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Progress on the hepatitis C virus care cascade in BC, and gaps to reaching the 2030 elimination targets

October 30, 2019 by Sofia Bartlett, Postdoctoral Fellow, Clinical Prevention Services, BC Centre for Disease Control

Background Globally, death and illness from hepatitis C are increasing despite new medications, which are called Direct Acting Antivirals (DAAs), that cure over 95% of people treated. The World Health Organization has set targets for the elimination of hepatitis C as a public health threat by the year 2030. Progress is measured across a ‘care…

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Complete this survey to help create a directory of BC hepatitis C treatment providers

October 22, 2019 by Hepatitis Services team, Clinical Prevention Services, BC Centre for Disease Control

The Hepatitis Services team at the BC Centre for Disease Control invites those who provide (or work at a clinic that provides) hepatitis C treatment in British Columbia (BC) to participate in a short survey. The survey will be used to create a database that will allow referring physicians and members of the public to…

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Ocular syphilis in British Columbia – Re-emergence of an old disease

October 15, 2019 by Hasan Hamze, Medical Student, University of British Columbia, Faculty of Medicine

Background Infectious syphilis rates in British Columbia (BC) are the highest they’ve been in 30 years from 2018 data [1]. Males account for the majority of cases, and in 2016 gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (gbMSM) represented 86% of new cases [2] – gbMSM living with HIV are disproportionately burdened….

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GetCheckedOnline Celebrates 5 Years

September 25, 2019 by Heather Pedersen, Online Sexual Health Services Manager, BC Centre for Disease Control; Devon Haag, Digital Public Health Manager, BC Centre for Disease Control

GetCheckedOnline (GCO), Canada’s first internet-based testing service for sexually-transmitted and blood-borne infection (STBBI), celebrates its 5 year anniversary this month. GetCheckedOnline lets individuals test for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, HIV and hepatitis C without needing to see a doctor or nurse in person. Through the GCO website, people can create their own laboratory requisitions, visit a…

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New BCCDC Non-Certified Practice Decision Support Tool: HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)

September 19, 2019 by Geoffrey Ford, HIV/STI Senior Practice Lead, Clinical Prevention Services, BC Centre for Disease Control

Please join the BCCDC education team for a Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) webinar to review this new Decision Support Tool (DST) for Registered Nurse assessment and management of HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP).  This DST includes information on: PrEP eligibility considerations Required and recommended baseline testing PrEP initiation, ongoing testing, monitoring and management Consultation and/or referral…

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Making Space project reflections: Improving clinical services for Indigenous people

September 6, 2019 by Brenna Robert, BC Patient Safety and Quality Council Student Intern

Approximately 5.9% of the population in British Columbia identify as Indigenous, however data from the BCCDC STI Clinics show that less than 1% of clients identify as Indigenous when accessing services. Making Space is a Quality Improvement project initiated by BCCDC Clinical Prevention Services (CPS) that seeks to improve the appropriateness and accessibility of clinical…

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BCCDC Public Health Laboratory Update: STIBBI Serological Specimens

August 23, 2019 by BCCDC Public Health Laboratory

Given recent changes in testing methods and lab procedures, the BCCDC Public Health Laboratory (PHL) has made processing of STIBBI serological specimens more efficient. When drawing blood for any or all of the tests below, only 1 full* yellow/gold top tube (SST: serum separator tube) is required. *Note: If the tube is less than 2/3…

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Feedback Requested: Canadian Guidelines on Sexually Transmitted Infections – Needs Assessment with Healthcare Providers 2019-2020

August 20, 2019 by The Public Health Agency of Canada

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) would like to hear from you! The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) develops the Canadian Guidelines on Sexually Transmitted Infections, and other guidance products on sexually transmitted and bloodborne infections (STBBI). The Canadian Guidelines on Sexually Transmitted Infections is an evidence-informed resource, developed in collaboration with the…

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MyPostCare: An online resource to support self-management of post-procedure care following an abortion

July 29, 2019 by Ciana Maher, Research Program Manager, Digital Health, Women’s Health Research Institute

Background One in three females in Canada will undergo an abortion during their lifetime. Some people experience stigma, shame and physical symptoms after an abortion, underscoring the importance of post-procedure care. Most clinics will schedule a follow-up visit post-procedure along with oral instructions and printed resources. However, most abortion services in Canada are only available…

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Cyberbullying among Gay and Bisexual Men in Canada

July 17, 2019 by Simon Lam, Community-Based Research Centre for Gay Men’s Health

Background Cyberbullying, defined by the RCMP as the “use of communication technology…to repeatedly intimidate or harass others” [1], has been increasing. In Canadian studies, 5% to 30% of adults have experienced incidents of cyberbullying [2, 3]. Among gay and bisexual Canadians, the rate is at least twice as high [4]. Gay and bisexual people face…

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