Strong Medicine

Strong Medicine is an educational video developed by the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network and CATIE, with and for Indigenous people living with HIV.

By weaving together Indigenous knowledges of culture and wellness and Western knowledge of HIV testing and treatment, this video shares accurate information about HIV testing and treatment. It encourages people to get tested and to start, resume or stay on HIV treatment for their own health and wellness. This video is a positive and supportive educational tool for all Indigenous people living with HIV and those affected by HIV. It can be viewed in its entirety or in chapters.

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Host your own screening

We encourage individuals and organizations to host their own screenings of Strong Medicine in their communities. You can place an order for a free screening kit from the CATIE Ordering Centre, which includes a DVD, a faciliator's guide and customizable promotional posters. 


The following resources include important information on HIV treatment that can be used by individuals considering going on or staying on HIV treatment and their care providers in discussions about HIV treatment and health.

HIV Basics

Important, plain language information about HIV

HIV Treatment

A collection of information and resources in plain language about HIV treatment and the importance of starting and staying on treatment.

Your Guide to HIV Treatment

This practical guide is for people living with HIV and explains what we know about HIV treatment. It can be downloaded and printed.


Strong Medicine is supported in part by a Positive Action community grant from ViiV Healthcare and a contribution from the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund. The views expressed herein are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of ViiV Healthcare ULC or the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund.