The CATIE Exchange

The CATIE Exchange - May 3, 2017 

Highlights in this Issue

  • May is National Aboriginal Hepatitis C Month
  • May 16 is International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia
  • New resource: Getting Started: Important things to know when you have hepatitis C
  • CTFPHC released its new guidelines for hepatitis C screening
  • New blog post: Shame Canada: Canadian Task Force ignores expert advice in new hepatitis C screening guidelines
  • #theytalkwedie video

CATIE Forum – Registration dates

The CATIE Forum 2017, Transforming our practice: New knowledge, new strategies takes place in Toronto on November 23-24. Registration and applications for financial assistance will be available online beginning May 15. Go to for all the latest information!

New Resources

Your Guide to HIV Treatment

CATIE 2017

HIV treatment has changed dramatically. We now know that starting treatment early is better for a person’s long-term health and that maintaining an undetectable viral load can prevent HIV transmission. With proper treatment and care, people with HIV can stay healthy and live a long, full life. Your Guide to HIV Treatment, CATIE’s replacement to A Practical Guide to HIV Drug Treatment for People Living with HIV, offers up-to-date information on how treatment works and the importance of starting treatment early.

It will help people living with HIV make the choices that are right for them, whether they are just starting HIV treatment or want to change their treatment.

Download the PDF

Getting Started: Important things to know when you have hepatitis C

CATIE | Hepatitis Education Canada, 2017

This essential client resource provides basic information in a clear and direct way, with simple images about:

  • what Hep C is
  • how it can be treated and cured
  • how it affects the body
  • how people can protect themselves and others from Hep C
  • information on disclosure

Note: This booklet replaces CATIE’s brochure Hepatitis C: Newly Diagnosed [Making sense of your diagnosis]

Download the PDF

The role of peers in linkage, engagement, and retention in HIV care

Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN), 2017

This resource addresses the role of peers in linkage, engagement and retention in HIV care.

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The HIV testing process

CATIE, 2017

This fact sheet outlines the general approach to HIV testing in Canada, although each region may have slightly different approaches to HIV testing.

Download the PDF


The Canadian Task Force for Preventative Health Care (CTFPHC) released its new guidelines for hepatitis C screening which reject HCV screening of people at low risk

New hepatitis C screening guidelines will lead to avoidable deaths and soaring costs to healthcare system

Research finds that harm reduction and ART helped to reduce the spread of HIV in Vancouver

HepCinfo Update 8.8: Alberta expands Hep C medication coverage; FDA approves DAAs for youth; Hep C treatment program for homeless people shows high cure rates

CATIE updates

International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia

May 16 is International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia. To highlight this day of significance, CATIE wishes to draw your attention to its HIV and Hep C resources, including the booklet ShoutOut; and information on prevention; programming; healthy living with HIV and hepatitis C.

CBRC and BC’s gbMSM Health Network webinar: Preventing Suicide among Gay and Bisexual Men

May 30, 2017
10 a.m. PST / 1 p.m. EST

Suicide is the ninth leading cause of death among Canadians, responsible for nearly 4,000 deaths each year. While everyone is susceptible to the feelings of hopelessness and despair that precede suicide, gay and bisexual men are four times more likely to attempt suicide in their lifetime than heterosexual men. This webinar, presented by Drs. Olivier Ferlatte and Travis Salway in partnership with CATIE, will look at preventing suicide among gbMSM.

Register here.

The CATIE Blog

New blog post: Shame Canada: Canadian Task Force ignores expert advice in new hepatitis C screening guidelinesby Jennifer van Gennip

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 Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN): May is Aboriginal Hepatitis C Month

This May is National Aboriginal Hepatitis C Month and to commemorate this event, CAAN is releasing Promising Practices in Timiskaming First Nation, the second film in a series of documentaries which showcases community-led initiatives and the power of storytelling to improve health outcomes. Contact Shelley Mantei for your screening copy. To find out more about this month, please visit:

CTAC: RFP for CTAC Consultancy for Strategic Visioning and Planning

CTAC’s Request for Proposal (RFP) seeks a consultancy to develop and lead a consultative process to:

  • Gain better understanding of the existing national/ provincial response to STBBI and strategy to attain 90-90-90 and 2030 goals
  • Determine CTAC’s role within the larger STBBI response
  • Develop a strategy for CTAC to adapt to any changes in mission

Contact Shelina Karmali. Proposals are due May 15, 2017.

Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health (IAPH) | Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR): Funding Opportunities

The IAPH and CIHR are offering the following funding opportunities:

  • Team Grant: Human Immunology Initiative: Standardization and its application in autoimmune diseases research
    Application deadline: June 6, 2017. For more information click here.
  • Team Grant: HIV/AIDS Comorbidities Prevention and Healthy Living Phase 1
    Application deadline: June 20, 2017. For more information click here.
  • Team Grant: HIV Implementation Science – Component 2
    Application deadline: August 22, 2017. For more information, click here.

Canadian Association of People who Use Drugs (CAPUD): #theytalkwedie video

On February 21, 2017 people who use drugs in eight Canadian cities participated in a national protest against the war on drugs, and for more government action on the overdose epidemic killing people every day. This video highlights the overdose epidemic in Canada, providing insight into the crisis in British Colombia.

Action Canada for Sexual Health & Rights: Op-ed on decriminalizing sex work

Action Canada’s Executive Director Sandeep Prasad has written an op-ed about decriminalizing sex work in Canada for the Huffington Post Canada. To read his article click here.

Bright ideas!

HERS: A group of her own

May 2017

Positive Living B.C. and Saint Paul’s Hospital’s Immunodeficiency Clinic (IDC) in Vancouver have been running a discussion group for women living with HIV called HERS since January 2016. The group invites HIV-positive women to learn from each other in an inclusive and supportive environment. HERS is co-facilitated by a peer navigator and a social worker and from time to time, special guests such as doctors and nutritionists come to share their expertise. The group meets every first Thursday of the month at IDC for a meal and to discuss topics like sexual heath, HIV and aging and self-care.

On average, five to eight women attend and most are in their 40s or 50s, many having experienced addiction and the sex trade. Wendy Stevens, who is the peer navigator, says the safety of the group is her biggest focus and she and Crystal Johnstone, the social worker, strive to create a safe space. “It’s amazing when the group comes together – a room full of HIV-positive women listening to each other, and offering their own experiences. The women keep coming back because they feel heard, listened to, acknowledged and validated,” says Wendy.

Wendy is convinced that HERS is a success because of the combination of having good word-of-mouth and the right facilitators. Peer health navigation is vital. “I have the same concerns and the same worries as the women. I think the peer part is so important because it narrows the gap in the power imbalance,” claims Wendy.

With the closure of Positive Women’s Network (PWN), another Vancouver AIDS service organization, perhaps more women, Wendy suggests, will start coming to the group. HERS might start offering two events per month if the need is there.

For more information about HERS, contact Wendy at

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