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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. 


Millionaire Funds Norwegian Street Nurses’ Trip to Canada

March 27, 2013 by Fiona Gold, Outreach Street Nurse, Clinical Prevention Services, BCCDC

In January 2013, the BCCDC STI Outreach program was contacted by three street nurses from Oslo, Norway, who were planning a trip to Vancouver. They wanted to spend time learning about the BCCDC’s Outreach/Street Nurse Program. On February 26th and 27th Jenny, Marta and Christine arrived in Vancouver full of enthusiasm, inspired by the work…

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4th Annual CANAC Western Canadian HIV Nursing Symposium: Aboriginal Communities and HIV

March 5, 2013 by BCCDC

This full-day event on Friday, March 15th is sponsored by the Canadian Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (CANAC), Bristol-Myers-Squibb and Providence Health Care.  The focus of the symposium is on cultural safety and Aboriginal health, and the event features a plenary speech, multiple presentations and a panel discussion (please see the attached agenda below). …

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Upcoming Workshop: Transgenderism and Gender Identity Diversity for Mental Health Practitioners

January 25, 2013 by BCCDC

This workshop is presented by Gender Diversity Consultant, Lukas Walther.  It is intended for all mental health practitioners interested in working with this extraordinarily diverse and complex population, and in developing confidence and competency to assist someone during and after gender transition. This is not a tutorial on clinical diagnosis and assessment; its purpose is…

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Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week

December 4, 2012 by BCCDC

December 1st marked World AIDS Day and the first day of Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week (December 1-5th, 2012).  Aboriginal people (First Nations, Metis, and Inuit) are still experiencing disproportionate rates of HIV infection.  In 2008, Aboriginal people made up an estimated 12.5% of all new HIV infections in Canada, with an infection rate 3.6 times…

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Upcoming presentation by Dr. Mark Tyndall

November 13, 2012 by BCCDC

On Tuesday, November 20, 2012 from 12pm to 1pm, Dr. Mark Tyndall will present “Public Health and the Supreme Court of Canada: The Good, the Bad and the Smudgy” at the BC Centre for Disease Control lunchtime Grand Rounds session. Dr. Mark Tyndall is a Professor of Medicine and Head of Infectious Diseases at the…

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Trauma-Informed Care Workshops In November

October 22, 2012 by Devon Haag

The STI Outreach and Chee Mamuk programs at the BC Centre for Disease Control, along with Providence Health and Canadian Nurses in AIDS Care (CANAC), are sponsoring two Trauma workshops this November. The presenter, Elizabeth Vermilyea, will be examining the role of trauma in people’s lives and how it impacts “risk-taking behaviours” with respect to…

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New Sexual Health Program at BCIT

September 13, 2012 by Elaine Jones

  BCIT is launching an introductory Sexual Health Rehabilitation course as part of a new Human Sexuality curriculum offered through the Perinatal Specialty Nursing program and School of Health Sciences. For more information: http://www.bcit.ca/health/industry/sexualrehab.shtml

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Regional Clinical Conferences on Sexual Health this fall provided by Options for Sexual Health

August 16, 2012 by Mark Gilbert

Options for Sexual Health is providing a series of regional clinical conferences this fall.  Clinical updates and professional development education will be offered on a variety of sexual and reproductive health topics including, RN certified practice, advanced women’s health, pregnancy options, STIs & HIV and more. Nanaimo: September 14 Vancouver: September 22 Prince George: September…

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