The CATIE Exchange

The CATIE Exchange - June 28, 2017 

Highlights in this Issue

  • Montreal opens supervised injection sites
  • Trans Rights Bill C-16 passes
  • Listen to a podcast about HIV, fatherhood and fertility
  • Nominate someone for The Elisse Zack Award for Excellence in HIV and Rehabilitation
  • Get a bulk subscription to The Positive Side

2017 CATIE Forum: Updated program-at-a-glance is coming soon!

The CATIE Forum is a national meeting for HIV and hepatitis C service providers, program planners, researchers, and policy makers to come together to discuss how new knowledge is and has the potential to transform our practice. This event is taking place in Toronto on November 23-24. The program-at-a-glance will be updated in July. Check out the website for more information!

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.

IDUIT (Implementing comprehensive HIV and HCV programmes with people who inject drugs: practical guidance for collaborative interventions)

International Network of People Who Use Drugs, UNAIDS, United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United States Agency for International Development, World Health Organization (WHO), 2017

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, UNAIDS technical guide for countries to set targets for universal access to HIV prevention, treatment and care for injection drug users.

The tool is designed for use by public-health officials, managers of HIV and harm reduction programs, NGOs – including community and civil-society organizations – and health workers. It may also be of interest to international funding agencies, health policy-makers and advocates.

Download the PDF


Montreal's supervised injection sites open, a first in Eastern Canada

HepCinfo Update 8.12: Risk score can help identify HIV-positive men for Hep C testing; Triple combo effective for DAA failures; High cure rates for genotype 3 with new treatment

CATIE updates

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

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

Positive Living BC: Senior's Legacy Project

Are you 50 years or older and consider yourself a long-term survivor of HIV? If you are willing to tell your story and have it recorded, you may qualify to attend this year's Healing Retreat as a Legacy Project participant. For more information, click here.

Action Canada for Sexual Health & Rights: Trans Rights Bill C-16 passes

Trans Rights Bill C-16 passes with no amendments. This bill will see the addition of gender identity and gender expression to the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination. The enactment also amends the Criminal Code, extending protection against hate propaganda in offences motivated by bias, prejudice or hate that is based on gender identity or gender expression. Read more about it here.

Kirby Institute, UNSW Sydney: PhD scholarships related to HCV

The UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme is part of the Kirby Institute’s dedication to harnessing cutting-edge research to solve complex problems and improve the lives of people in local and global communities. There are two hepatitis C research projects that are looking for PhD applicants:

If you are interested in applying, please contact the Primary Supervisor listed in the links above.

Institute of Aboriginal People’s Health (IAPH): Travel Awards

Through the Institute Community Support (ICS) Program, the CIHR Institutes and Initiatives are launching the ICS Travel Awards competition for students, postdoctoral fellows, new investigators and knowledge users to present their own research at national and international meetings and/or conferences. More information can be found here.

Realize: The Elisse Zack Award for Excellence in HIV and Rehabilitation

Nominations for the 2017 Elisse Zack Award for Excellence will be accepted until July 4, 2017 at 5:00 p.m and must include: a completed nomination form and nomination statement. Anyone may submit a nomination. For more information, click here.

Universities Without Walls: Pozcast episode on HIV, fatherhood and fertility

Produced by Universities Without Walls and hosted by James Watson, Pozcast is a monthly podcast created by and for people living with HIV. In this episode, they explore how newer HIV treatments are changing parenting. Learn how HIV-positive men and their healthcare providers are encouraging fatherhood for those who want it, and changing ideas about parenting for those who thought they'd never have children.

COCQ-SIDA: Webinar and video recordings

COCQ-SIDA has numerous webinars and videos available online through their YouTube channel. In French only, topics include: intimate partner violence among men, HIV cure research and much more.

World Hepatitis Alliance: 2017 World Indigenous Peoples’ Conference on Viral Hepatitis

The Second World Indigenous Peoples’ Conference on Viral Hepatitis will take place in Anchorage, Alaska on August 8-9, 2017. Save the date! It will provide a platform to profile and further the conversation on viral hepatitis in Indigenous communities.

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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