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  • Gender glossary

    A list of different terms related to gender and their definitions.

  • Gender identity & expression

    “Gender” refers to the attitudes, feelings, roles and behaviors that a given culture or society associates with a person’s biological sex.

  • Gender-affirming surgeries

    Gender-affirming surgery changes a person’s sexual characteristics to better reflect their gender identity.

  • Gonorrhea

    Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Gonorrhea is the second most commonly reported STI in British Columbia. Gonorrhea can be found in the urethra (pee hole), vagina, rectum and throat. In rare cases, it can cause an infection in the eyes, skin and joints.

  • Hepatitis A

    Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver caused by one of many hepatitis viruses. In British Columbia, the most common types are hepatitis A, B and C.

  • Hepatitis B

    Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver caused by one of many hepatitis viruses. In British Columbia, the most common types are hepatitis A, B and C. Over 350 million people in the world carry the hepatitis B virus (HBV) and many do not know they have it.

  • Hepatitis C

    Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver caused by one of many hepatitis viruses. In British Columbia, the most common types are hepatitis A, B and C. Hepatitis C is the most common form of viral hepatitis infection reported in BC.

  • Herpes Simplex Virus

    Herpes is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections. It is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). Most Canadians will have at least one type of HSV in their lifetime. Many of those people have never had symptoms and are not aware that they have HSV.

  • Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART)

    Highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) are medications used to treat HIV infection. These medications may also be called antiretroviral drugs (ART) or anti-HIV drugs. While there is currently no cure for HIV infection, the availability of HAART now means that HIV is no longer a fatal infection, but is a condition that can be managed through lifelong treatment.

  • HIV and AIDS

    Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a virus that attacks the body’s immune system. There is no cure for HIV, but medication can reduce the amount of virus in the body and help you to stay healthy. Without treatment, HIV damages the immune system and may become Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS).

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