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Syphilis … It’s making the rounds

Syphilis … It’s making the rounds (yes, in Victoria! it’s more common than you might think) Across Canada, cities have seen a huge rise in syphilis over the past several years. In most cities gay and bisexual men have been hit hardest by it, and as many syphilis cases are among men who are HIV positive. Syphilis can easily be tested and treated if caught early enough. Poz guys look out! As a POZ guy your syphilis infection may take longer […]

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Press Release: Island Health Services related to the prevention, testing and treatment of blood borne diseases, harm reduction and education programs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 16, 2015 Expanded Services to Test People for Blood Borne Diseases VICTORIA – More prevention, testing and treatment services will be available for people throughout Island Health who are living with – or at risk for contracting – blood borne diseases such as HIV or AIDS. “I am pleased to see that Island Health is expanding these important services,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “The importance of reaching and engaging people in care is why we […]

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Suits Victoria; Wednesday, January 28

Join us on Wednesday, January 28 5:30 Based on Positive Living BC’s “Suits“, this is a monthly dinner club for HIV Poz gay men, held at various Victoria area restaurants on the last Wednesday (usually) of each month, and is an opportunity to meet and socialize with members of Victoria’s POZ community. Each month a different restaurant is chosen based on being able to provide separate checks and able to host groups. *At the request of people attending we don’t […]

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Know Your Rights

Living with HIV: Know Your Rights is a series of brochures that address the privacy rights and disclosure obligations of people living with HIV in a variety of day-to-day contexts, prepared by : Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network Know Your Rights 1: Disclosure at work Know Your Rights 2: Accommodation in the workplace Know Your Rights 3: Remedies for discrimination and privacy violations in the workplace Know Your Rights 4: Disclosure and post-secondary education Know Your Rights 5: Disclosure as a patient […]

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Positive Gathering 2015

Positive Gathering is an annual conference developed for and by people living with HIV in BC. Conference activities include interactive workshops, guest speakers and a gala dinner. Where is the Positive Gathering held? Coast Plaza Hotel (1763 Comox Street, Vancouver) When is it happening? March 27-29, 2015 Workshop application deadline: February 12, 2015 Registration deadline: March 12, 2015 Application deadline for scholarships: February 12, 2015. Scholarships are awarded to PLHIV from outside of the Greater Vancouver area. What is included […]

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Our Neighbours: HepCBC

We are excited to have as our neighbours HepCBC. HepCBC is a non-profit organization run by and for people infected and affected by hepatitis C, whose mission is to provide education, prevention and support to those living with HCV. OFFICE HOURS: For now, HepCBC’s new Victoria, BC office at 1139 Yates St. (Room #20) offers face-to-face meeting space with HCV+ volunteers. Open: Wednesdays (1:00 pm to 5:00 pm) Thursdays (9:30 am to 1:30 pm) Or by appointment HepCBC volunteers are […]

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Just us Guys reboot: starting Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Just us Guys is a peer-facilitated, discussion based support group open to all self identified guys who are living with HIV/HCV Second Wednesday of each month at 1pm 101-1139 Yates Street Victoria, BC Tel: 250.382.7927 A chance to talk about what’s going on in your life and health. • Groups provide safe spaces in which members share information and provide mutual support • Topics of conversation differ by group but may include: responding to a new diagnosis, aging with HIV, developing […]

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Condoms YYJ, a project of VPWAS, is pleased to offer safer sex supplies such as male and female condoms and lube to anyone in the Victoria area completely free of charge. We will not ask you any intrusive questions, we never expect payment, and there is no limit to the number of supplies that you can access (although larger orders may require additional processing and ordering time).   Contact Condoms YYJ 101-1139 Yates Street Victoria, BC 250.382.7927

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Fall Newsletter

  Fall 2014 Newsletter: Positive Focus

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AGM 2013

Notice of Annual General Meeting 2013 Notice is hereby given that the 2013 Annual General Meeting of the Vancouver Island Persons Living with HIV/AIDS Society (VPWAS) will be held: March 25, 2014 6:30 pm James Bay New Horizons Centre 234 Menzies Street, Victoria, BC The Annual General Meeting is open to all VPWAS members and community partners. Guest Speaker: Ashley Mollison – Community Organizer & Harm Reduction Worker Light snacks and refreshments will be served Contact: phone: 250.382.7927 e-mail: support@vpwas.org

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