The CATIE Exchange

The CATIE Exchange - November 29, 2017 

Highlights in this Issue

  • World AIDS Day is December 1
  • CATIE is hiring a new Regional Health Education Coordinator for the Western Region
  • CATIE Blog: Four lessons from the World Hepatitis Summit
  • A panel of experts has developed Canadian guidelines to deploy PrEP and PEP
  • Join Sage to access members-only resources

CATIE Forum 2017 – Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the CATIE Forum 2017. Over two days, close to 400 people came together to discuss how new HIV and hepatitis C knowledge and strategies can transform their practice.

We thank all presenters and participants for making this year’s Forum a resounding success. For those who were unable to attend the Forum in person, we’ll be posting short videos on some of the key topics soon.

New Resources

Hep C Stories

CATIE, 2017

This beautiful booklet features the stories and photos of seven people who have had hepatitis C. They talk candidly about their experiences and offer advice to others newly diagnosed. With highly effective hepatitis C treatments now available, readers can rest assured that “there is life after Hep C”! This publication also provides plain language information about the disease, how it’s transmitted, testing, and new treatments that not only work but are much easier to tolerate.

Download the PDF


Review identifies aspects of healthcare most valued by people with HIV

Canadian guidelines for PrEP and PEP to help prevent HIV infection

Higher-risk groups should get greater access to HIV drugs, new guidelines say (The Globe and Mail)

B.C. just lost its last two excuses not to cover the pill that prevents HIV (Daily Xtra)

HepCinfo Update 8.23: light alcohol use not linked to liver injury in women with HIV/HCV; many drug users not aware of effective HCV treatments; Maviret effective in people with kidney disease

CATIE updates

CATIE is hiring!

Regional Health Education Coordinator, Western Region

The Regional Health Education Coordinator, Western Region develops and delivers an educational program for the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

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.

Also on the web page: CATIE’s World AIDS Day article, “Clients can handle the truth”. We invite you to share with others, either by republishing or linking to it. If you do, we’d love to know: please contact

Become a member of Sage to access exclusive HIV and hepatitis C resources!

HIV and hepatitis C organizations across Canada are sharing resources with each other online through the Sage collection. Over 830 resources have been added to date, including documents you won’t find anywhere else:

  • Client resources
  • Guidelines and manuals
  • Policies and procedures
  • and more!

Recently added:

PrEP in Durham: The Other Blue Pill
by AIDS Committee of Durham Region, 2017

Peer Mentor Application
by Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region, 2012

Using Evidence to Inform HIV and Aging Programs
by Realize, 2017

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 the following webinars:

  • 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?

Register now

The CATIE Blog

Eliminating viral hepatitis is possible: Four lessons from the World Hepatitis Summit by Melisa Dickie

“As deaths from many communicable diseases continue to decline globally, deaths caused by viral hepatitis have now surpassed all other chronic infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. Yet it is one of the few global health threats with easy solutions. Highly effective vaccines exist for hepatitis A and B. We now have a cure for hepatitis C. With these tools at our disposal, why aren’t we seeing an impact on the epidemic?”

 Check out the most recent posts from our contributors:

Highlights from our Partners

Realize: Webinar ‘With work comes health: work as a protection against social isolation for people living with HIV’

This webinar will discuss the importance of employment for the mental health and well-being of people living with HIV. It will discuss barriers to employment, concepts such as social isolation and loneliness, the importance of social engagement, and the benefits of social support in aiding people living with HIV to stay in the workforce. Register here.

Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR): Travel awards for healthcare professionals

CAHR is pleased to re-launch for 2018 the Healthcare Professionals (HCP) Travel Awards Competition, which supports travel awards for Canadian HCPs, working in the realm of HIV, to attend international continuing health education events. The first event supported will be the 2018 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI).  

Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA): Online survey

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

CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network (CTN): Call for nominations

The community advisory committee of CTN is currently seeking nominations 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. The application deadline is February 5, 2018.

Harm Reduction Symposium Sounding the Alarm

The planning committee of Sounding the Alarm would like you to save March 23-24, 2018 for their upcoming harm reduction symposium in Saint John, New Brunswick. For more information, please contact Julie.

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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