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STI updates are blog posts from the BCCDC or our community partners about a variety of sexual health topics. These include program updates, clinical practice changes, new research, events, and more. We will not clutter your inbox with frequent emails, and your email address will not be used for any other purposes. 

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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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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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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