What’s the buzz on PrEP? Why public health is listening

Resonance’ is a community-based research project that asked gay men and their service providers what they understood about this new HIV prevention technology and whether it had an impact on their attitudes or behaviours.

This webinar, hosted by CATIE in partnership with NCCID, presented key findings from this project for public health practitioners.

Facilitated discussion focused on public health implications. Invited discussants informed the dialogue, drawing on varied experience from jurisdictions with different policy environments and from roles in guideline development, HIV prevention research, or community-based clinics supporting PrEP uptake. All participants were invited to speak to the challenges, opportunities and potential role for public health in a rapidly changing HIV prevention environment.

The webinar was intended for public health program managers working in the area of STBBI/HIV prevention and control or healthy sexuality programming, as well as frontline public health nurses and physicians. It may be most relevant for those working in urban public health settings.

About the presenter

San Patten lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia where she works as a health research and evaluation consultant. She completed a master’s degree in community health sciences at the University of Calgary. San is an adjunct professor in sociology at Mount Allison University, teaches at the University of Alberta (School of Public Health) and is a co-investigator of the Centre for HIV Prevention Social Research based at the University of Toronto. Much of San’s recent work is focused on new HIV prevention technologies.


Riyas Fadel has a degree in sexology from the Université du Québec à Montréal. He works as a research and planning analyst for the STBBI service of the Quebec ministry of health. His work focuses on STBBI prevention with gay men and other men who have sex with men, surveillance, and prevention using antivirals.

Joshua Edward works as knowledge translation manager for Health Initiative for Men (HIM) in Vancouver. Joshua develops HIM’s sexual health promotion and associated campaigns in partnership with a variety of local public health agencies and stakeholders, with a specific focus on community-driven initiatives and messaging. In addition to his work at HIM, Joshua is a doctoral candidate at the University of British Columbia.