This literature review aimed to assess the impact of substance use on mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of HIV. Such a review was deemed necessary due to Saskatchewan’s unique HIV profile. Specifically, new cases of HIV in Saskatchewan are: (a) the highest in Canada; (b) most often associated with injection drug use (IDU); and (c) increasing rapidly in women of childbearing age (ages 15 to 39). The primary questions addressed in the report include: Why do substance use services need to be focused on to avoid MTCT of HIV? How does having a substance use issue influence high risk behaviours that can lead to HIV infection? How does having a substance use issue affect virus progression and impact the health of pregnant women living with HIV?
This booklet outlines the problems that can result from smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke. Information focuses on the types of smoke, issues in sexual and reproductive health, pregnancy complications, and effects on the newborn, infants, and children. Includes information on how to protect children and pregnant women from the effects of tobacco smoke.
This DVD shares information about HIV, pregnancy, and parenting, with the goal of showing that healthy pregnancies and healthy babies are possible for pregnant women living with HIV in Saskatchewan. The knowledge and experiences of people living with HIV and those who work in this area are shared. The DVD was created as a resource for health and allied health professionals and for people living with HIV in Saskatchewan.
This document outlines agencies (provincial and national) that provide services for women who have experienced abuse, sexual abuse, and/or have HIV. Descriptions and contact information (phone numbers and websites) are provided.