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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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VPWAS is currently in the process of moving our office.We thank you and all of or volunteers for your patience during this time. During this time we will be open and available for support and peer navigation services at our current location 1139 Yates street. It may be approximately 2 weeks until we fully move into our new locationWatch this space for further information, and grand opening dates. We will be moving across the street to the Victoria Professional Building250 […]

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VPWAS AGM October 23, 2019

Join the Vancouver Island PWA Society (VPWAS) for our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday October, 23 2019 Guest Speaker: Dr. Kelli StajduharProfessor, Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health and School of Nursing The AGM is open to all VPWAS members and community partners. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided Location101-1139 Yates StreetCoast Salish TerritoryVictoria, BC V8V3N2 Time : 6:30 PM

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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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