CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

CATIE is Canada’s source for up-to-date, unbiased information about HIV and hepatitis C. We connect people living with HIV or hepatitis C, at-risk communities, healthcare providers and community organizations with the knowledge, resources and expertise to reduce transmission and improve quality of life. For more details, please visit www.catie.ca or call 1-800-263-1638.

CATIE est la source d’information à jour et impartiale sur le VIH et l’hépatite C au Canada. Notre but est de partager les connaissances, les ressources et l’expertise avec les personnes vivant avec le VIH ou l’hépatite C, les communautés à risque, les fournisseurs de soins de santé et les organismes communautaires afin de diminuer la transmission des virus et d’améliorer la qualité de vie. Pour plus de renseignements, veuillez consulter www.catie.ca ou appelez le 1.800.263.1638..


Decisions about particular medical treatments should always be made in consultation with a qualified medical practitioner knowledgeable about HIV-related illness and the treatments in question.  CATIE’s full disclaimer

 

Toute décision concernant un traitement médical particulier devrait toujours se prendre en consultation avec un professionnel ou une professionnelle de la santé qualifié(e) qui a une expérience des maladies liées au VIH et des traitements en question. Déni de responsabilité de CATIE 

 

 


 

Syphilis cases on the rise among HIV-positive people in Calgary

published: March, 27, 2018 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, CATIE, Health, Research, Sexual Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Media

"The Calgary study underscores the need for regular, perhaps even frequent, screening for syphilis among sexually active HIV-positive people." From CATIE, Sean R. Hosein reports.

Syphilis cases on the rise among HIV-positive people in Calgary

- Calgary doctors noticed a three-fold increase in syphilis among patients with HIV - Syphilis was more common among people with HIV not taking treatment - More than half of cases had no symptoms, highlighting the need for screening Syphilis cases decreased in the 1990s but began to increase in Canada and other high-income countries around the year 2000. This increase has disproportionally affected gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM), including those who are HIV positive

Syphilis cases on the rise among HIV-positive people in Calgary

published: March, 25, 2018 Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, CATIE, Health, Research, Sexual Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Media

From CATIE, Sean R. Hosein reports

- Calgary doctors noticed a three-fold increase in syphilis among patients with HIV - Syphilis was more common among people with HIV not taking treatment - More than half of cases had no symptoms, highlighting the need for screening Syphilis cases decreased in the 1990s but began to increase in Canada and other high-income countries around the year 2000. This increase has disproportionally affected gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM), including those who are HIV positive

Learning from Saskatchewan’s HIV emergency

published: March, 22, 2018 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Hep B and C, As Prevention , Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Mental Health, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Media

"...as a nurse, and as a human, I remain disappointed at what I perceive to be the lack of an adequate and equitable HIV response in Saskatchewan." From CATIE Blog, Susanne Nicolay shares the benefit of her 24-plus years' experience there.

Learning from Saskatchewan’s HIV emergency

Saskatchewan has led the country in the rate of new HIV infections and the proportion of people living with HIV since 2009. The HIV epidemic in this province is unique from other jurisdictions in Canada in that more than three-quarters of our new infections occur in people who use injection drugs (the Canadian average is less than 14%). The roots of public health challenges such as HIV and hepatitis C, however, go much deeper than addiction and substance abuse. They started long ago, and they

8 Questions about PrEP for guys

published: March, 20, 2018 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , CATIE, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Media

From CATIE, authoritative answers to eight of the most frequently asked questions about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).

8 Questions about PrEP for guys

A word on language: People use different words to talk about their bodies and their genitals. Here we use medical words, such as penis, anus and vagina, to describe genitals. Some people may use other words, such as private parts, dick, ass and front hole. CATIE acknowledges and respects that people use words that they are most comfortable with. 1. What is PrEP?  PrEP is used by HIV-negative people to help prevent HIV transmission. PrEP stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis. It involves taki

Beyond stigma: challenging STBBI stigma in the classroom

published: March, 13, 2018 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Youth, Mental Health, Health, Research, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Sexual Health, Media

From CATIE blog, Brittany Neron and Makeda Zook blog about "Beyond the Basics", a sex ed curriculum companion resource that doesn't use fear- and risk-based messaging

Beyond stigma: challenging STBBI stigma in the classroom

Sex education is a largely stigmatized and often politically volatile subject, even though access to comprehensive sexuality education is enshrined in international law as a human right. The standard of sex ed that is taught across Canada is uneven, and even when it is scientifically accurate, it is often delivered in a risk- and fear-based way, particularly when it comes to teaching young people about safer sex and sexual transmitted and blood borne infections (STBBIs). Fear- and risk-base

Patterns of substance use associated with fentanyl exposure in Vancouver

published: March, 12, 2018 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Current Affairs, Research, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Media

From CATIE, Sean R. Hosein reports on a Vancouver study aiming to find out about the degree of exposure to fentanyl among people who use street drugs.

Patterns of substance use associated with fentanyl exposure in Vancouver

- British Columbia researchers analyzed urine samples of 669 people who used street drugs - 15% of all participants had been exposed to the extremely powerful opioid fentanyl - Exposure to fentanyl was higher among those who inject drugs In the past several years, deaths from opioid overdose have increased in Canada and the U.S. In Canada the increase in deaths was initially reported in British Columbia and then spread to neighbouring Alberta and other parts of Canada. British

Some Canadians spending less on food, heating because of prescription drug costs

published: March, 06, 2018 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Current Affairs, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Media

From CATIE, Sean R Hosein reports on a study that examines how the social determinants of health are affectIng patient adherence and outcomes.

Some Canadians spending less on food, heating because of prescription drug costs

- Researchers find 22% of prescription drug spending in Canada is out of pocket - Cost of drugs leaves many Canadians cutting back on medication and essentials - Cost-related non-adherence increases health complications and healthcare burden Canadian public health insurance plans pay for hospital and physician services that are considered medically necessary. However, prescription drugs are another matter. According to a team of researchers at universities in British Columbia and Ontario, t

Researchers study the impact of co-infection with hepatitis viruses on pregnant women with HIV

published: March, 01, 2018 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Hep B and C, CATIE, Women, Research, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Media, Population Specific

From CATIE, Sean R. Hosein reports on a study designed to find out more about the impact of these viruses on pregnancy and birth outcomes in co-infected women.

Researchers study the impact of co-infection with hepatitis viruses on pregnant women with HIV

- Hepatitis C co-infection increases risk of pregnancy complications for women with HIV - Women co-infected with hepatitis C had higher HIV viral loads when giving birth - Researchers suggest screening women with HIV for hepatitis C before pregnancy Due to shared routes of infection, co-infection with hepatitis-causing viruses, particularly hepatitis B-virus (HBV) and/or hepatitis C virus (HCV), is relatively common among some people with HIV. To find out more about the impact of these viru

On-demand PEP to prevent HIV infection

published: February, 23, 2018 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, As Prevention , Gay Men, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Women, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Media

“HIV PEP-in-pocket (PIP)" designed to help those “who do not meet criteria for daily or on-demand PrEP" From CATIE, Sean R.Hosein reports.

On-demand PEP to prevent HIV infection

- Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) can prevent HIV infection up to 72 hours after exposure - To expedite initiation of PEP, two Toronto clinics prescribed the medication in advance - 13% of “PEP-in-pocket” prescriptions were filled, resulting in zero infections There are several options to reduce a person’s risk of becoming infected with HIV during sex. One option increasingly used in Canada and other high-income countries involves the use of a pill containing two anti-HIV medicines—

Love Positive Women: why a fulfilling sexual life with HIV matters

published: February, 15, 2018 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Activism, Social Media, CATIE, Events, Women, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality

From CATIE Blog, Allison Carter, Jessica Whitbread and Angela Kaida: "Only by elevating HIV-positive women’s sexual pleasure to a higher status can we truly support their access to full sexual health and rights."

Love Positive Women: why a fulfilling sexual life with HIV matters

“I went through a long period, seems like ancient history now, but I remember when I was first diagnosed, I felt so dirty. Like everything about me was, I suppose, unsafe and unclean and my blood was just full of crap. Just the whole thing was very internalized… For the most part now, I feel loveable. I feel good about myself. I just feel like I’ve still got a lot to offer and give and that I can be part of a strong, healthy relationship, despite the difficulties, I suppose.” —Anony

Will de-simplification of HIV treatment become common in high-income countries?

published: February, 14, 2018 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Media

From CATIE, Sean R. Hosein reports on a study exploring de-simplification as a cost-cutting measure.

Will de-simplification of HIV treatment become common in high-income countries?

- As more people start HIV treatment, researchers are exploring ways to cut costs - Single tablets can be replaced by a few pills comprising cheaper generic drugs - Alberta clinic projects $4.3 million saved by “de-simplifying” one treatment regimen Initiating and staying on HIV treatment (ART) results in most people having very low levels of HIV in their blood. Such low levels are commonly called undetectable and result in improved measures of health and projections of near-normal life

Indigenizing research: the Wise Practices conference

published: February, 07, 2018 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , CATIE, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Research, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Media, Opinion Pieces

From CATIE Blog, Laurie Edmiston: "...while CAAN and the AHA Centre are trying to conduct community research while honouring Indigenous people’s processes, some of us are still trying to impose our own standards and measures on Indigenous communities."

Indigenizing research: the Wise Practices conference

This past year the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) held its annual gathering, on the theme of “transforming wholistic approaches to Indigenous health.” It’s a gathering of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people, combining a business meeting, a gathering of Aboriginal people with HIV/AIDS, and the ‘Wise Practices’ research conference. But more importantly, it is a gathering of colleagues who have become friends, clients who have become peers, people with HIV who have become

CATIE expresses condolences and support regarding missing men in Toronto

published: January, 31, 2018 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Media

"CATIE expresses our solidarity with Toronto’s LGBT, South Asian and Middle Eastern communities, and we extend our support to efforts to change the way community concerns are addressed in the future."

CATIE expresses condolences and support regarding missing men in Toronto

The staff and board of directors of CATIE were deeply distressed to learn about the deaths of Selim Esen, Andrew Kinsman, Majeed Kayhan, Soroush Mahmudi and Dean Lisowick. We extend our condolences to the families and friends of the victims and our colleagues at the Toronto HIV/AIDS Network and the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation, where Andrew Kinsman worked and volunteered. We also offer our support for the Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention, which has called for an external review

French study confirms the safety and effectiveness of varenicline for HIV-positive smokers

published: January, 25, 2018 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Health, Research, International , CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Smoking Cessation , Media

Varenicline (combined with counselling) can clearly help some HIV-positive people to quit smoking. From CATIE, Sean R. Hosein reports.

French study confirms the safety and effectiveness of varenicline for HIV-positive smokers

- People living with HIV are known to be at increased risk for smoking-related illnesses. - Researchers find varenicline safe and effective at helping people with HIV quit smoking. - Cessation counsellors who are infectious disease specialists have higher quit rates. The widespread use of potent HIV treatment (ART) has led to improved measures of health and near-normal life expectancy for many people with HIV in Canada and other high-income countries. However, studies have found that ART us

PrEP’s social impact on the lives of some gay men in Toronto

published: January, 23, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Dating, African, Caribbean and Black, As Prevention , Gay Men, Youth, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Sexual Health, Lifestyle, Treatment, Living with HIV

Researchers in Toronto conducted a PrEP demonstration project to assess its acceptability, use and effectiveness. From CATIE, Sean R. Hosein reports.

PrEP’s social impact on the lives of some gay men in Toronto

- Researchers interviewed early adopters of PrEP in Toronto about their experience. - Participants reported that their use of PrEP left them feeling “proud” and “liberated.” - Stigma and judgment related to PrEP also led some participants to conceal their use of it. PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) involves taking two anti-HIV medicines in one pill, usually daily, to reduce the chance of getting HIV. PrEP is meant to be used in combination with other HIV prevention approaches, such a

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