Prevention in Focus

Fall 2019 

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) resources and tools: An online collection for service providers

By Erica Lee

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a medication that a person who is HIV negative can take on an ongoing basis to reduce their risk of getting HIV. For the benefits of PrEP to be fully realized in Canada, it is important for service providers and clients to have access to accurate information.

CATIE has created an online collection of resources and tools to help service providers inform themselves and their clients about PrEP. This article reviews the collection and how service providers can use it to inform their delivery of PrEP care and support.

What kinds of resources and tools are in the collection?

The PrEP collection contains:

  • client resources to help service providers communicate PrEP information to clients;
  • information on PrEP access and coverage in Canada; and
  • guidelines, program models and other resources to inform the integration of PrEP into programs and services.

The collection includes Canadian and international resources. Although some of these resources may contain information on PrEP access that may not be applicable everywhere in Canada, they can still be useful models to learn about PrEP care and support.

How is the collection organized?

The collection is organized into four sections addressing different PrEP information needs:

1) PrEP resources for clients

This section contains factsheets, pamphlets, booklets, videos and other resources that service providers can use to support their clients’ understanding and use of PrEP. This includes resources about PrEP for specific populations such as gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men. It also includes resources to help clients talk to their doctor about PrEP or decide if PrEP might be a good prevention strategy for them.

Here are some examples:

PrEP to prevent HIV: Your questions answered

This brochure answers commonly asked questions about PrEP for people who are at risk for HIV. It contains key messages on access, effectiveness and monitoring, including information for people who are pregnant or breastfeeding/chestfeeding and trans people.

How does PrEP prevent HIV?

This short video includes basic information about PrEP and an explanation of how PrEP works to prevent HIV from replicating in the body.

Getting personal with PrEP

In this video by Harlem United in the United States, women and men talk about their decisions to start taking PrEP and their experiences taking PrEP.

2) PrEP access and coverage

This section contains information on PrEP access and coverage in Canada, organized by province/territory. The resources in this section can help service providers determine if their clients’ PrEP use is covered by a government drug plan.

3) PrEP in community-based organizations

This section contains resources to support the delivery of programs and services that address PrEP in community-based organizations. It includes resources to help service providers learn more about how PrEP works and support clients who are on PrEP or are interested in PrEP.

Here are some examples:

PrEP Q&A

This document provides answers to an array of questions about PrEP. Topics include PrEP basics, common concerns about PrEP, drug safety and interactions, how PrEP works in the body, special considerations for specific populations, and how to access PrEP. It is primarily intended for service providers but can also be given to clients who are looking for in-depth information.

Oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)

This factsheet reviews PrEP basics including effectiveness, use, advantages, safety concerns, and access.

Dr. Darrell Tan: Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention in Canada

In this video, physician Darrell Tan discusses PrEP in Canada, including the Canadian PrEP guidelines and the role of frontline providers in supporting PrEP use.

PrEPare for Life: Manual and implementation guide

The PrEPare for Life training by the National Minority AIDS Council in the United States helps service providers understand PrEP basics and prepares them to address and support PrEP use by young men who have sex with men (MSM), particularly Black and Latino MSM, in their programs and services. The manual provides lessons and activities to be used during the training. Peer-based educational videos are also available for use during training. The training content addresses HIV and PrEP use in the United States but also covers topics like community engagement and stigma that are relevant to a Canadian context.

4) PrEP in clinical settings

This section contains resources to support the delivery of PrEP in clinical settings. It includes national and provincial Canadian PrEP guidelines, program models and clinical tools to guide PrEP prescription and care.

Here are some examples:

Canadian guideline on HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis and nonoccupational postexposure prophylaxis

This national guideline provides recommendations on PrEP and non-occupational post-exposure prophylaxis screening, administration, and monitoring. In addition to this national guideline there are several provincial guidelines, including the following:

Providing HIV PrEP: Steps to patient engagement

This guide developed by CTAC provides practical recommendations for healthcare providers on assessing patients for PrEP and delivering care to those on PrEP.

 

Does your organization have a PrEP resource or tool that might be useful to other Canadian service providers? Additional resource recommendations for the collection are welcome and can be forwarded to programmingconnection@catie.ca  for consideration.

About the author(s)

Erica Lee is the Information and Evaluation Specialist at CATIE. Since earning her Master of Information Studies, Erica has worked in the health library field, supporting the information needs of frontline service providers and service users. Before joining CATIE, Erica worked as the Librarian at the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT).

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