Prevention in Focus

Fall 2017 

The Programming Connection: Programs and resources

The Programming Connection is an online toolkit that highlights models of frontline programs that provide HIV and hepatitis C prevention, care, treatment and support. It also features a selection of resources to help in program planning, delivery and evaluation. This toolkit aims to inspire community-based service providers to develop new practices appropriate to their circumstances and facilitate knowledge-sharing and networking.

Below is a selection of Programming Connection case studies and resources you might find useful. Visit the Programming Connection to view the full collection.

A social network approach to HIV investigation and partner notification

Since 2005, Saskatoon Health Region has included a social network component in its traditional HIV investigation and partner notification work, when appropriate. In addition to their sexual and drug-using partners, people newly diagnosed with HIV are asked about others in their social network they are concerned may be at high risk for HIV. Individuals identified through the social network approach are contacted by a public health nurse and offered testing. They are told that there is no reason to believe they have been exposed to HIV but that Saskatoon Health Region is encouraging everyone to test so they can know their status.

HIV Prevention Clinic

The HIV Prevention Clinic is a comprehensive, inter-professional HIV prevention service housed in the Immunodeficiency Clinic at the Toronto General Hospital (TGH) in Toronto, Ontario. The Immunodeficiency Clinic specializes in HIV care and hosts the HIV Prevention Clinic.  

Mail Out Distribution Program

The Mail Out Distribution Program is a service offered through the Safe Works Access Program (SWAP), based at the AIDS Committee of Newfoundland and Labrador (ACNL). The Mail Out Distribution Program is a needle and syringe distribution program designed to provide harm reduction materials and education to people in rural and remote areas of Newfoundland by sending the material and information through the mail. The program also facilitates referrals to local services for clients in rural and remote areas.