of Victoria, Victoria

11h30 From Theory to Action: Harm Reduction Research and Innovative Knowledge Translation
Karen de Prinse & Sarah Switzer, Casey House Hospice, Toronto

13h00 Treatment Access in Canada
Akim Adé Larcher, Alex McCelland & Doris Peltier – Canadian Treatment Action Council

14h30 Behavioral and Biological Surveillance of Key Populations in Canada: Monitoring Trends in the Prevalence of HIV, Other STIs/Blood-borne Infections and Associated Risk Factors
Susanna Ogunnaike-Cooke, CCDIC, Public Health Agency of Canada, Ottawa

16h00 Youth, Peer Education and the Arts: A Video Screening
Sarah Switzer, Central Toronto Community Health Center, Toronto


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