The CATIE Exchange

The CATIE Exchange - October 5, 2016 

Highlights in this Issue

  • CATIE publishes a factsheet on Epclusa
  • New resources in the Sage collection
  • The CATIE Blog: New post – We need to address the unique and complex issues of Indigenous people living with HIV
  • CAAN is looking for members for the APHA Leadership Standing Committee
  • Bright Ideas! features Know Your Status

New Resources

The Positive Side (Fall 2016): Man on a Mission

As summer winds to a close, you can toss that trashy novel and dig into your favourite magazine for people living with HIV. In this latest issue, we explore addictions from different angles—personal stories, expert advice and programs that support people who use drugs. Christian Hui speaks candidly about his struggles and triumphs as a gay Asian man living with HIV. In “Ask the Experts,” neuroscientist Marc Lewis, peer navigator Angela Thomson and psychoanalyst Marco Posadas share their insights and advice. And we shine a light on programs that treat drug users with respect and without stigma. 

Also in this issue: We ask four positive parents, “How do you talk to your kids about HIV?” We explore how new Hep C treatments can change the equation for people co-infected with HIV and hepatitis C. You’ll also hear how expanded options in the HIV prevention toolkit are allowing more HIV-positive people to enjoy happy and healthy sex lives. Finally, Darien Taylor sits down to talk with the talented Margarite Sanchez, for whom art and life constitute a seamless and harmonious whole.

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PrEP and women: what you need to know

Women and HIV/AIDS Initiative (WHAI), 2016

This brochure provides information on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for women, including sections on coverage for PrEP, the effectiveness of PrEP, how you can start PrEP and where to go for more information.

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FACTSHEET: Epclusa (velpatasvir + sofosbuvir)

CATIE, 2016

This factsheet summarizes up-to-date information on Epclusa. Epclusa is a medication used to treat hepatitis C. It is approved in Canada for people with all genotypes of the hepatitis C virus.

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U.S. liver organization recommends that people with hepatitis C be tested for hepatitis B before starting antiviral therapy

Toronto-led team explores different PrEP deployment scenarios

HepCinfo Update 7.17: hepatitis C vaccine; being cured of hepatitis C reduces fatigue; prescription heroin ban overturned

CATIE updates

Calling all CATIE members: Vote for your new Board of Directors/ Attend the Annual Meeting

The voting period is now on (until October 7). You will have received an email, requesting your participation. We urge all individual and organizational members to take a few minutes and participate in this important election.

… and we invite you to join us for the CATIE Annual Meeting (AM), October 14, 8:00 a.m., Delta Toronto Hotel. Registration for the 2016 AM is free and available online.

We look forward to seeing those of you who are able to attend.

The CATIE Blog: New post – We need to address the unique and complex issues of Indigenous people living with HIV – by Cécile Kazatchkine and Sandra Ka Hon Chu

The CATIE Blog is our way of bringing more people into the conversation about HIV and hepatitis C. Check out our recent posts:

Have you heard of Sage?

Sage is an online tool for Canadian HIV and hepatitis C service providers to share their resources as models and tools with other service providers. Check out these recent additions to Sage.

For more resources and to join and add your own resources to the collection, visit Sage.

Highlights from our Partners

United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS): Call for nominations of NGO delegates 2017-2018

The NGO Delegation to the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board has vacancies for civil society representatives for a two-year term (2017- 2018) and is now recruiting for: one Africa Delegate, one Latin America and the Caribbean Delegate; and one North America Delegate. Applications from people living with HIV are particularly encouraged. The deadline to apply is October 6th, 2016 and the online application form can be found here.

Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN): Recruitment for Leadership Standing Committee

CAAN is looking for Aboriginal members living with HIV to become members of the APHA Leadership Standing Committee for a two-year term. Applications can be downloaded from Contact Arthur “Dave” Miller for further information.

Canadian HIV/AIDS Black, African and Caribbean Network (CHABAC): CHABAC’s Sipiwe Mapfumo wins the Obsidian Award

CHABAC Steering Committee member Sipiwe Mapfumo was awarded the Obsidian Award for excellence in the category of  Community Health Services for the work she is doing, raising HIV awareness in African, Caribbean and Black communities in Calgary. The Obsidian Award is an Alberta-based award for African, Caribbean and Black communities.

Portail VIH/sida du Québec: Sign the “End It. For Good.” call for action

Pierre-Henri Minot, the Executive Director of Portail VIH/sida du Québec, and Gabriel Girard, a sociologist, have drafted a call for action to highlight that even if Canada contributes $784M to the Global Fund, there will still be work to do in regards to the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure, supervised safer injection services, Bill C-36 and the discrimination migrants face related to their HIV status. They are asking people to sign their petition here.  

Action Hepatitis Canada (AHC): Sign the petition

AHC is asking people to sign their official Parliamentary Petition for a national hepatitis C strategy. The petition calls upon the Government of Canada to show leadership and offer guidance to enable each province and territory to implement their own effective action plans framed around the goal of eliminating viral hepatitis by 2030. To sign the petition, visit this link.

The Remedy: New health anthology from queer and trans people

The Remedy: Queer and Trans Voices on Health and Health Care is a new collection of stories from queer and trans people from Canada and the USA  who share their own healthcare experiences and challenges. It includes essays by healthcare providers, activists, and leaders about the challenges, politics, and opportunities surrounding queer and trans health issues.

Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR): Indigenous approaches to wellness research catalyst grant

The Institute for Aboriginal People’s Health (IAPH) at CIHR is providing start-up funds to support research activities related to Indigenous approaches to wellness. The application deadline is October 28, 2016 and the total amount available is enough to fund 12 grants. For more information, contact Joanne Nelson or Maya Nakajima.

Pacific AIDS Network (PAN): Call for webinar presentations

PAN is seeking webinar submissions that will stimulate participants with new and innovative approaches to their HIV/Hep C and related conditions work. Researchers can present their research findings, particularly research that directly impacts or assists community-based organizations. Submissions can be made online for scheduling from mid-October until March 2017.

Canadian Network on Hepatitis C (CanHepC): Network unveils its new logo and website

CanHepC has launched their new website and logo. The website has changed to reflect the organization’s cores and governance. Their new logo features a liver and maple leaf design to represent the HCV virus and its effect on the liver. Visit their site.

Bright ideas!

Know your Status: Hold your Head up High

October 2016

Big River First Nation (BRFN), located 120 km northwest of Prince Albert, Sask., has been running a successful HIV screening program called Know Your Status since 2011. Know Your Status was piloted by Health Canada to respond to the high incidences of HIV, Hep C and other STBBIs among Indigenous people. To address the health issues of their community, band council members, Elders and healthcare workers created the Know Your Status program, which provides HIV prevention and testing services in a culturally appropriate manner. The Chief was instrumental in making the program happen, advocating for community involvement in the program’s development and implementation. What makes the program unique is the anti-stigma work that was carried out beforehand to make HIV point of care testing more socially acceptable.

Know Your Status has expanded beyond testing over the years to include treatment, harm reduction, food assistance and mental health counselling, to the 2,800-plus people living on reserve. “There is no longer this revolving door of HIV-positive patients being treated poorly when they seek services outside the community,” explains Ruby McAdam, Health Director for BRFN. The services are offered mostly at the First Nation Health Centre, but some testing and prevention takes place offsite. An infectious disease doctor visits the community every three months for appointments and follow-ups.

Since its implementation, the community has noticed an increase in undetectable viral loads among their HIV-positive clients. The confidence of people has also increased. “People are no longer shunned by the community. When they walk into the clinic, they hold their head up high,” says Ruby.

Know Your Status credits its success to the strong leadership they received, as well as the caring professionals who work for the program. 

For more information, contact the Big River First Nation Health Centre at (306) 724-4664.