The CATIE Exchange

The CATIE Exchange - January 11, 2017 

Happy New Year!

Highlights in this Issue

  • February 7 is African, Caribbean and Black Canadian HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
  • Upcoming webinar on February 5 about Hep C drug access
  • How are we doing?: complete a quick survey on CATIE
  • Mark Tyndall, BC Centre for Disease Control: article on the prevention of drug overdoses
  • Bright Ideas presents the Wrap it Up! by Saskatoon Sexual Health

New Resources

External condoms and lube for safer sex [Inserts, 100 per package]

CATIE, 2016

This small resource (final folded size is 3.25” x 2.5”) provides basic information on condom use, including a diagram of how to put on an external condom and the benefits of condom use. It also provides basic messaging on STI testing, new HIV prevention methods and where to get more information. Finally, it leaves a space for organizations to add contact information. The resource can be inserted into safer sex packages or stand alone as a discrete resource.

Download the PDF

Internal Condoms and Lube for Safer Sex [Inserts, 100 per package]

CATIE, 2016

This small resource (final folded size is 3.25” x 2.5”) provides basic information on condom use, including a diagram of how to insert (and remove) an internal condom and the benefits of condom use. It also provides basic messaging on STI testing, new HIV prevention methods and where to get more information. Finally, it leaves a space for organizations to add contact information. The resource can be inserted into safer sex packages or stand alone as a discrete resource.

Download the PDF

TreatmentUpdate 218

CATIE, 2016

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

In this issue: Research with women and HIV

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Patient navigators for hepatitis C patients found useful in New York City

Prevention of drug overdoses saves lives and must not be illegal – Mark Tyndall, BC Centre for Disease Control

Going beyond current ideas about the cascade of HIV care in France

British team studies initiation of treatment shortly after HIV diagnosis

High rates of injury found among some HIV-positive people in B.C.

Lung cancer risk linked to immunological dysfunction and bacterial pneumonia

HepCinfo Update 7.23: non-adherence and treatment failure; cure improves portal hypertension; six weeks of Harvoni, acute Hep C

CATIE updates

CATIE Survey: How are we doing?

Are you a frontline service provider doing HIV or hepatitis C work? We would love to hear from you!

Please complete our 15-minute online survey and tell us how CATIE is doing. Your comments will help us evaluate our services and work to enhance them. All responses are anonymous.

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!

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.

Webinar: Responding to the overdose crisis in BC: implications for gay men's health providers

Presented By: Community-Based Research Centre and BC’s gbMSM Health Network, in partnership with CATIE

January 31, 2017
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST

In this webinar we will review what is known regarding current drug use trends among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men in BC, and describe the current overdose crisis related to fentanyl consumption in BC. We will then describe the current provincial response to the overdose crisis including the naloxone distribution program, focusing on the information that is relevant for service providers working with gay men to know.

Presenters: Dr. Mark Gilbert, Medical Director of Clinical Prevention Services, BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and Associate Clinical Professor in the School of Population and Public Health, UBC.; Dr. Jane Buxton, Harm Reduction Lead, BCCDC and Professor at UBC, School of Population and Public Health.

Register today!

Webinar: Strategies to address reimbursement restrictions for Hep C treatment:  Lessons from Australia

February 6, 2017
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST

In Canada, direct-acting antiviral (DAA) hepatitis C treatments are costly, so provinces and territories limit access to patients based on fibrosis stage and other criteria such as HIV coinfection.  How can we move beyond this approach and achieve a model of access for all?

This webinar by CATIE, CanHepC, CTAC and The Kirby Institute, will explore how Canada could move beyond its current restrictive and inconsistent approach to DAA access.  The webinar will showcase the Australian model, which allows all people access to hepatitis C treatment, including people who inject drugs and people in prison.  This webinar will examine what social and environmental factors led to this model and what policy-makers, service providers and community activists in Canada can learn from the Australian experience.

Learn from experts such as Alison Marshall and Greg Dore of Australia’s The Kirby Institute; and Helen Tyrell of Hepatitis Australia. Engage in discussion with Adam Cook of CTAC and Action Hepatitis Canada; Community Organizer Zoe Dodd.

Register 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

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

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

The third annual African, Caribbean and Black Canadian HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is February 7, 2017. Awareness Day posters with the new message – Start a conversation. Know your health options. End the stigma. -- are now available to download or order from the CATIE Ordering Centre.

You can also download a version of the poster with a white box for inserting information about your event here: English and French.

Canadian Public Health Association:  Upcoming webinar: “I’m a prostitute, so, can you check me?” Exploring sex-work stigma in healthcare (in English only)

CPHA is hosting a webinar on January 24, 2017 from 1− 2 pm ET with Dr. Cecilia Benoit and Dan Reist who will discuss how stigma shapes sex workers’ experiences of healthcare. They will draw on an analysis of the findings from in-person interviews conducted in 2013 with sex workers in six Canadian metropolitan areas. Participants will explore strategies that can be used to reduce the impact of stigma and in turn contribute to safer healthcare environments for sex workers. Register here! Contact Rachel MacLean for more information.

Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA): Call for Abstracts is now open

CCSA is requesting abstracts for IOS 2017. The theme for IOS 2017 is Addiction Matters and abstracts must be submitted by January 27, 2017. Issues of Substance (IOS) is Canada’s only national conference that brings together addiction workers, healthcare professionals, researchers, policy makers and knowledge brokers from across the country.

The Canadian Harm Reduction Network: First, Do Less Harm: The Future of Drug Policy in Canada

On January 31, 2017, a panel of experts will talk about the legalization of marijuana, how to address the opioid crisis, the good sense behind decriminalizing all drugs, and more at the Multifaith Centre in Toronto. They will be quizzed by a person with current drug-use experience, as well as by people in the audience. For more information about this event, click here.

Portail VIH / sida du Québec : Online questionnaire about the stigmatization of people living with HIV (in French only)

Le Portail VIH is asking HIV-positive individuals to fill out their questionnaire about the stigmatization of people living with HIV in online chatrooms and hook-up websites. Their questionnaire came out of an awareness project about the stigma people living with HIV experience on Internet sites, social media and online dating sites.  This questionnaire is only available in French. For more information contact Pierre-Henri Minot.

CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network (CTN): Call for Nominations for Community Advisory Committee

The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) is currently seeking nominations from community members to fill several positions on this nine-person committee. Members review clinical trial proposals and informed consents and make recommendations to the Network’s Steering Committee. Interested individuals should forward a letter of interest and a brief résumé together with a nomination letter from a community group by February 1, 2017 to:

RÉZO | Resist Stigma: Launch new awareness campaign about trans and cis men sex workers

Male and trans sex work often remains a taboo subject leading to the marginalization and stigmatization of sex workers. To give a voice to cis and trans male sex workers, RÉZO has created an awareness campaign, made up of images with six powerful slogans. These slogans are positive messages defending the rights of sex workers to live in a society without systematic and social stigma and calling for the decriminalization of sex work. View their campaign on their website or through their Facebook page.

Triple-X Workers' Solidarity Association | Dalla Lana School of Public Health: Video release to commemorate International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers

To commemorate International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers on December 17, Triple-X Workers' Solidarity Association in partnership with University of Toronto's Dalla Lana School of Public Health released a video called Our Bodies Our Business. This video shows historic footage of sex workers’ activism at the 5th International Conference on AIDS in 1989. It can be viewed here.

Institute of Aboriginal Peoples' Health (IAPH): National Gathering of graduate students in Indigenous Health Research

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.

National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT): New Core Competency Mapping Tool

NCCMT has created a new online tool that can support the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Core Competencies for public health in Canada. This tool helps individuals and organizations find NCCMT resources related to each competency so they can plan professional development activities tailored to their own needs or those of their team. More on PHAC’s Core Competencies for Public Health in Canada can be found on the PHAC website.

Bright ideas!

Wrap it Up!: A condom campaign BIGGAR than most!

January 2017

Saskatoon Sexual Health has teamed up with Territorial, OUTSaskatoon and the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute to bring Saskatonians a fun and educational condom campaign called Wrap It Up!

Funded by the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute and the Saskatchewan HIV Strategy, Wrap It Up! builds on an existing condom distribution program started by Saskatoon Sexual Health, but this time with a cheeky twist. It has added amusing messages to the condom packaging to appeal specifically to youth. The new messaging was added after consultations revealed that young people are more willing to use condoms if they are seen as being fun, sexy and exciting. The condoms riff off of local place names such as “REGINA, the city that rhymes with fun,” “SASKATOON, wanna spoon?,” “CLIMAX, please come again” and “Toronto is big but this is BIGGAR. Because the condoms are playful, people are eager to order them.

In October 2016, right after the campaign was launched, condom distribution increased by 20 per cent. Since then, eight new locations where people can pick up condoms have been added.

The campaign also aims to increase people’s knowledge of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and create awareness about testing. A campaign website lists all 35 condom pick-up locations, as well as testing sites. The website also provides information about birth control, fun facts about condoms and a demo video on how to use condoms effectively.

“We wanted to make sure we weren’t just doing a service that was providing something for free, but also providing programming that was connecting people to something that they would see as valuable,” explains Jill Arkles-Schwardt, the Executive Director at Saskatoon Sexual Health. “It was important to us to do something to address the high rates of STIs and HIV in the province of Saskatchewan.”

Wrap It Up! has garnered a huge response so far, with a lot of media attention and with people vying to collect all four designs; some even calling in with suggestions of other funny slogans to print.

For more information about this campaign, visit or contact Jill Arkles-Schwardt at

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