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Policy & Guidelines for Sexually Transmitted and Blood Borne Infection (STBBI) Testing and Care in BC Correctional Centres

March 3, 2022 by Terri Buller-Taylor, Hepatitis Education Canada/Pathways to Care for STBBIs in Prisons, Hepatitis Clinical Prevention Services, BC Centre for Disease Control

You Matter Pathways to STBBI Care – Project Update –  March 2022 People who experience incarceration are disproportionately affected by STBBIs, with significantly higher rates of infections such as hepatitis C virus (HCV) among people in prison compared to the overall population. People who have experienced incarceration can also face many difficulties in getting access…

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The BC Centre for Disease Control has recently its HIV testing course

November 26, 2021 by Jay McBain, Senior Practice Lead for STI/HIV, Clinical Prevention Services, BC Centre for Disease Control

Overview This self directed online course, offered by the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), is intended for Registered Nurses and other health care professionals who offer HIV testing or prevention services in their communities of workplace. The goals of the HIV Testing Online Course are: To provide the foundation for Nurses to competently provide…

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Discontinuing testing & vaccination reminder service on SmartSexResource

November 5, 2021 by Heather Pedersen, Online Sexual Health Manager, BC Centre for Disease Control

Since 2016, SmartSexResource has offered a testing & vaccination reminder service where users can sign up for email or text messages letting them know when to make an appointment for regular STI screening, re-testing, PrEP follow-up, or when to book their next dose of HPV or hepatitis vaccination. As of December 1, 2021, this service…

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Time for a Quickie? STI Express Testing is Now Available at the BCCDC STI Clinic

September 21, 2021 by Lauren Allan, Project Manager, Clinical Prevention Services, BC Centre for Disease Control

The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) will begin offering Express Testing at the STI clinic in Vancouver, on Tuesday, September 28th. Express Testing is a convenient and fast way to get routine STI/HIV tests, without being assessed by a nurse or physician. The new STI Express Testing appointments are part of an effort to…

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Updates to BCCDC Non-Certified Practice Decision Support Tools and Certified Practice Competencies

September 23, 2020 by the Education Team, Clinical Prevention Services, BC Centre for Disease Control

Non-Certified Practice Revisions to the BCCDC’s Non-Certified Practice Decision Support Tools (DSTs) have been completed and are now posted in the BCCDC Communicable Disease Control Manual, Chapter 5: Sexually Transmitted Infections. A provincial working group comprised of frontline and nursing leads certified in STI practice convened to discuss and review BCCDC’s proposed changes over a…

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Non-urgent Hepatitis C (HCV) Testing has now resumed

June 10, 2020 by The BC Centre for Disease Control and the Ministry of Health

In April, non-urgent Hepatitis C (HCV)  testing at the BCCDC Public Health Laboratory (PHL) was suspended to redirect resources to support COVID-19 testing. As of June 2020, all HCV testing has resumed. If you may have been exposed to HCV and need a test, contact your health care provider or use the clinic finder to…

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Temporary suspension of non-urgent Hepatitis C (HCV) testing

April 13, 2020 by The BC Centre for Disease Control and the Ministry of Health

All non-urgent Hepatitis C (HCV) testing at the BCCDC Public Health Laboratory (PHL) is temporarily suspended to redirect resources to support COVID-19 testing. This includes all routine HCV screening and testing related to HCV treatment. The BCCDC PHL performs more than 95% of all BC’s HCV testing. When HCV testing resumes, health care providers will be…

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BCCDC Provincial STI clinic announcement regarding COVID-19

March 18, 2020 by Troy Grennan, Physician Lead, HIV/STI Program, Clinical Prevention Services, BCCDC

The BCCDC Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Clinics are committed to ensuring our patients and staff remain safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, while still ensuring that our patients get the best care. During this time, we will only be seeing the highest priority STI patients at the Provincial STI Clinic at 655 W 12th St, Vancouver….

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Change to STI Updates blog subscription service

January 30, 2020 by Heather Pedersen, Online Sexual Health Services Manager, BC Centre for Disease Control

This February, we are changing the service we use to manage and send emails for the SmartSexResource STI Updates blog. If you are currently subscribed, your email address will automatically be carried over to the new service. You can unsubscribe at any time. Moving forward, blog subscriptions will be managed directly through the SmartSexResource website….

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BCCDC Public Health Laboratory Update: Hepatitis C reflex testing

January 16, 2020 by BCCDC Public Health Laboratory

As of January 13, 2020, the BCCDC Public Health Laboratory (BCCDC PHL) will implement automatic hepatitis C (HCV) RNA nucleic acid testing (NAT) reflex testing for all new HCV cases. This is a change from the previous two-step process that required a follow-up EDTA blood sample which often delayed time to diagnosis. Under the new…

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