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Your Sexual Health: A Guide for People Living with HIV

August 11, 2020 by Dan Udy, Editor/Writer, Health Information Resources, CATIE, Canada’s source for HIV and hepatitis C information

Treatment as prevention and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) have expanded the definitions of “safer sex” for people living with HIV. It’s important to update resources and messages to reflect current evidence, and to support everyone in having happy, healthy sex lives. Your Sexual Health is a new resource from CATIE which gives up-to-date information in plain…

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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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We invite you to participate in a BCCDC Hepatitis C stakeholder survey

by Balanding Manneh, University of British Columbia MPH Candidate

The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) is conducting a survey of stakeholders involved in Hepatitis C (HCV) treatment and related services in British Columbia (BC). The 5-10 minute survey can be completed by anyone familiar with HCV-related services (treatment, care and support services) in BC, including people with lived experience. It will yield a…

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Ending conversion therapy in Canada: Dialogue and report on sexual orientation & gender identity or expression change efforts

February 20, 2020 by Travis Salway, Assistant Professor, Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University, Affiliated Researcher, BC Centre for Disease Control and Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity

Background The Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity, in collaboration with the Community-Based Research Centre, No Conversion Canada, Born Perfect, the BCCDC, BCCDC Foundation for Public Health, and Simon Fraser University, released a new report describing ongoing conversion therapy practices, also known as sexual orientation and gender identity or expression change efforts (SOGIECE) in…

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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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Sex Now 2019, a national survey to improve GBT2Q men’s health

November 25, 2019 by Ben Klassen, Research Manager, Sex Now Survey at the Community Based Research Centre

The diversity and complexity of our communities of gay, bi, and queer men, including trans men and Two-Spirit people (GBT2Q), have often made us difficult for outsiders to research. However, research has an impact on our health and wellbeing by illuminating the challenges our communities face and proposing possible solutions. Our needs and experiences are…

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Super gonorrhea! Supercalifragilisticexpiali…what?

November 15, 2019 by Community Antimicrobial Stewardship team, BC Centre for Disease Control and I Boost Immunity

I Boost Immunity launched a new campaign for World Antibiotic Awareness Week in partnership with the BC Centre for Disease Control’s Community Antimicrobial Stewardship team. Take the quiz and I Boost Immunity will donate a vaccine to a child in need through UNICEF Canada. I Boost Immunity is a Canadian-based online grassroots immunization advocacy program with…

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