The CATIE Exchange

The CATIE Exchange - November 2, 2016 

Highlights in this Issue

  • World AIDS Day – December 1, 2016: See CATIE’s web page and new article
  • Researchers call for easing restrictions on access to hepatitis C treatment in Canada
  • CATIE web page on hepatitis C for immigrants and newcomers
  • The CATIE Blog: New post – More obvious and sinister villains are responsible for the number of drug overdose deaths in Vancouver Island
  • Bright Ideas! features Warkworth’s LGBTQ2S and friends support group

New Resources

Sexually Transmitted Infections (Key Messages for Clients)

CATIE, 2016

CATIE, in partnership with the Sex Information and Education Council of Canada  (SIECCAN), has created key messages for clients about seven common sexually transmitted infections (STIs):

These key messages provide information on transmission, prevention, testing and care, and have been incorporated into our existing STI fact sheets for service providers.

Treatment can cure Hep C. Know your options. [wallet cards and posters]

CATIE, Revised in 2016

CATIE has revised its hepatitis C messaging on treatment to reflect the fact that treatment has become much better with few side effects and that new medications are able to cure Hep C in most people.

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TreatmentUpdate 217

CATIE, 2016

TreatmentUpdate is CATIE's flagship digest on cutting-edge developments in HIV and hepatitis C research and treatment. In this issue:

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Researchers call for easing restrictions on access to hepatitis C treatment in Canada

Canadian study links cocaine to kidney injury and dysfunction in some users

HepCinfo Update 7.19: barriers to DAA reimbursement; eight weeks of Holkira Pak; new shorter hepatitis C treatment

CATIE updates

CATIE’s World AIDS Day web page

World AIDS Day is coming up on December 1, 2016! 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 email Zak Knowles at

Also on the web page: CATIE’s World AIDS Day article, Spreading the good news about HIV treatment and prevention We invite you to share with others, either by republishing or linking to it. If you do, we’d love to know: Please contact

New CATIE web page on hepatitis C and immigrants and newcomers

This web page highlights hepatitis C resources for service providers working with immigrants and newcomers from countries where hepatitis C virus (HCV) is endemic.

Hepatitis C is important for immigrants and newcomers in Canada because it is estimated that 35 per cent of hepatitis C infections in Canada are among people born outside of the country.

As hepatitis C is a slow-progressing disease that often does not show symptoms and is not consistently screened for, it is important for service providers to understand how it uniquely affects this priority population, and encourage clients to get tested and know their status.

Visit the website for recommended resources!

Bright Ideas! section of The CATIE Exchange is now part of Programming Connection

The Bright Ideas! section of The CATIE Exchange (TCE), which highlights innovative projects run by HIV/ HCV/ STBBI organizations, is now also included in the Programming Connection (PC) web page. Both profile models of frontline practice so it’s a natural fit that the programs found in Bright Ideas! be carried over to Programming Connection.

To browse a complete list of case studies, program elements and Bright Ideas, click here or browse by model categories.

CATIE Board of Directors for 2016-17

At CATIE’s Annual Meeting, held October 14, 2016 in Toronto, we elected our Board of Directors for 2016/2017. New to the team is Alexandra de Kiewit, CATIE’s Director for Quebec, replacing Terry Pigeon who is retiring from that position. Alexandra has been involved in community work since 2010. After working for five years at Association Québécoise pour la promotion de la santé des personnes utilisatrices de drogues (AQPSUD), she now works as a Liaison Officer for Stella. All other members of the Board remain to fulfill their terms in office. CATIE heartily thanks Terry Pigeon for his service through the years.

CATIE Annual Report 2015-2016

CATIE recently released its 2015-2016 Annual Report. Focusing on the theme of Turning Knowledge Into Action, the report highlights CATIE’s work and achievements over the past fiscal year and reflects on our role in building knowledge and strengthening HIV and hepatitis C programming. Download the PDF

The CATIE Blog: New post – More obvious and sinister villains are responsible for the number of drug overdose deaths in Vancouver Island – by Shane Calder

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 Network on Hepatitis C (CanHepC): Abstract submissions

CanHepC invites you to attend the 6th Canadian Symposium on HCV on March 3rd, 2016 in Banff. The theme of this year’s symposium is "Delivering a Cure for HepC Infection: What are the Remaining Gaps?". Early-bird registration, call for abstracts and accommodations can be found on the Symposium’s website or contact Norma Choucha. The deadline to submit your abstract is November 13th, 2016.

Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR): Call for abstract for CAHR 2017

"We're not done yet" is the theme for this year's Annual Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS Research (CAHR 2017), taking place April 6 – 9, 2017 in Montreal.  This theme refers to the many objectives to pursue and the amount of work to do to improve the life of people living with HIV and eventually overcome the epidemic. CAHR is accepting abstracts until December 14th, 2016. The abstract submission information and guidelines can be viewed on the CAHR 2017 website

Canadian Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (CANAC): Registration now open

CANAC invites you to join them May 4-6, 2017 in Regina for their 25th Annual National Conference. This year’s theme is “HIV Nurses at the Forefront: Then and Now.” Registration is now open and abstracts can be submitted by email to before December 15th, 2016.

Action Canada | Sexuality Education Resources Centre Manitoba | Sexual Health Centre Saskatoon |Sexual Health Nova Scotia, Pictou County Centre for Sexual Health | SHORE Centre | Calgary Sexual Health Centre: Canada’s Upcoming CEDAW Review

Action Canada in partnership with numerous sexual health organizations submitted a joint report to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women. The report focuses on violations of Articles 10 (right to education) and 12 (right to health) of the Convention. Specific issues raised include: the provision of comprehensive sexuality education; access to a comprehensive package of sexual and reproductive health information and services; the denial of sexual and reproductive health care on moral or religious grounds; the health and safety of sex workers and the criminalization of the non-disclosure of HIV. Read more about the report here.

Deaf Outreach Program: Video on HIV in American Sign Language

The Deaf Outreach Program has released a video called HIV 101 in ASL. This video covers basic facts about HIV/AIDS in American Sign Language (ASL) and provides information on the Deaf Outreach Program. This is the first of several video series that will cover various topics and issues related to HIV/AIDS. Closed captioning is provided and a transcription is available through this link.

realize: Survey on episodic conditions

Community-based researchers are conducting a study on the experiences with people living with health conditions that result in unpredictable periods of health and illness. The information will be used to develop resources to improve employment opportunities for people with episodic conditions. They are inviting people living with episodic conditions to complete an online survey and share their experience.

Bright ideas!

Warkworth’s LGBTQ2S and friends support group

November 2016

Correctional Service Canada, along with PARN, PFLAG and the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) has been running an LGBTQ2S and friends group at the Warkworth Institution medium-security penitentiary for men since October 2015.  The idea came from an inmate who recognized the need for support.  He wanted to bring together LGBTQ2S folk and their allies to create a safe space where people could express themselves inside the walls of the prison. He proposed this idea to the infectious disease nurses at the Institution, Donna Davies and Susanna Tinney.  They, in turn, met with CSC’s Regional Manager of Public Health, Janice Thomson, to lay the groundwork for a proposal to the warden. After the warden granted support, things started rolling.

Donna and Susanna contacted PARN and PFLAG in early summer of 2015 to plan a workshop. That workshop was the first of its kind to be held in a federal prison. It was also an opportunity for the group to celebrate the creator of the proposal, who had since passed away.  A second workshop was set for November – this time involving the Gender Journeys Program at CMHA. 

Stacey Love-Jolicoeur, who works for CMHA and identifies as a two-spirit trans woman, is now one of the co-facilitators, along with Adam Kelly from PARN and Dianne McKay from PFLAG Canada. They lead the one and a half hour-long monthly group session at the prison. The program began with about 12 inmates and now attracts around 22 inmates.  They talk about a range of topics, such as relationships, safer sex, mental health and other concerns raised by the participants.  “Some of the inmates are identifying as trans women and that’s a very hard thing for them being in an all-male institution,” says Stacey. 

Every meeting starts by reading the safe space guidelines to set the tone. Above all, members of the group know that what they say is confidential and respected. People share their stories, watch videos and partake in exercises that address LGBTQ2S issues. Each session ends with a “checkout” where people discuss what happened in the session. Some choose to document their feelings, questions or concerns in a book that is always available. 

 “There’s always new people who come and feel more comfortable to be their true authentic selves. And as people have that confidence and that comfort, they can start to feel free,” explains Stacey. “It’s about making life inside prison more livable.”  

The current success of the group at the Warkworth Institution is a result of an inmate who had the courage to speak, health services staff and a warden who listened, and community groups who came together to offer their expertise and resources.

To find out more about this program, contact Adam Kelly at, Stacey Love-Jolicoeur at or Dianne McKay at