The CATIE Exchange

The CATIE Exchange - May 31, 2017 

Highlights in this Issue

  • Check out CATIE’s Hep C mobile
  • Help4HepBC: New peer-to-peer helpline
  • Laurie Edmiston is interviewed by OHTN regarding U=U
  • Call for proposals for the national World Hepatitis Day in Canada
  • New resource on reducing stigma and discrimination related to STBBIs

2017 CATIE Forum: Registration and Financial Assistance Program open!

Have you heard about the CATIE Forum? This two-day gathering is for those involved in HIV and hepatitis C response in Canada.  Participants can learn more about how new HIV and hepatitis C knowledge can transform our work and to share knowledge among HIV and HCV service providers. Our program-at-a-glance is now online and registration is open!

New Resources

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

HepCinfo Update 8.10: DAAs not linked to liver cancer risk; cure gets one in four off liver transplant list; Harvoni effective in HBV/HCV co-infection

CATIE updates

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.

Presenters: Thomas Haig, Coordinator for the MOBILISE! project at COCQ-SIDA; Roberto Ortiz, Executive Director of MAX; Joanne Otis, Professor in the Department of Sexuality at UQAM; and Frédérick Pronovost, Research and Development Co-Director at RÉZO.

Register here

The CATIE Blog

New blog post: 6 things you can do to show solidarity with people who use drugs and help end the opioid crisis by Alexander McClelland and Zoë Dodd

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 Positive People Network (CPPN) adopts a co-chair model with Potts as Executive Director

CPPN has agreed to adopt a co-chair model for its governance, recognizing Christian Hui and Tracey Conway to fill those positions, at least until the organization’s annual general meeting. In addition, CPPN determined three other interim appointments and Jeff Potts, who has been serving as Interim Managing Director, assumes the (currently voluntary) role of Executive Director until at least September 30.

The organization said it is “working with officials from the Public Health Agency of Canada to secure an independent five-year Contribution Agreement under the Community Action Fund.” If funding is approved, CPPN will undertake a competitive process to determine its Executive Director. It will also hold a community consultative process to determine long-term needs and priorities. Contact Jeff Potts for more information.

Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH): Call for proposals for the national World Hepatitis Day in Canada

CSIH is calling for proposals for this year’s World Hepatitis Day, with the goal of increasing awareness on Hep C testing and encourage more Canadians to get tested. This year’s theme is Know your Status, Get tested - Learn your options. Proposals can be submitted by completing the online form. The deadline for submission is June 5, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact Ecaterina Damian.

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network: Legal Network’s Symposium is June 15, 2017

The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network is hosting their 7th annual Symposium on HIV, Law and Human Rights. This year’s event will take a critical look at the unjust criminalization of HIV non-disclosure.

Registration for this year’s symposium is now open and the Legal Network offers reduced registration fees for students, low-income, and persons living with HIV.

Canadian Network on Hepatitis C: Save the date for CSHCV

Planning for the upcoming 7th Canadian Symposium on Hep C Virus 2017 has now started. It will take place in Toronto in conjunction with the Canadian Digestive Diseases Week (CDDW) Conference on February 8, 2018. For more information please contact Norma Choucha.

Pacific Hepatitis C Network: New Hep C helpline

Pacific Hepatitis C Network has launched a new Hep C helpline called Help4HepBC. Help4HepBC is a peer-to-peer helpline where peer navigators work with callers to meet the challenges of hepatitis C. The phone call, support and information are all provided free of charge. While right now a BC-specific service, the helpline can provide limited support to those living in the rest of Canada. Please call Help4HepBC at 1-888-411-7578.

University of Calgary | University of Alberta | San Patten and Associates: Looking for Study Participants: African and Caribbean immigrants living with HIV in Canada

A study is looking for participants to fill out an anonymous survey about people's experiences of HIV testing in the Canadian immigration medical exam. They are looking to speak to you if you emigrated from a sub-Saharan African or Caribbean country after 2002 and had an HIV test done during your immigration process. For more information, contact San Patten.

Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) | Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network (CHLN): Reducing stigma and discrimination through the protection of privacy and confidentiality

CPHA and CHLN have developed a new resource that explains the role of privacy and confidentiality in reducing stigma and discrimination related to STBBIs. It also offers frontline health and social service providers several strategies they can use to deal with issues related to privacy, confidentiality, the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure and stigma reduction.

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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