CATIE strengthens Canada’s response to HIV and hepatitis C by bridging research and practice. We connect healthcare and community-based service providers with the latest science, and promote good practices for prevention and treatment programs.
As Canada’s official knowledge broker for HIV and hepatitis C, you can count on us for up-to-date, accurate and unbiased information.
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Topics and areas of expertise: public policy, sexual health, Canada’s response to HIV, hepatitis C and related sexually transmitted and bloodborne infections
Topics and areas of expertise: HIV and hepatitis C statistics and the science of prevention, testing and treatment
Key facts about HIV and hepatitis C
A note about terminology
In order to reduce the stigma facing people and communities affected by HIV and hepatitis C, we encourage journalists to take note of preferred terminology:
- We're usually talking about HIV, not AIDS. The virus is transmitted, not the syndrome. Most people living with HIV in Canada today do not have AIDS.
- People living with HIV. Avoid the term “patients” except in a clinical context, and avoid referring to people “carrying a virus.”
- People with lived experience of hepatitis C. Hepatitis C is curable, so a person no longer needs to be living with the virus.
- Transmission or passing on. Avoid referring to a person "infecting" another person, as it implies intention and blame.
- People who use or inject drugs. Avoid derogatory language or assuming that all people who use drugs have an addiction.