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Journal Club: Predictors and persistence after therapy in men with nongonococcal urethritis

December 12, 2012 by Marisa Ponzo, UBC Dermatology, PGY2

Article reviewed Seña, AC, Lensing S, Rompalo A et al. Chlamydia trachomatis, Mycoplasma genitalium, and Trichomonas vaginalis infections in men with nongonococcal urethritis: Predictors and persistence after therapy. J Inf Dis. 2012; 206: 357-65. Purpose of study The three main sexually transmitted infections (STIs) associated with nongonococcal urethritis (NGU) in men are Chlamydia trachomatis (CT),…

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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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How has the threat of multi-drug resistant gonorrhea changed chlamydia treatment recommendations?

November 28, 2012 by Richard Lester, Medical Head, STI/HIV Services (Clinical Prevention Services), BCCDC

The global threat of multi-drug resistant Neisseria gonorrhea has led to recent changes in treatment recommendations. Intramuscular ceftriaxone (250mg single dose IM) is now preferred over oral cefixime to treat all proven or suspected gonococcal infections in gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM), and for pharyngeal gonorrhea irrespective of the…

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Transforming clinical knowledge and practices to better serve trans and gender diverse populations in British Columbia: sexuality and sexual health

November 21, 2012 by Janine Farrell, BA, MPH Candidate and Lauren Goldman, RN(c), BScN

In British Columbia, trans* and gender diverse** folks face multiple barriers when accessing health care, especially related to sexuality and sexual health. There remains a pervasive lack of understanding and knowledge on transgender lives and bodies in Canadian health services and policy. (1)  As a result, transphobia and lack of sensitivity and familiarity with trans…

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Journal Club: First cervical, now oropharyngeal – the link between HPV and carcinoma

November 15, 2012 by Jessica Wilford, UBC Dermatology PGY2

Article Reviewed Gillison ML, Broutian T, Pickard RK, et al. Prevalence of oral HPV infection in the united states, 2009-2010. JAMA. 2012;307(7):693-703. Purpose of the study The goal of this study was to estimate the prevalence of oropharyngeal squamous cell cancer (OSCC) in the US.  There are 500,000 cases of OSCC per year worldwide, and…

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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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An evaluation of offering HIV test results over the phone in an urban STI clinic

October 31, 2012 by Darlene Taylor, Monica Durigon, Melanie Achen, Gina Ogilvie (Clinical Prevention Services, BCCDC)

Delivery of HIV test results has traditionally been done in person to allow for post-test counselling. Over the past 4 years, the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) has been offering notification of HIV results over the phone, saving time for clients and nurses. Notification of positive HIV test results, when done in a timely…

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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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Journal Club: HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis: Explaining the discrepancy in findings between two African studies

October 18, 2012 by Mike Fazio, Medical Student, University of British Columbia

Articles Reviewed Partners PrEP Study: Baeten JM et al. Antiretroviral prophylaxis for HIV prevention in heterosexual men and women. New England Journal of Medicine. 2012 Aug 2;367(5):399-410. FEM PrEP Study: Van Damme L et al. Pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV infection among African women. New England Journal of Medicine. 2012 Aug 2;367(5):411-22. Purpose of study Pre-exposure…

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HIV in British Columbia: Annual Surveillance Report 2011 now online

October 11, 2012 by Dr. Mark Gilbert, Clinical Prevention Services, BCCDC

The provincial annual surveillance report describing trends in HIV and AIDS for 2011 is now available online.  In comparison to previous annual surveillance reports, this report provides a greater description of trends by subgroups and aims to provide the context needed to understand not just what the trends are but why they are occurring.  A…

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