Michelle Capon

Project Manager, Bayshore Home Health
Toronto Ontario, Canada

About Michelle

Languages

English

Areas of Expertise

International Development Project Managemen, HIV/AIDS/STI , technology, Training, Implementing change, Healthcare processes, Databases

I'm passionate about

I'm passionate about Needle Exchange Programs and learning more about substance use issues. How do we promote safe needle use and clean up practices?

People don't know I'm good at

Making my own jewellery.

Comments & conversations

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Michelle Capon
Posted over 3 years ago
How do you reduce the transmission rate when govt's won't pay for a needle exchange program let alone antiretrovirals which are $1700 pmonth
Hi Julie Ann There are quite a few agencies that you can approach for the most up to date information on transmission rates, annual spending etc. I would recommend the following 1. CATIE - Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange 2. OHTN - Ontario HIV Treatment Network 3. PWA - Toronto People with AIDS 4. ACT - AIDS Committee of Toronto. Good luck.
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Michelle Capon
Posted over 3 years ago
Should High Schools implement condom availability programs?
Firstly let me appauld you for posting this comment. I love that you are reaching out to the community for advice, comments on this topic. Its a tough one. The biggest thing about having a condom program at your school is STIGMA. Getting over that is the hardest part of any new sexual educationt campaign. The other thing is getting the message across to the parents. We are not living in the same day and age that they did. Times have changed and kids are having sex younger and younger. But isn't it better to be safe than sorry. I bet you would find similar states for the amount of condom use between ages 13 - 18 no matter where you go. Its not cool to wear a condom. When I was in high school I went to a public health education forum - where they gave out condoms and posters, and I actually distributed them around the school and hung posters on the wall. I got in trouble mind, by the principal (because the content wasn't appropriate) but I simply told him that I got it from a public health education forum and he backed down - didn't really have much choice. If you promote safe a kid isn't going to care - whether its STD's or HIV - they just don't care. You have to make sex fun and acceptable and the promotion of condom acceptable. Have you thought of condom vending machines? It should somehow be anonymous so that kids don't feel strange about taking condoms. Lets face it kids are going to have sex whether you say its ok or not, why not give them the supplies to make them safer.