Prevention in Focus

Fall 2010 

A primer on positive prevention

Positive prevention aims to promote healthy sexual and emotional relationships for people living with HIV as a way of reducing the transmission of HIV. While many believe that positive prevention programs have value, certain challenges may be inherent in their delivery.

Zak Knowles

Views from the front lines: Positive prevention

We spoke to four HIV community members to find their views on positive prevention.

Let the adaptation begin: A potential solution to your programming dilemmas

Adapting programs can be a reliable, simple and inexpensive way of developing a new front-line program. One Canadian organization looked beyond our borders for a program to adapt for their own community and successfully strengthened their home-grown approach to HIV prevention.

By Christie Johnston

Detecting HIV earlier: Advances in HIV testing

How soon after a potential exposure can someone know their HIV status? It all depends on the type of test used. This article takes you on a tour of the different HIV tests available and explains why some experts suggest that we can detect HIV infections earlier than many people realize.

By Len Tooley

Can we prevent infection with HIV after an exposure? The world of post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP)

If someone has been exposed to HIV, is there a way to stop them from getting infected with the virus? Post-exposure prophylaxis, or PEP, could be an option.

By Harlon Davey, Laurel Challacombe and James Wilton

Resource highlight: PubMed Central Canada

The Internet can be a goldmine of HIV-related information, if you just know where to look. Today, information that was once close to impossible for most people to access is now not only easy to find but free to use through PubMed Central Canada.

By Lauren Plews

Current research

Interested in checking out the most recent Canadian HIV prevention research?

New Prevention Resources

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

Fast facts–Sex

Ever wondered how many times the average man ejaculates in his lifetime?


CATIE would like to thank the following people for their contribution to this issue of Prevention in Focus: John Baker, Harlon Davey, Tricia Diduch, Laurie Edmiston, Riyas Fadel, Ted Gaudet, Winston Husbands, Ed Jackson, Murray Jose, Erica Lee, Heather Ann Kaldeway, Carol Major, Doug McColeman, Alexander McKay, Barry Plant, Lauren Plews, Jim Pollock, Randi Reynolds, Tasha Riley, Tim Rogers, Darrell Tan, Darien Taylor, Len Tooley, Jessica Whitbread and James Wilton.

Editorial team: Laurel Challacombe, Christine Johnston, Zak Knowles and D Koenig

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