Prevention in Focus

Spring 2020 

Overcoming barriers to PrEP: Program models using diverse settings and providers

PrEP program models that can decentralize delivery and overcome barriers to access.

By Camille Arkell

From the front lines: PrEP program models

We speak to service providers from Saskatchewan, Quebec and British Columbia about programs that are making PrEP more accessible in their communities.

Can you get hepatitis C by having sex? The sexual transmission of hepatitis C among gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men

How is hepatitis C passed sexually and what strategies can be used to reduce the likelihood of sexual transmission?

By Rivka Kushner

Hepatitis C treatment in harm reduction programs for people who use drugs

This evidence review looks at integrating hepatitis C treatment into harm reduction programs and focuses on treatment outcomes, including adherence, cure and acceptability.

By Amanda Giacomazzo and Laurel Challacombe

Hepatitis C resources for immigrants and newcomers and for service providers who work with them

Client and service provider resources on hepatitis C in Canadian immigrants and newcomers.

By Fozia Tanveer

Is self-collection of testing samples an effective strategy for sexually transmitted infection testing?

A systematic review examining the impact of the self-collection of samples on STI testing outcomes.

By Erica Lee

Research Update: Rapid HIV test now approved for use by lay providers

Health Canada has approved the expanded use of the INSTI point-of-care HIV test. It can now be administered by a wider variety of testers in more settings.

Research Update: Canadian iOAT clinical guideline and operational guidance published

Health Canada has approved injectable opioid agonist treatment (iOAT) for opioid use disorder and a national iOAT prescribing guideline is available.

Programming Connection: Programs and resources

Read about selected Canadian programs that use novel approaches to improve access to HIV and hepatitis C prevention, testing, treatment, care and support.

In case you missed it…

A selection of valuable resources published over the past six months.

Prevention resources

A selection of prevention resources you can order from CATIE’s Ordering Centre.

Fast Facts: Sexually transmitted infections in Canada in 2017 and 2018

What are the latest reported rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis in Canada?


CATIE would like to thank the following people for their contribution to this issue of Prevention in Focus: Phillip Banks, Laurel Challacombe, Melisa Dickie, Laurie Edmiston, Rachael Edwards, Amanda Giacomazzo, Mallory Harrigan, Zak Knowles, Rivka Kushner, Erica Lee, Kate Mason, Natalya Mason, Ali Murphy, Patrick O’Byrne, Catherine Poëzévara, Tim Rogers, Matthew Sadler, Jennifer Thomas and Matthew Watson.

Editorial team: Camille Arkell, Laurel Challacombe, Amanda Giacomazzo, Mallory Harrigan, Zak Knowles, Rivka Kushner