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Don’t forget to test for syphilis!

February 27, 2013 by Dr. Carolyn Montgomery, Clinic Physician, Clinical Prevention Services, BCCDC

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection caused the bacterium Treponema pallidum.  Although easily treated with antibiotics, it can cause severe long term complications and death if not treated early. There has been a significant increase in the number of cases of infectious syphilis in BC over the last year. This has predominantly been in the…

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Journal Club: Acceptability and behavioural effects of antibiotic prophylaxis for syphilis prevention

February 20, 2013 by Cindy Huang, UBC Family Practice, PGY2

Article reviewed Farley TA, Cohen DA, Kahn RH et al. The acceptability and behavioural effects of antibiotic prophylaxis for syphilis prevention. Sex Transm Dis. 2003 Nov;30(11):844-9. Pubmed link to abstract: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14603093 Purpose of the study Local epidemics of syphilis continue in North America despite continued efforts by public health agencies to control syphilis. The current…

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Special Feature Series: Trauma Informed Care

February 14, 2013 by Fiona Gold, Outreach Street Nurse, Clinical Prevention Services, BCCDC

Setting the context In November 2012, the BCCDC Outreach Nursing Program hosted two workshops on Trauma Informed Care. The workshops explored the topics of trauma and its relationship to addiction, HIV and STIs. Thanks to our community partnerships, we were able to bring Elizabeth Vermilyea, from Traumatic Stress Recovery Consulting, to British Columbia.   We…

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“Until the lion learns to speak, the tales of hunting will be weak”: A study update from the Canadian HIV Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Cohort Study (CHIWOS)

February 7, 2013 by Angela Kaida, Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University

I’m a big fan of the Somali-Canadian singer-songwriter, K’Naan. As I wrote this post about our community-based research study, the Canadian HIV Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Cohort Study (CHIWOS), a lyric from one of K’Naan’s songs kept coming to me. He sings: “Until the lion learns to speak, the tales of hunting will be…

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Concerning but rare: “False Positives” with Point-of-Care (POC) HIV rapid testing

January 31, 2013 by Dr. Sarah Fielden, Manager, BCCDC Point-of-care HIV Testing Program, Clinical Prevention Services, BCCDC

Clinical Question: One of my clients had a false positive POC HIV test result. What can I tell my clients to help them deal with this possibility? Response: Sometimes called “rapid” HIV tests, POC HIV tests are HIV antibody screening tests which can be performed on-site while the client waits, and provide results within minutes….

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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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Research Week at BCCDC – highlighting sexual health research

January 17, 2013 by Darlene Taylor, Research Program Manager, Clinical Prevention Services, BCCDC

In November 2012, the BCCDC hosted their annual Research Week, providing a forum for teams within BCCDC to share the results of their public health research.  Below are some highlights from the sexual health-related research that was presented. For a complete summary of each research project, please view the attached poster presentations, located at the end of…

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ASK Goes Global: Swaziland 2011

January 7, 2013 by Kira Haug, Health Navigator, ASK Wellness Centre

Two years ago, the idea was put forth to the AIDS Society of Kamloops (ASK) board of directors that a group of staff would like to fundraise to travel to Swaziland, South Africa, with Developing World Connections and look for opportunities to provide the same outreach and social justice services that the ASK Wellness Centre provides…

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Demonstrating the Impact of Community-Based HIV/HCV Organizations in BC

January 2, 2013 by Elayne Vlahaki, Program Coordinator of Evaluation, Pacific AIDS Network

Have you ever wondered what impact BC’s community-based HIV and HCV organizations are having? The Pacific AIDS Network and the BC HIV/HCV Evaluation Advisory Group decided to work towards answering this question by developing the Community HIV/HCV Evaluation and Reporting Tool (the CHERT). The CHERT is an online survey tool that aims to collect annual…

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HIV prevalence and incidence estimates for British Columbia and Canada

December 20, 2012 by Travis Salway Hottes, Epidemiologist, Clinical Prevention Services, BCCDC

Background Prevalence and incidence are two basic measures of disease frequency used to inform our response to the HIV epidemic.  Prevalence is typically defined as the total number of people living with HIV in a year, while incidence is the number of new infections that occur over a year. New HIV diagnoses (i.e., case reports)…

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