The CATIE Exchange

The CATIE Exchange - December 14, 2016 

From all of us at CATIE, we wish you a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year!

You can look forward to next year’s first issue of The CATIE Exchange on January 11, 2017.

Highlights in this Issue

  • New report on Canada’s progress to reach global HIV 90-90-90 goals
  • Mark your calendars for the CATIE Forum 2017!
  • is now mobile-friendly
  • New CATIE Blog post about RÉZO’s 25th anniversary (in French only)
  • Bright Ideas presents the Supportive Housing Program by ACNL

New Resources

HIV in Canada

Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), 2016

PHAC has released a new infographic with the latest HIV statistics. This infographic shows that new HIV cases are on the decline, but the number of people living with HIV in Canada continues to rise. An estimated 65,040 people were living with HIV in Canada in 2014 compared to the estimated 60,500 for 2011.

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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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Undoing Stigma: Proceedings of the 11th Annual Gay Men's Health Summit

Community-Based Research Centre (CBRC), 2016

Undoing Stigma is a report on the annual Gay Men’s Health Summit held in BC. Since 2005, the Summit has provided a forum for identifying and addressing issues in HIV prevention and gay men’s health. The 2015 Summit examined the impact of stigma on the lives of gay men. Stigma is a multi-level construct, enacted at individual, interpersonal, and structural scales. The report explores the ways in which stigma negatively impacts the opportunities and well-being of the stigmatized. It provides a summary of the Summit proceedings and offers readers tools and frameworks for resisting stigma and addressing its negative impact on the lives of gay men. 

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Making Trans Health Count: Inclusion of Trans and Non-Binary Participants in Public Health Research

University of Toronto, 2016

On November 21, 2016, the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, Sexual and Gender Diversity Office, Public Health Students Association, and the Comparative Program on Health and Society, Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto hosted a special lecture and dialogue on Making Trans Health Count: Inclusion of Trans and Non-Binary Participants in Public Health Research featuring Dr. Greta Bauer, Associate Professor at Western University and Dr. Alex Abramovich, Scientist at Centre for Addiction & Mental Health.

Watch it online

Responding to questions on HIV cure research in African, Caribbean and Black communities

African and Caribbean Council on HIV/AIDS in Ontario (ACCHO), CanCURE, 2016

The purpose of this fact sheet is to assist African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) communities, service providers who work with them and other stakeholders to demystify HIV ‘cure’ and increase knowledge and awareness of the complexities of the search for a cure.

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Addressing HPV-related cancer risk among men who have sex with men (MSM): A guide for health care providers

Sex Information and Education Council of Canada (SIECCAN), 2016

This guide is for healthcare providers (HCP) with gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) clients in their practice. The purpose of this guide is to provide HCPs with information on:

1) HPV, HPV-related cancers among MSM and the need for HPV vaccination in this population;

2) Communicating with MSM about HPV and HPV-related cancer prevention; and

3) Conducting a sexual history/STI risk assessment with MSM clients

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HPV-related cancers among men who have sex with men: what you need to know to reduce your risk


This fact sheet provides information on HPV-related cancers among men who have sex with men (MSM) and how to reduce your risk. If you are a sexually active male who has sex with men you can bring this fact sheet with you the next time you visit your healthcare provider to discuss ways to reduce your risk for HPV, including getting vaccinated with the HPV vaccine and using condoms.

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HIV diagnosis followed by initiation of treatment on the same day

Canada’s progress towards global HIV testing, care and treatment goals

Public Health Agency of Canada releases stats on Canada’s progress to reach 90-90-90 goals

Health Minister Philpott says Canada has “a lot of work to do” in addressing HIV. Read PositiveLite interview.

HepCinfo Update 7.22: High cure rate with 8-week, triple-combo; Harvoni effective in real world for co-infection; Mailed reminder doubles liver cancer screening

CATIE updates

Mark your calendars for the CATIE Forum 2017!

CATIE will hold its next CATIE Forum in Toronto on November 23-24, 2017. Details concerning the program will be forthcoming in the months ahead. We hope you and your organization can make the Forum part of your 2017 plans.

The new and improved website

CATIE is excited to announce the new and improved website! 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, newly revamped, is mobile-friendly and has improved searching capabilities. Simply visit the site and 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 also links to other mapping and location services, including the new Treatment Map (TxMAP) from CTAC.

WANT TO BE LISTED ON THE SITE? If you work for an organization that provides services free-of-charge for people living with HIV/ Hep C, or for people at risk of HIV/Hep C, and you have a non-profit focus, you can be listed on Visit the website to add your organization today! is now mobile-friendly!

CATIE is pleased to announce that our website,, is now revamped to deliver a clean, easy-to-read version on smart phones and tablets. All of the rich variety of information on our website is now accessible to those on-the-go. No app is required; just go to the site and see the difference. We invite you to check it out.

The CATIE Blog New post: RÉZO : vingt-cinq ans d’action dans la communauté gaie à Montréal − by Gabriel Girard (in French only)

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

Positive Plus One: National survey on serodiscordant couples seeks more participants

Positive Plus One, a national research study of serodiscordant relationships (where one partner is HIV-positive and the other is HIV-negative), is seeking participants to take a 30-minute survey online at or by telephone (1-888-740-1166).

Positive Plus One is a University of Toronto-based group of scientists, clinicians and service providers working towards gathering new information that can help people in serodiscordant relationships. People in such relationships may face many challenges, including stigma, accommodating new HIV technologies, and the risk of transmission between partners.

Whether you are HIV-positive or HIV-negative, share your experiences. Organizers want to hear from couples from different backgrounds (all genders, ethnicities and sexual identities) and from all regions of Canada. Based on participation thus far, people from Quebec, Manitoba, Alberta and B.C. are currently underrepresented in the survey.

Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC): How could the response to STBBI in Canada be strengthened?

PHAC would like to invite you to complete the following online questionnaire, on potential concrete actions and promising practices to address sexually transmitted and blood borne infections (STBBI) in Canada. This questionnaire was developed in consultation with a group of STBBI experts and stakeholders from across Canada.

They are seeking input from a broad range of organizations and individuals working in Canada. The questionnaire should take approximately 15-30 minutes to complete. You can respond either as an individual, or on behalf of your organization.

The results will be used to inform the federal STBBI response, and help to ensure that efforts are strategic, effective and responsive to the needs of affected communities. The questionnaire will close on Tuesday, January 10th, 2017.  

If you have any comments or questions, or would like to receive the survey in English or French in a different format, please email PHAC.

CTAC: 2017 Treatment Access Conference

CTAC invites you to their Treatment Access Conference, taking place in Toronto from February 1-3, 2017. The Conference will bring together people living with HIV and hepatitis C, as well as regulators from administrative agencies, researchers and other civil society leaders from across Canada.  Visit the conference website for more information and to register. The registration deadline is December 16, 2016.

Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development (ICAD): Call for Participation in Internship Program (IYIP)

Global Affairs Canada (GAC) is calling for proposals for the International Youth Internship Program (IYIP). The purpose of this internship is to provide Canadian youth with experience in the international development field. ICAD is considering submitting an umbrella proposal to GAC. If you are interested in joining ICAD in this proposal submission or for further questions, email to Bertille Tayoung by December 16, 2016.

IAPH | Institute of Cancer Research (ICR): Now offering research grant for Indigenous approaches to wellness

IAPH and ICR are pleased to announce a funding opportunity for the Indigenous Approaches to Wellness Research, Catalyst Grant. The purpose of this grant is to provide start-up funds to support research activities related to Indigenous wellness. The funding call on ResearchNet explains all of the instructions needed to develop and submit an application. The registration deadline is December 20, 2016

Institute of Aboriginal Peoples' Health (IAPH): Call for Elder-Youth pairs for the 2017 Elder-Youth Dialogue

The CIHR’s IAPH would like to improve the health of First Nation and Métis people of Canada and with this goal in mind, are requesting applications for elder-youth pairs to participate in a dialogue on priority areas of Indigenous health and wellness. Information on how to apply and application requirements can be emailed to you by contacting Joanne Nelson or Taylor Fleming. Applications are due January 13, 2017.

CIHR Institute of Aboriginal Peoples' Health (IAPH): Annual meeting in Indigenous health

IAPH is planning the 2017 National Gathering of Graduate Students (NGGS) in Indigenous Health Research and the New Investigators Meeting set to take place in May 2017 in a location to be determined. NGGS is an annual meeting for young researchers in Indigenous health and provides a mentorship and capacity-building forum for students. This year’s theme is land-based learning and Indigenous wellness research. CIHR is offering travel awards until January 24, 2017. For further information, email Joanne Nelson or Taylor Fleming.

Canadian Association of HIV Research (CAHR) | Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR): New awards program

CAHR is pleased to announce the launch of a new program entitled The Excellence in Research Awards.  The program is intended to highlight and celebrate the contributions of Canadian researchers in HIV/AIDS research in Canada and internationally. Each year at the CAHR Conference, up to five awards will be bestowed to highlight the achievements of researchers actively contributing to HIV research in their respective disciplines. For more information on the Awards, please click here.

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network:  New video about Canada’s drug policy

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network released a new video called Advocacy in Action: Charting the future of Canada’s drug policy. It captures the concerns of people who use drugs, shows what can be achieved through advocacy, and highlights some key reforms to drug policy still needed in Canada. Watch it online.

Bright ideas!

Supportive Housing Program: More than a roof over people’s heads

December 2016

The AIDS Committee of Newfoundland and Labrador (ACNL) has set up housing close to counselling services. The agency has been offering the Supportive Housing Program to people living with HIV/ Hep C since 2006, and recently opened up the application criteria to people at risk of HIV / Hep C, as it became apparent that people who are using drugs or who are seeking treatment or assistance for addiction or mental health issues are also in need of affordable housing.

There are six independent living units attached to the ACNL building – its proximity to the AIDS service organization means that the people in this low-barrier program can easily access ACNL’s services. Angelina Butt, the Housing Coordinator and a registered social worker, has been running the program for the past year and has implemented a goal management component. She provides individuals with one-on-one counselling, helping them set personal goals and develop their skills.

“In Newfoundland and Labrador, there’s an immense need for long-term supportive housing,” says Angelina. Individuals can stay in the program for however long they need, for a couple of months or several years. But the program provides more than a roof over people’s heads – it addresses a multitude of issues, such as links to services, daily living assistance and life-skills teaching. “Sometimes the work that I’m doing isn’t HIV- or Hep C-specific,” says Angelina. “The program focuses on an individual’s whole health because a person’s HIV or Hep C status is just one piece of their wellness.”

The program addresses any gaps or needs that prevent someone from striving. Participants are invited to recreational events like walks or yoga, educational workshops to build skills like budgeting, and wellness activities like pet therapy. ACNL relies heavily on community partnerships to offer appropriate programming. For example, weekly recreational events are offered in partnership with an outreach social worker and a mental health dietician connected with other community programs. Through co-facilitation, the group is not ACNL-specific, allowing individuals to connect with a multitude of people.

ACNL is involved in various housing initiatives in the community, from monthly discussions about housing support services at the provincial prison to sitting on committees such as the Social and Supportive Housing Network and End Homelessness St. John’s, advocating for improved and targeted housing solutions.

The feedback from the community and from participants has been positive. Exit interviews conducted with those leaving the program indicate that people would like even more wraparound services such as 24-hour staff and evening/weekend programming.

For more information, contact Angelina Butt at 1-800-563-1575.