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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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3rd Annual Silent Auction and #WalkYYJ Launch Party

3rd Annual Silent Auction and #WalkYYJ Launch Party The Fernwood Inn, 1302 Gladstone Avenue 6 – 9pm What does the ticket cost get you? FOOD! (Free FOOD!) Entertainment – Broken Shoes will be performing, check out http://brokenshoes.bandcamp.com/ Access to the Silent Auction, with amazing deals to be had! Theatre Tickets, Massage Therapy, Art pieces from local artists and more! Door Prizes Meet and greet with VPWAS staff, board and fellow AIDS Walk for Life Victoria supporters! Download (pdf) Silent Auction Menu Get […]

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VPWAS AGM – Letter from the Board

Dear members of the VPWAS community, First and foremost, we express our gratitude for your participation in this year’s AGM. A lot of exciting, frustrating, empowering and saddening events have taken place since our last meeting. We mourn for, and celebrate, the lives of members lost over the last year and continue to remember the lives of many more, lost since the beginning of the AIDS crisis. In addition, we remain dumbfounded by the incredible work done up until now […]

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Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life announces the launch of the HIV Anonymous campaign in anticipation of Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life taking place this September

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Toronto, ON – July 14, 2015 – Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life announces the launch of the HIV Anonymous campaign in anticipation of Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life taking place this September. Members of the Canadian AIDS services community, which includes The Canadian AIDS Society, Positive Living Society of BC, and the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT), today announced the launch of the first ever HIV Anonymous campaign in anticipation of the annual 2015 Scotiabank AIDS Walk […]

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Notice of Annual General Meeting 2015

Notice of Annual General Meeting 2015

VPWAS is proud to be partnering with Island Health on the STOP HIV/AIDS Program on Vancouver Island. The STOP HIV/AIDS Program represents a dynamic era change in HIV/AIDS and co-infections service delivery. You are invited to learn more about this new venture and join in the movement of peer navigation, prevention and education. Notice is hereby given that the 2015 Annual General Meeting of the Vancouver Island Persons Living with HIV/AIDS Society (VPWAS) will be held: July 23, 2015 6:30 […]

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Join us for the 3rd Annual Yard Sale in support of the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life

Join us for the 3rd Annual Yard Sale in support of the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life

It’s BACK! Join us for the 3rd Annual Yard Sale in support of the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life in Victoria! Donate your gently used household items and clothing, then join us for a barbeque and take something new to you home! All proceeds go towards the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life, which raises funds for the Vancouver Island PWA Society. Join the Facebook event page here Contact Sarah at sarah.wilson@vpwas.org or 250.382.7927 for drop-off information More information on the AIDS […]

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Women and the Criminalization of HIV Non-Disclosure

Sensational headlines entice readers but too often tell an incomplete story that only serves to perpetuate negative stereotypes. This is frequently the case when people living with HIV navigate the criminal justice system in HIV non-disclosure cases only to see their faces splashed across media channels, adding to the public fear and stigma associated with HIV/AIDS. Most prosecutions are against men, but for women living with HIV, the very justice system that was set up to protect women by criminalizing […]

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Fentanyl Alert

*important information* Hey lovely friends of mine who are crystal users: there have been a number of reports of a dangerous opioid (Fentanyl) being cut into crystal [and other drugs: heroin, crack/cocaine, oxys], resulting in numerous overdoses both here in Victoria and in Vancouver. Most folks who are using crystal wouldn’t expect Fentanyl, which is an extremely dangerous, toxic and powerful drug, so the danger for harm is even greater. First, get informed about drugs. Being informed is your greatest […]

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