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The CATIE Exchange - October 4, 2017 

Highlights in this Issue

  • Generic PrEP is now covered by Ontario’s public drug plan
  • CATIE’s treatment brochure Hep C Can Be Cured has been updated!
  • Webinar on November 1: HPV among gay, bi and other MSM with HIV
  • COCQ-SIDA releases two new videos on HIV-related discrimination
  • New blog post by Dr. Claire Kendall and Katie Ablett on the importance of patient-centred care

2017 CATIE Forum update: Don’t miss the early-bird registration!

Learn more about how the latest science in HIV and hepatitis C is shifting our practice. Don’t miss the early-bird deadline for the CATIE Forum: register before October 13 and save $100.

New Resources

Hep C Can Be Cured

CATIE, Revised in 2017

This client brochure aims to provide basic information about current hepatitis C treatments, while offering people useful questions to ask their doctor about their treatment options. It also addresses the issues of paying for treatment and healthy living. Simple language and engaging design are used to help everyone understand the basics of treatment.

Download the PDF

Hepatitis C drugs approved in Canada for adults [poster]

CATIE, 2017

This colourful wall poster was designed to be used in clinics, hospitals or community agencies that need hepatitis C information. It lists hepatitis C medications by viral genotype so that patients can easily discuss their treatment options with their healthcare providers.

Download the PDF

HIV care cascade in Ontario: Linkage to care, in care, on antiretroviral treatment, and virally suppressed, 2015

Ontario HIV Epidemiology and Surveillance Initiative (OHESI)

This report summarizes the most recent data from the laboratory cohort and shows that engagement in Ontario’s HIV cascade has improved over time. This modelling will improve our ability to assess Ontario’s progress towards meeting the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets.

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Ontario to cover HIV prevention pill under public health plan (CBC News)

B.C. support plan for opioid users modelled after HIV/AIDS strategy (Globe & Mail)

Meet the man helping patients bring cheap HIV-preventing drugs to Canada (VICE)

Canada opioid crisis hits small cities hardest (BBC News)

HepCinfo Update 8.19: HCV cure may improve energy, mental health; cirrhosis may impact cure rate in HIV/HCV co-infected; incentives improve HCV treatment initiation

CATIE updates

Webinar: The other “H” virus: HPV among gay, bi and other MSM with HIV in Canada

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
1 p.m. ET

This webinar will review the findings from the HPV-SAVE Study, a national project funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) that examines the role of the human papillomavirus (HPV) in HIV transmission. The webinar will also examine some recent data on epidemiology, prevention, screening and diagnosis, and treatment of HPV-associated dysplasia and cancer among MSM.

Speakers: Dr. Ann Burchell, epidemiologist and scientist at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and Dr. Troy Grennan, physician at the B.C. Centre for Disease Control in Vancouver.

Register now

The CATIE Blog

New blog post: Connected patients, connected providers: Delivering comprehensive, coordinated, team-based care to people living with HIV in Canada by Dr. Claire Kendall and Katie Ablett

Here is an excerpt:

“Thanks to effective anti-HIV treatment, HIV has evolved into a chronic illness. However, people living with HIV often today also live with other physical and mental health conditions, which can be difficult to cope with, especially for those also coping with difficult socio-economic circumstances.”

Read more

Check out the most recent posts from our contributors:

Highlights from our Partners

Concordia's HIV/AIDS project Community Lecture Series: Celebrating ACCM’s 30th anniversary

On October 5, Concordia University is holding a special event to celebrate the 30th anniversary of AIDS Community Care Montreal (ACCM). A panel of speakers, including ACCM figures, will review the history of the organization. There will also be a presentation of On Life and Living, a reenactment of semi-fictionalized characters as they recall their first encounters with ACCM.

First Nations Health Authority (FNHA): FNHA transitions to B.C. PharmaCare

On October 1, 2017, British Columbia FNHA clients will receive coverage through PharmaCare. First Nations in B.C. will receive coverage through Plan W (Wellness). This means that eligible prescription drug coverage will transfer from Health Canada’s NIHB (Non-Insured Health Benefits) Program to the provincial drug benefits program. More information is available here.

RÉZO: New website for men who have sex with men and use substances

RÉZO, in partnership with Sherbrooke University, has launched a new website for gay, bisexual and men who have sex with men (MSM) called The website, available only in French, allows MSM to examine their substance use by filling out a confidential online survey. Survey respondents are then connected to services and resources. Check it out!

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

This fall, INHSU is holding an educational program across Canada on “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 to diagnose, treat and manage hepatitis C among people who use drugs. Positions are reserved for clinicians eligible to prescribe hepatitis C medications. Here is the fall lineup:

Click on the links above to register for a workshop. Details for the Edmonton workshop will be announced soon.

Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN): Frank McGee retires

Frank McGee retires from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Read’s article about Frank’s legacy in the Ontario HIV response.

Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR): Mark Wainberg Fund

To honour the late Dr. Mark Wainberg, a veteran leader in the HIV/AIDS response, CAHR, with the support of ViiV Healthcare, has established the Mark Wainberg Fund to assist basic science researchers working in HIV virology to present their work at accredited meetings in Canada and internationally. Read more.

COCQ-SIDA: Two new videos on HIV-related discrimination

COCQ-SIDA has released two new videos to shed some light on situations where HIV-positive people experience discrimination: one in the workplace and one in a childcare setting. The videos are in French, but have English subtitles. For these videos and more, visit their YouTube page.

Bright ideas!

ACNL’s Sex over 50: Teaching seniors the ins and outs of safer sex

October 2017

Across Canada the number of HIV infections in older adults has increased, and Newfoundland and Labrador is not immune to this trend. Health organizations in the province have witnessed an increase of older people testing positive for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The AIDS Committee of Newfoundland and Labrador (ACNL) recognized the need to help the aging population be safer in their sexual practices and tasked their HIV & Aging Working Group to look at ways to teach seniors about safer sex. 

In partnership with the province’s Seniors Resource Centre, ACNL came up with the idea of creating a sexual health manual after surveying older people in the region and holding several focus groups. Launched in December 2016, Best Sex in Years: Sex over 50 is distributed at senior centres across the province and is available online. The resource covers a variety of topics, including a section on STIs, condom usage, online dating, sex toys and how to be more comfortable talking about sex with your partner and doctor. There is also a section for healthcare providers underscoring the importance of creating a sex-positive and inclusive space for older people to discuss their sexuality.

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