Why we created this resource builder

We created this tool to make it easy for service providers to build their own resources. Service providers have told us that they would like to create resources with information and images that speak to their local context, but many do not have the time to create their own resources.

We know that access to HIV testing, and the types of testing that are available, vary widely across Canada. With this resource builder, you can add your own message, which can include local information about where to access testing and the types of testing that are available in your region. We hope that this resource builder will help you to educate your community about HIV testing and ultimately help to encourage people to get tested!

How we developed the key messages and images

The key messages are designed to encourage people to get tested, by providing key information that people should know about the benefits of HIV testing, and where to access testing.

The images are designed to reflect the diversity of people in Canada, and the communities most affected by HIV. By showing people in their communities, we aim to portray testing as a normal part of healthcare, and something that anyone in the community can do to look after their own health and the health of others. The website design and artwork are by the Public Studio Inc.

We held two focus groups with community members to gather feedback on the messages and images. These focus groups helped us to ensure that the messages are easy to understand, and that the images resonate with people across Canada.

Acknowledgements & Disclaimer

CATIE sincerely thanks everyone who provided input for this project. This includes service providers who participated in a survey that we conducted as we were developing this tool, and those who helped to test the website. It also includes community members who participated in focus groups to provide feedback on the key messages and images.

This project has been made possible through a financial contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the Public Health Agency of Canada.