The Portail VIH/sida du Québec (PVSQ) and MIELS-Québec have joined forces to offer “The Essentials of HIV”, an attractive and rigorous brochure that contains everything you need to know about HIV in 2022. This updated version is intended to be more inclusive, taking into account the many developments in the field of HIV, such as PrEP (PrEP) and HIV self-testing.
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Get a printed copy of "The Essentials of HIV"

It is also possible to order and receive a printed copy of “The Essentials of HIV” by mail; a monetary donation is suggested to help defray the cost of printing and mailing, and varies depending on the number of copies desired.

Proposed donation amounts:

1 copy = $8.00 / 3 copies = $20.00 / 5 copies = $30.00 / 10 copies = $50.00

To order one or more printed copies:

  1. Visit
  2. Click on “Donate once” and enter the suggested donation amount for the number of copies desired
  3. Complete the “Donor and Tax Receipt Information” menu
  4. Complete the “Payment Information” menu by entering the requested contact and payment information; the site accepts Visa, Mastercard and American Express.
  5. Review the information and click on “Complete Donation Now”.

Your order will be shipped to the address entered on the donation form. You will receive a tax receipt for the amount of your donation by email.

A free copy can also be sent to people who do not have the means to make a donation, just ask. For all questions regarding ordering the print version of “The Essentials of HIV”, contact Patrice at:

About "The Essentials of HIV"

“The Essentials of HIV” offers recent must-know information on HIV, including the Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U) concept, treatment (and treatment as prevention), testing, and other prevention strategies. Emphasis has been placed on the psychosocial dimensions of living with HIV in order to highlight the different realities of people living with the Virus.

The information presented in the brochure is relevant to all health care professionals and psychosocial workers who provide services to people living with HIV and those affected by HIV. “The Essentials” is also intended as a community-based resource to provide information to all people living with HIV, including those who have been diagnosed for several years and those who may have been diagnosed more recently, as well as their loved ones. It also includes tools for professionals who want to improve their intervention approaches so that they are safer and better tailored to the various key (or priority) populations who are currently disproportionately affected by HIV.

This guide was developed with the help of a number of community resources and was reviewed by clinicians as well as the INSPQ. It is adapted to the realities of Quebec and provides local and regional references that cover the entire province. It is an excellent complementary resource for existing professional practice guides. Quality information, written in an accessible manner, remains a major component in the support of people living with HIV and in the fight against stigmatization, which unfortunately continues to affect people living with HIV.

The Portail VIH/sida du Québec (PVSQ) and MIELS-Québec offer training sessions that expand on the various themes introduced in this guide. For more information about these free training sessions, contact the Portail VIH/sida du Québec ( or or MIELS-Québec ( or

The digital version of “The Essentials of HIV” is always available for download, at no cost.

Enjoy your reading! ! : )