Prevention in Focus

Fall 2011 

New Prevention Resources

The CATIE Ordering Centre offers hundreds of free HIV and Hepatitis C resources and tools from organizations across Canada, for use by people living with HIV and/or Hepatitis C and their caregivers, healthcare providers, AIDS service organizations and related front-line organizations across Canada. Here is a selection of new prevention resources, which you may find useful.

A guide to planning effective health communication campaigns for gay men

This step-by-step guide provides a practical tool to community-based organizations that plan health communication campaigns. The focus of this guide is on developing communication campaigns for gay men; however, it can also be used as a practical tool to plan and develop health communication campaigns for other communities. The guide draws on recent Canadian communication campaigns to highlight successes and lessons learned.

New Directions in Gay Men's Health and HIV Prevention in Canada: Pan-Canadian Deliberative Dialogue Report, 2010

There is a growing movement in Canada and elsewhere to re-frame HIV prevention among gay men in the more holistic context of their health and well-being rather than focusing solely on their HIV status and safer sex practices. A one-day satellite conference preceding the Canadian HIV/AIDS Skills Building Symposium: Leading Together in March 2010 brought together 40 community programmers, policy makers and researchers involved in gay men’s health and HIV initiatives across the country to discuss this new direction. This report documents their deliberations and recommendations for future directions.

Population-Specific HIV/AIDS Status Report: Aboriginal Peoples
ManCount: Sizes-up the Gaps: a sexual health survey of gay men in Vancouver

This report of an HIV surveillance study in Vancouver's gay scene details findings, with info-graphics and a full description of their context. Dried blood samples revealed that 1 in 5 men visiting Vancouver cafes and bars had HIV and that 1 in 40 were unaware of their positive status. Written for non-science readers, the report provides a snapshot of sexual health in Vancouver in 2008 and indicates potential strategies for future prevention policy and practice.

“Are you doin’ it?” Testing Week 2010 Final Evaluation Report

The Are you doin’ it? Campaign was a 2010 social media campaign developed by Regional HIV/AIDS Connection to increase HIV and STI testing in London and surrounding municipalities.  The campaign included a public service announcement, messaging through social media channels (website, Facebook, Twitter), community partnerships with various organizations, population specific outreach, and working with public health partners to ensure sufficient testing infrastructure during Testing Awareness Week 2010.

Snapshots from the Lambda Survey of gay and bisexual men

The Lambda Community report presents HIV surveillance study findings, with info-graphics as well as a full description of the context and provides a snapshot of sexual health in Toronto and Ottawa and presents potential strategies for future prevention policy and practice. Lambda sought to collect information about risk behaviours associated with HIV/STI infection and general issues relevant to sexual health and sexual behaviour among MSM.

Lambda was the Ontario component of the M-Track study. M-Track is an ongoing second generation surveillance system conducted at sentinel sites across Canada. The Ontario component of M-Track (Lambda) was conducted in Toronto and Ottawa.

Pros and cons : a guide to creating successful community-based HIV/AIDS programs for prisoners, 2nd Edition

This manual is intended to be a resource and reference guide to provide comprehensive community-based HIV and HCV programming within prisons. Whether you are new to prison work or want to expand your knowledge, this manual will also guide your efforts for building relationships and trust, facilitating discussions, advocating for your clients and supporting them with pre- and post-release planning.