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Positive Action Canada HIV/AIDS Innovation Program 2013

December 19, 2013 - The Positive Action Canada HIV/AIDS Innovation Program promotes innovative projects that use multi-dimensional approaches to optimize the health and well-being of people living long-term with HIV/AIDS and antiretroviral therapy. The Program, an initiative of ViiV Healthcare Canada, has granted $ 1,960,000 to 205 projects over the past 18 years. Eight community-based HIV/AIDS organizations across Canada shared the $125,000 available in 2013.

This year's Program recipients, and the amounts of each of their grants, are as follows:

Africans in Partnership Against AIDS (APAA) Integrating Self Discovery and Self Regulation Models in Positive Youth Support and Secondary Prevention. $15,000. Develop and implement a 12-week psycho‐social program for African Caribbean and Black (ACB) HIV positive youth, focused on themes of sexual and gender identity, living with HIV, immigration, personal empowerment, health management and secondary prevention, and guided by the self-exploration and self‐regulation models.

AIDS Saint JohnWhat Every Peer Should Know: A Peer Training Program. $15,500. Update and enhance training practices for needle distribution program peers who are injecting drugs and are at risk for or are living with HIV/AIDS, in order to improve knowledge and skills regarding safer injecting practices, identifying risk factors, improving health opportunities and access to testing, and reducing harms for those injecting drugs.

Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange (CATIE)Pouvoir partager/ Pouvoirs partagés (Sharing Together for Life) Disclosure Project. $14,500. Translate into English and promote this small-group workshop series, inspired by women living with HIV and developed through a collaborative project led by the Chaire de recherche du Canada en éducation ŕ la santé de l'UQAM, designed to empower women living with HIV to better understand the impact of HIV disclosure and non-disclosure in various life contexts and to help them develop ongoing support.

Dr. Peter AIDS FoundationPeer Research Associate Mentorship in Community-Based Organizations: A Learning Module. $18,250. Build and disseminate modules, using a blended learning format of online and in-person components, for community-based HIV/AIDS organizations interested in being more involved with research incorporating GIPA/MIPA principles, to assist those organizations to navigate the process of recruiting, hiring, training, orientating, supervising, and mentoring Peer Research Associates.

Positive Action Canada HIV/AIDS Innovation Program 2013

Groupe d'Action pour la Prévention de la Transmission du VIH et l'Éradication du sida (GAP-VIES) – Réseau de soutien par les pairs [Peer Support Program]. $15,000. Establish a peer-driven support program for people living with HIV/AIDS (PHAs) from Haiti and Sub-Saharan Africa, comprising workshops, peer mentoring, one-on-one and small group supervisory meetings.

HIV/AIDS Regional Services (HARS)- Living Well With HIV. $13,250. Assist three PHA populations (incarcerated or returned to society; living in rural or semi-rural locations; living in poverty) to gain knowledge about living well with HIV through nutrition, exercise and well-being workshops, and by providing starter knapsacks to recently-returned to society PHAs.

Ottawa Inner City Health - Drug Users Advocacy League (DUAL) - HIV among People who Consume Drugs: Reducing Risk and Empowering Communities. $19,500. Develop and implement peer-led Knowledge Translation Exchange activities that empower illicit drug consumers living with HIV/AIDS in Ottawa to translate knowledge into action for change in their communities, building on the research and capacity-building activities of DUAL's 2012 PACIP project.

Positive Women's Network Society – Bridging the Gap Gathering: A Health Event for Women Living with HIV and Front-Line Service Providers. $14,000. Create the opportunity for 30 women living with HIV - including those who are currently on antiretroviral therapy and those who have not yet started antiretroviral therapy - and 30 community service providers, to meet together for education, information gathering and community building, to help bridge the gap in treatment knowledge and practice for those who have struggled to adhere to a treatment or have not yet begun treatment.


About ViiV Healthcare
ViiV Healthcare is a global specialist HIV company established in November 2009 by GlaxoSmithKline (LSE: GSK) and Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) dedicated to delivering advances in treatment and care for people living with HIV. Shionogi joined as a 10% shareholder in October 2012. The company's aim is to take a deeper and broader interest in HIV/AIDS than any company has done before and take a new approach to deliver effective and new HIV medicines, as well as support communities affected by HIV.

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