• Sexual Health : News from the FNQLHSSC
Feb 15, 2017

During the week of December 1, 2016, the FNQLHSSC developed and shared a Sexual Health Toolbox, a directory listing of tools designed to address the needs expressed by nurses. Have you had a chance to use the Toolbox? If so, we invite you to share any comments or suggestions you may have regarding its form and content.

In November 2016, nurses in North Shore communities had the opportunity to take part in the INSPQ training session entitled “Screening intervention for sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections: the nurse’s contribution.” The new version of this session will also be offered to nurses in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue communities at the end of February 2017. If you would like more information on this training session, please contact Linda Cléroux directly by email or by telephone, at 514-864-1600, ext. 3250.

We would also like to take this opportunity to remind you that we are always available to answer any questions you may have on sexual health (e.g. training, material, development of services).

What’s new?

Sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBIs) screening for Montreal youth

A “Blitz initiative” worth recognizing

Managers and professionals in the territory served by the CSSS Jeanne-Mance (now CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal) are concerned about the particularly high prevalence of chlamydia and gonorrhea, which have been on the rise since 2007 among young people.

The annual “Blitz initiative” offers rapid screening in various settings to reach out to youth, make them and their environment more aware of STBBIs and improve access to STBBI screening. To convince young people to participate in the initiative, they must employ means that take their needs into account.

It could be a source of inspiration!

Source: https://www.inspq.qc.ca/espace-itss



For relevant information on sexual health


SexandU.ca is a new website from the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC).

The website, available in both French and English, addresses various relevant topics such as the human body, the genitals, sexual activity, sexual orientation and gender identity, STBBIs, contraception and pregnancy, and consent.

This website is “dedicated to providing the most up-to-date, unbiased, relevant information on topics related to sexual health.”1

Recommend this website to people you meet in your practice to help them find answers to questions that they may feel uncomfortable asking.


1 Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada, “About,” http://www.sexandu.ca/about/ (opens external link in a new window), 2016.


Source: https://www.inspq.qc.ca/espace-itss


News on the “Oser faire autrement” project – Bulletin no. 10

Bulletin no. 10 presents an overview of the commissioning of workshops for managers to facilitate the adoption of the guide “Oser faire autrement.” It also outlines the steps taken by the regions to better integrate STBBI interventions into their territory following this workshop. Finally, it provides a summary of two new and promising initiatives.  

Get inspired, and dare to try something different!


Source: https://www.inspq.qc.ca/espace-itss


Hepatitis C: Project ECHO® teleECHO™ clinics

Project ECHO® (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a collaborative model of medical education and care management that empowers clinicians everywhere to provide better care to more people, right where they live.

This low-cost, high-impact intervention is accomplished by linking expert inter-disciplinary specialist teams with primary care clinicians through teleECHO™ clinics, in which the experts co-manage patient cases and share their expertise via mentoring, guidance, feedback and didactic education. This enables primary care clinicians to develop the skills and knowledge to treat patients with Hepatitis C in their own communities which reduces travel costs, wait times, and avoidable complications.

This program also includes the sharing of a FibroScan® device among various regions according to a predetermined schedule.

TeleECHO™ clinics, supported by a group of CHUM experts, are now available in Quebec and will begin operations on March 31, 2017.

Download  the program for ECHO™ Hepatitis C 2017 (French only).

For more information, please contact Nicole Tremblay at nicole.tremblay.3@umontreal.ca.


An Aboriginal program on sex education in Regina cited as an example

The Manachiwasin program received the Helen and Fred Bentley Award of Excellence for sexual health innovation, which is awarded every year by Action Canada. The Manachiwasin program, which has hired three Aboriginal staff members and reached more than 800 Aboriginal students from Grades 7 and 8, has had a significant impact on the Regina community.


Exploring viral suppression rates among some Indigenous people who started ART


Researchers with Canada’s HIV observational cohort database (CANOC) have been analysing health-related information to assess and compare the response of participants, including Indigenous people, to ART. They found that Indigenous people, as a group, were less likely to achieve an undetectable viral load during their first year of using ART. However, once viral suppression was achieved, Indigenous people were just as likely as others to maintain an undetectable viral load. The study authors recommend that Indigenous people with HIV would likely benefit from interventions that enhanced their ability to take ART.

For more CATIE news: http://www.catie.ca/en/catienews

Upcoming events


26th Annual Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS – CAHR 2017
April 6-9, 2017
Montréal, Quebec

25th Harm Reduction International Conference
Harm Reduction International
May 14-17, 2017
Montréal, Quebec




Sites to (re)visit

https://www.inspq.qc.ca/espace-itss (French only)