OHRI students organize CIHR Café Scientifique on HIV / AIDS prevention

October 29, 2008

Graduate students in the OHRI's HIV Research Group invite you to a public discussion on HIV prevention, organized through CIHR's Café Scientifique Program. The discussion will focus on "Chemical Condoms: Fact or Fiction in HIV Prevention". It will take place on November 4, 2008, from 4-7 p.m. at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine, 451 Smyth Road.

Incidences of new HIV infections are on the rise in Canada, and investigating ways to prevent transmission is critical in combating the spread of HIV. A chemical condom is the “perception” that HIV transmission can be prevented with regimented, successful antiretroviral therapy (undetectable virus in blood) and clinician monitoring. This concept has lead to widespread controversy amongst the members of the medical, research and patient communities. Evidence that transmission of a small number of viral particles can lead to HIV disease would challenge such an interpretation.

Download the poster for details. The OHRI's HIV Research Group is affiliated with the University of Ottawa and The Ottawa Hospital.