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HIV In My Day; Verbatim Play Reading

HIV in My Day is part of our online 2021 SPARK Festival (January 20 – 23). We’ll be reading an excerpt from the play. On a night when the veil between us and those that were lost to AIDS is thinnest, we are taken back to a time when the West End was throbbing with the Disco beat of Sylvester, Donna Summer, and a virus that would change the city and community forever. This evening features SHIP, the soft spaces […]

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HIV and COVID-19: What Do We Know Now? (

Larger studies suggest people living with HIV might have a modestly higher risk of severe COVID-19, but much remains to be learned. “In the early days of the pandemic, POZ published a roundup of What People With HIV Need to Know About the New Coronavirus. Many HIV-positive people were concerned about their risk because immune suppression is linked to more severe COVID-19. What’s more, nearly half of people living with HIV are over 50 and many have underlying health conditions associated with worse COVID-19 outcomes. […]

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BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS CDET Committee Statement on the use of COVID-19 mRNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) in Persons living with HIV The BC-CfE’s Committee for Drug Evaluation and Therapy has evaluated the use of Pfizer and Moderna’s COVID-19 mRNA vaccines for Persons Living With HIV. It is the opinion of the CDET that People living with HIV (PWLH) aged 18 years or older may be vaccinated for Covid-19 if they meet current public health criteria for priority groups and if they have no contraindications. These are not live-virus vaccines and are not expected to be associated with more serious adverse […]

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Recommendations on the use of COVID-19 vaccines (NACI)

“The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is an External Advisory Body that provides the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) with independent, ongoing and timely medical, scientific, and public health advice in response to questions from PHAC relating to immunization.” Immunosuppressed persons 4. NACI recommends that COVID-19 vaccine should not be routinely offered to individuals who are immunosuppressed due to disease or treatment until further evidence is available (Strong NACI Recommendation). However, a complete series with a COVID-19 […]

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‘Save the Date’November 19, 2020 6PMZOOM The Vancouver Island Persons Living with HIV/AIDS Society will be hosting our AGM via ZOOM. Open to all VPWAS registered members Please email to express interest and receive the link.

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Sex Now, COVID-19 Edition

The #COVID19 pandemic affects everyone across Canada, but the impacts on queer and trans people haven’t been explored. To fill the gap, our Sex Now team launched a special survey to better understand our community’s needs. Make your voice heard: 

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Changes to PharmaNet, ARV Prescriptions

As of May 4, 2020, pharmacies started to enter ARV prescriptions into PharmaNet PharmaNetPharmaNet is a province-wide (British Columbia) computerized system for recording all your prescriptions. It holds the record of all prescriptions dispensed from community pharmacies in BC as well as prescriptions dispensed from hospital outpatient pharmacies for patient use at home. (If you get prescriptions filled in BC, you have a record in Pharmanet) ARVs have not always been entered into pharmanet as many PLHIV were concerned about […]

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PRIMP Study: Community Knowledge Survey

The survey is intended for people living in Victoria, BC onlyFor more information or if you have any questions regarding this study contact 

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COVID19: Update

March 18, 2020 Based on emerging trends and guidance from public health officials, including the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, VPWAS has requested that all staff work from home starting Wednesday March 18 until further notice. In addition, all in-person meetings and events until the end of April will be moved online, postponed, or cancelled where necessary. Like other organizations and businesses, we are doing this to help encourage social distancing, which we believe will help slow the spread […]

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VPWAS; New Address

Our new location is in the ‘Victoria Professional Building’ at 205 – 1120 Yates Street Victoria BC, V8V 3M9   All other contact info will remain the same: Tel: 250.382.7927 TF: 1.877.382.7927 Fax: 250.382.3232 Twitter: @vpwas Facebook:

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Vancouver Island Persons Living With HIV/AIDS Society (VPWAS) 205 - 1120 Yates Street, Coast Salish Territories, Victoria, BC. V8V 3M9
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