Canada

A snapshot of PrEP scale-up, registration and resources for Canada.

  • 4,700-5,200
    Estimated Number of Current PrEP Users

    Aggregates numbers reported from demonstration projects, PEPFAR dashboard and program/country reports where available. This is presented as a range due to difficulty in tracking precise numbers and possible double reporting.

Data Updated: May 1, 2019

Drug Registration Status

  • Gilead's Truvada (TDF/FTC) registration
    Approved
  • Generic versions of TDF/FTC for prevention
    Approved

Types of Projects

  • National level — PrEP availability in government clinics.

Research, Demonstration and Implementation Projects

Policy Framework

Funding

  • ANRS
  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Inserm
  • The Canadian Trial Network
  • Fondation Pierre Bergé
  • Gilead Sciences

Eligibility Criteria

Guidance on the use of HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) in British Columbia

Before starting PrEP confirm that patient is at ongoing, high risk for acquiring HIV infection

For MSM, this will usually consist of having one or more of the following:

  • One or more HIV-positive sexual partner(s), particularly if the HIV positive partner is not receiving stable ART and/or does not have a consistently undetectable viral load
  • Recent (within 6 months) sexually transmitted infection (STI)
  • Multiple sex partners
  • History of inconsistent or no condom use for anal intercourse
  • Repeated courses of non-occupational post-exposure prophylaxis (nPEP)

For heterosexual men or women, this will usually consist of one or more of the following:

  • One or more HIV-positive sexual partner(s), particularly if the HIV positive partner is not receiving stable ART and/or does not have a consistently undetectable viral load
  • Having sexual partners who are MSM or use injection drugs

For people who use injection drugs, this will usually consist of:

  • Sharing injection equipment
  • Injecting once or more times per day in an unsafe setting (outside of safe injection sites)
  • Injecting cocaine or methamphetamine
  • Repeated courses of non-occupational post-exposure prophylaxis (nPEP)

Resources for Canada

  • Purchase-PrEP.com – A multi-national collaboration that provides access options by mail order to PrEP medicines to people in a number of countries.
  • A Framework for Scaling Up PrEP can help implementers, government, and advocates begin planning for and implementing PrEP programs.
  • CATIE works with people living with HIV or hepatitis C, at-risk communities, healthcare providers and community organisations with the knowledge, resources and expertise to reduce transmission and improve quality of life.
  • Canadian civil society is organizing to ensure timely, equitable and affordable access to PrEP across Canada. Advocates are monitoring private and public health plans, both those specific to individual provinces and federal, country-wide plans. To get connected, contact Jack Mohr (jack@ctac.ca) with CTAC.
  • Get PrEPED is an informational website providing at-risk Canadians with PrEP facts, news and information on where to access PrEP locally.