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From the Ocean to the Island “A comforting wreckage”

From the Ocean to the Island “A comforting wreckage” “My name is John (name has been changed for privacy) and I have been diagnosed with HIV since 1986”. This was the bulk of my introductory email sent to Michael Yoder, liaison at the Pozitively Connected support group in Victoria. Little that I knew what I would get in return for being forthcoming about my status and blindly reaching out for support. Yes, I have survived the 80’s and the 90’s, but […]

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Safe Spaces? No more hushed tones. Michael Yoder on creating spaces where POZ folks can talk freely in public

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” Bernard M. Baruch  Here in Victoria we have a coffee group that meets weekly. When I was starting work with POZitively Connected, I was really clear that wherever possible, groups should happen out in the world rather than in an office. The group is primarily social – a way for gay guys living with HIV to connect with each, […]

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Youth Unleashing Power: a pozitive youth symposium

  Thank you to everyone who joined us this spring for Canada’s first national youth symposium. It was absolutely incredible to hear everyone’s stories and to have a group of participants who shared themselves and their truths so openly. The weekend was truly transformational; beyond the enlightening presentations, the relationship building and connections that were created during the weekend will be a source of strength for years to come. On behalf of the organizing committee, we’d like to especially acknowledge […]

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Pacific AIDS Network: HIV and the Law Toolkit

Laws around HIV disclosure are often complicated and may seem confusing. This resource page from the Pacific AIDS Network (PAN) is intended to bring together in one place current resources that clearly outline the laws, rights and responsibilities for people living with HIV in Canada. As you will see, the resources found here are tailored to various audiences from people living with HIV, to service providers, lawyers and policy makers. Resources vary from brochures presenting specific information, to opinion pieces, […]

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City of Victoria: Proclamation, HIV/AIDS Awareness Week, World AIDS Day and Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week 2015

As Proclaimed by Lisa Helps, Mayor of Victoria BC on November 26, 2015 HIV/AIDS Awareness Week, World AIDS Day and Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week 2015Read more

VictoriaNeeds.LGBT / VARCS Legacy

The VictoriaNeeds survey took place in July 2015 to determine the needs, desires,and support for a Queer / LGBT Community Centre inVictoria, BC. The survey received 482 responses, 82% of which were identified as from Greater Victoria. Over 84% of participants responded that there is a need for a Queer / LGBT Community Centre in Victoria. Space Priorities: large flexible space and health clinic were clear priorities across age groups and identities. Programming Priorities: social events, health, and advocacy were […]

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HIV/AIDS Awareness Week and World AIDS Day Activities – 2015

WORLD AIDS DAY 2015 World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988. Around 71,300 are currently living with HIV in Canada and globally an estimated 34 million people have HIV. More than 25 […]

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Men’s Journaling Group Starting – UPDATE: postposed until the new year

UPDATE: Journaling has been postposed until the new year – if you are interested in joining this group please contact Sarah at 250.382.7927 or Jonathon at 250.384.2366 ext 3115 We’re excited once again to be offering another 8 week journaling group for self-identified gay, bi and trans men in partnership with the Men’s Wellness Program (MWP) of AIDS Vancouver Island . The group starts Tuesday, November 10th at 6pm, and runs every Tuesday evening for 8 weeks. To register or for more information please contact: […]

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Knowing Really is Better: Informed Consent and HIV Routine Testing

On October 1st, Island Health announced that HIV testing will be offered to all patients at the Port Alberni Hospital and will be expanded to other facilities on the island throughout the next year. Island Health Press Release: Knowing is Better: Routine HIV testing to be offered to all patients admitted to hospital in Port Alberni There is little doubt that increased testing benefits both individuals being tested and the community at large. Knowing ones status is not only beneficial […]

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NEWS RELEASE/Photo OP: Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life Is Coming to Victoria BC September 19, 2015

NEWS RELEASE/Photo OP Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life Is Coming to Victoria BC September 19, 2015 [Victoria, BC; September 15] – The 2015 Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life, is a national fundraising and awareness movement. AIDS Walk YYJ takes place at Centennial Square on Saturday, September 19, 2015. We invite all Victoria residents to join us, to raise awareness about living with HIV, to encourage people to get tested and to raise funds that directly benefit HIV/AIDS service organizations within […]

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