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Exploring alternative methods to HIV testing to meet Canada’s obligation to UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets: Meeting Proceedings

NCCID | 01/01/2019 | Infectious Diseases , STBBIs NCCID

On April 26, 2018, The National HIV/AIDS Laboratories, National Microbiology Laboratory, and the Public Health Agency of Canada, together with the Saskatchewan HIV/AIDS Research Endeavour and the National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases brought together partners and participants to foster a reflection on alternative methods for HIV testing. The session held at the Canadian Association for HIV Research annual conference, featured new testing technologies and approaches that have the potential to expand HIV testing options in Canada if scaled-up and in order to reach people where they are.

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Hepatitis C Virus and Indigenous Peoples

In reviewing the natural history of HCV infection in populations, including the potential role of genetic differences, this webinar covered the specific etiology, prevalence and incidence of HCV infection among Indigenous peoples. The presence of co-morbidities in HCV infection was also discussed, as well as what can be done to address prevalence and incidence within this population.

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Reaching Underserved Populations: Leveraging Point-of-Care Tests for Sexually Transmitted and Blood-Borne Infections to Explore New Program Options in Canada

Point-of-care testing (POCT) is one solution for rethinking testing and screening strategies. POCT offers the flexibility to perform medical diagnostic testing outside the clinical laboratory in close proximity to where the patient is receiving care. It can be performed in a variety of settings including hospitals, clinics, physician’s offices, pharmacies, ambulances, nursing and long-term care facilities, or the patient’s residence, bringing diagnostics closer to people, especially to populations who are not currently using health services for many different reasons including, stigma, discrimination, criminalization, and geographic isolation.

While there is interest in expanding POCT in Canada, translating research and evidence into POCT policies and programs remains a challenge. To support national efforts to improve sexually transmitted and blood borne infections (STBBIs) screening and support awareness building for equitable access to and uptake of new diagnostic technologies for STBBIs, the National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCCID) commissioned this evidence review on POCT as it relates to the Canadian context. This review is the first of several projects NCCID is conducting, and is intended to summarize POC technologies and devices that are currently used, on the market, approved or available in Canada, or in the pipeline.

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Commentary on POCT for HIV/STBBI : an analysis of contextual factors impeding implementation in Canada

As Canada gears up to achieving the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets for HIV/AIDS, an underlying obstacle remains: detecting HIV in the 20% of individuals who remain unaware of their HIV sero-status. In this commentary, we make a case for a greater use of point-of-care technologies (POCTs) , their versatility of use across Canada, and potential for decentralized deployment, which will increase access and improve detection rates, and thus help achieve UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets.

Further, to effectively control HIV/STBBI syndemics, we call for the following: i) increased funding for combined POCT initiatives, ii) scale-up of successful POCT pilots into provincial screening programs, iii) approval of POCTs to increase choice, availability, reduce costs, iv) training/certification of professionals on POCTs, and finally, v) making POCTs widely available nationwide for expanded access and health equity.

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Partner Notification for Sexually-transmitted Infections: Policy Options

A look at the purposes of Partner Notification. Are there standards for Partner Notification? Who is responsible for Partner Notification? How is Partner Notification done? Which is the “best” approach to Partner Notification? What’s next in the field of Partner Notification?

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Addressing the Dimensions of Sexual Health: A Review of Evaluated Sexual Health Promotion Interventions

This scoping review is intended to support the effective planning, implementation and evaluation of sexual health promotion interventions (SHPI) by: • identifying the dimensions of sexual health that have been targeted by SHPIs since 2010; • examining the ways in which sexual health promoters have incorporated these dimensions throughout development, implementation and evaluation of SHPIs; and • identifying the evaluative measures that are employed to monitor outcomes. Emphasis is placed on exploring how SHPIs address the dimensions of sexual health in relation to the sexual and gender diversity of their target population.

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