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The CATIE Exchange

The CATIE Exchange - November 1, 2017 

Highlights in this Issue

  • CATIE News: New York City finds gaps in the HIV cascade of care linked to reduced survival; Investigating where patients go when they leave HIV care
  • Order your World AIDS Day resources from the CATIE Ordering Centre
  • Introducing Hello Ontario, a website and pocket book for newcomers living with HIV in Ontario
  • Bright Ideas features Hep C Bingo by AIDS Vancouver Island

See you in three weeks at the CATIE Forum!

On November 23-24, over 350 service providers will be gathering at the Toronto Delta Hotel for discussions about new HIV and hepatitis C knowledge, promising practices and ways to build and maintain effective programs. Join the conversation by following #CATIE17 on social media.

New Resources

HIV in Canada: A primer for service providers

CATIE, Revised in 2017

HIV in Canada: A primer for service providers has been updated with all the latest information on HIV prevention and treatment, as well as the most current epidemiological stats for Canada.

This online resource is a comprehensive guide for people working on the front lines of Canada’s HIV response. It provides an overview of the HIV landscape in Canada, including information on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of HIV and related infections and morbidities.

Access it online

The Road Towards an HIV Cure

Canadian HIV Cure Enterprise (CanCURE), 2017

The purposes of this report are:

  • to define what is meant by “cure” in the context of HIV and to outline the basic background concepts of HIV cure research;
  • to share the most promising HIV cure research findings presented at the International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science and its pre-meeting focused on HIV cure;
  • to outline the major issues specific to the HIV community that must be resolved to accelerate research towards finding an HIV cure, and;
  • to present options for community members to learn more and/or get involved in the movement towards an HIV cure.

Download the PDF

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 linkage to prevention and care efforts. Thirty-two priority directions were identified at that meeting to inform programing, practice and policy. The meeting report is now available online.

Download the PDF

TreatmentUpdate 222

CATIE, 2017

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

In this issue:

  • The evolution of integrase inhibitors
  • Bictegravir vs. dolutegravir
  • Bictegravir + TAF + FTC vs. Triumeq
  • Long-acting drugs for HIV
  • What’s next for long-acting HIV drugs?

Download the PDF

Access to HCV Treatment in Federal Institutions

CTAC, 2017

This policy position paper will help you learn more about the prevalence and transmission of hepatitis C in Canada's federal correctional institutions. It deals with the traditional methods of treatment for incarcerated individuals, the new federal directive and also gives recommendations on harm reduction and capacity-building.

Download the PDF


Investigating where patients go when they leave HIV care

New York City finds gaps in the HIV cascade of care linked to reduced survival

HepCinfo Update 8.21: Indigenous people bear high burden of hepatitis; HIV/HCV coinfection linked to risk of cardiovascular disease; coffee decreases mortality in people with HIV/HCV coinfection

CATIE updates

Community health forum on ‘Undetectable = Untransmittable’ before the CATIE Forum

The AIDS Committee of Toronto, the Canadian Association for HIV Research, CATIE and Ontario HIV Treatment Network are hosting a community health forum in Toronto on November 22 to uncover the history and science behind ‘Undetectable = Untransmittable’ (U=U) and to encourage dialogue among people living with HIV and allies about what U=U means in real life.

Guest speakers include Bruce Richman, founder of the Prevention Access Campaign, and Camille Arkell, knowledge specialist on the biomedical science of prevention at CATIE.

Reserve your spot by e-mailing or call 416-340-8484, ext. 350.

Webinar series on reaching the undiagnosed

As part of a national effort to scale up testing and diagnosis of Canadians living with HIV, hepatitis C and other sexually transmitted infections, CATIE has partnered with the National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases 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 18, 2017: New testing technologies and approaches for syphilis — learning from other countries 
  • January 2018 (date to be confirmed) Dried blood spot testing for hepatitis C and HIV — a new approach for rural and remote communities
  • February 2018 (date to be confirmed): HIV self-testing in Canada — what should we expect?

Registration is available for the first webinar of the series held on November 20.

Register now

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 at

Be sure to check out the CATIE Ordering Centre for a variety of free print materials for your World AIDS Day event. Order before November 17 to have your resources delivered in time.

The CATIE Blog

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Highlights from our Partners

Canadian Webinar Series on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Supporting safe HIV disclosure

The Canadian Webinar Series on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights would like to invite you to a series of webinars focused on key aspects regarding the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women living with HIV in Canada. The first webinar, Supporting Safe HIV Disclosure, is on November 16, 2017. Register here.

Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA): Online survey

CPHA is interested in hearing about your learning and professional development needs related to sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections, sexual health and harm reduction. Complete their survey to inform the work of CPHA.

HIV Justice Worldwide: New toolkit to support advocacy against HIV criminalization

HIV Justice Worldwide has created a new HIV Justice Toolkit to support advocates in opposing the criminalization of HIV. The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network contributed to the toolkit as a member of the steering committee. Check it out here!

COCQ-Sida: World AIDS Day campaign

The Quebec coalition of HIV community organizations (COCQ-Sida) will be unveiling their World AIDS Day campaign on November 9, 2017 through a webinar. The webinar will be in French only. Register here.

African and Caribbean Council on HIV/AIDS in Ontario | Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment | Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance | Women & HIV/AIDS Initiative: New website for newcomers living with HIV in Ontario is a resource created for those who have been diagnosed with HIV or are at risk of acquiring it. Comprising a website and pocket guide, the resource provides newcomers with information to help them access HIV prevention, testing, care and support services. It includes important information about the status of HIV in Ontario, how HIV may (or may not) impact their application to live in Canada, settlement and legal services, healthcare services and medication access, social programs and services, and more. Check it out!

First Nations Information Governance Centre (FNIGC): Student bursary

FNIGC is pleased to announce its 2017 National Student Bursary for First Nations post-secondary students. The 5th annual program will grant $2,500 bursaries (along with free registration to FNIGC’s Fundamentals of OCAP course) to two qualifying First Nations students enrolled in one of these fields of study: epidemiology, population health, biostatistics, or information and data management technology. The deadline for applications is November 10, 2017 at 4 p.m. EST.

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

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.

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. For more information, e-mail The deadline to apply is November 20, 2017.

Bright ideas!

Hep C Bingo: A simple game that explains hepatitis C

November 2017

In honour of National Aboriginal Hepatitis C Awareness Month, which takes place in May, AIDS Vancouver Island (AVI) and Kwakiutl District Council (KDC) Health organized a game of Hep C Bingo for Indigenous Elders in Courtenay, a small coastal city on northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

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