The CATIE Exchange - October 18, 2017 | CATIE - Canada's source for HIV and hepatitis C information

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The CATIE Exchange - October 18, 2017 

Highlights in this Issue

  • CATIE’s Deliberative Dialogue meeting report on HIV testing is now available online
  • CATIE News: HIV prevention interventions more cost-effective; the impact of PrEP on STIs
  • CATIE, NCCID and REACH 2.0 partner on a national webinar series to reach the undiagnosed
  • New blog post by Tammy C. Yates: HIV and mental health —The elephant in the room
  • Bright Ideas features Sex over 50 by ACNL

CATIE Forum 2017

What does Undetectable = Untransmittable mean for people living with HIV? What are the implications for practice? Attend the CATIE Forum to hear from Bruce Richman (Prevention Access Campaign), Francisco Ibañez-Carrasco (Ontario HIV Treatment Network) and Precious Maseko (African and Caribbean Council on HIV/AIDS in Ontario), and others. Be sure to book your hotel room by October 20 to get the conference rate.

New Resources

National Deliberative Dialogue on Reaching the HIV Undiagnosed: Scaling up effective programming approaches to HIV testing and linkage to prevention and care

CATIE, 2017

CATIE hosted a national meeting with leaders to talk about improving HIV testing and improve linkage to prevention and care efforts. Thirty-two priority directions were identified at that meeting to inform programming, practice and policy. The meeting report is now available online.

Download the PDF

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.

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B.C. finds HIV testing and treatment programs save money

U.S. simulation explores the intersection of PrEP and some sexually transmitted infections

Pop-up overdose prevention sites are morally – and legally – legitimate (op-ed by Richard Elliott and Caitlin Shane)

HepCinfo Update 8.20: HCV treatment as prevention in prisons; menopause linked to liver injury progression; HCV cure improves blood sugar control in diabetics

CATIE updates

CATIE’s World AIDS Day web page

World AIDS Day is coming up on December 1, 2017, which also launches the start of Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week. Visit CATIE’s World AIDS Day web page for information on HIV/AIDS in Canada, a history of HIV/AIDS timeline, a listing of World AIDS Day events happening in your community, and resources to help you prepare for your World AIDS Day campaign.

To include your local event in our World AIDS Day events list, please e-mail Zak Knowles.

CATIE partners with NCCID and REACH 2.0 on a national webinar series

As part of a national effort to reach Canadians living with undiagnosed HIV, hepatitis C and other sexually transmitted infections, CATIE has partnered with the National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCCID) and REACH 2.0 on a webinar series focused on promising practices for improved diagnosis services in Canada. This series will include four webinars:

  • November 20, 2017: HIV and HCV point-of-care testing in Canada - technologies and community programs
  • December 4, 2017: Dried blood spot testing for HIV, HCV and syphilis – a new approach for the rural and remote communities
  • December 18, 2017: New testing technologies and approaches for syphilis - learning from other countries
  • January 2018 (date to be announced): HIV self-testing in Canada – what should we expect?

To register for all four events or for more information, visit this website.

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: HIV and mental health —The elephant in the room by Tammy C. Yates

“Most of us know that people living with HIV experience higher rates of mental health concerns including anxiety, depression, substance-use problems and post-traumatic stress disorder. We are also aware of the challenges around mental health services and public health insurance and the huge waiting lists for counselling. What we’re not aware of is the full perspective, from both the HIV and mental health fields.”

Read more

Check out the most recent posts from our contributors:

Highlights from our Partners

Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN): Videos and summaries from HIV Endgame

Videos and summaries from the 2016 HIV Endgame Conference are now available on the OHTN website. Access them online.

Global Commission on Drug Policy: Position paper on the opioid crisis in North America

The Global Commission on Drug Policy released a position paper on The Opioid Crisis in North America. The paper examines the roots of the crisis, lessons learned and puts forward recommendations. One section looks specifically at the epidemic in Canada. Read the report here.

Gilead: HCV micro-elimination grants

Gilead is offering grants to support micro-elimination projects that break down the national World Health Organization elimination targets into smaller, focused and practical goals for specific population segments that can be delivered locally. Ten to 14 applicants whose proposals best demonstrate a plan to deliver local micro-elimination projects will receive funding. To receive the application guidelines for this grant, e-mail The deadline to apply is November 20, 2017.

Universities Without Walls: Exploring HIV stigma and Black masculinities

A new e-learning module is available through Universities Without Walls. This module explores HIV stigma and the experiences of Black men. View it here.

Ministry of Health and Social Services of Quebec: New pamphlet on opioids

The Ministry of Health and Social Services of Quebec has published a pamphlet called Opioids: Reducing injection risks. This client resource provides information on safer injecting to prevent the transmission of HIV and hepatitis C. It is also available in French.

International Federation on Ageing (IFA): Master class on HIV and aging

The IFA will be offering a master class on HIV and aging in advance of their 14th Global Conference on Ageing. The master class will be offered on August 7, 2018 and will be led by Kate Murzin from Realize. Participants will learn about the key challenges of aging with HIV in a day-long workshop. Registration information can be found here.

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.

Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR): Abstract submission

CAHR 2018 is now accepting abstracts in the areas of basic science, clinical science, epidemiology and public health, and social sciences. The deadline is December 15, 2017. For more information, visit this link.

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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