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The CATIE Exchange - June 14, 2017 

Highlights in this Issue

  • June 21 is National Indigenous Day
  • Check out the summer issue of The Positive Side
  • New questions and answers booklet for Indigenous people who use drugs
  • Call for Submissions for Gay Men's Health Summit 2017
  • CATIE Blog post: U=U and the overly-broad criminalization of HIV nondisclosure
  • Bright Ideas presents PASAN’s Rays of Resistance

2017 CATIE Forum and Annual Meeting: Financial Assistance competition closes this month!

 The CATIE Forum and Annual Meeting is taking place in Toronto on November 23-24. If you are involved in HIV or hepatitis C response, want to attend, but may not have the funds to do so, consider applying for financial assistance for travel, accommodation or your registration fee. The competition closes June 23. Our program-at-a-glance is now online and registration is open!

New Resources

The Positive Side (Summer 2017): Inquiring Mind

CATIE, 2017

The summer issue of the magazine is now available! It kicks off with an article about U=U—what does undetectable=untransmittable mean for people living with HIV? We offer questions, answers and reactions.

In Chatty CATIE we ask people living with HIV: What is the one thing you wish you had known when you were first diagnosed with HIV? And what advice would you have for someone newly diagnosed? We hope that their insights are reassuring for people struggling with a diagnosis, and that their words give long-term survivors pause to reflect on how far they’ve come.

Also in this issue: women share their stigma stories; Sané Dube investigates how the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure impacts African, Caribbean and Black communities; James Wilton takes us on a tour of seminal studies from the past 10 years; a doctor, pharmacist and person living with HIV offer practical advice on managing multiple conditions; and we introduce you to activist Ian Bradley-Perrin and artist William Flett.

Know your rights: guide for parents living with HIV

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network (CHLN), 2017

This resource was produced for parents or prospective parents living with HIV, including women, transgender men and non-binary people. Its aim is to provide practical information and to foster knowledge about some of the main areas of concern that parents living with or affected by HIV may have.

Read it online

Know your rights: a guide for child and family service providers serving people living with HIV

CHLN, 2017

This guide was written for child and family service providers who provide support and assistance to people living with or affected by HIV.

Read it online

Privacy and disclosure for youth living with HIV or Hep C: questions and answers

CHLN, 2017

This guide is for youth between the ages of 15 and 29 and focuses on some of the factors at play when young people living with HIV or hepatitis C (Hep C) are thinking about telling others about their HIV or Hep C status.

Read it online

Indigenous communities: HIV, privacy and confidentiality: questions and answers

Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) | CHLN, 2017

This guide provides answers to common questions on disclosure, privacy and confidentiality in the health-care settings, workplaces, post-secondary institutions and other settings — places where many Indigenous people living with HIV have expressed concerns about their privacy.

Read it online

Indigenous communities and HIV and HCV in federal prisons: questions and answers

CAAN | CHLN, 2017

This booklet is for prisoners who identify as First Nations, Inuit and Métis, and who are imprisoned in a federal prison or healing lodge run by the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC).

Read it online

Harm reduction services for Indigenous people who use drugs: questions and answers

CAAN | CHLN, 2017

This guide provides Indigenous people who use drugs with information related to harm reduction services such as needle and syringe programs, safer drug consumption services, opioid substitution therapy (e.g., methadone) and naloxone.

Read it online

Reducing stigma and discrimination through the protection of privacy and confidentiality

CHLN, Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA), 2017

This resource explains the important role of privacy and confidentiality in reducing stigma and discrimination related to STBBIs, and 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.

Read it online

Indigenous women, HIV and gender-based violence

CHLN, 2017

This report synthesizes resources that jointly consider Indigenous women, HIV and gender-based violence and relevant recommendations for law reform.

Read it online


HepCinfo Update 8.11: New treatment cures 99% with cirrhosis; Hepatitis C reinfection uncommon; albumin helpful in decompensation

CATIE updates

National Indigenous Day

June 21 is National Indigenous Day. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and honour the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

Indigenous people in Canada are disproportionately affected by HIV and hepatitis C. CATIE has a range of culturally appropriate information on prevention, testing, treatment and healthy living. Print material can be ordered through the CATIE Ordering Centre.

Is your organization interested in a bulk subscription of The Positive Side?

Organizations can now order multiple copies of The Positive Side, CATIE’s health and wellness magazine for people living with HIV. If your organization already subscribes to the magazine, you can modify your order to receive more copies for your clients and staff. If your organization does not yet subscribe, you can sign up for a free subscription by clicking here or by calling 1.800.263.1638, ext 247.

In every issue, you’ll find the inspiring stories of people living with HIV, practical health information and expert advice on how to live long and well with HIV.

The CATIE Blog

New blog post: U=U and the overly-broad criminalization of HIV nondisclosure – by Nicholas Caivano and Sandra Ka Hon Chu

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): Call for applicants to join VOW

CAAN is looking for women to join their Voices of Women (VOW) Committee. Aboriginal women living with or affected by HIV and AIDS and/or Hep C are strongly encouraged to apply. They also welcome applications from Aboriginal frontline workers, Aboriginal health care providers and Aboriginal clinicians. Public disclosure of HIV status is not a requirement to be part of CAAN VOW. Contact Monique Fong Howe for an application or for more information.

Gay Men's Health Summit 2017: Call for Submissions

This year’s Summit will address the potential gains to be realized by fully optimizing the combination prevention package for gay and bisexual men across Canada and issues like structural stigma that may be holding gbMSM back. They welcome all submissions on health and prevention for gay, bisexual and other sexual minority men while encouraging authors to address the Summit theme in their presentations.

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network: Positive Outlooks: Privacy and disclosure for youth living with HIV

The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network created a video for youth between the ages of 15 and 29. It focuses on some of the factors at play when young people living with HIV are thinking about telling others about their HIV status.

International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD): New tool

INPUD has created a tool that contains practical advice on implementing HIV and hepatitis C programs with people who inject drugs. It is based on recommendations in the WHO, UNODC and UNAIDS technical guide for countries to set targets for universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and care for injection drug users.

Bright ideas!

PASAN’s Community Art Project: No one is left behind

June 2017

On April 19, 2017, PASAN invited their clients, staff, artists and allies to their office for lunch and for the unveiling of a special project: a striking textured piece of art made out of ceramic, glass and stone. The people in attendance marvelled at this 12’ by 4’ piece of art hanging on the wall of PASAN’s kitchen, with a design that incorporates symbolic imagery and the phrases No one is left behind and Nobody fails here. Their community − ex-prisoners and their families, people who have experience with HIV, Hep C, and drugs, people who are sex workers and Indigenous − spent over 85 hours crafting this piece of art. “It was a real sense of accomplishment,” said Mooky Cherian, Program Manager at PASAN, “to give our folks opportunities, and to witness and acknowledge their experiences. It was a powerful moment, bringing some people to tears.”

This mosaic is a collaboration between PASAN and Red Dress Productions, an arts company that works with communities on community-engaged public artworks. Additionally, PASAN received funding from the Ontario Arts Council to hire five interns. The interns, people who are ex-prisoners living with HIV or Hep C, were mentored and trained by the Red Dress Productions team with Anna Camilleri as the lead artist. They formed the core team that carried out the work and they were instrumental in all aspects of this project, from the conceptualization to the execution.

Work began in summer 2016 when meetings were scheduled with community stakeholders to discuss what themes should be captured in the mosaic. Anna facilitated these consultations where people were encouraged to share their experiences of incarceration, of living with HIV or Hep C and what PASAN means to them. She stewarded the ideas into one piece of art and the interns helped communicate the project to their peers and engage them in the building of the piece. Roughly, around 30 people at different times participated in the making of it.

The final result is a documentation of PASAN’s history and the meaning of its work over the past 26 years. The mosaic is called Rays of Resistance. “When you look at it, it tells many different stories,” says Mooky. “Our organization is a last stop for people who have been banned and exiled from other places and communities. But PASAN won’t turn its back on anyone. We will always give people a chance.”

For more information about Rays of Resistance, contact PASAN at 1-866-224-9978.

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