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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 9, 2018 POSITIVE YOUTH CALL ON FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO CREATE NATIONAL HIV STRATEGY LANGLEY, BC: This past week saw 28 HIV-positive, Hepatitis-C positive, and co-infected youth aged 18-32 (hereinafter referred to as ‘positive youth’) converge for 4-day national meeting to discuss gaps in care resulting from the lack of a coordinated national HIV strategy. The event, Youth Unleashing Power: a Pozitive Youth Symposium, now in its 3rd year, provides an opportunity for positive youth to share […]

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HIV in My Day: Reflecting Back, Looking Forward

So many stories of so many lives and all of them drifting away… HIV in My Day: Reflecting Back, Looking Forward Research Study on BC’s HIV/AIDS Epidemic Were you diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and living in BC before 1996? or Did you support or care for someone living with HIV during this time? Help us document the early years of BC’s HIV/AIDS Epidemic by sharing your experiences in an oral history interview. Participants will receive $50. HIV in My Day: Reflecting […]

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Working to improve the life and health of guys into guys on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands

ARE YOU A GAY, BI, QUEER, PAN OR TWO-SPIRIT GUY LIVING ON VANCOUVER ISLAND OR A GULF ISLAND? Cis or trans guys, non-binary and genderqueer folx included We are a team of guys into guys and our allies who live and work on Vancouver Island and are working to improve the life and health of other guys into guys in our region. You are invited to participate in a confidential one-on-one interview for a research study to discuss your experiences […]

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BC will now offer a daily drug that prevents HIV — for free

Preventative medication will protect people at risk of HIV Effective Jan. 1, 2018, British Columbians at high risk of HIV infection will be able to receive pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a daily oral antiretroviral medication that prevents new HIV infection, at no cost. “Our government is committed to helping fight the spread of HIV/AIDS and supporting people as they take action to protect themselves from this virus,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “Making this medication free for people will prevent […]

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Community Consensus Statement: Ending Unjust HIV Criminalization

Community Consensus Statement Download the Community Consensus Statement (including the full list of endorsers) The Community Consensus Statement outlines a shared critique of why Canada’s approach to HIV criminalization is wrong and calls for some specific actions that federal, provincial and territorial governments should take to end unjust criminal prosecutions against people living with HIV. It was developed by the CCHRC to be a common set of demands by those organizations who sign on to it. The Coalition is looking […]

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VPWAS is proud to partner with Visual AIDS and Open Space to present ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS for the 28th annual Day With(out) Art on World AIDS Day on December 1 at 7:30 pm. Friday, December 1, 2017, 7:30 pm Doors 7:00 pm free film screening Open Space 510 Fort Street, 2nd floor Victoria, BC V8W 1E6 Curated by Erin Christovale and Vivian Crockett for Visual AIDS, the video program prioritizes Black narratives within the ongoing AIDS epidemic, commissioning seven new […]

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VPWAS AGM – September 27, 2017

Please join us for the Vancouver Island Persons Living with HIV/AIDS Society (VPWAS) Annual General Meeting and open house. 101-1139 Yates Street Coast Salish Territory Victoria, BC V8V3N2 Guest Speaker: Nathan Lachowsky, PHD Assistant Professor, School of Public Health and Social Policy The Annual General Meeting is open to all VPWAS members and community partners. PDF version of invite Membership with VPWAS is free for anyone living with HIV/AIDS and/ or co-infected with HCV and living on Vancouver Island (including […]

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VPWAS Annual Yard Sale & BBQ on September 2

Join us for our Annual Yard Sale & Barbeque, now in it’s 5th year! We’ll have lots of gently used clothing, furniture, and household items for sale. We will also be cooking up hamburgers and hot dogs! David from Soma Active Health will be joining us to provide chair massages during the yard sale! Treatments will be available by donation. We are accepting donations (gently used clothing, furniture, and household items) this week for our fundraiser Yard Sale, please call […]

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Paris Community Declaration Published #IAS2017

Paris Community Declaration We, Key Affected Populations living with or affected by HIV, proclaim that we are more than just numbers. We have essential needs that must be met equitably. It is time to put an end to our prosecution. We demand full commitment and respect from all the stakeholders we address in this Declaration. The definition of key populations may change across different contexts: based on epidemiological evidence and geographic, social, legal and political environments. People living with HIV, […]

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Statement – VPWAS at Pride; Honouring the History of Pride as Protest

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Vancouver Island Persons Living with HIV/AIDS Society (VPWAS). For a quarter of a century, VPWAS has been advocating for and providing support and services to individuals on Vancouver Island living with HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C. While we have participated in Victoria Pride for many years, this year, to mark 25 years of activism and resistance in the HIV/AIDS movements, we will not be walking in this year’s Pride Parade. We do so […]

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