An integrated supervised injecting program within a care facility for HIV-positive individuals: a qualitative evaluation
AIDS Care - May 2009 - Krusi A, Small W, Wood E and Kerr T. BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia
Dr. Peter Centre: Harm Reduction Nursing
Canadian Nurse - May 2003
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Dr. Peter Centre: Removing Barriers to Health Care Services
Nursing BC - Dec. 2002
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Assessing the Impact of an Adult Day Program on Hospital Utilization by Persons Living with HIV/AIDS
Journal of AIDS, September 2002 – Kerr T, Craig KJ, Hogg RS, Gatari N. University of Victoria, BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, University of British Columbia
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Issues of Engagement in Care and Quality of Life Among Dr. Peter Centre Participants: 2001
Canadian Association for HIV Research Abstract – Kerr TH, Ibañez-Carrasco F, Walsh J. University of Victoria, Simon Fraser University, The Dr Peter Centre, Vancouver, BC
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Setting A New Standard of HIV/AIDS Care: The Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation
Shroff Consulting Final Report- May 1998
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HIV/AIDS Quick Facts
HIV is the human immunodeficiency virus that results in a gradual destruction of the immune system and the body's ability to fight infection.
AIDS, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, is a technical term used to mark the progression of HIV disease.
Highly active anti-retroviral drug therapy, referred to as HAART, has extended length and quality of life for many HIV-positive persons. However, health problems related to longer term disease and treatment continue to emerge. HIV/AIDS is now described as a chronic inflammatory, life-threatening disease.
Individuals not receiving anti-retroviral therapy are more likely to experience complications of HIV.
HIV is preventable.
HIV is transmitted through contact with infected body fluids of blood, semen, vaginal fluids and breast milk. It is most often transmitted during unprotected sexual intercourse, or sharing of needles and injection equipment.
An estimated 58,000 people in Canada live with HIV; of these, about 30% are HIV positive but do not know it.
Every day, 1 - 2 people in BC contract HIV.
The presence of a sexually transmitted disease increases the risk of HIV transmission.
Individuals infected with HIV have an increased likelihood of contracting tuberculosis.
In Metro Vancouver, approximately 90% of HIV-positive injection drug users (IDUs) also have Hepatitis C.
The risk of HIV-positive mothers infecting their infant during pregnancy, delivery and breast feeding (prenatal transmission) can be reduced to 1% if the mother is treated with anti-retroviral therapy.
The complexity of HIV care creates a large economic burden on those living with the disease, the care givers in their personal lives and the health care system.