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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 – 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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It’s back! This year’s BC COVID-19 SPEAK survey only takes 15-20 minutes to fill out and can help ensure the right tools and supports are in place to help you and your community recover from the pandemic. The survey will address four key areas: Life during the pandemic: How your behaviours and experiences have changed over the course of the pandemic Vaccines: What barriers exist to accessing vaccines Innovation and adaptation: How have things changed around you and how […]

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Sex Now 2021 – Now Launched!

The 2021 Sex Now Survey is now online Also, be among the first to receive the new fast, anonymous HIV self-test at home for free! CBRC’s national health survey for gay, bi, trans, Two-Spirit, and queer men (GBT2Q) and non-binary people has launched. We want to know about your life nowadays. What matters to you? Tell us about how you have sex, and if that’s changed much during COVID-19. Your answers will assist organizations across the country advocate for better […]

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New study on the use of cannabis for HIV symptom management

New study on the use of cannabis for HIV symptom management is looking for participants! Are you an adult living with HIV? Do you use cannabis to help reduce and manage your symptoms? Do you want to share your experience? Complete this survey​. It takes 20-30 minutes to complete. Get a chance to win a cash prize of $100, $50, or $25.  We are looking for participants to take an online survey on the use of cannabis for HIV symptom […]

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VPWAS remains open during Covid restrictions

During these latest restrictions VPWAS drop-in remains open Monday to Friday 11am – to 3pm (205 – 1120 Yates St.) with a max limit of 3 people at a time, face coverings are required when visiting the drop-in (we can provide if needed) We can also assist you via email ( by phone 250.382.7927 / 1.877.382.7927 or meet outside for a coffee and a walk! Vaccine Registration If you are eligible to make a vaccination appointment you can use B.C.’s […]

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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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