Supporting Individuals with HIV and Hepatitis C who are using drugs.

Drug use should not be a barrier to successful HIV and Hepatitis C treatment. Individuals who use drugs are often an underserved population when it comes to care and treatment because they are not designed to meet their particular needs and come with a stigma.

People who inject drugs are at an increased risk of Hepatitis C and HIV, transmitted through injection equipment. The Building Enhanced Treatment Responses Initiative (BETR) improves access to testing and treatment and brings treatment services closer to where people are already accessing other health and social supports in the District of Thunder Bay.

The goals of BETR are to build treatment capacity among primary care providers and to improve the health outcomes for people living with HIV and Hepatitis C in the District.

BETR will achieve these goals through education, including lunch and learn sessions and a two-day virtual conference, and building a community of practice for primary care providers.

This initiative is funded by Health Canada and uses learning materials developed by the Saskatchewan Infectious Disease Care Network (SIDCN).