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The future of HIV treatment needs your voice!

BC used to be a leader in HIV treatment innovation but is now falling behind other provinces. It’s been over three years since Health Canada approved the first long-acting HIV treatment, but BC is blocking access for people who want this treatment. Cabenuva is a long-acting injectable HIV treatment that can last up two months. The BC Government currently provides long-acting HIV treatment only on a case-by-case basis. Unlike other HIV medications, BC requires additional approval processes and paperwork based […]

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VPWAS AGM 2022/23

Please join us for the Vancouver Island PWA Society Annual General Meeting 2022/23(Reporting back on the financial year ending March 31, 2023) Hosted via Zoom! on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2023 6:30 PM Registration link below: or contact or 250.382.7927 VPWAS acknowledges that we are on unceded First Nations territory. The City of Victoria and the surrounding areas lie on the territories of the Coast Salishand Lekwungen-speaking peoples, including the Esquimalt, Songhees, and W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations.

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Test at Home: HIV Self-Test Kits available at VPWAS

Test at Home Safe, Easy, Free Insti HIV Self-Test Kits are available at VPWAS, you can take home up to 5 test kits for yourself or to share with friends. Want to know more about the test kits and how they work visit :…/the-insti-hiv-self-test/ Drop-in an pick up your kits Vancouver Island PWA Society (VPWAS)Mon-Thursday 11am -4 pm, Friday 11am – 3pm205 – 1120 Yates Street, Victoria Or call us at 250.382.7927

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Campaign launched for better HIV therapy options in BC

Join us in the fight for access to HIV Treatment that eliminates the need for daily oral medication Access to treatment is life saving. It’s time for British Columbia to step up and coverlong-acting injectable treatments for HIV.Join the fight by visiting to send a letter to your MLA and Health Minister News ReleaseA matter of fairness: AIDS Vancouver launches campaign for better HIV therapy options in BCLong-acting injectable therapy would reduce stigma, improve adherence, and save lives VANCOUVER […]

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Are You Interested in Women’s Healthy Aging Research?

BC CARMA CHIWOS Collaboration (BCC3) We are currently recruiting women (cis- and trans-gender inclusive) for the BC CARMA CHIWOS Collaboration (BCC3) study on women’s healthy aging. The goal of this study is to better understand the cellular, clinical, and social factors involved in women’s healthy aging, such as viral infections (HIV, hepatitis C, and herpes), hormones (estrogen, progesterone, and cortisol), chronic diagnoses, and personal life experiences including adverse childhood experiences, sexual health, stigma, violence, social support, and resilience. We are […]

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Learning from Newly HIV-Diagnosed People
in Vancouver and Victoria

RESEARCH STUDY TO IMPROVE HIV PREVENTIONAND CARE IN BRITISH COLUMBIA Have you been diagnosed with HIV since 2018?Are you 16 years of age or older?Do you live in British Columbia? If you answered yes to the questions above, you may be eligible to participate in our study to learn how HIV prevention efforts can be enhanced and connection to HIV-related support and care can be improved for newly diagnosed people in British Columbia. If you agree to participate, you will […]

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From the Board

From the Board

Hello VPWAS members, As another year is fully underway. I would first like to thank Craig Dales, Penny Bradford and TJ Furlani, for the consistent care they provide to us as members, -most especially to those who have recently joined VPWAS either through a recent diagnosis or as a newcomer to the province and country. For those who are new, whatever we can do to help you feel more welcome and part of this peer-led, community-based health initiative called VPWAS, […]

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VPWAS Holiday Hours

WISHING YOUHAPPY, SAFE andHEALTHY HOLIDAYSFROM ALL OF US AT VPWAS VPWAS Office and Drop-in will be closedMonday, December 12 (@12 noon)&DECEMBER 23 throughJANUARY 2, 2023Reopening on Tuesday, January 3 Read more

The Glasgow Manifesto

The Glasgow ManifestoInternational Coalition of Older People with HIV (iCOPe HIV) PREAMBLE At AIDS 2022 in Montreal, Canada, we – ageing and older adults living with HIV, long-term survivors of HIV/AIDS, and our allies from around the world – gathered in The Silver Zone, the first-ever global village networking zone to hold dedicated space for us. Our 6-year struggle for visibility within the International AIDS Conference is representative of the challenges we face every day to have our living expertise […]

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Vancouver Island PWA Society Annual General Meeting November 2, 20226pmZoom Please join us for VPWAS AGM, this year our AGM will be once again hosted via ZOOM! Please email to RSVP and receive the linkor call VPWAS reception at 250.382.7927 / 1.877.382.7927 guest speaker tba

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Vancouver Island Persons Living With HIV/AIDS Society (VPWAS) 205 - 1120 Yates Street, Coast Salish Territories, Victoria, BC. V8V 3M9
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