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Free training on providing transgender women affirmative and competent HIV healthcare is being offered to Vancouver based Service Provider Organizations

June 21, 2019 by Chavisa Horemans, National Research Coordinator, CIHR CTN Trans Team

The ‘Transgender women removing healthcare barriers to engagement in the HIV prevention and care cascades: The development and pilot study of Transgender Education for Affirmative and Competent HIV and Healthcare (TEACHH)’ research team is offering a free workshop to Service Provider Organizations in Vancouver. The TEACHH workshop is a 3-hour session for care providers looking…

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HIV PrEP: New tools for clinicians and clients

June 20, 2019 by Monica Durigon, Nurse Educator, Clinical Prevention Services, BCCDC

HIV Pre-exposure prophylaxis (HIV PrEP) involves the use of a daily oral HIV medication (called antiretrovirals or HAART) by people who are HIV-negative to prevent HIV infection. As of January 2018, HIV PrEP became provincially-funded for people in BC who may be at higher risk of HIV infection. Made available through the HIV Drug Treatment…

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What can a critical social research approach offer HIV implementation science? A case study of GetCheckedOnline

June 4, 2019 by Daniel Grace, Canada Research Chair in Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto

Background In the field of HIV research, implementation science has become an essential organizing framework. It compels academics, practitioners, and community members to collaborate and creatively strategize how to incorporate evidence-based public health interventions and practices within appropriate community and clinical settings. But what does implementation science look like in the everyday world? And how…

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HIV incidence and prevalence estimates for British Columbia and Canada in 2016

May 2, 2019 by Amalia Plotogea, Helena Swinkels, Shannon McDonald, Evan Adams, Daniele Behn-Smith and Jason Wong

Background HIV prevention continues to be a public health priority in British Columbia. Incidence and prevalence are two measures of disease frequency used to inform our response to the HIV epidemic. Incidence is the number of new infections that occur in an area over a year, while prevalence is the total number of people living…

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“The Corner”: A safe space for sex workers

April 8, 2019 by Martina Gueorguieva, BScN student, and Chelsea Sylvester, BScN student

Background The Corner, formerly known as ‘Boys R Us’, is a Vancouver drop-in support and referral program that provides a safe space for men and gender-diverse (including transgender, non-binary, and Two-Spirit) people who work or have worked in the sex trade. Participants gather weekly to eat, socialize, and access community-based resources and services, including workshops,…

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Vaccines recommended for people living with HIV: Updated resources

March 14, 2019 by Jessica Harper, Immunization Promotion Nurse, ImmunizeBC

The BCIC Immunization Promotion working group has updated 2 resources available under the Posters & Pamphlets section on the ImmunizeBC website. ImmunizeBC provides evidence-based immunization information and tools for residents of British Columbia. These resources can either be viewed online or downloaded and printed. Local health units may also have printed copies of the poster…

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GetCheckedOnline.com mitigates barriers faced by HIV and STI testers: A comparison of online and clinic clients

February 22, 2019 by Travis Salway, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia

Background GetCheckedOnline (GCO) is an internet-based testing service for sexually-transmitted and blood borne infections (STBBI), launched by the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) in 2014 and operated in partnership with regional health authorities. Clients have tested through GCO more than 12,000 times over the past four years. A number of research and evaluation projects…

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Upcoming webinar: Reducing stigma in sexual and reproductive health care for Indigenous women, girls and gender-diverse people

January 28, 2019 by Canadian Public Health Association

This webinar is presented by the Canadian Public Health Association as part of their webinar series on “Reducing stigma related to sexuality, substance use and STBBIs“. When: Tuesday, February 5, 2019 Time: 10:00 – 11:00 AM PST Register here for this event. Speakers: RJ Jones and Melissa Lambert, Native Women’s Association of Canada With the…

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GetCheckedOnline.com is working well for some groups of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men

January 14, 2019 by Rod Knight, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia

Background Internet-based testing services can contribute to the spectrum of services that are needed to reduce barriers to care among young gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (gbMSM). Yet, as noted previously, there are relatively few evaluations of ‘live’ internet-based interventions for young gbMSM. We recently published findings from the first…

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