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Blog: February 2013

Don’t forget to test for syphilis!

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection caused the bacterium Treponema pallidum.  Although easily treated with antibiotics, it can cause severe long term complications and death if not treated early.

There has...

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Recent increase of infectious syphilis cases among gay and bisexual men in BC

After declining to historic lows in the mid-1990s, rates of infectious syphilis in BC increased, at first predominantly among street-involved populations in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, then more recently among gay, bisexual,...

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Journal Club: Acceptability and behavioural effects of antibiotic prophylaxis for syphilis prevention

Article reviewed

Farley TA, Cohen DA, Kahn RH et al. The acceptability and behavioural effects of antibiotic prophylaxis for syphilis prevention. Sex Transm Dis. 2003 Nov;30(11):844-9.

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Special Feature Series: Trauma Informed Care

Setting the context

In November 2012, the BCCDC Outreach Nursing Program hosted two workshops on Trauma Informed Care. The workshops explored the topics of trauma and its relationship to addiction, HIV and STIs. Thanks to our...

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"Until the lion learns to speak, the tales of hunting will be weak”: A study update from the Canadian HIV Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Cohort Study (CHIWOS)

I’m a big fan of the Somali-Canadian singer-songwriter, K’Naan. As I wrote this post about our community-based research study, the Canadian HIV Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Cohort Study (...

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