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Focus Group/Study Opportunity – Are you a man who self-identifies as gay, aged 50 years or older?

Project Title: The Meaning and Impact of Community: Older Gay Men’s Perspectives, and Implications for Well-Being Are you a man who self-identifies as gay, aged 50 years or older? Do you currently live on Vancouver Island/Gulf Islands, or Vancouver/Lower Mainland? If so, we would be grateful for your participation in a research study The purpose of this study is to deepen understandings of how older, self-identifying gay men conceptualize community along with supportive factors and barriers to community engagement through […]

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Test at Home: HIV Self-Test Kits available at VPWAS

Test at Home Safe, Easy, Free Insti HIV Self-Test Kits are available at VPWAS, you can take home up to 5 test kits for yourself or to share with friends. INSTI® HIV Self test take home testing kits from VPWAS Options for HIV Self testing kits from VPWAS * VPWAS Peer Supporters/Navigators are not healthcare workers and we can only be in attendance for guidance and support, if requested, we do not do the testing HIV self-testing is a testing […]

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Are you part of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community and you live in British Columbia?

Are you part of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community and you live in British Columbia? The BC Ministry of Health wants to hear from you about your perspectives, experiences, ideasregarding collection, transfer, and uses of your personal information related to sex, gender, andsexual orientation. This survey is designed and conducted by 2SLGBTQIA+ people atTransFocus. We invite you to participate in this 15- to 20-minute survey to get a greaterunderstanding of how to improve safeguards to protect sensitive health information. We highlyencourage people […]

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Minister’s statement on World AIDS Day, Indigenous AIDS Awareness Week

Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, has issued the following statement in recognition of World AIDS Day and Indigenous AIDS Awareness Week: “Today marks the 35th anniversary of World AIDS Day, along with the beginning of Indigenous AIDS Awareness Week. On this day, we reaffirm our commitment to supporting people in British Columbia who live with and are impacted by HIV/AIDS. “We also renew our support for breaking down the barriers of stigma for those living with HIV/AIDS as we know that […]

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The future of HIV treatment needs your voice!

BC used to be a leader in HIV treatment innovation but is now falling behind other provinces. It’s been over three years since Health Canada approved the first long-acting HIV treatment, but BC is blocking access for people who want this treatment. Cabenuva is a long-acting injectable HIV treatment that can last up two months. The BC Government currently provides long-acting HIV treatment only on a case-by-case basis. Unlike other HIV medications, BC requires additional approval processes and paperwork based […]

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VPWAS AGM 2022/23

Please join us for the Vancouver Island PWA Society Annual General Meeting 2022/23(Reporting back on the financial year ending March 31, 2023) Hosted via Zoom! on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2023 6:30 PM Registration link below: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0ufuuqrTMiGNFYotKw-IUpl_QUyNgyKcJ4 or contact craig.dales@vpwas.org or 250.382.7927 VPWAS acknowledges that we are on unceded First Nations territory. The City of Victoria and the surrounding areas lie on the territories of the Coast Salishand Lekwungen-speaking peoples, including the Esquimalt, Songhees, and W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations.

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Campaign launched for better HIV therapy options in BC

Join us in the fight for access to HIV Treatment that eliminates the need for daily oral medication Access to treatment is life saving. It’s time for British Columbia to step up and coverlong-acting injectable treatments for HIV.Join the fight by visiting aidsvancouver.org/treatment_now to send a letter to your MLA and Health Minister News ReleaseA matter of fairness: AIDS Vancouver launches campaign for better HIV therapy options in BCLong-acting injectable therapy would reduce stigma, improve adherence, and save lives VANCOUVER […]

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Are You Interested in Women’s Healthy Aging Research?

BC CARMA CHIWOS Collaboration (BCC3) We are currently recruiting women (cis- and trans-gender inclusive) for the BC CARMA CHIWOS Collaboration (BCC3) study on women’s healthy aging. The goal of this study is to better understand the cellular, clinical, and social factors involved in women’s healthy aging, such as viral infections (HIV, hepatitis C, and herpes), hormones (estrogen, progesterone, and cortisol), chronic diagnoses, and personal life experiences including adverse childhood experiences, sexual health, stigma, violence, social support, and resilience. We are […]

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Learning from Newly HIV-Diagnosed People
in Vancouver and Victoria

RESEARCH STUDY TO IMPROVE HIV PREVENTIONAND CARE IN BRITISH COLUMBIA Have you been diagnosed with HIV since 2018?Are you 16 years of age or older?Do you live in British Columbia? If you answered yes to the questions above, you may be eligible to participate in our study to learn how HIV prevention efforts can be enhanced and connection to HIV-related support and care can be improved for newly diagnosed people in British Columbia. If you agree to participate, you will […]

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From the Board

From the Board

Hello VPWAS members, As another year is fully underway. I would first like to thank Craig Dales, Penny Bradford and TJ Furlani, for the consistent care they provide to us as members, -most especially to those who have recently joined VPWAS either through a recent diagnosis or as a newcomer to the province and country. For those who are new, whatever we can do to help you feel more welcome and part of this peer-led, community-based health initiative called VPWAS, […]

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