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Welcome to our Knowledge and Resources section. Here we have gathered various resources including videos, documents, website links and other materials. You can search by topic, population, and/or type of resource, by using the drop down menus below, and then clicking “filter”.

We have highlighted what we consider to be “fundamental resources” for the topics and populations – these are selected with a coloured bar. If you want to understand the basics for particular areas, we suggest starting with these.

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Fundamental Resources

Prisoners HIV/AIDS Support Action Network

PASAN is a community-based network of prisoners, ex-prisoners, organizations, activists and individuals working together to provide advocacy, education, and support to prisoners on HIV/AIDS, HCV and related issues.

PASAN formed in 1991 as a grassroots response to the AIDS crisis in the Canadian prison system.

Today, we are the only organization in Canada exclusively providing HIV/AIDS education, support and advocacy to prisoners, ex-prisoners, young offenders and their families.

Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy

The Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy was implemented in 1995 and has consistently evolved since then to respond to the changing epidemic within the Aboriginal population. The Strategy has embraced two fundamental principles since its inception. The first being a recognition that OAHAS is a distinct strategy based on the distinct needs of Aboriginal people. While issues and factors related to the disease may be similar to the mainstream population, Aboriginal differences must be respected.

AIDS Bureau, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care

The AIDS Bureau provides specific information and resources on the situation in Ontario for human service providers.

Ontario’s co-ordinated response to HIV/AIDS includes policy development and program delivery. The province spends approximately $55 million a year on HIV/AIDS-related initiatives. This does not include physician billings to OHIP or HIV/AIDS drugs.

The Ontario government provides funding for more than 90 programs and services across the province to deliver HIV/AIDS prevention, education and support programs for those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, and those most at risk of acquiring HIV/AIDS in Ontario.

Hep C Information

Welcome to CATIE’s new plain-language website containing up-to-date information on hepatitis C. We hope it will help you find answers to all your questions about Hep C.

Just found out that you have Hep C? Visit our Newly Diagnosed section as a first step in understanding more about your diagnosis and deciding what you can do to stay healthy.

Are you a service provider or health professional, or just want more information on a topic? You can flip to an in-depth version on any page with one simple click of your mouse.

Check out these sections:

  • What is Hep C?
  • Getting Tested
  • Treatment
  • Staying Safe
  • Living with Hep C
  • HIV & Hep C

Toolkit Resources: CATIE has also produced a comprehensive toolkit of print resources for different audiences available in different formats. You can either view and download them as online PDFs, or you can order free hard copies through CATIE’s online Ordering Centre.

Ontario Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance

Welcome to the Gay Men’s Sexual Health Alliance (GMSH) website. This page is geared for professionals in the province of Ontario working in gay men’s sexual health.

African and Caribbean Council on HIV/AIDS in Ontario

The African and Caribbean Council on HIV/AIDS in Ontario (ACCHO) is made up of organizations and individuals committed to HIV prevention, education, advocacy, research, treatment, care and support for African and Caribbean communities in Ontario.

At least two-thirds of the voting members must be African and Caribbean people.

Goals and Objectives:

To reduce the incidence of HIV among African and Caribbean people in Ontario and to improve the quality of life for those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS through:

  • Coordinating the work of agencies, institutions and policy makers working with and for African and Caribbean people concerning prevention, education, health promotion, care and support
  • Facilitating community development in response to HIV/AIDS challenges
  • Identifying research needs, priorities and opportunities

Ontario Harm Reduction Distribution Program

The Ontario Harm Reduction Distribution Program provides harm reduction materials, as well as knowledge and support, to Ontario’s needle exchange and harm reduction programs.

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network

An advocacy organization dedicated to promoting the human rights of people living with and vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, through research, legal and policy analysis, education, and community mobilization.

OPIOID SUBSTITUTION THERAPY IN PRISONS: REVIEWING THE EVIDENCE

This document was prepared by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network 

A wealth of scientific evidence has shown that methadone maintenance therapy (MMT) is the most effective intervention available for the treatment of opiate dependence. MMT has been associated with reductions in risk behaviour, illicit drug use, criminal behaviour, participation in sex work, unemployment, mortality, and HIV transmission. Many of the concerns raised about MMT have been shown to be unfounded. In particular, MMT has not been shown to be an obstacle to the cessation of drug use, and in fact, MMT has been found to be more effective than detoxification programs in promoting retention in drug treatment programs and abstinence from illicit drug use.

National Aboriginal Youth Strategy on HIV and AIDS in Canada


Introduction

The HIV and AIDS epidemic among Aboriginal peoples in Canada especially compromises the health and well-being of Aboriginal youth. The epidemic indicates a strong need for a plan grounded in meaningful and culturally relevant strategies to lower the levels of HIV and AIDS infection among Aboriginal youth. The National Aboriginal Youth Strategy on HIV and AIDS in Canada for First Nations, Inuit and Metis youth from 2010 to 2015 (NAYSHAC) documents strategic areas developed by Aboriginal youth in order to encourage leadership in teh area of HIV and AIDS. Aboriginal youth are taking power in knowledge, collaboration and partnerships to lower the rates of HIV and AIDS infections in Aboriginal communities. Aboriginal communities are resilient and strong. This strategy calls for the promotion of knowledge, peer education and the proper care, treatment and support for Aboriginal People Living with HIV and AIDS, especially young mothers and their babies, that will allow Aboriginal communities to welcome and support our brothers and sisters living with and affected by HIV and AIDS.

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