The CATIE Exchange

The CATIE Exchange - September 6, 2017 

Highlights in this Issue

  • Two new CATIE fact sheets on HIV and Hep C treatment
  • PrEP updates from IAS 2017
  • ARVs crisis in Venezuela
  • WHO’s survey for people living with HCV
  • Bright Ideas features COCQ-SIDA’s Ready for Action

Transforming our practice with new knowledge and new strategies

What are you doing this fall? Plan to attend the CATIE Forum at the Delta Toronto on November 23-24! Speakers from across Canada will present on advances in HIV and HCV prevention and treatment science and programming knowledge; participants will discuss the implications of this frontline work and strategize about building and maintaining effective programs. Visit the Forum web page to review our program.

New Resources

FACTSHEET: Asunaprevir (Sunvepra)

CATIE, 2017

Asunaprevir (Sunvepra) is a medication used to treat people with hepatitis C virus. It is taken with daclatasvir (Daklinza). This combination is approved in Canada for people with genotype 1b hepatitis C virus.

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CATIE, 2017

This fact sheet provides information on Odefsey, a fixed-dose co-formulation of three anti-HIV drugs: tenofovir alafenamide (TAF), emtricitabine (FTC) and rilpivirine.

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Report on Hepatitis B and C in Canada: 2014

Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), 2017

This report summarizes surveillance data on cases and rates of hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in Canada, reported from 2005 to 2014.

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PrEP updates from the 9th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science

HIV Undetectable = Untransmittable takes center stage at the IAS 2017 Conference (The Body)

Don’t criminalize people on HIV treatment (Op-ed by Dr. Julio Montaner and Kora Debeck)

The crucial opioid interventions Canada needs now (Op-ed by Benedikt Fischer and Mark Tyndall)

HepCinfo Update 8.17: 8-week treatment cures HCV in people with HIV and HCV; DAA treatment reduces risk of death; non-specialists can treat HCV effectively

CATIE updates

Programming Connection: New case study and program elements

CATIE published a new case study about the Health Promotion Case Management (HPCM) Program based at AIDS Vancouver. HPCM is a short-term, population-specific case management program for people at ongoing high risk of HIV infection.

This case study has been paired with two program elements that provide more detail on the work of the HCPM program with Indigenous people and gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men.

Programming Connection is an online collection of innovative HIV and hepatitis C program models. If you have any feedback or know of a successful program in your region, please email us.

The CATIE Blog

The CATIE Blog is our way of bringing more people into the conversation about HIV and hepatitis C. Check out recent posts from our contributors:

Highlights from our Partners

ICASO: Canadian solidarity with Venezuela – ARVs crisis

ICASO has teamed up with Aid for AIDS to get HIV treatment to people living with HIV in Venezuela. More than 80% of people living with HIV in Venezuela are without HIV treatment today. ICASO is looking for people to donate a surplus of HIV medications. You can drop off or send medication directly to ICASO, located in Toronto. Contact Mary Ann Torres, Executive Director of ICASO, by email or call 416-419-6338 for more information.

Pacific AIDS Network (PAN): New webinars focus on overdose response; HIV and aging

PAN is hosting three new webinars this fall in their KnowledgeConnect webinar series:

Register today!

Realize: Forum agenda and registration

Realize invites you to register for its upcoming forum, Setting our minds to it! HIV & mental health in Canada: A dialogue about meeting unaddressed challenges in policy and community action, held on September 15, 2017 at the Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport. An agenda for this year’s forum is available online.

International Network on Hepatitis in Substance Users (INHSU): HCV in Primary Care and Drug and Alcohol Settings education program

This fall, INHSU are holding educational programs across Canada called HCV in Primary Care and Drug and Alcohol Settings. Designed by an expert Canadian Steering Committee, the program will strengthen the capacity of clinical staff who work with people who use drugs to test for, treat and manage hepatitis C with the new effective direct acting antiviral medications. Positions reserved for clinicians eligible to prescribe hepatitis C medications. Here is the fall lineup:

Click on the links above to register for a workshop. Vancouver and Edmonton training dates will be announced soon!

WHO Global Hepatitis Programme: Survey for people living with HCV

The WHO Global Hepatitis Programme is developing an update to the hepatitis C (HCV) treatment guidelines. They are seeking the views of people living with HCV infection to understand the challenges and feasibility of implementing a potential 'treat all' recommendation that may be made in these guidelines. Their survey should take approximately five to 10 minutes to complete.

National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT): Rapid Review Guidebook

NCCMT has developed a Rapid Review Guidebook that details each step in the rapid review process, including guidance on how to structure the report and what to include in each section. Rapid reviews can help public health organizations synthesize current evidence on topics quickly and effectively. Check out the NCCMT’s Rapid Review Guidebook to learn more! You can also check out, and access over 5000 quality-rated systematic reviews.

Bright ideas!

Ready for Action: a website that appeals to MSM in Quebec

September 2017

Launched in 2007, COCQ-SIDA*’s bilingual website Ready for Action (or Prêt pour l’action in French) is a resource that offers practical sexual health information to men who have sex with men (MSM). It was created for gay, bisexual and other MSM in Quebec, whether they are cis or trans, francophone or anglophone.

With a visually appealing design and easy navigation, the website provides information on HIV, STBBIs, prevention methods, sexual activities and the risks associated with them, as well as prevention in different relationship contexts.  Additionally, built-in tools allow visitors to find testing services located near them by entering their postal code, and can sign up for testing reminders sent by text message or email every three or 12 months depending on their profile settings.

Because HIV and STBBI knowledge evolves rapidly, one of the biggest challenges for the administrators of the site is to ensure that the information is up-to-date. “Scientific breakthroughs and announcements like Undetectable = Untransmittable mean that we have to constantly revise our site and adapt the content so it reflects current realities. And a revision also entails a translation,” explains COCQ-SIDA.

In the last 12 months, an average of almost 2,000 visitors per month have visited the website. COCQ-SIDA attributes the success of the website to three things. First, the site promotes a positive view of sexuality, one that does not judge the sexual activities of MSM. Second, the site is regularly promoted through social marketing campaigns, such as Sex on the Menu. Last, beyond providing sex-positive information, the site uses explicit and accessible language that is easy to understand and appealing to a wide variety of MSM.

Ready for Action will continue to evolve: COCQ-SIDA plans to add a Spanish version of their website and a section about the psychosocial, psychological and emotional needs of MSM.

For more information about Ready for Action, contact René Légaré, Communication Coordinator for COCQ-SIDA:

*COCQ-SIDA stands for Coalition des organismes communautaires québécois de lutte contre le sida and is a coalition that encompasses 36 organizational members.

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