The CATIE Exchange

The CATIE Exchange - November 16, 2016 

Highlights in this Issue

  • New fact sheet on Zepatier
  • Brain fitness leads to improvement for some HIV-positive people
  • Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week launches on December 1st, 2016
  • CATIE’s World AIDS Day article: Spreading the good news about HIV treatment and prevention
  • The CATIE Blog: New post – The Face of Our Story

New Resources

HIV 101 in ASL

Deaf Outreach Program, 2016

This video covers basic facts about HIV/AIDS in American Sign Language (ASL) and provides information on the Deaf Outreach Program. This is the first of several video series that will cover various topics and issues related to HIV/AIDS. Closed captioning is provided and a transcription is available.

View it online

Emerging Prevention Technologies and Canada's African, Caribbean and Black Communities

Canadian HIV/AIDS Black, Caribbean and African Network (CHABAC), 2016

The purpose of this resource is to provide service providers with an overview of what we know about biomedical approaches to HIV prevention, and highlight ways in which biomedical strategies are perceived as relevant or not for African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) communities.

Download the PDF

CATIE statements on HIV prevention

CATIE, Updated September 2016

The CATIE statements summarize the best available evidence on the effectiveness of three approaches to help prevent the sexual transmission of HIV. These statements were developed to help service providers in Canada adapt their programs and incorporate this evidence into their messaging.

PrEP and HIV prevention: a quick primer on a hot topic

The Body, 2015

Stopping the transmission of HIV is not solely the job of either people with HIV or those who are HIV-negative. Medication can both treat and prevent HIV. This short video explains treatment as prevention (TasP) and PrEP.

Watch it

FACTSHEET: Zepatier (elbasvir + grazoprevir)

CATIE, 2016

This factsheet summarizes up-to-date information on Zepatier. Zepatier is a treatment for hepatitis C. It is approved in Canada for the treatment of people with genotype 1, 3 or 4 hepatitis C virus. Zepatier contains two drugs in one tablet: elbasvir and grazoprevir.

Download the PDF


Health Minister Philpott supports easing injection-site law

Brain fitness leads to improvement for some HIV-positive people

PHAC to provide transitional funding for organizations that lost funding from the HIV and hepatitis C Community Action Fund

HepCinfo Update 7.20: three-week treatment; cure rate high with buyer’s club drugs; reinfection in MSM

CATIE updates

CATIE’s World AIDS Day web page

World AIDS Day is coming up on December 1, 2016! Visit CATIE’s World AIDS Day web page for information on HIV/AIDS in Canada, a history of HIV/AIDS timeline, a listing of World AIDS Day events happening in your community, and resources to help you prepare for your World AIDS Day campaign.

To include your local event in our World AIDS Day events list, please email Zak Knowles at

Also on the web page: CATIE’s World AIDS Day article, Spreading the good news about HIV treatment and prevention We invite you to share with others, either by republishing or linking to it. If you do, we’d love to know: Please contact

New CATIE web page on hepatitis C and immigrants and newcomers

This web page highlights hepatitis C resources for service providers working with immigrants and newcomers from countries where hepatitis C virus (HCV) is endemic.

Hepatitis C is important for immigrants and newcomers in Canada because it is estimated that 35 per cent of hepatitis C infections in Canada are among people born outside of the country.

As hepatitis C is a slow-progressing disease that often does not show symptoms and is not consistently screened for, it is important for service providers to understand how it uniquely affects this priority population, and encourage clients to get tested and know their status.

Visit the website for recommended resources!

A newly revamped Programming Connection gets Bright Ideas.

CATIE is pleased to announce changes to Programming Connection, its online toolkit that highlights promising approaches to frontline programs in HIV and hepatitis C prevention, testing, treatment, care and support.

Programming Connection presents the research evidence that supports the development, implementation and strengthening of program approaches. It also highlights innovative programs that have proven successful in the field and can serve as inspiration for others involved in developing programs.

In addition to evidence reviews which synthesize the available research on specific approaches, and evidence briefs which review a single study on a specific program, Programming Connection now offers Bright Ideas, quick takes on innovative programs across Canada. Originally published in The CATIE Exchange, Bright Ideas now finds a permanent home in Programming Connection.

With this addition and the continued growth of evidence- and practice-based information, Programming Connection has broadened and deepened its offerings to inform and inspire program developers across the country.

The CATIE Blog: New post – The Face of Our Story – by Signe Dewar and Tom Barnard

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

Highlights from our Partners

Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN): Highlights from the Supporting PRAs Effectively workshop

OHTN is hosting a live broadcast from the OHTN’s Endgame II conference. This edition of "What’s Hot" will be about supporting peer researchers and will provide a broad overview of how, why and when peers should be supported. It will also offer a support framework, practical support tools and best practices for supporting Peer Research Associates. The event is on November 22nd, 2016 at 2:30 pm. Register here.

Reducing STBBI-Related Stigma through the Protection of Privacy and Confidentiality

Join the Canadian Public Health Association and the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network on November 30, 2016 from 1:00-2:30 pm EST for the webinar Reducing STBBI-Related Stigma through the Protection of Privacy and Confidentiality. This webinar will explore how protection of service users’ privacy and confidentiality can help reduce stigma within health and social service settings. Webinar participants will learn about confidentiality, the limits to confidentiality, the implications of the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure and how to deal with possible legal and ethical dilemmas related to privacy and confidentiality.

Register today. Contact Rachel MacLean for more information.

Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN): Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week

Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week launches on December 1st, 2016 with the Canadian Global Health All-Parliamentary Caucus on HIV TB & Malaria in Ottawa. This event will be followed by December 2 – 6, 2016 workshops across the country in Vancouver, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Haines Junction, Toronto, and more, to continue discussions on Aboriginal HIV and AIDS issues in Canada. More information can be found on CAAN’s website.

People with AIDS Foundation (PWA)| University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine: PHA Patient Instructor Program

PWA is looking for HIV-positive individuals to participate in their PHA Patient Instructor Program. If you are interested in participating in the PHA-PI Program this year, contact Dave Skitch, PHA Engagement Administrative Coordinator at or by telephone at 416-506-8606, extension 220.

Canadian Association of HIV Research (CAHR): CAHR 2017 Red Ribbon Award

CAHR is pleased to announce that it is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Red Ribbon Award. The Red Ribbon Award is presented annually by CAHR for outstanding service to the cause of research in a way that has increased our understanding of the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS, while enhancing the quality of life of those living with this disease. Nomination deadline is December 12th, 2016. For information click here.

Island Health STOP HIV/AIDS Program: Request for proposals for Community Grants Program

The Island Health STOP HIV/AIDS Program is requesting proposals for their Community Grants Program. They will be awarding five grants of up to $10,000 each to people interested in planning and delivering activities addressing HIV prevention, testing and engagement into care and treatment. Special focus will be given to specific priority populations who experience a higher burden of disease or who may face additional barriers to accessing or engaging with HIV services. Applicants are asked to submit completed proposal templates by December15th, 2016 to Angela Reid. Information on how to apply can be found in the attached guide.

Canadian HIV/AIDS Black, African and Caribbean Network (CHABAC): African, Caribbean and Black Canadian HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

CHABAC would like to announce the third annual African, Caribbean and Black Canadian HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on February 7, 2017 to help raise awareness of HIV and contribute to addressing HIV-related stigma in Canada’s African, Caribbean and Black communities. This year’s message is: “Start a Conversation. Know your Health Options. End the Stigma.” Check out their website for more information:

Office of the Correctional Investigator: Annual Report of the Office of the Correctional Investigator 2015-2016

The Correctional Investigator of Canada released his annual report, recommending that federal prisons reinstate a safer tattooing initiative and implement needle and syringe programs. His report provides information about healthcare in federal corrections, and cites multiple reports and advocacy initiatives. Click here to read the report.

Bright ideas!

Warkworth’s LGBTQ2S and friends support group

November 2016

Correctional Service Canada, along with PARN, PFLAG and the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) has been running an LGBTQ2S and friends group at the Warkworth Institution medium-security penitentiary for men since October 2015.  The idea came from an inmate who recognized the need for support.  He wanted to bring together LGBTQ2S folk and their allies to create a safe space where people could express themselves inside the walls of the prison. He proposed this idea to the infectious disease nurses at the Institution, Donna Davies and Susanna Tinney.  They, in turn, met with CSC’s Regional Manager of Public Health, Janice Thomson, to lay the groundwork for a proposal to the warden. After the warden granted support, things started rolling.

Donna and Susanna contacted PARN and PFLAG in early summer of 2015 to plan a workshop. That workshop was the first of its kind to be held in a federal prison. It was also an opportunity for the group to celebrate the creator of the proposal, who had since passed away.  A second workshop was set for November – this time involving the Gender Journeys Program at CMHA. 

Stacey Love-Jolicoeur, who works for CMHA and identifies as a two-spirit trans woman, is now one of the co-facilitators, along with Adam Kelly from PARN and Dianne McKay from PFLAG Canada. They lead the one and a half hour-long monthly group session at the prison. The program began with about 12 inmates and now attracts around 22 inmates.  They talk about a range of topics, such as relationships, safer sex, mental health and other concerns raised by the participants.  “Some of the inmates are identifying as trans women and that’s a very hard thing for them being in an all-male institution,” says Stacey. 

Every meeting starts by reading the safe space guidelines to set the tone. Above all, members of the group know that what they say is confidential and respected. People share their stories, watch videos and partake in exercises that address LGBTQ2S issues. Each session ends with a “checkout” where people discuss what happened in the session. Some choose to document their feelings, questions or concerns in a book that is always available. 

 “There’s always new people who come and feel more comfortable to be their true authentic selves. And as people have that confidence and that comfort, they can start to feel free,” explains Stacey. “It’s about making life inside prison more livable.”  

The current success of the group at the Warkworth Institution is a result of an inmate who had the courage to speak, health services staff and a warden who listened, and community groups who came together to offer their expertise and resources.

To find out more about this program, contact Adam Kelly at, Stacey Love-Jolicoeur at or Dianne McKay at