Prevention in Focus

Fall 2013 

Finding prevention resources on the new CATIE website

By Zak Knowles

You may have noticed that we’ve recently redesigned our website (www.catie.ca) to more fully integrate HIV and hepatitis C information and to make it more flexible to cope with growing demands. How can you quickly and easily find the prevention information and resources you need for you or your clients?

Search or Browse?

We all have different ways of looking for information on the web. Some of us like to take time to get to know a website, to browse its pages, and get a sense of how it is structured. Others prefer to use the search function to try to quickly pin down the information we are seeking. In this article we’ll talk you through the features of the new CATIE site design to help you better browse or search for prevention resources.

Browsing the prevention section

So how do you get to the prevention section? Starting on the home page, there are two ways you can get there. Either click on the Prevention link in the red navigation menu at the left of the screen or click on the orange Prevention banner in the centre of the page. You’ll now find yourself in the prevention section. You’ll notice that below the main navigation menu, a grey secondary navigation menu has opened up, which lists all the prevention subsections. These same subsections are listed in the centre section of the page. You can get to the section you are interested in by using either of these subsection links.

Let’s walk through an example. If you are looking for information on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PreP), you can click on the Prevention Technologies link. This takes you to the Prevention Technologies page and you can find information on PrEP by clicking on the Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for Prevention (PreP) link at the top of the page. Alternatively, you can go straight to the PrEP section by clicking on the Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PreP) link below the Prevention Technologies header in the centre of the page.

Within the PrEP section, you’ll find a selection of “key documents” (which give an overview of the topic) and useful websites selected by CATIE. If you want to go further into the topic, though, click on the “More” button to get to our full collection of PrEP resources.

Searching

Rather than browsing the site, you may prefer to use the Search bar located at the top right of the page. Enter your key word(s), such as PrEP or pre-exposure prophylaxis. Click on the chevron (>>) to the right of the search box or press” return” on your key board to be taken to the results page.

In this example, there are 74 results for pre-exposure prophylaxis. If you want to refine your search, you can use the filters on the right of the page. For example, if you click on the HIV link under “Filter by Infection” the number of search results is reduced to 53. If you are only interested in PrEP information for gay men, for example, then use the Men who have sex with men (MSM) link under “Filter by Specific Population” to reduce the search results to eight resources (a much more manageable number).

The search and filter functions can be powerful tools to help you find just the information you are looking for.

For a quick tour of the CATIE web site, check out our video in the Website tour section. You’ll also find there a brief video on searching the CATIE website.

About the author(s)

Zak Knowles is CATIE’s Web Content Manager. Before coming to CATIE, he worked as an HIV counsellor at Hassle Free Clinic, a sexual health clinic in downtown Toronto.