Prevention in Focus

Fall 2010 

New Prevention Resources

The CATIE Ordering Centre offers hundreds of free HIV and hepatitis C resources from organizations across Canada, for people living with HIV and/or hepatitis C and their caregivers, healthcare providers, AIDS service organizations and related front-line organizations across Canada. Here is a selection of new prevention resources, which you may find useful.

A guide to planning effective health communication campaigns for gay men

This step-by-step guide provides a practical tool to community-based organizations that plan health communication campaigns. The focus of this guide is on developing communication campaigns for gay men; however, it can also be used as a practical tool to plan and develop health communication campaigns for other communities. The guide draws on recent Canadian communication campaigns to highlight successes and lessons learned.

Our search for safe spaces: A qualitative study of the role of sexual violence in the lives of Aboriginal women living with HIV/AIDS

By examining the lived experiences of 20 Aboriginal women living with HIV/AIDS (AWHAs), this study aimed to shed light on how AWHAs relate the impact of sexual violence to their HIV infection, their current social realities and their past life experiences and how these experiences influence their overall health management. The study also sought to give a voice to Aboriginal women who are often silenced in HIV/AIDS research and academic discourse and to develop policy and program recommendations that reflect the specific gender and cultural needs of AWHAs.

CAS Skills Building Conference 2010 Satellite Meeting Report: New Prevention technologies and vaccine development

Summary of the March 4 meeting on HIV vaccine preparedness and new HIV prevention technologies co-organized by the Canadian AIDS Society, the Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange and the Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development and the Coalition des organismes communautaires québecois de lutte contre le sida, this report highlights presentations on the existing research landscape, including vaccine social research, trial results and lessons learned, current developments in new prevention technologies, the Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative, current projects, outreach and public awareness efforts and an outline of next steps.

Under the skin: A people's case for prison needle and syringe programs

A follow-up to 2008's Clean switch: The case for prison needle and syringe programs in Canada, this resource was created from interviews conducted in person and over the phone over 2008 and 2009 in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, resulting in sworn affidavits or testimonials from 50 individuals who either were currently incarcerated or had previously served time in a federal prison. The hope is that their stories will strengthen the case for change, which governments continue to ignore even as a growing body of evidence highlights the need.

Population-specific HIV/AIDS status report: People from countries where HIV is endemic – Black people of African and Caribbean descent living in Canada

People from countries where HIV is endemic are a key population identified in The Federal Initiative to Address HIV/AIDS in Canada. This population is mainly composed of Black people of African and Caribbean descent living in Canada. Epidemiological data, program reviews and evaluations suggest that this population is particularly affected by HIV/AIDS in Canada. The status report presents Canadian information on the demographic profile of this population; ways it is affected by HIV; factors that increase its vulnerability to HIV; and an outline on current research and response initiatives.

Drugs, alcohol, and gay men - Information and some things to think about

This brochure is intended to provide gay and bisexual men who are either HIV positive or negative with suggestions, information and some questions to consider in order to make informed choices about consuming drugs and alcohol. It lists alcohol and drug interactions, as well as a number of resources and references.

Questions and answers: Sexual orientation in schools

This document is intended to address the most commonly asked questions regarding the sexual orientation of youth in school settings. The goal of this resource is to assist educators, curriculum and program planners, school administrators, policy-makers and health professionals in the creation of supportive and healthy school environments for youth struggling with issues of sexual orientation.

Questions and answers: Gender identity in schools

This document is intended to address the most commonly asked questions regarding the gender identity of youth in school settings. The goal of this resource is to assist educators, curriculum and program planners, school administrators, policy-makers and health professionals in the creation of supportive and healthy school environments for youth struggling with issues of gender identity.