Prevention in Focus

Spring 2012 

New Prevention Resources

 

M-Track: Enhanced Surveillance of HIV, Sexually Transmitted and Blood-borne Infections, and Associated Risk Behaviours among Men Who Have Sex with Men in Canada, Phase 1 Report
Public Health Agency of Canada

In 2005, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) implemented M-Track, an enhanced surveillance system of HIV and other sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBI) among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Canada.

This report presents descriptive findings from Phase 1 of M-Track which was undertaken between 2005 and 2007 in five Canadian sentinel sites: Victoria, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa and Montréal. This is the first report of this kind, and it will be used as a baseline to track trends in the future.

This report is intended to provide a comprehensive overview of the M-Track surveillance data from a national perspective. It provides useful information for public health action, policy development and program evaluation.

 

Sex Now 2010 Survey report
CBRC, 2011

Sex Now is an annual survey about sex between men. This is the first report from a survey of close to 8,000 gay, bisexual and men who have sex with men from across Canada.

 

Impact, resistance and resilience: proceedings of the 6th BC Gay Men’s Health Summit
CBRC, 2011

The 6th BC Gay Men’s Health Summit was held November 25-26, 2010. This summary of the proceedings reviews key points and recommendations. The original recorded presentations are available online at www.cbrc.net/summit.

 

Gearing Up to Get Down: The goods on HIV, safer sex, and protecting your parts
YouthCo

This fun pamphlet, written by and for youth, covers the basics of HIV transmission, testing and treatment.

 

Wise Women
Chee Mamuk, 2011

Wise Women is a culturally appropriate, healthy sexuality kit that provides information to Aboriginal Women about HIV, STIs, hepatitis, condom use and safer drug use.

 

 

 

New prevention technologies and vaccine development – Report: Satellite meeting Montreal March 4, 2010
CAS|CATIE|ICAD

This bilingual report summarizes the March 4 meeting on HIV vaccine preparedness and new HIV prevention technologies co-organized by the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS), the Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange (CATIE), the Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development (ICAD) and the Coalition des organismes communautaires québécois de lutte contre le sida (COCQ-sida). The publication 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.

 

FACT SHEET: Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)
CATIE, 2011

This fact sheet summarizes the latest information on pre-exposure prophylaxis.

 

FACT SHEET: Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP)
CATIE, 2011

This fact sheet summarizes the latest information on post-exposure prophylaxis.

 

 

 

Street youth in Canada: findings from enhanced surveillance of Canadian street youth, 1999-2003 | Les jeunes de la rue au Canada : constatations découlant de la surveillance accrue des jeunes de la rue au Canada, 1999-2003
Public Health Agency of Canada, 2006

This report presents the results of a multi-year study of street-involved youth, including their socio-demographic profile, their interaction with social services and the courts, substance use patterns, including injecting drug use, their sexual behaviours, such as sexual partnering and condom use, and other risk determinants. The authors suggest that a new approach is needed, one that integrates health programs and interventions aimed at addressing the broader determinants of health. They hope that these findings will be of use in aiding the prevention and control of homelessness and associated risk factors in the street youth population.

 

E-SYS Quick Facts: Street Youth in Canada: How Do Injection Drug Users Differ from their Non-Injecting Peers? [fact sheet]
Public Health Agency of Canada, 2007

This fact sheet stresses that increased access to counselling and testing, improved access to sterile injection equipment and the promotion of diverse treatment options may be effective in reducing the negative consequences of injection drug use in street youth.

 

E-SYS Quick Facts: Hepatitis C virus infection in Canadian street youth: the role of injection drug use [fact sheet]
Public Health Agency of Canada, 2007

This document examines the role of injection drug use (IDU) in the transmission of hepatitis C among Canadian street youth. Information presented is based on data collected in 2003 by the Enhanced Surveillance of Canadian Street Youth (E-SYS), a system that monitors risk behaviours and health determinants in the Canadian street youth population. This report concludes that making treatments available and accessible to street youth and establishing educational preventative initiatives and programs on the risks associated with IDU in major urban centres may be useful in dealing with the issue.

 

E-SYS Quick Facts: sexual behaviours of Canadian street youth: how risky are they? [fact sheet]
Public Health Agency of Canada, 2006

This is a report from Enhanced Surveillance of Canadian Street Youth (E-SYS). E-SYS is a surveillance system that monitors rates of STIs, risk behaviours and health determinants in the Canadian street youth population. The data presented are from the 1999, 2001 and 2003 cycles of E-SYS data collection. It shows that street youth frequently engage in high-risk behaviours, such as unprotected sex with multiple partners or sex while under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

 

E-SYS Quick Facts: Who are Canada's street youth? A socio-demographic snapshot from E-SYS [fact sheet]
Public Health Agency of Canada, 2006

This fact sheet provides statistics on street youth in Canada, and emphasizes that street youth require both basic care and ongoing support to remove themselves from their current situation and to have a chance of fulfilling life goals. It argues that a comprehensive approach involving foster care agencies, social workers, homeless youth services, the juvenile justice system, integrating health programs and interventions, is needed to improve the quality of life of street youth in Canada.

 

E-SYS Quick Facts: Filling in the gaps in our knowledge of youth health: enhanced surveillance of Canadian street youth [fact sheet]
Public Health Agency of Canada, 2006

This pamphlet describes the purpose and background of E-SYS. The program was developed to provide data on infection prevalence and risk behaviours in a hard-to-reach population not often represented in school-based or residence-based studies. It was a direct response to recommendations made at the 1997 national meeting of provincial and territorial STI directors.

 

More than Just Rolling Up Your Sleeve: An HIV Vaccine Preparedness Toolkit for Canadian Communities
CAS

"More than Just Rolling Up Your Sleeve" is based on research conducted among Canadian service providers and community members and has been developed for Canada’s African, Caribbean and Black populations; for people who use injection drugs; for young women between the ages of 18 and 29; for gay men and other men who have sex with men; and for people living with HIV/AIDS. The toolkits offer information on topics as varied as the basic science of vaccines and the immune system, to the action on HIV vaccine development that needs to be taken at the local, national and international levels throughout the clinical trial process.