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STI updates are blog posts from the BCCDC or our community partners about a variety of sexual health topics. These include program updates, clinical practice changes, new research, events, and more. We will not clutter your inbox with frequent emails, and your email address will not be used for any other purposes. 

Sex Now 2019, a national survey to improve GBT2Q men’s health

November 25, 2019 by Ben Klassen, Research Manager, Sex Now Survey at the Community Based Research Centre

The diversity and complexity of our communities of gay, bi, and queer men, including trans men and Two-Spirit people (GBT2Q), have often made us difficult for outsiders to research. However, research has an impact on our health and wellbeing by illuminating the challenges our communities face and proposing possible solutions. Our needs and experiences are…

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Super gonorrhea! Supercalifragilisticexpiali…what?

November 15, 2019 by Community Antimicrobial Stewardship team, BC Centre for Disease Control and I Boost Immunity

I Boost Immunity launched a new campaign for World Antibiotic Awareness Week in partnership with the BC Centre for Disease Control’s Community Antimicrobial Stewardship team. Take the quiz and I Boost Immunity will donate a vaccine to a child in need through UNICEF Canada. I Boost Immunity is a Canadian-based online grassroots immunization advocacy program with…

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Complete this survey to help create a directory of BC hepatitis C treatment providers

October 22, 2019 by Hepatitis Services team, Clinical Prevention Services, BC Centre for Disease Control

The Hepatitis Services team at the BC Centre for Disease Control invites those who provide (or work at a clinic that provides) hepatitis C treatment in British Columbia (BC) to participate in a short survey. The survey will be used to create a database that will allow referring physicians and members of the public to…

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New BCCDC Non-Certified Practice Decision Support Tool: HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)

September 19, 2019 by Geoffrey Ford, HIV/STI Senior Practice Lead, Clinical Prevention Services, BC Centre for Disease Control

Please join the BCCDC education team for a Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) webinar to review this new Decision Support Tool (DST) for Registered Nurse assessment and management of HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP).  This DST includes information on: PrEP eligibility considerations Required and recommended baseline testing PrEP initiation, ongoing testing, monitoring and management Consultation and/or referral…

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Feedback Requested: Canadian Guidelines on Sexually Transmitted Infections – Needs Assessment with Healthcare Providers 2019-2020

August 20, 2019 by The Public Health Agency of Canada

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) would like to hear from you! The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) develops the Canadian Guidelines on Sexually Transmitted Infections, and other guidance products on sexually transmitted and bloodborne infections (STBBI). The Canadian Guidelines on Sexually Transmitted Infections is an evidence-informed resource, developed in collaboration with the…

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Free training on providing transgender women affirmative and competent HIV healthcare is being offered to Vancouver based Service Provider Organizations

June 21, 2019 by Chavisa Horemans, National Research Coordinator, CIHR CTN Trans Team

The ‘Transgender women removing healthcare barriers to engagement in the HIV prevention and care cascades: The development and pilot study of Transgender Education for Affirmative and Competent HIV and Healthcare (TEACHH)’ research team is offering a free workshop to Service Provider Organizations in Vancouver. The TEACHH workshop is a 3-hour session for care providers looking…

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HIV PrEP: New tools for clinicians and clients

June 20, 2019 by Monica Durigon, Nurse Educator, Clinical Prevention Services, BCCDC

HIV Pre-exposure prophylaxis (HIV PrEP) involves the use of a daily oral HIV medication (called antiretrovirals or HAART) by people who are HIV-negative to prevent HIV infection. As of January 2018, HIV PrEP became provincially-funded for people in BC who may be at higher risk of HIV infection. Made available through the HIV Drug Treatment…

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Vaccines recommended for people living with HIV: Updated resources

March 14, 2019 by Jessica Harper, Immunization Promotion Nurse, ImmunizeBC

The BCIC Immunization Promotion working group has updated 2 resources available under the Posters & Pamphlets section on the ImmunizeBC website. ImmunizeBC provides evidence-based immunization information and tools for residents of British Columbia. These resources can either be viewed online or downloaded and printed. Local health units may also have printed copies of the poster…

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Upcoming webinar: Reducing stigma in sexual and reproductive health care for Indigenous women, girls and gender-diverse people

January 28, 2019 by Canadian Public Health Association

This webinar is presented by the Canadian Public Health Association as part of their webinar series on “Reducing stigma related to sexuality, substance use and STBBIs“. When: Tuesday, February 5, 2019 Time: 10:00 – 11:00 AM PST Register here for this event. Speakers: RJ Jones and Melissa Lambert, Native Women’s Association of Canada With the…

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Educators’ Forum 2019: Promoting effective STBBI, HIV, Hepatitis C and harm reduction education with Indigenous peoples of BC

November 23, 2018 by Pacific AIDS Network

The First Nations Health Authority in partnership with the Pacific AIDS Network, CATIE, Vancouver Coastal Health, the BC Centre for Disease Control and YouthCO/Yúusnewas are excited to be hosting the 4th annual two-day gathering for educators and harm reduction practitioners to learn, share wisdom and network. Dates: February 12-13, 2019 Location: Coast Coal Harbour Hotel…

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