Events

VIHA UPDATE: HIV Testing at RJH for Emergency Department Patients

Royal Jubilee Hospital (RJH) Emergency Department patients from ages 18 to 70 years will automatically receive an HIV test while getting other bloodwork done From May 2nd, 2022 to October 31, 2022, all Royal Jubilee Hospital (RJH) Emergency Department patients from ages 18 to 70 years will automatically receive an HIV test while getting other bloodwork done. Why? Simply, the only way to know if you have HIV is to be tested. This initiative follows the HIV testing guidelines for B.C. which […]

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Holiday Closure

Wishing you Happy, Safe and Healthy HolidaysFrom all of us at VPWAS VPWAS Office and Drop-in Lounge will be closed from December 24th to January 3rd 2022(reopening Monday January 3, 2022)

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STAMINA NOT STIGMA

Understanding and Optimizing the Role of Rural Peer Navigation Health Models in a Pandemic Announcing the launch of Stamina Not Stigma, an important community health project for BC’s Southern Gulf Islands region.  Drawing on experiences of a diverse group of islanders who supported each other through the worst days of the AIDS pandemic and evolved with the changing realities of living with HIV, the premise of Stamina Not Stigma is to affirm wellness strategies, spotlight the role of peers as community health navigators & educators, […]

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Eligibility 3rd Dose COVID19 Vaccination

Eligibility 3rd Dose COVID19 Vaccination All people living in British Columbia who are 12 years and older are eligible to get a vaccine. A third dose of COVID-19 vaccine is recommended for some people who are moderate to severely immunocompromised. People who are moderately to severely immunocompromised should receive a third dose of vaccine. The group includes: For the full list visit: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/covid-19-vaccine/vaccine-registration-eligibility Prior AIDS defining illness or CD4 count ≤ 200/mm3 or CD4 fraction ≤ 15% or detectable plasma viral load […]

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VPWAS AGM 2020

Save the Date and join us on October 20, 2021 at 6pm via ZOOM! Vancouver Island PWA Society (VPWAS) Annual General Meeting for 2020 Once again this year our AGM will be hosted via ZOOM! Please email support@vpwas.org to RSVP or call 250.382.7927 / 1.877.382.7927 We will be joined by guest speaker Rick Waines, playwright (Secret/e). Rick will speak to his latest project, a verbatim play based on the interviews from HIV in My Day: Reflecting Back, Looking Forward, oral […]

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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 29, 2021 The federal government has declared September 30 as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The day recognizes the colonial legacy of residential schools, honours Indigenous survivors, and is part of the ongoing reconciliation process, while acknowledging the harm that was done to Indigenous peoples by Canada’s residential schools and the ongoing impacts and intergenerational trauma that are felt by Indigenous communities to this day. “The BC Government has communicated the importance of honouring a Day for […]

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Study Recruitment: Examining the influence of pre-treatment HIV experiences on older gay men’s contemporary constructions of quality of life (QOL)

The purpose of this study is to deepen understandings of how experiences during the pre-treatment HIV period (i.e. approximately 1981-1996) – including clinical encounters, grief and loss, and sustained discrimination – have informed current perspectives of quality of life (QOL) and strategies to enhance well-being in the context of aging. Ultimately, the findings will contribute to meaningfully supporting the psychosocial well-being of older gay men.

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Discontinuation of the Sale and Distribution of Sustiva® (efavrinz)

transcribed from fax received on 06/16/21pdf – http://vpwas.com/skm_c224e21062210410/ Date: June 15, 2021Bristol Myers Squibb would like to inform you that the sale and distribution of Sustiva® (efavrinz) will be discontinued in Canada. Sustiva® (efavrinz)is indicated for the treatment of HIV-1 infection in combination with other antiretroviral agents. This discontinuation includes tablet (600mg) formulation on September 30, 2022 and capsule (50mg and 200mg) formulation on March 31, 2023. The decision to discontinue Sustiva is voluntary and not related to any quality, […]

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HIV In My Day: Oral History Project Town-Hall

HIV in My Day is a community-based oral history project collecting stories from long-term survivors and caregivers about the early years of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in British Columbia. So far, over 110 interviews have been collected for this project, most of which are available in a publicly accessible digital archive at the University of Victoria. At this free Town Hall event, we will share our main project findings, introduce the digital archive, talk about future directions for this work, and invite […]

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HIV In My Day: Oral History Project Archive Launched

HIV In My Day is a collection of oral history interviews with long-term HIV survivors and their caregivers conducted between 2017 and 2020 in British Columbia by a team of community-based researchers and peers. These interviews focus on participants’ experiences of the early years of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Within communities most impacted by the epidemic in Canada, HIV/AIDS is both a historical experience of loss and community resilience, and an ongoing public health concern. Oral history offers a way of […]

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