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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. 


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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Survey: Harm Reduction

October 22, 2018 by BCCDC

The Harm Reduction team at the BC Centre for Disease Control would like to invite you to participate in a short survey. The purpose of this survey, as it pertains to Mental Wellness and Substance Use, is to identify needs across the province to inform a series of courses for our online learning platform (LearningHub)….

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Upcoming webinar: Clinical Prevention Services and the client perspective

August 31, 2018 by BCCDC

The BC Centre for Disease Control’s (BCCDC) Clinical Prevention Services (CPS) is hosting an all-day webinar series on September 17th 2018. Topics will span each of CPS’s respective program areas including: Hepatitis Tuberculosis (TB) Harm Reduction Sexually transmitted infections (STI) Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) The target audience includes, but is not limited to, public health…

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Take our survey: Health provider needs for hepatitis B

July 27, 2018 by Stephanie Meier, Senior Practice Leader, Clinical Prevention Services, BCCDC

Hepatitis Services at the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) would like to invite health care providers to participate in a short survey. The purpose of this survey is to identify the learning needs of health care providers across the province with regard to hepatitis B, in order to inform the development of a new…

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