The CATIE Exchange - November 15, 2017 | CATIE - Canada's source for HIV and hepatitis C information

The CATIE Exchange

The CATIE Exchange - November 15, 2017 

Highlights in this Issue

  • Register for CATIE’s webinar on HIV and Hep C point-of-care testing in Canada
  • New CATIE Blog post: Martin Bilodeau writes about crystal meth in Montreal (in French only)
  • Check out CATIE’s article, “Clients can handle the truth”
  • Bruce Richman and Camille Arkell will talk about ‘Undetectable = Untransmittable’ on November 23
  • Are you a CATIE member? Attend the Annual Meeting on November 24

See you next week at the CATIE Forum!

The CATIE Forum program has been posted online! Join us for what promises to be two days of stimulating conversations about HIV and hepatitis C prevention, testing and treatment. Can’t make it? Follow #CATIE17 on social media.

New Resources

Hep C Stories

CATIE, 2017

This beautiful booklet features the stories and photos of seven people who have had hepatitis C. They talk candidly about their experiences and offer advice to others newly diagnosed. With highly effective hepatitis C treatments now available, readers can rest assured that “there is life after Hep C”! This publication also provides plain language information about the disease, how it’s transmitted, testing, and new treatments that not only work but are much easier to tolerate.

Download the PDF

TreatmentUpdate 222

CATIE, 2017

TreatmentUpdate is CATIE's digest on cutting-edge developments in HIV and hepatitis C research and treatment.

In this issue:

  • The evolution of integrase inhibitors
  • Bictegravir vs. dolutegravir
  • Bictegravir + TAF + FTC vs. Triumeq
  • Long-acting drugs for HIV
  • What’s next for long-acting HIV drugs?

Download the PDF

HIV in Canada: A primer for service providers

CATIE, Revised in 2017

HIV in Canada: A primer for service providers has been updated with all the latest information on HIV prevention and treatment, as well as the most current epidemiological stats for Canada.

This online resource is a comprehensive guide for people working on the front lines of Canada’s HIV response. It provides an overview of the HIV landscape in Canada, including information on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of HIV and related infections and morbidities.

Access it online


Canadian researchers call for improved integration of family planning care for HIV-positive women

Italian and U.S. researchers look to the future and explore aging-related issues

Hepatitis C could be eliminated in Canada, but drug prices, screening barriers stand in the way (CBC News)

Why no needle and syringe program in our federal prisons, Mr. Trudeau? (op-ed in Ottawa Citizen)

HepCinfo Update 8.22: Hepatitis C treatment effective in people who use drugs; rapid liver injury in HCV/HIV co-infected men; NYC law increases hepatitis C testing in older adults

CATIE updates

CATIE is hiring!

Regional Health Education Coordinator, Western Region

The Regional Health Education Coordinator, Western Region develops and delivers an educational program for the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. Full posting.

CATIE Annual Meeting

CATIE’s Annual Meeting will take place Friday, November 24 at the Delta Toronto, coinciding with the CATIE Forum 2017. Individuals and organizations that are members in good standing of CATIE are eligible to vote in person. CATIE members who are unable to attend may appoint an individual to vote on their behalf by completing this proxy form.

CATIE’s World AIDS Day web page

World AIDS Day is coming up on December 1, 2017, which also launches the start of Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week. Visit CATIE’s World AIDS Day web page for information on HIV/AIDS in Canada, a history of HIV/AIDS timeline, a listing of World AIDS Day events happening in your community, and resources to help you prepare for your World AIDS Day campaign.

To include your local event in our World AIDS Day events list, please e-mail Zak Knowles at

Be sure to check out the CATIE Ordering Centre for a variety of free print materials for your World AIDS Day event. Order before November 17 to have your resources delivered in time.

Also on the web page: CATIE’s World AIDS Day article, “Clients can handle the truth”. We invite you to share with others, either by republishing or linking to it. If you do, we’d love to know: Please contact

Community health forum on ‘Undetectable = Untransmittable’ before the CATIE Forum

The AIDS Committee of Toronto, the Canadian Association for HIV Research, CATIE and Ontario HIV Treatment Network are hosting a community health forum in Toronto on November 22 to uncover the history and science behind ‘Undetectable = Untransmittable’ (U=U) and to encourage dialogue among people living with HIV and allies about what U=U means in real life.

Guest speakers include Bruce Richman, founder of the Prevention Access Campaign, and Camille Arkell, knowledge specialist on the biomedical science of prevention at CATIE.

Reserve your spot by e-mailing or call 416-340-8484, ext. 350.

Webinar series on reaching the undiagnosed

As part of a national effort to scale up testing and diagnosis of Canadians living with HIV, hepatitis C and other sexually transmitted infections, CATIE has partnered with the National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases and REACH 2.0 on a webinar series focused on promising practices for improved diagnosis services in Canada. This series will include four webinars:

  • November 20, 2017: HIV and HCV point-of-care testing in Canada — technologies and community programs
  • December 18, 2017: New testing technologies and approaches for syphilis — learning from other countries 
  • January 2018 (date to be confirmed) Dried blood spot testing for hepatitis C and HIV — a new approach for rural and remote communities
  • February 2018 (date to be confirmed): HIV self-testing in Canada — what should we expect?

Registration is available for the first two webinars of the series.

Register now

The CATIE Blog

New blog post: Le crystal meth, parlons-en (in French only) by Martin Bilodeau

“Ici, comme ailleurs, on ne voulait pas parler de crystal, parce qu’il s’agit d’un double, voire triple et quadruple tabou : on parle de drogue et de sexe, mais aussi de sexe gai, de sexe gai débauché, sans inhibition, lié à la sécrétion exponentielle de dopamine.”

 Check out the most recent posts from our contributors:

Highlights from our Partners

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

INHSU is holding an educational program across Canada on 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 to diagnose, treat and manage hepatitis C among people who use drugs. Positions are reserved for clinicians eligible to prescribe hepatitis C medications. Here is the schedule:

Click on the links above to register for a workshop.

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network: Advocacy action

The Legal Network has written an open letter to the Prime Minister and federal cabinet ministers to implement needle and syringe programs in federal prisons. You can help draw attention to this important matter by sharing their recent op-ed or by sharing their pre-written tweet.

Programme national de mentorat sur le VIH: 24th Symposium on the clinical aspects of HIV

The Quebec training program on HIV and hepatitis invites you to attend their 24th symposium on the clinical aspects of HIV, taking place on December 1, 2017 in Montreal. To view their program or register, click here.

Canadian Coalition to Reform HIV Criminalization (CCRHC)

The CCRHC has developed a community consensus statement on actions federal, provincial and territorial governments can take to address the overly broad use of the criminal law in cases of alleged HIV non-disclosure. They are seeking wide endorsement by organizations in Canada involved in human rights and the response to HIV. Sign on to the community consensus statement on behalf of your organization.

National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT): Evidence-informed decision making skills assessment tool

NCCMT invites you to complete a short 20-question self-assessment to find out what you know about finding and using research evidence in public health. For more information about evidence-informed decision making, check out the online learning modules to boost your knowledge and skills in evidence-informed public health.

Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA): Call for submissions

CPHA is accepting submissions for Public Health 2018, their annual conference. The deadline for oral and poster abstract, symposium and workshop submissions is December 5, 2017.

Canadian Association of HIV Research (CAHR): Abstract deadline and call for volunteers

A reminder that the deadline to submit your abstract to the 27th Annual Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS Research (CAHR 2018) is December 15, 2017. Also, CAHR is seeking volunteers to review submitted abstracts. E-mail for more information.

Rainbow Health Ontario: Registration now open

Registration for Canada’s largest LGBTQ2S health conference is now open. This conference will focus on building partnerships in health and social services to promote the health of Ontario’s LGBTQ2S populations, including those in Northern and rural areas. Early bird rates are in effect until February 2, 2018.

Bright ideas!

Hep C Bingo: A simple game that explains hepatitis C

November 2017

In honour of National Aboriginal Hepatitis C Awareness Month, which takes place in May, AIDS Vancouver Island (AVI) and Kwakiutl District Council (KDC) Health organized a game of Hep C Bingo for Indigenous Elders in Courtenay, a small coastal city on northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

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