aidsnorthbay.com – AIDS Committee of North Bay & Area - To assist and support all persons infected or affected by HIV/AIDS and/or Hepatitis C and to limit the spread of the viruses through eduction, awareness and outreach strategies.

Happenin’ With Hep C

Prevent Hepatitis C & HIV through using new supplies.

February 15th, 2017 at 1:58 pm

February 15, 2017

Did you know that we are one of 3 Needle Exchange Programs in North Bay. We distribute new harm reduction supplies and safely dispose of any used needles from intravenous drug use (IDU). This ensure that people are using safely and do not share their drug gear. This helps reduce the risk of getting HIV, Hepatitis C and some infections.

Some of the kits that we offer are :

  • Safe Injection Kits include: (Individual supplies available)
    • 10-1cc syringes
    • 3-5 waters
    • 10 alcohol swabs
    • 10 spoons/cookers
    • 10 filters
    • 3 ties
    • 3 vitamin C
    • 2 Condoms
  • Safe Inhalation Kits include:
    • 2 Glass Stems
    • 4 – 2 inch pieces of tubing
    • 4 brass filter packages
    • 2 push sticks
    • 2 condoms
    • 1 pack of matches
  • Safer Snorting Kits include:
    • 4 – 3-inch straws
    • 10 alcohol swabs
    • 2 PVC cutting cards
    • 4 condoms
  • Bioharzard sharps containers available!

We also offer condoms, hygiene kits and gently used clothing.

Everyone who comes to the AIDS Committee of North Bay & Area is welcome to have a granola bar and juice box. If you return used needles, you get another granola bar as a thank you for keeping people safe.

We provide a safe and discreet location for people to pick up supplies. You do not have to be HIV or hepatitis C positive to access our needle exchange. We also offer HIV and hepatitis C testing!

For more information, come see us at 269 Main Street West Suite 201. You can also call 705-497-3560 or 1-800-387-3701 (Toll-Free).

Live out of town??? (Mattawa, Sturgeon Fall, Powassan, South River, etc…) Call or text our outreach worker, Caitlin, at 705-471-7044 to get supplies to you!

Honouring Our Voices

April 19th, 2016 at 9:12 am

April 19, 2016

Caitlin and I had a great experience at the NEON Lights Conference on April 6 and 7 in Timmins. The conference was geared around HIV, Hepatitis C, Harm Reduction and testing.  This conference was put on by the Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy (OAHAS) and CATIE. It was nice to participate in a conference that was presented with indigenous teachings.

Hepatitis C is 5 times the rate in indigenous populations in Canada than non-indigenous populations in Canada. Many indigenous communities do not have access to health services like in urban communities. It is really important to get the awareness of HIV and Hepatitis C in these communities as well as testing. The Hepatitis C Team at the AIDS Committee of North Bay & Area is working with some of these communities to help get awareness and testing out there.

I came across a great resource called Honouring Our Voices. Honouring Our Voices, produced by BC’s Chee Mamuk, features the stories of five Aboriginal people living with Hep C. The book uses photography and storytelling to share information about testing, diagnosis and treatment for Hep C. The book aims to show the ways Hep C impacts Aboriginal people, families and communities. You can get a free copy of this book at http://orders.catie.ca/product_info.php?cPath=14_52&products_id=26348 .

Kristina Rancourt-Maille

 

NEON LIGHTS April 6 & 7, 2016

March 21st, 2016 at 2:31 pm

Great opportunity for people in Timmins and north to get more information on HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C and harm reduction. This workshop will be put on by OAHAS and CATIE.

Please sign up at :

http://fluidsurveys.com/s/NEON_16/

 

 

Hepatitis C and sexual transmission

February 8th, 2016 at 8:40 am

February 8, 2016

Here is an interesting article. The top transmission method for Hepatitis C is through sharing drug gear. As transmission through sex is lower, it is still a possibility. Where ever there is blood and an opening into the blood stream, there is always a risk! This article focuses on men having sex with men, however everyone needs  to protect themselves.

http://gaynewsnetwork.com.au/checkup/health-news/it-s-a-sex-thing-we-need-to-talk-about-hep-c-20284.html

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Kristina Rancourt-Maille at 705-497-3560 ext. 204 or hepccommcoord@gmail.com .

Have a great day!

ZEPATIER™ (elbasvir/grazoprevir)

February 4th, 2016 at 9:00 am

February 4, 2016

Another new treatment for Hepatitis C has been approved in Canada. This medication is geared to Genotype 1, 3 and 4 in adults. Zepatier is currently not covered by Ontario Drug Benefit Program.

To read the article: www.newswire.ca/news-releases/merck-receives-approval-of-zepatier-elbasvirgrazoprevir-in-canada-for-the-treatment-of-chronic-hepatitis-c-for-patients-with-genotype-1-3-or-4-infection-following-priority-review-567492691.html

Please take to Keri or Kelsey for more information on this treatment.