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Highlights in this Issue

  • World Hepatitis Day is this Friday
  • Have you read CATIE’s World Hepatitis Day article?
  • GMSH is calling for proposals for its 2017 Symposium
  • Report from Canada’s Drug Futures Forum outlines recommendations on drug policy for the next 10 years
  • Experimental hepatitis C treatment is effective in DAA-experienced people

World Hepatitis Day – July 28

World Hepatitis Day (WHD) is July 28, 2017. Visit CATIE’s World Hepatitis Day web page for information on WHD in Canada and around the world; a brief history of Hep C in Canada; Hepatitis C Key Messages; and resources to help you prepare for your World Hepatitis Day campaign.

Also check out our article Let’s get the news out about hepatitis C treatment: Access is up and cure rates are high to read about how treatment access is changing and other major Hep C developments.

New Resources

Brazen: trans women's safer sex guide

The 519 Church Street Community Centre, 2017

Brazen is a safer sex guide for trans women. It covers disclosure, negotiation and consent, sex work, safer sex, transition-related surgeries, and provides up-to-date information on advances in HIV prevention and treatment, the realities of online dating and internet culture, and access to trans-inclusive health care.

Read it online

TreatmentUpdate 221

CATIE, 2017

TreatmentUpdate is CATIE’s flagship treatment digest. In each issue, Science and Medicine Editor Sean Hosein reviews the latest developments in HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C research and treatment.

In this issue: New treatments for hepatitis C virus (HCV) to get approved in Canada later this year; Improvements in mood and energy after successful HCV treatments; Isentress HD—a new once-daily formulation of raltegravir approved in Canada and more!

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Hepatitis C: Are you at risk?

Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), 2015

Download and/or print this poster for World Hepatitis Day! It provides information on the situations where you may be at risk of getting hepatitis C and on how to protect yourself and others.

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Ending AIDS: progress towards the 90-90-90 targets

UNAIDS, 2017

This report examines the progress towards achieving the 90–90–90 targets since they were launched at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne in 2014.

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Joindre, dépister et détecter, traiter : Intégrer la prévention des ITSS dans les plans d'action régionaux de santé publique (in French only)

Ministry of Health and Social Services of Quebec, 2017

This document reviews the action plan established by the Ministry of Health and Social Services of Quebec to prevent sexually transmitted infections and other blood-borne infections (STBBIs).

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Harm reduction and illicit substance use: implications for nursing

Canadian Nurses Association, 2017

This paper presents current perspectives and evidence on harm reduction policy and practice and identifies the implications for nursing policy, practice, research and education.

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British Columbia researchers study HIV treatment interruptions and their consequences

HepCinfo Update 8.14: High cure rates in co-infected in urban clinic; new treatment effective in DAA-experienced people; intervention increases Hep C testing

CATIE updates

CATIE Forum: Updated Program-at-a-Glance

Have you registered for the CATIE Forum yet? This event is a national conference for HIV and HCV 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. Click this link to see our updated program-at-a-glance and to register!

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

National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT): Suggest a method or tool

Check out NCCMT’s Registry of Methods and Tools. This registry aims to help busy health professionals use evidence in their practice. Access 200+ methods and tools with new resources added each month. If you would like to suggest a tool to add to the Registry, click here.

Gay Men's Sexual Health Alliance (GMSH): Call for proposals

The GMSH is soliciting proposals for its 2017 Skills Building Symposium. The symposium will take place October 23-24, 2017 in Toronto. The GMSH is interested in proposals that address gay men's sexual health and holistic wellness, service navigation approaches and combination HIV prevention. Submissions can include: panels, workshops, research briefs, and community initiatives. For more information and to submit your proposal, click here.

CanHepC: 7th Canadian Symposium on HCV (CSHCV)

Planning for the upcoming 7th Canadian Symposium on Hep C Virus 2018 has started and CanHepC is excited to announce it will take place in Toronto in conjunction with the Canadian Association for the Study of Liver (CASL) and the Canadian Association of Hepatology Nurses (CAHN) Conferences on February 9, 2018. Email Norma Choucha for more information.

Canada’s Drug Futures Forum: New report outlines recommendations for the next decade of drug policy in Canada

Over 200 participants met in Ottawa at Canada’s Drug Futures Forum in April 2017 to produce a ten-year agenda for the future of Canadian drug policy. A new report outlines wide-ranging recommendations from the Forum, and calls for the exploration and implementation of innovative policies to reduce the harms of drugs and drug policy in Canada. For more information about the new report, please click here.

Pacific AIDS Network (PAN):  Community-Based Research on Experiences of Women with HIV

PAN’s next webinar in their KnowledgeConnect series will be on August 2, 2017 at 1 p.m. (Pacific Time). Members of the CHIWOS research team will present information on the experiences of women with HIV in different health authorities of the province. Click here for more information.

Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC): Requesting comments for A Framework for Action

PHAC is seeking comments on their first draft of the A Framework for Action Towards the Elimination of Sexually Transmitted and Blood-Borne Infections as Public Health Threats in Canada by 2030A Framework for Action was drafted after a meeting was held in Ottawa in February 2017 to identify concrete actions to address STBBI in Canada. If you participated in this Ottawa meeting, please submit your feedback by August 18, 2017 by email.

Interagency Coalition on AIDS Development (ICAD): Call for Expressions of Interest

ICAD invites Canadian organizations to submit Expressions of Interest to engage in twinning partnerships and implement community-based projects that address issues related to HIV, gender, SRHR and nutrition in Ntchisi and Dowa, Malawi and in Mpika and Shiwa Ng’andu, Zambia. For more information, visit the submission guidelines web page.

Bright ideas!

Northern Health: An inter-professional team providing multi-pronged support

July 2017

Northern Health, the health authority that delivers health care across Northern B.C. and serves around 300,000 people, has assembled a team of healthcare professionals to support people living with HIV or hepatitis C and their care providers. Known simply as the Specialized Support Team, this healthcare group consists of a pharmacist, a social worker, a dietician and a consulting nurse practitioner. The team falls under chronic disease programming and has an infectious diseases specialist as the medical lead.  Together, the Specialized Support Team provide links to care, peer support, harm reduction, HIV and Hep C education, access to medications and routine testing.

The communities they serve consist of a mix of rural and urban populations, as well as many Indigenous people and people who use drugs. The individuals who access their services either self-refer themselves or have been referred to them by their primary care providers, specialists or community groups that are familiar with the services of the Support Team.

Because the region they serve is so vast (over 600,000 square kilometers), they need to be creative about how they provide their services. “Face-to-face is the best way to engage with people, but it can be hard getting out there, especially in the winter… and it can be costly,” explained Brenda MacDougald, the social worker for the program. To get around this issue, the team offers many different ways to connect besides in-person consultations: telehealth video links, telephone, text, fax and email. Several times per year, the team leaves their Prince George clinic to do outreach in other locations on a scheduled basis.

A positive outcome has been the relationships that the Specialized Support Team has forged with other people working in healthcare. “Ten years ago, the work we did was really siloed. Now, partnerships are being developed between Northern Health and other communities,” said Brenda.

Currently, there are over 40 people accessing their services, but numbers fluctuate according to the need. Some people choose to use their services for a short period, while others require their assistance for longer stretches of time. “Our main goal is to build capacity in the regions we serve by educating people about HIV and Hep C. We don’t want anyone living with HIV or Hep C to fall between the cracks,” explained Jenn Hawkes, the pharmacist.

More information about the Specialized Support Team can be found at or by calling this toll free number: 1-888-645-6495.

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