Prevention in Focus

Spring 2020 

In case you missed it…

Recent Canadian and international online resources for service providers.

CATIE resources

Curing hepatitis C: What you need to know

This client booklet is for all people who have been diagnosed with hepatitis C. It provides simple and essential information on hepatitis C treatment and cure.

Curing hepatitis C: What you need to know if you use drugs

This client booklet is for people who use drugs and have been diagnosed with hepatitis C. It provides simple and essential information on hepatitis C treatment and cure.

Hepatitis C in Canadian immigrants and newcomers: A hidden population

This video created for frontline workers and service providers outlines key information on hepatitis C transmission, testing and treatment for immigrants and newcomers from countries where hepatitis C is common.

Common hepatitis C drugs available in Canada for adults

This updated chart provides information on medications used to treat hepatitis C in Canada.

Staying healthy behind the walls: Tattooing, piercing and you

This brochure, produced by PASAN and CATIE, provides information on preventing hepatitis C and HIV transmission while tattooing or piercing in prison.

Can’t Pass It On

This national awareness campaign promotes the message that people with HIV on effective treatment can’t pass it on to a partner and includes a video, posters and postcards.

U=U: A guide for service providers

This guide provides service providers with key messages and recommendations on U=U to use in their work. An accompanying toolkit with poster pages to print and share is also available.

Webinars

Hepatitis C and drug user health: The latest international research and its implications for the frontlines

This webinar highlights important international issues and new research with a focus on hepatitis C in the context of drug user health. It also discusses the relevance and implications of the international programming, policy and research for frontline practice in Canada. The webinar was co-presented by CATIE and the International Network on Hepatitis in Substance Users (INHSU).

Lessons learned from supervised consumption and overdose prevention sites in Canada

This webinar focuses on lessons learned from a national teleconference network for supervised consumption site (SCS) and overdose prevention site (OPS) service providers. It was presented in partnership with the Dr. Peter Centre.

Reducing barriers to access and engagement in hepatitis C care through integration

This webinar discusses potential strategies to overcome these barriers by focusing on promising models of frontline programs for people who use drugs or who are marginalized from mainstream healthcare, such as co-location and integration of services.

Expanding hepatitis C testing and treatment through task-shifting

This webinar explores the concept of task shifting, the opportunities and benefits it offers, and how Scotland has implemented this concept to scale up access to their hepatitis C services.

CATIE News

HIV diagnosis and linkage to care is key for reducing transmission rates

A recent study from the US considered HIV transmission rates along the continuum of care. Rates decreased across the continuum, with the highest transmission rates occurring in people who were unaware of their HIV status.

The cascade of hepatitis C virus care in Alberta

This article examines an analysis of the hepatitis C virus cascade of care in Alberta which identified areas for improvement at each stage.

B.C. study finds that providing ART and methadone in the same facility helps adherence

A recent study assessed the long-term impact of dispensing both ART and methadone in one place. They found that the likelihood of HIV-positive people achieving high adherence (95% or greater) to ART was significantly enhanced when both ART and methadone were dispensed in the same location as opposed to in different locations.

Can intravenous ketamine and mindfulness therapy break cocaine dependency?

In a randomized clinical trial with 55 participants, scientists found that a combination of a single infusion of ketamine combined with mindfulness-based exercises helped to significantly reduce dependence on cocaine in some people. These results should be considered very promising but preliminary.

Progress made in the hepatitis C virus cascade of care but more work lies ahead in B.C.

A recent study analyzed the cascade of hepatitis C care in British Columbia and found that while progress in the diagnosis and treatment of HCV has been made in recent years, gaps in the cascade still exist. The largest gap identified was in the initiation of HCV treatment.

Positive trends for Internet-based testing for sexually transmitted infections

A recent study examined the Internet-based STI testing service called Get Checked Online (GCO) from the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and found that people who used Internet-based testing services more likely to have repeated STI screening (22%) compared to people who were tested at clinics.

A novel HIV prevention approach called PIP in cases with infrequent exposure to HIV

This article presents a post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) approach called PIP (PEP in Pocket), which is being offered as an HIV prevention strategy for people who have infrequent exposure to HIV by physicians in Toronto.

Canadian resources

Accelerating our response: Government of Canada five-year action plan on sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections

This action plan from the Government of Canada aims to reduce the health impacts of sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections in Canada by 2030.

Indigenous harm reduction = Reducing the harms of colonialism

This policy brief from the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network and the Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development examines Indigenous approaches to harm reduction.

The Correctional Service of Canada’s prison needle exchange program: Policy brief

This policy brief from the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network looks at the prison needle exchange program implemented by Correctional Service of Canada.

Injectable opioid agonist treatment (iOAT) for opioid use disorder: National clinical guideline

National guidelines on injectable opioid agonist treatment from the Canadian Research Initiative in Substance Misuse (CRISM).

Indigenous hepatitis C promising practices toolkit

This hepatitis C toolkit from the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network contains videos, factsheets, posters and other resources.

Infectious syphilis in Canada, 2018

This infographic from the Public Health Agency of Canada summarizes reported cases of syphilis in Canada from 2009 to 2018.

HIV Housing Toolkit

This toolkit from the Pacific AIDS Network contains nine modules to build capacity, skills and understanding on navigating housing-related issues in British Columbia.

Point-of-care testing for sexually transmitted and blood‐borne infections: A Canadian realist review

This review from the National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases explores patient-centred outcomes, feasibility and potential consequences of point-of-care testing approaches in other countries that are relevant to the Canadian context, including opportunities and challenges for their implementation.

Report on sexually transmitted infections in Canada, 2017

This report from the Public Health Agency of Canada summarizes reported cases and infection rates for chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis in Canada from 2008 to 2017.

Chlamydia, gonorrhea and infectious syphilis in Canada, 2017

This infographic from the Public Health Agency of Canada summarizes reported cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis in Canada from 2008 to 2017.

HIV in Canada : 2018 surveillance highlights

This infographic from the Public Health Agency of Canada summarizes reported cases and infection rates for HIV in Canada for 2018.

HIV in Canada - Surveillance report, 2018

This report from the Public Health Agency of Canada summarizes reported cases and infection rates for HIV in Canada for 2018.

HIV prevention: What you need to know

This infographic from the Public Health Agency of Canada highlights key HIV prevention strategies including HIV treatment and an undetectable viral load, PrEP and PEP.

HIV factsheet - U=U for health professionals

This fact sheet from the Public Health Agency of Canada reviews key messages about U=U for health providers.

Testimonials of people living with HIV

These videos from the Public Health Agency of Canada profile people with HIV in Canada who share their experiences and the impact of U=U on their lives.

International resources

What’s the 2+1+1? Event-driven oral pre-exposure prophylaxis to prevent HIV for men who have sex with men: Update to WHO’s recommendation on oral PrEP

These updated recommendations from the World Health Organization address the use of event-driven PrEP as an alternative to daily oral PrEP for men who have sex with men.

Update of recommendations on first- and second-line antiretroviral regimens

These updated recommendations from the World Health Organization address the drugs used for first and second line treatment of HIV.

Communities at the centre: Global AIDS update 2019

This 2019 report from UNAIDS includes regional HIV and AIDS statistics and reviews global progress in addressing the epidemic.

Progress report on HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections, 2019: Accountability for the global health sector strategies, 2016–2021

This report looks at international progress on the World Health Organization global health section strategies for HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections.