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It’s Official! October 29th is Booked and Confirmed!

September 9th, 2015 at 9:47 am

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For those of you who’ve been waiting with bated breath…. our Annual General Meeting date has been hammered down! We will be meeting Thursday, October 29th, 2015 at Cecil’s Eatery and Beer Society on Wyld and Main Streets. Time is 6:00 pm till 8:00 pm. The atmosphere will be friendly and the nibblies will be tasty! All are invited. For more info call 705-497-3560.

Spring Has Sprung! And So have needles!

May 12th, 2014 at 1:56 pm

Hi there, just a quick note to remind everyone that with the arrival of spring, and the melting of snow and the engaging in gardening, more and more folks are finding used syringes. That’s where the Look Sharps program comes in!! It’s a volunteer driven, syringe recovery program. We have run it for seven years, in co-operation with the North Bay Police Service. When anyone finds a used syringe around the city, they can call us at 705-499-6827 and one of our awesome volunteers will come and pick it up. It’s only May, and we have already had 19 calls, with over 400 syringes recovered off the streets.
We also take part in education presentations for Look Sharps, geared to children, who may not have had the exposure. We give them a simple message: If you see a needle, don’t pick it up, call police. (police then dispatch us) The presentation takes about 10 minutes, and I love to do them. So, if you need any information, want to volunteer for the ‘needle team’ or want a presentation, feel free to call us at the office, 705-497-3560. We’ll be happy to accommodate.
Later Gators.

WHAI Report is Out!

February 28th, 2013 at 3:19 pm

This summer the WHAI program completed its 2012-2013 Women HIV/AIDS Initiative, Service Provider Survey.  A completed report of the survey’s findings was sent out to those service providers who participated in the survey in 2012.

In 2012 ACNBA sent out a survey to organizations, groups and agencies in its catchment area (Kirkland Lake to Huntsville) who provide services and programs to women.  The survey had 80 responses and provided valuable input to the ACNBA WHAI program. The purpose of the survey was to better understand the strengths and needs of service providers in relation to women’s issues surround HIV/AIDS.  Organizations were encouraged to submit more than one response including input of all levels of personnel in order for the sample to be inclusive of a variety of viewpoints.

The survey concluded with several next steps including; increase knowledge transfer, decrease stigma, provide policy assistance, and expand knowledge of ACNBA programs and services.

For a copy of the survey please contact the WHAI Coordinator.

Hep C Treatment: A General Overview

February 26th, 2013 at 8:29 am

Treatment of short-term (acute) hepatitis C

Most people who have acute hepatitis C don’t get treated, because they don’t know that they have the virus.

If a person knows that he or she may have been exposed to the virus-such as a health care worker who is stuck by a needle-acute hepatitis C can be found early. Most people who are known to have an acute hepatitis C infection get treated with medicine. In these cases, treatment may help prevent long-term (chronic) infection, although there is still some debate over when to begin treatment and how long to treat acute hepatitis C.

Treatment of long-term (chronic) hepatitis C

It is common for people to live with hepatitis C for years without knowing they have it, because they do not have symptoms. So most people diagnosed with hepatitis C find out that they already have long-term, chronic infection.

If your blood tests and liver biopsy show that you have chronic infection but no damage to your liver, you may not need treatment. If you do have some liver damage, you may be treated with a combination of medicines that fight the viral infection.

Whether or not you take medicines to treat hepatitis C, you will need to have routine blood tests to help your doctor know how well your liver is working.

If you decide not to be treated with medicines, your doctor will want to watch you closely and may want to do a   liver biopsy every 4 or 5 years to check for damage in your liver.

Some people who at first decide not to have treatment later decide they want to have it.

The medicines usually used to treat hepatitis C are interferons combined with ribavirin plus a protease inhibitor such as boceprevir (Victrelis) or telaprevir (Incivek). They are used for 6 months to a year and help your body get rid of the virus.

To read more, go to http://www.webmd.com/hepatitis/hepc-guide/hepatitis-c-treatment-overview

June WHAI Report

February 21st, 2013 at 1:25 pm

 

What’s coming up in the WHAI Program.

Each June the 18 provincial WHAI workers in Ontario and their respective managers meet with staff from the AIDS Bureau (MOHLTC) for two days in Toronto to dialogue, educate, and share about the WHAI initiative in their communities.

Perhaps the most exciting news was the launch of a new WHAI logo, (look for it to be on our website soon).  After a yearlong process, the creation of the new logo is a great way to brand the initiative and unify all the programs across the province.

A highlight for me was the group presentation by all the WHAI workers.  Each worker had the opportunity to highlight 3 accomplishments from the past year in their program.  These presentations were very informative and inspirational.  I hope to implement some of those ideas shared in the near future.

For the summer the WHAI program will be working on finishing up the Service Provider Needs Assessment Report and sending them out to the participating agencies.  As well as working on launching the “Party Planner” program during frosh, collaborating on a conference for those who work in the VAW field and starting to plan for AIDS Awareness Week and International Women’s Week.

Finally, safe sex kits have been redistributed to all area shelters.  Included in the kits are a selection male and female condoms and dental dams.  If you have a group who would also be interested in receiving these kits please contact me.

Have a safe and happy summer.