Prevention in Focus

Spring 2016 

What’s love got to do with it? Exploring how intimate relationships with men impact women who inject drugs and their vulnerability for Hep C and HIV

Intimate relationships can contribute to both vulnerability and resiliency to hepatitis C and HIV for women who inject drugs. We explore the issues and provide suggestions to help front-line workers support women who inject drugs.

By Scott Anderson

Enhancing HIV prevention: The need to better link and integrate services for individuals at highest risk of HIV infection

A complex range of interrelated and synergistic factors contribute to a higher risk of HIV infection for some individuals in certain populations disproportionately affected by the HIV epidemic in Canada. A more holistic and comprehensive approach to HIV is needed to address HIV vulnerability for individuals within these populations.

By James Wilton and Logan Broeckaert

Disclosure programming: A review of the evidence

Although there may be significant benefits to disclosing one’s HIV status to others, there may also be significant drawbacks. We review the evidence related to HIV disclosure to sexual partners, family and friends.

By Logan Broeckaert and Laurel Challacombe

Service mapping: one approach to building strong programs

Creating comprehensive programs and services, based on clients’ needs, is one way to ensure that HIV, hepatitis C and STI programs offer the best combination of interventions to most effectively improve health outcomes and reduce new infections. Canadian organizations have taken different approaches to map services as a way to move toward more comprehensive and integrated services.

Laurel Challacombe and Logan Broeckaert

Can offering incentives to test increase HIV and STI testing rates?

Monetary and non-monetary incentives have been used to influence health-related behaviours including HIV testing. A systematic review investigated the use of incentives to encourage testing for STIs, including HIV.

Erica Lee

Borrowing from our neighbours: Developing an annual HIV testing day

Ignited by National HIV Testing Day in the United States, which occurs annually on June 27th, the AIDS Committee of Windsor holds an annual HIV Testing Day in their region. The 2015 campaign saw a dramatic increase in the number of people testing for HIV.

By Racquel Bremmer

Research Update: Intensive HIV partner notification in Edmonton identifies people who don’t know they are living with HIV

Since April 2010, a dedicated partner notification nurse has provided partner notification services to all people newly diagnosed with HIV in Edmonton. The service was effective at finding people who didn’t know they were living with HIV, and at identifying people living with HIV in the community who were not engaged in care.

By Logan Broeckaert

The Cadillac of HIV care: The International Association of Providers in AIDS Care guidelines for optimizing the HIV care continuum

The International Association of Providers in AIDS Care, an international body of clinicians, has developed the first comprehensive, evidence-based guidelines for improving engagement and retention of people living with HIV in the HIV treatment cascade. The aims of the guidelines are to increase HIV testing, linkage to care, treatment, engagement and retention in care, and viral suppression.

By Logan Broeckaert


CATIE would like to thank the following people for their contribution to this issue of Prevention in Focus: Scott Anderson, Chris Aucoin, Phillip Banks, Molly Bannerman, Brook Biggin, Racquel Bremmer, Andrew Brett, Logan Broeckaert, Laurel Challacombe, Melisa Dickie, Laurie Edmiston, Trevor Hart, Christine Johnston, Kathleen Kenny, Zak Knowles, Andrea Langlois, Erica Lee, Luc Malenfant, Alexandra Martin-Roche, David McLay, Ali Murphy, Patrick O’Byrne, Nikita Pant Pai, San Patten, Tim Rogers, Roxanne Rupps, Megan Smallwood, Matt Smith, Matthew Watson, James Wilton.

Editorial team: Laurel Challacombe, Logan Broeckaert, Zak Knowles.

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