Prevention in Focus

Spring 2012 

The STOP HIV/AIDS project: Treatment as prevention in the real world

The STOP HIV/AIDS pilot project has sparked media interest and dialogue internationally. What are the project’s strengths and why is it controversial?

By Christie Johnston

Views from the front lines: STOP HIV/AIDS

Three people share their views on British Columbia’s innovative STOP HIV/AIDS Project.

Connecting in the community: Outreach programs for people who use drugs

Outreach is a crucial component of HIV prevention programs for people who use drugs. It can be a way of making contact with people who are not already connected with services. Why are outreach programs important and what are some of the challenges that outreach workers face?

By Rebecca Penn and Carol Strike

STIs: What role do they play in HIV transmission?

STI rates are on the rise in Canada. STIs can increase an HIV-negative person’s risk of becoming infected with HIV and an HIV-positive person’s risk of transmitting HIV to someone else. How do STIs increase the risk of sexual transmission and undermine our HIV prevention strategies?

By James Wilton

Street-involved youth in Canada

Homeless youth become increasingly vulnerable to HIV, hepatitis C and STIs the longer they remain on the street. One program that has proven effective at intervening in the lives of street-involved youth before they become entrenched in life on the street is the Family Reconnect Program at Eva’s Initiatives.

By Cris (Cristine) Renna

Gender matters in HIV prevention

A growing number of women are becoming infected with HIV compared to at the start of the epidemic when HIV affected primarily gay men and men who have sex with men. How can we address gender inequalities in our HIV prevention programs?

By Jacqueline Gahagan

HIV prevention resources online: The sites you won’t want to miss

CATIE creates many resources to assist you with your work in HIV and hepatitis C, but sometimes even we need some help from other organizations. Here are a few of our favourite sources for great HIV prevention information—they’re too good not to share.

By Lauren Plews

Research Update: Do hormonal contraceptives increase the risk of HIV transmission among women?

A recent study suggested that women who use hormonal contraceptives are at increased risk of becoming infected with HIV and transmitting the virus to others. Is there enough conclusive evidence available to change our messaging to women about hormonal contraceptives?

By James Wilton

Research Update: What ever happened to the Thai HIV vaccine?

In 2009, it was announced that the first successful HIV vaccine, the Thai vaccine, had been identified. At the time, this news was greeted with both excitement and skepticism, but we haven’t heard much about it since then. What happened to the vaccine?

By James Wilton

The Programming Connection: programs and resources

Read about selected Canadian programs and resources to help you plan, deliver and evaluate a frontline program.

Current research

Interested in checking out the latest Canadian research on HIV and hepatits C prevention?

New Prevention Resources

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

Fast Facts: Women

Do you know how many women in Canada have been infected by HIV or hepatitis C?


CATIE would like to thank the following people for their contribution to this issue of Prevention in Focus: Chris Buchner, Melisa Dickie, Laurie Edmiston, Ed Jackson, Brad Jones, Dr. Rupert Kaul, Andrea Langlois, Dr. June Larkin, Stéphanie Lemyre, Sondra Marcon, Gina McKay, Alexandra Martin-Roche, Sam Milligan, Dr. Peggy Millson, San Patten, Carrie Pocket, Jim Pollock, Tim Rogers, Darien Taylor, Matt Watson and Vanessa West.

Editorial team: Laurel Challacombe, Christie Johnston, Zak Knowles, Debbie Koenig and James Wilton.

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