The CATIE Exchange

The CATIE Exchange - October 19, 2016 

Highlights in this Issue

  • CATIE and SIECCAN release STI key messages for clients
  • The CATIE Blog: New post – From CWGHR to realize: A Coming of Age Story by Tammy C. Yates
  • Nominations for the Alan Li Award
  • Survey −Trans Priorities Project
  • OHTN hires new research chairs for priority populations

New Resources

TreatmentUpdate 217

CATIE, 2016

TreatmentUpdate is CATIE's flagship digest on cutting-edge developments in HIV and hepatitis C research and treatment. In this issue:

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Treatment can cure Hep C. Know your options. [wallet cards and posters]

CATIE, Revised in 2016

CATIE has revised its hepatitis C messaging on treatment to reflect the fact that treatment has become much better with few side effects and that new medications are able to cure Hep C in most people.

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Sexually Transmitted Infections (Key Messages for Clients)

CATIE, 2016

CATIE, in partnership with the Sex Information and Education Council of Canada  (SIECCAN), has created key messages for clients about seven common sexually transmitted infections (STIs):

These key messages provide information on transmission, prevention, testing and care, and have been incorporated into our existing STI fact sheets for service providers.


Media reports of a British HIV cure 'breakthrough' are premature (PositiveLite)

HepCinfo Update 7.18: core antigen test; Hepatitis B testing before DAA treatment; routine hepatitis C screening

CATIE updates

CATIE Board of Directors for 2016-17

At CATIE’s Annual Meeting, held October 14, 2016 in Toronto, we elected our Board of Directors for 2016/2017. New to the team is Alexandra de Kiewit, CATIE’s Director for Quebec, replacing Terry Pigeon who is retiring from that position. Alexandra has been involved in community work since 2010. After working for five years at Association Québécoise pour la promotion de la santé des personnes utilisatrices de drogues (AQPSUD), she now works as a Liaison Officer for Stella. All other members of the Board remain to fulfill their terms in office. CATIE heartily thanks Terry Pigeon for his service through the years.

CATIE Annual Report 2015-2016

CATIE recently released its 2015-2016 Annual Report. Focusing on the theme of Turning Knowledge Into Action, the report highlights CATIE’s work and achievements over the past fiscal year and reflects on our role in building knowledge and strengthening HIV and hepatitis C programming.

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The CATIE Blog: New post – From CWGHR to realize: A Coming of Age Story – by Tammy C. Yates

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

Concordia University Community Lecture Series on HIV/AIDS: Forgotten Stories: Early AIDS activism in Montreal

Activist Gary Kinsman and Associate Professor Alexis Shotwell will share some of the unremembered stories of early AIDS activism in Montreal, with a particular focus on the work of two groups: Réaction SIDA and ACT UP Montreal on October 27th, 2016 in Toronto. The location of the talk will be posted on Facebook.

Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment (CAAT): Nominations for the Alan Li Award

This award was named in honour of CAAT’s co-founder Dr. Alan Li, who is a leader in advancing GIPA/MIPA and PHA empowerment, especially amongst racialized and newcomer communities. The award aims to recognize a person living with HIV from racialized newcomer communities who has participated in CAAT’s programming activities. CAAT is seeking nominations and the deadline for submission is October 31st, 2016. For more information or to submit a nomination, contact Maureen Owino.

Canadian Cancer Survivor Network (CCSN) | Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO) | Save your Skin Foundation (SYSF): Save the date

CCSN, SSO, SYSF and other patient groups are holding a summit to discuss drug pricing in Canada and to identify roles and strategies for patients and patient groups in the drug-pricing environment. CTAC’s Adam Cook will be presenting a hepatitis C case study. The meeting will be held on November 15-16, 2016 in Toronto. Please RSVP to Antonella Scali by October 31st, 2016.

REACH 2.0 CIHR Centre for Research in HIV/AIDS: Trans Priorities Project survey

Researchers and service providers who work with trans women are invited to fill out a survey to identify community and stakeholder priorities for HIV research and interventions with trans women. Results of the survey will contribute to developing a Canadian network able to work with the REACH 2.0 Trans Research Program to develop projects responding to these priorities. The survey takes approximately five to eight minutes to complete and participation is anonymous. To access the survey, click here.

Fondation québécoise du sida: Sign the petition (in French only)

The Fondation québécoise du sida has started a petition about the practice in Québec of employers requiring people to disclose their HIV status on employment hiring forms. The petition calls for an end to this discriminatory practice. More information, in French only, about the petition and about this practice can be found on their website.

Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN): New Research Chairs for priority populations

OHTN has identified the need for tailored, integrated health services for populations most affected by HIV. With this in mind, three new Research Chairs have been hired: Paul MacPherson, OHTN Research Chair in Gay Men’s Health; LaRon Nelson, OHTN Research Chair in Program Science for African, Caribbean and Black Communities; and Sharon Walmsley, OHTN Research Chair in HIV Clinical Care and Aging. More information about the new research initiatives is available online here.

Universities without Walls: Workshop for peer researchers and academics

Universities without Walls is holding a one-day educational workshop on November 20th, 2016 to explore the role of Peer Research Associates (PRAs) in syndemics issues, and showcase practical support tools and best practices for PRAs. The workshop will also provide a broad overview of how, why and when PRAs must be supported in four areas: administrative, financial, emotional and educational. For more information contact: Francisco Ibanez-Carrasco.

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.