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The Treatment Cascade

We’re excited to be working on a new project exploring what issues impact engagement by people living with HIV with healthcare in Ontario. The goal is to better understand how policies impact treatment access for people living with HIV, and to identify opportunities to make the healthcare system more accessible.

After a comprehensive literature review of research on the treatment cascade in Canada, we will be carrying out interviews with service providers and people living with HIV in Ontario.

In order to have a sample that is representative of Ontario, we will work with people living with HIV from each of Ontario’s priority populations (gay, bi and other MSM; African, Caribbean and Black people; Indigenous People; People who use injection drugs; and women from the above groups). We will also work with community partners to gather a geographically diverse sample.

We hope that once this project is complete, our results will be able to provide:

  • Insight on challenges in the treatment cascade for frontline service providers and policy makers.
  • Knowledge to help service providers more effectively advocate for the needs of their clients.
  • Opportunities for community-based agencies to organize and promote policy change that will broaden access to treatment.

CTAC hopes to use the knowledge gathered and our experience in Ontario to expand this project to other provinces as part of a multi-year, pan-Canadian project. The project is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

You can find out more about the HIV treatment cascade here.

If you have any thoughts, comments, or would like to know more, please do get in touch with Interim Program Manager Rounak Khan on 437-222-2822, ext 233 or rounak[at]ctac.ca.