The Positive Side

Winter 2012 

Editor's Letter

By David McLay

The more things change, the more they stay the same. That proverb seems apt for this issue of The Positive Side.

This past autumn, at CATIE’s Knowledge Exchange Forum, I connected with many brilliant and dedicated people in the HIV and hepatitis C communities from across the country. I was struck by how the face of the HIV epidemic is changing in Canada. While sex is still a significant route of transmission, injection drug use is increasingly important in many regions. And drug use isn’t happening just in our large cities—it reaches into small towns and rural communities coast to coast to coast.

Chantale Perron, who rocks this issue’s cover with her fantastic trademark locks, knows well HIV, hepatitis C and injection drug use. She found her passion fighting for the rights of people who use drugs. Perron and other activists lead the way, while the country slowly catches up.

Another change is that many people now expect to live long lives with HIV—lives that, for many, include working. And while we might kvetch about it, work can be a great source of fulfillment. But working with HIV has its challenges, as we learn in “A Hard Day’s Work.” In this article, we meet three people who juggle HIV, health and work to find security and satisfaction.

Change is also happening at The Positive Side. In this issue we announce an easier way for you to contribute to the magazine. We will be doing call-outs, specifically looking for people to appear in our Chatty CATIE column. Click here for details on how to let us know you want in.

One thing that’s not changing? The good things we’ve got going on in these pages. You expect practical health information, and we deliver it. In this issue, we look at all the recent interest in vitamin D and what it means for people living with HIV. We provide an update and expert advice on kidney health. We also share some tips on how to assess online treatment information.

Things change, things stay the same. See what I mean?