The CATIE Exchange

The CATIE Exchange - November 29, 2016 

Highlights in this Issue

  • Health ministers announce Joint Statement of Action to Address the Opioid Crisis
  • Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week is from December 1-6, 2016
  • CAS unveils its 2016 WAD Campaign Sex Happens
  • New Factsheet on Technivie
  • New report: The Global State of Harm Reduction 2016

New Resources

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.

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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.

FACTSHEET: Technivie (ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir)

CATIE, 2016

Technivie is a medication used to treat hepatitis C. It is approved in Canada for people with genotype 4 virus. Technivie is a combination of three drugs—the antivirals ombitasvir and paritaprevir with a small dose of ritonavir (Norvir)—that are co-formulated into one tablet.

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Health ministers announce Joint Statement of Action to Address the Opioid Crisis

Health Minister Philpott supports easing injection-site law

HepCinfo Update 7.21: new treatment for genotype 3; liver cancer decrease in people cured of Hep C; end stage liver disease not reduced in HIV/Hep C co-infected

CATIE updates

CATIE’s World AIDS Day web page

World AIDS Day, December 1, which also launches the start of Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week in Canada, is a time for reflection: on what we have achieved with regard to the national and global response to HIV, and what we still must achieve.

In Canada, an estimated 75,500 Canadians were living with HIV, and an estimated 2,570 new HIV infections occurred in 2014 (the year of latest statistics).

CATIE invites you to explore the information and resources on its World AIDS Day web page. Its features include a timeline of HIV/AIDS history, highlighted resources available for free through the Ordering Centre, a list of World AIDS Day activities happening across the country, and links to the World AIDS Day campaign by the Canadian AIDS Society and the global campaign by UNAIDS.

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

Coming soon: revamped website

CATIE is excited to announce that we are in the final stages of improving is an interactive website that uses map technology to provide reference to HIV and Hep C services across Canada. From testing to treatment, to counselling and to legal services, this website provides agencies and people living with or at risk of HIV/ Hep C contact and map location information for local services. Addresses, phone numbers and websites are just a click away!

The website will be mobile-friendly and will have improved searching capabilities. You will be able to visit the site, type in a location, keyword search or browse by type of service to see what services are located in the geographic area you specify. The site will also link to other mapping and location services, including the new Treatment Map (TxMAP) from CTAC.

Look for the revamped site in the coming days.

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

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

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.

Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN)| PASAN | Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) | 2-Spirited People of the 1st Nations: Two-spirits and transgender day

On December 2, 2016, CAAN, PASAN, OHTN and 2-Spirited People of the First Nations will be hosting Sharing Our Wisdom: Transgender Event at The 519 Community Centre in Toronto. This event brings together the Indigenous Transgender Community and transgender allies to network, strategize and learn what is being done in AIDS service organizations and national organizations. Contact Arthur ‘Dave’ Miller for more information.

Canadian AIDS Society (CAS): 2016 World AIDS Day campaign

Developed in consultation with people with lived experience of HIV from all regions of Canada, CAS’s World AIDS Day campaigns have been raising awareness about the importance of HIV testing, concentrating on specific target populations each year. The 2016 campaign is called Sex Happens and focuses on the importance of couples testing. The posters are available in CATIE’s Ordering Centre.

Concordia University Community Lecture Series on HIV/AIDS: Meet Stuart Marshall

Concordia University is presenting a public lecture called Meet Stuart Marshall - Art, Activism and the AIDS Crisis: Learning in a Public Medium on December 1 in Montreal. The lecture is accompanied by a panoply of World AIDS Week activities devoted to reviving the artist’s work: two screening programs of his most important short works, plus a restoration of Journal of the Plague Year in conversation with selected video works by Concordia sexuality and film students entitled “Generations at the VAV Gallery." More information about the event can be found on their Facebook page.

Harm Reduction International: New report: The Global State of Harm Reduction 2016

Harm Reduction International has just released its flagship biennial report, providing insight into harm-reduction services around the world. The new data in this report show a slowdown in the provision of harm-reduction services for people who use drugs, with no new countries introducing needle and syringe programs since 2014. Along with this, there has been a rise in injecting stimulants across all regions of the world, and a dramatic increase in overdose deaths. To read the report, or download specific regional chapters, visit:

Canadian Association of HIV Research (CAHR): Call for abstracts

CAHR 2017, taking place April 6-9, 2017 in Montreal, is accepting abstract submissions until December 14, 2016.  Read on for information on abstract submission, scholarships and awards, the Conference theme, ancillary event requests and sponsorship opportunities.

Coalition Sida des Sourds du Québec : Survey for deaf youth

The Coalition Sida des Sourds du Québec invites deaf youth between the ages of 16-30 to participate in a survey designed to learn how and where deaf and hard-of-hearing persons have received their sex education and knowledge about sexuality. They are also looking at whether the lack of communication accessibility to health services has an impact on sexual education and knowledge related to sexuality in the deaf community. The survey is online and also comes with a YouTube sign language video.

Canadian Association of HIV Research (CAHR): Navigating the New HIV/HCV Funding Landscape Workshop

CAHR will be holding a workshop for early-to mid-career level HIV/HCV researchers in Banff on January 17, 2017. This workshop will aim to enable researchers to succeed in the new Canadian research funding schemes, provide strategies for developing successful grant proposals, and explore research funding alternatives. For more information, see:

CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network (CTN): Post-doc fellow program now open

The CTN Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards Program facilitates research in HIV and related health conditions by providing funding to candidates who wish to write a trial protocol and research program, and develop and run their own trial. The fellowships provide career support and are renewable for up to two years. CTN is now accepting applications until January 31, 2016. More information can be found on their website.

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

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