Montréal, Québec

Addressing Challenges and Empowering Women Living with HIV/AIDS: A Case Study of the Centre d’Action Sida Montréal

  • Authors:
  • Annika Singh,
  • Keesha Horvat

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Annual Reports (2022-2023): Comprehensive yearly reviews detailed our activities, achievements, and challenges, providing a broader organizational context.

CASM Website Content

Loutfy, M., Greene, S., Kennedy, V. L., Lewis, J., Thomas-Pavanel, J., Conway, T., ... & Kaida, A. (2016). Establishing the Canadian HIV Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Cohort Study (CHIWOS): operationalizing community-based research in a large national quantitative study. BMC medical research methodology, 16, 1-9.

Canada, P. H. A. of. (2021, June 28). Estimates of HIV incidence, prevalence and Canada’s progress on meeting the 90-90-90 HIV targets. canada.ca. https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/summary-estimates-hiv-incidence-prevalence-canadas-progress-90-90-90.html

Clarke, J.N. 2006. Homophobia out of the closet in the media portrayal of HIV/AIDS 1991, 1996 and 2001: Celebrity, heterosexism and the silent victims. Critical Public Health, 16: 317–330. doi:10.1080/09581590601091620

Chesney, M.A. and Smith, A.W. 1999. Critical delays in HIV testing and care: The potential role of stigma. The American Behavioral Scientist, 42: 1162–1174. doi:10.1177/00027649921954822

Mensah, M.N., Waugh, T., Lavoie, R., Dumas, J., Bernier, M., Garneau, M.J. and Otis, J. 2008. “The VIHsibilite Project”: HIV-positive people in the Quebec press and community responses. AIDS Care, 20: 596–600. doi:10.1080/09540120701867164

Sandelowski M, Lambe C, Barroso J. Stigma in HIV positive women. J Nurs Scholarsh. 2004;36(2):122–8.

Cite This Community Knowledge Publication

Singh, A., Horvat, K. (2023). Addressing Challenges and Empowering Women Living with HIV/AIDS: A Case Study of the Centre d’Action Sida Montréal. ScienceReach. Retrieved from https://sciencereach.ca/community-publications/4I2MYE66eajuDRwcaHMf4H

About The Organization

The Centre d'Action Sida Montréal (CASM), established in 1990, is dedicated to aiding individuals living with HIV/AIDS, focusing especially on women's needs. This organization champions the fight against discrimination that affects those living with HIV, viewing it as a vital part of social justice and HIV prevention. A significant aspect of their work involves defending the rights of women living with HIV, including the dissemination of information on legal issues connected to HIV. CASM places a high emphasis on confidentiality and anonymity, ensuring a safe and inclusive space for its members and beneficiaries. The spirit of female solidarity and mutual support is at the core of CASM's mission, aiming to foster community and break isolation through various activities. Since its inception, the organization has evolved, receiving its first government grant in 1992 and increasingly focusing on the needs of women living with HIV/AIDS and other STBBIs. Post-2019, CASM also engages in sensitization and prevention among the wider Montreal population. CASM operates Monday to Friday and maintains active communication channels, including social media, for outreach and engagement. Their inclusive approach respects the identity of every individual, striving to improve the quality of life and empower women living with HIV.

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