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Wednesday, April 27, 2022
12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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The COVID-19 pandemic shuttered access to sexual health services in Canada. In response, we implemented on July 20, 2020 the GetaKit project in Ontario, which offers free at-home HIV self-testing. Since implementing GetaKit, we have distributed over 2000 kits, with a positivity rate of 0.4-0.8%. Based on these implementation outcomes and ongoing restricted access to sexual health care, GetaKit is expanding to include mail-out STI testing as well. This presentation will overview GetaKit, its implementation and findings, and mail-out STI expansion.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss HIV self-testing and its potential role in achieving the UNAIDS 95-95-95 targets for HIV
  • Learn about GetaKit operations for local implementation
  • Understand GetaKit implementation outcomes and STI expansion goals

This webinar will be presented in English. | This webinar will be recorded.

Webinar Speaker

Patrick O’Byrne RN-EC PhD

Dr. O’Byrne is a Full Professor of Nursing and licensed Nurse Practitioner at the University of Ottawa. His clinical and research work focus on the prevention and diagnosis of sexually transmitted infections. Dr. O’Byrne operates a nurse-led HIV PEP and PrEP clinic (PrEP-RN) and is the principal investigator for GetaKit.

Moderator

Dr. Bradley Stoner MD, PhD, Professor and Head, Department of Public Health Sciences; Professor, Department of Medicine, Queen’s University

Dr. Stoner specializes in clinical epidemiology, treatment and prevention of sexually transmitted infections. Prior to his appointment at Queen’s, Dr. Stoner was a faculty member at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and served as Medical Director of the St. Louis STD/HIV Prevention Training Center. He is a Past-President of the American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association (ASTDA), and is board-certified in infectious diseases and internal medicine.

IUSTI CanadaIn collaboration with the University of Ottawa Office of Continuing Professional Development, the Canadian Public Health Association has recently released a free online continuing the Canadian Public Health Association has recently released a free online continuing professional development (CPD) course Provide safer, more inclusive care for sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections. Intended for clinical care providers in Canada, including family physicians, nurses, nurse Intended for clinical care providers in Canada, including family physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, students/trainees and other professionals in clinical settings, this modular, learn-practitioners, students/trainees and other professionals in clinical settings, this modular, learn-at-your-pace course addresses the often entrenched barriers encountered by patients and clients at-your-pace course addresses the often entrenched barriers encountered by patients and clients seeking treatment for sexual health, substance use or STBBIs. seeking treatment for sexual health, substance use or STBBIs.

Content for the course was developed in collaboration with experts, including individuals and Content for the course was developed in collaboration with experts, including individuals and organizations with clinical, research and/or lived and living experience in the area of STBBI organizations with clinical, research and/or lived and living experience in the area of STBBI stigma.

The course uses examples, realistic case scenarios, quizzes, self-reflection exercises, videos and The course uses examples, realistic case scenarios, quizzes, self-reflection exercises, videos and more to explore the key roles that language, communication styles and workplace policies and more to explore the key roles that language, communication styles and workplace policies and procedures can play in creating safer, more inclusive environments. procedures can play in creating safer, more inclusive environments. Participants can complete the course in less than four hours, resulting in increased comfort Participants can complete the course in less than four hours, resulting in increased comfort levels for care providers, which in turn will affect the satisfaction and health outcomes of those levels for care providers, which in turn will affect the satisfaction and health outcomes of those receiving care.

This course has been certified for up to 4 Mainpro+® credits (College of Family Physicians This course has been certified for up to 4 Mainpro+® credits (College of Family Physicians of Canada) and is an Accredited Self-Assessment Program (Section 3) as defined by the of Canada) and is an Accredited Self-Assessment Program (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

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Click here for more information about CPHA’s STBBI project.