Prevention in Focus

Fall 2014 

Couples HIV Testing and Counselling

Couples HIV testing and counselling, a new testing approach for MSM, is being used in the U.S. We look at its advantages and disadvantages, and how it is being taken up in Canada.

By Zak Knowles

Views from the front lines: Couples testing and counselling

We spoke to three service providers about their thoughts on couples testing and counselling in Canada.

Getting to the bottom of it: Anal sex, rectal fluid, and HIV transmission

Can rectal fluid contain and transmit HIV? We look at the evidence and the implications for prevention education.

By James Wilton

“You may have come into contact with…”: HIV Contact Tracing in Canada

We review what is known about the acceptability and effectiveness of contact tracing strategies and take a look at new technologies and promising approaches used for contact tracing in Canada.

By Logan Broeckaert and Margaret Haworth-Brockman

Safer Crack Cocaine Smoking Equipment Distribution: Comprehensive Best Practice Guidelines

Key recommendations for Canadian harm reduction programs that distribute safer crack cocaine smoking equipment.

By Carol Strike, Hemant Gohil and Tara Marie Watson

Single-session interventions to reduce HIV and STI risk behaviours: How well do they work?

A recent literature review and analysis found that single-session behavioural interventions are effective at reducing STI and HIV risk. We look at the findings and the implications for frontline service providers.

By James Wilton

Health Navigation: A Review of the Evidence

Health navigation is an approach to improving healthcare delivery that helps individuals access the care they need. We review the evidence to support its impact on screening, testing and diagnosis, care, and treatment.

By Logan Broeckaert and Laurel Challacombe

Studies investigate presence of hepatitis C virus among gay and bisexual men

For at least the past decade, an outbreak of sexually transmitted HCV has been occurring among MSM. The vast majority of these cases have occurred in HIV-positive MSM.

By Sean Hosein

Sage: A resource-sharing community for Canadian HIV and hepatitis C service providers

Sage, a new online tool, helps people working in HIV and hepatitis C to share and find models and tools for program planning and delivery.

By Erica Lee

The Programming Connection: Programs and resources

Read about selected Canadian programs that use novel approaches to improve access to HIV prevention, testing, treatment, care and support.

Prevention resources

A selection of prevention resources available from CATIE’s Ordering Centre.

Current research

Interested in checking out the latest Canadian research on HIV and hepatitis C prevention?

Fast Facts: People who inject drugs

How many Canadians have injected drugs? How many people who use injection drugs have HIV or hepatitis C?

Acknowledgements

CATIE would like to thank the following people for their contribution to this issue of Prevention in Focus: Logan Broeckaert, Laurel Challacombe, Tsion Demeke Abate, Carla Densmore, Julie Dingwell, Laurie Edmiston, Geoffrey Ford, Hemant Gohil, Jane Greer, Trevor Hart, Margaret Haworth-Brockman, Sean Hosein, Brittany Howlett, Ed Jackson, Rupert Kaul, Zak Knowles, Andrea Langlois, Erica Lee, Holly MacLean, Alexandra Martin-Roche, Claire O’Gorman, Mary Petty, Jim Pollock, Tim Rogers, Carol Strike, Darrell Tan, Ted Town, Matthew Watson, Tara Marie Watson, James Wilton.

Editorial team: Laurel Challacombe, Logan Broeckaert, Zak Knowles.

The production of Prevention in Focus has been made possible through financial contributions from the Public Health Agency of Canada.