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Prevention in Focus

Spring 2015 

Prevention resources

Hard Time: Promoting HIV and Hepatitis C Prevention Programming for Prisoners in Canada
Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network | Prisoners’ HIV/AIDS Support Action Network (PASAN), 2007

This report describes prison policies that enable HIV and HCV prevention and harm reduction, and documents best and promising prison HIV and HCV prevention and harm reduction programs. It seeks to promote greater collaboration at the federal/provincial/territorial level and to expand the scope of collaboration to include parties beyond government.

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Clean Switch: The Case for Prison Needle and Syringe Programs in Canada
Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network (CHLN), 2009

This paper outlines the available evidence and the legal rationale, under federal Canadian and international human rights law, for Canada to implement prison-based needle and syringe programs without delay. The analysis focuses on the federal prison system and its governing legislation, but the evidence and the basic principles are equally applicable to provincial prison systems in Canada.

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Under the skin: A people's case for prison needle and syringe programs
Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network (CHLN), 2010

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.

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HepCInfo on Newsprint - ISSUE 3
CATIE, 2014

HepCInfo on Newsprint uses the format of a community newspaper to offer plain and simple health information for people affected by hepatitis C. Each issue contains short articles, contributions from people at risk for or living with Hep C and interactive activities on topics related to prevention, testing, healthy living and treatment.

In this issue: Questions to ask yourself before starting Hep C treatment, safer injection drug use information, how to talk about having Hep C, The Amazing Liver cartoon and more.

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Sharp Shooters
CATIE | Queen West Community Health Centre, 2014

This comprehensive booklet, developed by injection drug users for injection drug users, contains information on safer injection practices and vein care. Published in partnership with Queen West Community Health Centre.

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My Sex Life: info for young poz people
AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) | CATIE, 2013

My Sex Life is a sexual health resource and a bit more. It is designed to help young people living with HIV navigate and explore sex. It may be just as useful for those of us with a lot of sexual experience as it is for those of us who haven't had a relationship or sexual experience. People who provide treatment, care and support to us and work with us may also find My Sex Life useful.

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Sex from A-Z Cards: Information for Young Gay and Bisexual Men

ACT, 2014

Sex from A to Z is a set of cards intended for gay and bisexual youth. This is a fun and accessible resource that facilitates humorous and frank discussion among youth about sexuality and HIV and STI prevention. It can also be used by service providers as a discussion tool in workshops and training sessions.

Available in English only. 

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FACT SHEET: Condoms for the Prevention of HIV and STI Transmission
CATIE, 2013

This fact sheet looks at the effectiveness of condoms in the prevention of STI and HIV transmission and their advantages and disadvantages compared to other strategies.

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FACT SHEET: Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)
CATIE, 2014

This fact sheet looks at how pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) can help reduce the risk of HIV infection.

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

This fact sheet looks at how post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) can help reduce the risk of HIV infection.

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FACT SHEET: HIV viral load, HIV treatment and sexual HIV transmission
CATIE, 2014

This fact sheet explores the link between treatment, viral load and HIV transmission and what it means for people living with HIV and their partners.

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HIV Transmission: Factors that Affect Biological Risk
Canadian AIDS Society, 2013

This document covers the most current scientific understandings of the factors that affect biological risk of HIV infection and transmission. It primarily focuses on the risk of transmission through sexual contact. This document summarizes the scientific evidence about the biomedical aspects of risk and transmission, without commenting on social or behavioural factors which are equally important but are beyond the scope of this document.

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FACT SHEET: HIV viral load testing
CATIE, 2007

This fact sheet introduces you to the viral load test and answers basic questions about how it fits into your treatment plan.

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