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Healing our Bodies: Indigenous Youth HIV Prevention & Sexual Health Education Workshops

Healing our Bodies March 9-10, 2017 Victoria Native Friendship Centre 231 Regina Ave, Victoria, BC Youth HIV Prevention & Sexual Health Education Workshops For Youth Thursday March 9th, 4pm – 8pm Friday March 10th, 3:30pm – 8pm *Dinner and Bus Tickets Provided* Healing Our Bodies is an Indigenous approach to HIV prevention and sexual health education. Vancouver Island Persons Living with HIV/AIDS Society in partnership with the Victoria Native Friendship Centre Free Registration Healing our Bodies Registration form Contact: Martin Morberg […]

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Circle of Strength

*If you would like to request a viewing of this short film, please contact VPWAS at support@vpwas.org or 250.382.7927* “Circle of Strength” – a film created to carry a message to youth who may be affected by or experiencing stigma. Through powerful interviews and storytelling, the film showcases lived experiences of HIV stigma, homophobia and transphobia. Directed and Produced by Martin M. of the Vancouver Island PWA Society (VPWAS) This project was made possible by a grant from Resist Stigma […]

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Need Assessment: New Health Care Program

New Health Care Program!  VPWAS is pleased to announce that we have received a Community Grant from the Victoria Foundation to develop a program of Complementary Health Care Services for People Living with HIV and/or Hepatitis C.  The program will be a mix of services offered in our office and services offered in the community at a discount or special rate. Complementary health care may include things like: acupuncture massage reiki  counselling  nutrition advice  healing touch hypnotherapy The program will […]

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Lunch & Learn: Good Eats for Less! Nutrition on a Limited Budget – Friday, January 27, 2017 – Postponed

  This Presentation has been postponed until March Good Eats for Less! Nutrition on a Limited Budget Presented by Jessy Rucker Jessie received a Holistic Nutrition Certificate from Pacific Rim College in Victoria a year ago through their 4-month program. She had studied nutrition and holistic health for twenty years and took two courses at Lane Community College in Oregon in 1996. Friday, January 27, 2017 11:30 am – 1pm 101 – 1139 Yates Street Victoria, BC This workshop is free and open […]

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Circle of Strength: Film Screening January 26 2017

Join us for the premier screening of “Circle of Strength” – a film created to carry a message to youth who may be affected by or experiencing stigma. Through powerful interviews and storytelling, the film showcases lived experiences of HIV stigma, homophobia and transphobia. The evening will feature live performances and a panel of the film’s participants. Martin Morberg, the film’s director, will host the evening Thursday, January 26 2017 Victoria Event Centre 1415 Broad St, Victoria, BC More information […]

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New Funding, New Programs; Appreciation to Victoria Foundation and ViiV Healthcare

The Vancouver Island Persons Living with HIV/AIDS Society (VPWAS) would like to acknowledge and express appreciation for funding for two new programs. We have received funding from The Victoria Foundation to develop a program of complementary health care services for people living with HIV/HCV. The program will consist of a spectrum of on-site services, off-site services, and a community health fund. Please look for our needs assessment in early January to provide feedback on the development of this exciting new […]

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Lunch & Learn: Income tax benefits for people with disabilities (HIV) – Friday, November 18, 2016

“Want to learn about tax assistance for people with disabilities, the Disability Tax Credit, and the Registered Disability Savings Plan? Disability Alliance BC (DABC) DABC Advocates will provide information on: Filing income taxes and accessing GST/HST/PST tax credits The Working Income Tax Benefit Child Tax Benefits The Disability Tax Credit Registered Disability Savings Plan Grants and Bonds The Endowment 150 Program DABC will provide information on the benefits of filing a tax return every year, and how DABC advocates can help to […]

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New Recommendations for Pneumococcal Vaccinations for HIV-infected Individuals

From: LalliCare Pharmacy News It is now recommended to get both Pneumovax-23 (pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine 23-valent or PPV23) AND Prevnar-13 (conjugate vaccine 13-valent or PCV13) for HIV-infected individuals What are these vaccines for? Streptococcus pneumonia is a bacterium with 92 serotypes worldwide. It can be non-invasive, meaning it remains in the respiratory tract presenting as sinusitis, ear infections or pneumonia. However sometimes it can be invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD), meaning the bacterium gets in the blood stream and can manifest […]

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Lunch & Learn: POZ for POZ: HIV BASICS

Lunch & Learn POZ for POZ: HIV BASICS Newly diagnosed or want a refresher? What’s a CD4 or CD8? What’s a VLT? HIV transmission/prevention and all those acronyms! Friday, October 28, 2016 11:30 – 1pm Lunch provided 101 – 1139 Yates Street Victoria, BC Free for folx living with HIV RSVP 250.382.7927 or support@vpwas.org

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VPWAS Winter Holiday Hamper Drive

The VPWAS Winter Holiday Hamper Program provides people living with HIV/AIDS and/or Hepatitis C with a special hamper of high quality food items, personal care products and other gifts so that they may join in the spirit of the season. For many, it is their only opportunity to receive a gift. Holiday Hampers serve to lift the spirits of our members and to help maintain their nutritional intake. As well as food donations, we are requesting donations of new, unwrapped […]

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Vancouver Island Persons Living With HIV/AIDS Society (VPWAS) 101 - 1139 Yates Street, Coast Salish Territories, Victoria, BC. V8V 3N2
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