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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

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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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Lunch & Learn: Putting out Fires

Lunch & Learn: “Putting Out Fires: Depression, anxiety and improving your relationship with your Self” Friday, September 23, 2016 11:30 – 1pm Lunch provided 101 – 1139 Yates Street Victoria, BC Free for VPWAS members RSVP 250.382.7927 or About the Facilitator Peter Bell completed Clinical Hypnotherapy training in 2015 in Victoria. Peter also studied meditation and Hawaiian Huna for over 20 years, and he is currently exploring how hypnosis technology and secular mindfulness/compassion practices might be combined for maximum […]

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A report on Youth Unleashing Power: A Pozitive Youth Symposium (YUP) 2016

It was at the Canadian Aids Society’s Pozitive Youth forum in 2015 when Piotr Burek, one of the organizers of Youth Unleashing Power: A Pozitive Youth Symposium (YUP), met a positive person from his generation for the very first time. For seven years since he tested positive, he had not had the opportunity to meet a positive peer his age. The empowering feelings of connecting with peers at the forum, something he yearned to experience for years, was one of […]

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Dear Future VPWAS Board Members

Dear Future VPWAS Board Members Living with HIV has been both a burden and blessing. From the relentless social stigmas to outright rejection by family member and would-be lovers, to weekly doctor appointments and disability cheque debacles to the weekly after-shock of, “Fuck, did I take my meds today!” –all this compounded by stressors of a world that increasingly feels unhinged –why volunteer to help run a grassroots organization like Vancouver Island Persons Living with HIV/AIDS Society (VPWAS)? If all […]

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016 VICTORIA TO MARK WORLD HEPATITIS DAY VICTORIA, BC — On Thursday, July 28th, Victorians will join millions of people around the world in observing World Hepatitis Day, an international event focused on raising awareness of viral hepatitis and advocating for change in disease prevention and access to testing and treatment. Approximately 140,000 British Columbians suffer from chronic hepatitis B and C which scar the liver and can go undetected for years, even decades, before damage results […]

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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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