The CATIE Exchange

The CATIE Exchange - May 17, 2017 

Highlights in this Issue

  • May is National Aboriginal Hepatitis C Month
  • IIHAC, the new Indigenous HIV group
  • Upcoming webinar on June 6 on MOBILISE!
  • New blog post: Conversations That Matter - Sex Workers and PrEP at CAHR 2017
  • Bright Ideas features the HERS group by Positive Living B.C.and Saint Paul’s Hospital

2017 CATIE Forum: Registration and Financial Assistance Program now open!

Are you considering attending the national CATIE Forum on November 23-24? This two-day conference is for those involved in HIV and hepatitis C response in Canada. It will be an opportunity to learn more about how new knowledge is transforming our practice and to share knowledge among HIV and HCV service providers. Check out the CATIE Forum web page for a program-at-a-glance, to apply for financial assistance to attend, and to register!

New Resources

Recommendations on hepatitis C screening for adults

Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care, 2017

The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care has released recommendations for policy makers and clinicians who are considering which adult populations should be offered screening for HCV infection. The task force has come out against broad-based screening of symptom-free adults who are not at high risk for exposure to HCV.

Read it online

Screening for Hepatitis C – Clinician Summary

Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care, 2017

The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care has created a summary web page, also available in PDF, for clinicians screening for hepatitis C.

Read it online

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

Hep C mobile

CATIE, 2017

CATIE’s new Hep C app instantly gives you the essential prevention, testing, treatment and care information you need when serving your clients. Once downloaded, the app is accessible online or offline, meaning you always have comprehensive hepatitis C information at your fingertips. Android and iOS versions are available through the CATIE website.


CATIE’s Laurie Edmiston is interviewed regarding U=U, which OHTN has now endorsed

New hepatitis C screening guidelines released for Canada

HepCinfo Update 8.9: First Canadian guidelines recommend against screening older adults; NS expands access to Hep C meds; couples work together to prevent harms from injecting

CATIE updates

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.

MOBILISE! webinar: Scaling back the HIV epidemic among MSM by scaling up combination prevention

June 6, 2017
1 p.m ET

This webinar will provide an overview of MOBILISE!, an action research project currently underway with the aim of implementing an HIV combination prevention approach in four Canadian cities (Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver) over the next five years. After a short introduction to the concept of combination prevention, the community-based research, education, and mobilization strategies and tools implemented in Montreal since 2015 will be presented. We will also discuss the potential to adapt and apply these strategies to local contexts in other provinces as well as linkages to the new gay men’s health community alliance, Hooking Up.

Register here.

The CATIE Blog

New blog post: Conversations That Matter - Sex Workers and PrEP at CAHR 2017 – by Andrew Sorfleet

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

Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC): Civil society input into Canada’s Global AIDS Monitoring Report

PHAC will soon launch a survey to solicit feedback from Canadian civil society organizations about the status of, and response to, HIV in Canada. The survey will inform the development of Canada’s 2017 Global AIDS Monitoring Report to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). This webinar held on May 18, 2017, will highlight the significance of the Global AIDS Monitoring Report. Register through this link.

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network: 7th Symposium on HIV, Law and Human Rights

This year’s Symposium, to be held on June 15, 2017 in Toronto, is devoted to a critical look at the unjust criminalization of HIV non-disclosure. Register here for the Symposium.

Realize: HIV and aging video vignettes

Earlier this year Realize produced three short YouTube videos on HIV and aging. Each video profiles one older person living with HIV and can be viewed here:

Canadian HIV/AIDS Black, African, Caribbean Network (CHABAC): Two new factsheets

CHABAC is pleased to announce the release of two new fact sheets focused on the HIV engagement cascade: The Engagement Cascade and African, Caribbean and Black Communities and Interventions along the HIV Engagement Cascade for African, Caribbean and Black Communities.

CTAC: New video on PrEP

CTAC's expert guests discuss the impact of PrEP, which involves the use of antiretroviral medications by an HIV-negative person to prevent possible HIV transmission. Hear from HIM, GMSH, HIV Community Link and APAA about communication and access challenges related to PrEP in the communities they work with.

Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network | International Indigenous Working Group on HIV and AIDS | Maori, Indigenous & South Pacific HIV & AIDS Foundation:  New Indigenous HIV group launched

Indigenous ASOs have created a new non-governmental organization called the International Indigenous HIV & AIDS Community (IIHAC). IIWGHA’s mission is to build a unified voice for Indigenous peoples in collective action against HIV and AIDS. Read their strategic plan here.

Canadian Public Health: New resources on STBBIs and related stigma

In an effort to support frontline service providers in the provision of STBBI-related services, CPHA has developed a number of resources that underscore the individual and organizational factors required to enhance services and reduce STBBI-related stigma, and ultimately improve health outcomes for those affected by or living with STBBIs.

Dignity Initiative: A call for action for the LGBTQI people in Chechnya

The Dignity Initiative is calling on all Canadians to support the LGBTQI people in Chechnya by making a donation to Rainbow Railroad, an organization that will cover the costs of any gay Chechens to leave Russia. You can read a brief summary on the current situation here, or consult the awareness and petition campaign for further information. The Government of Canada has released a statement on the situation and called on the Russian government to investigate. Canada has also signed on to a statement from the global Equal Rights Coalition calling on Russia to investigate.

Rainbow Health Ontario: Call for proposals for 2018 conference

Rainbow Health Ontario is currently seeking proposals that include an intersectional approach to LGBTQ health and well-being, with an emphasis on submissions that focus on Indigenous, Francophone, rural and northern, racialized, and newcomer needs and access. This year’s conference will take place in March, 2018.

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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