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Monkeypox – safer sex and socializing resource

July 7, 2022 by BC Centre for Disease Control, Communications

There is a global outbreak of monkeypox in countries where it is not usually found. Monkeypox cases have been reported in BC with evidence of community transmission (not connected to travel). We are regularly updating information and case counts on this page: bccdc.ca/monkeypox Most cases globally have been in men who identify as having sex with…

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HIV incidence and prevalence estimates for British Columbia and Canada in 2018

November 29, 2021 by Jason Wong, Associate Medical Director, Clinical Prevention Services, BC Centre for Disease Control

Background HIV prevention continues to be a public health priority in British Columbia (BC). Incidence and prevalence are two measures of disease frequency used to inform our response to the HIV epidemic. Incidence is the number of new infections (both diagnosed and undiagnosed) that occur in an area over a year whereas prevalence is the…

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HIV incidence and prevalence estimates for British Columbia and Canada in 2016

May 2, 2019 by Amalia Plotogea, Helena Swinkels, Shannon McDonald, Evan Adams, Daniele Behn-Smith and Jason Wong

Background HIV prevention continues to be a public health priority in British Columbia. Incidence and prevalence are two measures of disease frequency used to inform our response to the HIV epidemic. Incidence is the number of new infections that occur in an area over a year, while prevalence is the total number of people living…

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BC trends in sexually transmitted infections (STI) for 2016

December 17, 2018 by Dr. Jason Wong, Clinical Prevention Services, BCCDC

Genital chlamydia In 2016, the rate of genital chlamydia increased to 317.6 (15,057 cases) per 100,000 population in British Columbia (BC), continuing the overall provincial trend of a steady increase since 1998.  The highest rates were in Vancouver Coastal and Northern Health Authorities. Genital chlamydia case reports in BC by health authority, 2007 to 2016…

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BC trends in HIV for 2016

December 10, 2018 by Dr. Jason Wong, Clinical Prevention Services, BCCDC

Cases In 2016, the rate of new HIV diagnoses in British Columbia (BC) was 5.1 (241 cases) per 100,000 population which is identical to the rate in 2015 (240 cases).  The highest rates of new HIV diagnoses were in Vancouver Coastal and Northern Health Authorities. New HIV diagnoses in BC by health authority, 2007 to…

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In the news! Commonly asked questions about STIs

October 17, 2018 by Amalia Plotogea, Field Epidemiologist, Clinical Prevention Services, BCCDC, and Jason Wong, Physician Epidemiologist, Clinical Prevention Services, BCCDC

The British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) is often asked to comment on infectious diseases in the province. Questions about sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are common, and often get attention from both the public and the media. Using the most recent epidemiological data from BC, we have provided answers to the seven most common…

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Dashboard update: HIV and STIs in BC in Q4 of 2017

March 26, 2018 by Jason Wong, Physician Epidemiologist, Clinical Prevention Services, BCCDC

This is the dashboard report on HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STI) trends in for the fourth quarter of 2017 (Sept – Dec 2017). These reports are posted quarterly to provide a snapshot of HIV and STIs in British Columbia. The dashboard below describes the numbers of HIV and STI cases reported to public health…

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Dashboard update: HIV and STIs in BC in Q2 of 2017

September 13, 2017 by Theodora Consolacion, PhD, Epidemiology & Surveillance, Clinical Prevention Services, BCCDC

This is the dashboard report on HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STI) trends in for the second quarter of 2017 (Apr – June 2017). These reports are posted quarterly to provide a snapshot of HIV and STIs in British Columbia. The dashboard below describes the numbers of HIV and STI cases reported to public health…

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Dashboard update: HIV and STIs in BC in Q1 of 2017

June 21, 2017 by Jason Wong, Physician Epidemiologist, Clinical Prevention Services, BCCDC

This is the dashboard report on HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STI) trends in for the first quarter of 2017 (January – March 2017). These reports are posted quarterly to provide a snapshot of HIV and STIs in British Columbia. The dashboard below describes the numbers of HIV and STI cases reported to public health…

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HIV diagnosis on first test and infection stage among HIV+ visible minority MSM in British Columbia

June 19, 2017 by Teddy Consolacion, Epidemiologist, Clinical Prevention Services, BCCDC

Background In Canada, it is estimated that one in five people living with HIV are unaware of their status. Although HIV infection rates continue to decline overall in British Columbia, the rates for men who have sex with men (MSM) remain unchanged. Over half of new HIV diagnoses are among MSM, and increasingly among MSM…

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