The CATIE Exchange

The CATIE Exchange - December 13, 2017 

Highlights in this Issue

  • Governments of Canada and Ontario announcements about the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure
  • Canada’s top doctors release joint statement supporting ‘Undetectable = Untransmittable’ (U=U)
  • CATIE Blog: Laurie Edmiston reacts to the news that Canada supports U=U
  • Webinar on December 18 on new testing technologies and approaches for syphilis
  • Bright Ideas features Casey House’s June’s HIV+ Eatery

From all of us at CATIE, we wish you a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year!

You can look forward to next year’s first issue of The CATIE Exchange on January 10, 2018.

New Resources

Canadian guideline on HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis and non-occupational post-exposure prophylaxis

CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network (CTN), 2017

This guideline is applicable to adults who are at risk for acquiring HIV infection through sexual activity or injection drug use, but may be of particular importance in populations where HIV incidence in Canada remains disproportionately concentrated, such as men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, people from HIV-endemic countries and Indigenous people. This guideline can also be relevant to people who engage in sex work.

The guideline was written for clinicians working in primary care, infectious diseases, emergency medicine, nursing, pharmacy and related disciplines. In addition, policy-makers, community organizations and other stakeholders may find this guideline useful for informing policy and programming.

Download the PDF

La prophylaxie préexposition au virus de l'immunodéficience humaine : Guide pour les professionnels de la santé du Québec

Ministry of Health and Social Services of Quebec, 2017

This guide, supported by the most recent data about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), includes recommendations for healthcare providers in Quebec, in particular indications and advice on specificities related to the use of PrEP.

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Canada’s top doctors release joint statement supporting U=U

Canadian study links food insecurity to detectable viral loads and decreased CD4+ cells

Minister Wilson-Raybould issues statement on World AIDS Day

HIV criminalization: Governments of Canada and Ontario make important announcements

HepCinfo Update 8.24: HCV rate cut in half in Spanish people with HIV; Curing HCV improves quality of life, decreases risk of liver cancer

CATIE updates

Webinar series on reaching the undiagnosed: New testing technologies and approaches for syphilis

Monday, December 18, 2017
12 to 1:30 p.m. EST

As part of a webinar series on reaching the undiagnosed, CATIE, the National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCCID) and the CIHR Centre for REACH 2.0 will be hosting a webinar on new testing technologies and approaches for syphilis.

In this webinar, Rick Galli from BioLytical and Rosanna Peeling from the International Diagnostics Centre at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine will introduce participants to the Duo HIV/syphilis test and present screening models that have been implemented successfully in other countries and that could be adapted to the Canadian context. Policy and health system barriers behind the introduction to the Duo HIV/syphilis test in Canada will also be explored.

Register now

The CATIE Blog

Canada’s top doctors say Undetectable = Untransmittable by Laurie Edmiston

“It’s official! The Government of Canada supports U=U, the consensus statement that a person living with HIV does not transmit the virus sexually if they take treatment and maintain an undetectable viral load (“undetectable = untransmittable”).

The news came on November 30 in a joint statement from Canada’s chief public health officer and the chief medical officers of health of all Canadian provinces and territories.”

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Highlights from our Partners

Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR): Nominations for the Red Ribbon Award

CAHR is accepting nominations for the 2018 Red Ribbon Award. The Red Ribbon Award is presented for outstanding service to research that has increased understanding of the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS and enhanced the quality of life of those living with HIV/AIDS. The nomination deadline is January 2, 2018.

Association of Ontario Health Centres (AOHC): Call for proposals

The Health Equity Action and Transformation conference, hosted by AOHC, will take place in Toronto on June 13-14, 2018. This annual event is looking for learning session proposals. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2018. To review the conference themes and topics and the criteria for learning session proposals, click here.

Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto: Positive Plus One Research Study

Positive Plus One, a research study of relationships where one partner is HIV-positive and the other is HIV-negative, is searching for people to participate in their online survey. The deadline to complete the survey has been extended until March 31, 2018. Share your experiences, and be heard, whether you are HIV-positive or HIV-negative. Fill in their survey here.

CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network (CTN): Video by Dr. Darrell Tan

Dr. Darrell Tan from St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto explains why we need pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) guidelines in a short video released by CTN.

CANAC: Call for abstracts

CANAC is requesting abstracts for workshops and oral presentations for their 26th Annual Conference, Acting Up, Reducing Harm: Clinical Practice and Advocacy in the Context of Crisis, to be held in Vancouver, B.C. on April 5-7, 2018.

Realize: YouTube News

Realize has launched YouTube News with a video about HIV and mental health in Canada. Click here to watch their video.

Bright ideas!

Smashing stigma: June’s HIV+ Eatery

December 2017

Toronto’s Casey House opened a pop-up restaurant for three nights in November to challenge people’s misconceptions about HIV. Casey House came up with this idea after a survey revealed that only half of Canadians would knowingly share or eat food prepared by someone who is HIV-positive.

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