The CATIE Exchange

The CATIE Exchange - August 23, 2017 

Highlights in this Issue

  • More speakers announced for the 2017 CATIE Forum
  • New Programming Connection case study and program elements
  • CPPN needs your feedback!
  • INHSU’s hepatitis C program starts this fall
  • New CATIE Blog post: Is this the end for HCV drug development?

2017 CATIE Forum Update

Join us at the CATIE Forum on November 23-24, 2017 in Toronto! Dr. Lisa Barrett, a clinician scientist from Dalhousie University with expertise in infectious disease and human immunology, will present on the science behind hepatitis C cure and what it will truly take to get to elimination in Canada.

Dr. John Kim and Dr. Jordan Feld, among others, will present on dried blood spot testing, an innovative strategy used to support HIV and HCV diagnoses and linkage to care in rural communities in Canada. Visit the Forum web page to review our updated program-at-a-glance, for information on other sessions and speakers, and to register!

New Resources

Prevention in Focus: Issue 16

CATIE’s spotlight on programming and research. In this issue:

 And more!


International study of gay couples reports no transmissions from an HIV-positive partner on treatment (NAM aidsmap)

How everyone living with HIV in Canada became a potential criminal − by Richard Elliott from Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network

HepCinfo Update 8.15: FDA approves 8-week treatment; late diagnoses of Hep C decreasing in BC; no decline in hepatitis C in HIV-positive MSM in Europe

CATIE updates

Programming Connection: New case study and program elements

CATIE published a new case study about the Health Promotion Case Management (HPCM) Program based at AIDS Vancouver. HPCM is a short-term, population-specific case management program for people at ongoing high-risk for HIV infection.

This case study has been paired with two program elements that provide more detail on the work of the HCPM program with Indigenous people and gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men.

Programming Connection is an online collection of innovative HIV and hepatitis C program models. If you have any feedback or know of a successful program in your region, please email us.

The CATIE Blog

New post: Is this the end for HCV drug development? by Sean Hosein

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 Positive People Network (CPPN): Feedback needed

CPPN is asking people to complete an online survey that will help them establish its priorities for the next five years. This survey will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. If you have any questions, or if you encounter any difficulties, contact Jeff Potts, the CPPN's Executive Director or call 613-866-9204.

World Health Organization (WHO): Canadian Webinar Series on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

The Canadian Webinar Series on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights would like to invite you to the first webinar of a series focused on key aspects regarding the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women living with HIV in Canada. The webinar will look at Trauma and Violence Aware Care and take place on September 13, 2017 at 9 a.m. PST or 12 p.m. EST. Click here to register.

Realize: Call for posters

Realize is seeking poster abstracts for its upcoming forum on September 15, 2017 at the Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport. The topic of this year’s forum is Setting our Minds to it! HIV & Mental Health in Canada: A dialogue about meeting unaddressed challenges in policy and community action. If you are a researcher, student, clinician, or frontline worker engaged in a project related to HIV and mental health, consider sharing your work.

International Network on Hepatitis in Substance Users (INHSU): HCV in Primary Care and Drug and Alcohol Settings Education Program

This fall, INHSU are holding educational programs across Canada called HCV in Primary Care and Drug and Alcohol Settings. Designed by an expert Canadian Steering Committee, the program will strengthen the capacity of clinical staff who work with people who use drugs to test for, treat and manage hepatitis C with the new effective direct acting antiviral medications. Positions are reserved for clinicians eligible to prescribe hepatitis C medications. Here is the fall lineup:

September 16, 2017: Calgary workshop

September 30, 2017: Toronto workshop

October 20, 2017: CSAM Conference, Niagara Falls workshop (for conference attendees only)

November 11, 2017: Montreal workshop

November 22, 2017: Saskatoon workshop

Click on the links above to register for a workshop. Vancouver and Edmonton training dates will be announced soon!

Canadian Coalition to Reform HIV Criminalization (CCRHC): Community Consensus Statement

CCRHC is proposing to develop a Community Consensus Statement on actions federal, provincial and territorial governments should take to address the overly broad use of the criminal law in cases of alleged HIV non-disclosure. The Coalition is consulting with people living with HIV, service providers, communities affected by HIV and over-criminalization, scientific experts and others, across the country.

Please complete their online survey.

Drugreporter: The HR17 Sessions

Drugreporter has produced a summary movie of the 25th Harm Reduction International Conference, held on May 14-17, 2017 in Montreal. Seven full sessions are also all available online.

Bright ideas!

Nine Circles Community Health Centre: Myth busters

August 2017

The Nine Circles Community Health Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, was approached by Shaw TV to create a short educational video for Winnipeg Talks, a series that spotlights local content. Nine Circles decided to focus on the basics of HIV because they saw this opportunity as a way to reach a general public often unfamiliar with HIV.

Nine Circles took the information from their HIV 101 Workshop and adapted it for a 20-minute TV segment. Busting HIV Myths, which first aired in June 2017, is now available on YouTube.

In Busting HIV Myths, Shauna and Srinath, two health educators from Nine Circles, explain the basics of HIV through four common misconceptions that people have related to HIV transmission and treatment. They dispel these myths by looking at simple facts and by examining recent HIV statistics for Manitoba.

The video also talks about the importance of routine testing and how language can stigmatize people. “It was really important for us to address stigma,” explained Tania Wiebe, the Health Promotion Coordinator. “We felt like we needed personal voices to address how stigma and discrimination impact people living with HIV.” With this goal in mind, the video includes interviews from Living with the Stigma of HIV, a video made in 2015 by Michael Rizza. In this embedded clip, six people talk about their experiences of being HIV-positive, how stigma affects them and what they would like people to know about HIV.

Nine Circles has received positive feedback about the video and hope that clinicians use it with their clients or with the family and friends of people living with HIV.

Click here to watch Busting HIV Myths. If you would like to know more about the video, you can email Teri Stevens, Community Engagement Coordinator at Nine Circles or call (204) 940-6000.

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