Prevention in Focus

Fall 2018 

The Programming Connection: Programs and resources

The Programming Connection is an online toolkit that highlights models of frontline programs that provide HIV and hepatitis C prevention, care, treatment and support. It also features a selection of resources to help in program planning, delivery and evaluation. This toolkit aims to inspire community-based service providers to develop new practices appropriate to their circumstances and facilitate knowledge-sharing and networking.

Below is a selection of Programming Connection case studies and resources you might find useful. Visit the Programming Connection to view the full collection.

Text Message Reminder Tool – The Sex You Want

The text message reminder tool provides free text reminders to help individuals adhere to HIV treatment, as well as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and testing. Text-based reminders can help people to stay on top of their medication and testing routines.

The H.E.R. Pregnancy Program

The H.E.R. Pregnancy Program aims to assist street-involved pregnant women to access healthcare and social resources. Women are encouraged to get testing for sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBIs), offered preventive HIV and hepatitis C services, including education and access to harm reduction supplies, and linked with treatment and care if they are hepatitis C or HIV-positive.


Mpowerment is an HIV prevention program for young men who have sex with men (MSM). In a study that considered young MSM of colour, results show a reduction in sexual risk taking and an increase in HIV testing among participants.