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Secret/e Play

Victoria play about HIV criminalization gets world premiere SECRET/E : A new play by Jessie award winner Rick Waines.Bruised and beaten, why is Billi under investigation? Assaulted by a violent boyfriend, why does Billi feel like she is the one under investigation?An officer is asked to investigate a domestic assault and must face his own prejudice.Guy attempts to reconcile a terrible decision that may have killed the woman he loved. Meet the three main characters of Secret/e, a new play […]

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HIV in My Day: Reflecting Back, Looking Forward

So many stories of so many lives and all of them drifting away… HIV in My Day: Reflecting Back, Looking Forward Research Study on BC’s HIV/AIDS Epidemic Were you diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and living in BC before 1996? or Did you support or care for someone living with HIV during this time? Help us document the early years of BC’s HIV/AIDS Epidemic by sharing your experiences in an oral history interview. Participants will receive $50. HIV in My Day: Reflecting […]

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Attorney General of Canada to issue Directive Regarding Prosecutions of HIV Non-Disclosure Cases

On December 1, 2018, the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day, federal Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould and the Department of Justice announced a new directive regarding prosecution of HIV non-disclosure cases. The Government of Canada is committed to a fair, responsive and effective criminal justice system that protects Canadians, holds offenders to account, supports vulnerable people, and respects the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Today, on the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day, the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister […]

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Day With(out) Art 2018 Alternative Endings, Activist Risings

Free Film Screening World AIDS Day / Day With(out) Art 2018 w/ Visual AIDS ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS [TRAILER] ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS for Day With(out) Art 2018 from Visual AIDS on Vimeo. Saturday December 1, 2018 The Vancouver Island PWA Society (VPWAS) partnering with Visual AIDS Day With(out) Art 2018 Visual AIDS utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over. The Vic Theatre 808 Douglas Street Victoria, […]

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Please join us for the Vancouver Island Persons Living with HIV/AIDS Society (VPWAS) Annual General Meeting and open house. November 14, 2018 101-1139 Yates Street Coast Salish Territory Victoria, BC V8V3N2 We are excited to invite back this year, Guest speaker, Nathan Lachowsky, PHD Assistant Professor, School of Public Health and Social Policy The Annual General Meeting is open to all VPWAS members and community partners. vpwas agm invite 2018 (PDF) Interested in joining the board and making a difference for […]

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 9, 2018 POSITIVE YOUTH CALL ON FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO CREATE NATIONAL HIV STRATEGY LANGLEY, BC: This past week saw 28 HIV-positive, Hepatitis-C positive, and co-infected youth aged 18-32 (hereinafter referred to as ‘positive youth’) converge for 4-day national meeting to discuss gaps in care resulting from the lack of a coordinated national HIV strategy. The event, Youth Unleashing Power: a Pozitive Youth Symposium, now in its 3rd year, provides an opportunity for positive youth to share […]

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Working to improve the life and health of guys into guys on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands

ARE YOU A GAY, BI, QUEER, PAN OR TWO-SPIRIT GUY LIVING ON VANCOUVER ISLAND OR A GULF ISLAND? Cis or trans guys, non-binary and genderqueer folx included We are a team of guys into guys and our allies who live and work on Vancouver Island and are working to improve the life and health of other guys into guys in our region. You are invited to participate in a confidential one-on-one interview for a research study to discuss your experiences […]

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BC will now offer a daily drug that prevents HIV — for free

Preventative medication will protect people at risk of HIV Effective Jan. 1, 2018, British Columbians at high risk of HIV infection will be able to receive pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), a daily oral antiretroviral medication that prevents new HIV infection, at no cost. “Our government is committed to helping fight the spread of HIV/AIDS and supporting people as they take action to protect themselves from this virus,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “Making this medication free for people will prevent […]

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Community Consensus Statement: Ending Unjust HIV Criminalization

Community Consensus Statement Download the Community Consensus Statement (including the full list of endorsers) The Community Consensus Statement outlines a shared critique of why Canada’s approach to HIV criminalization is wrong and calls for some specific actions that federal, provincial and territorial governments should take to end unjust criminal prosecutions against people living with HIV. It was developed by the CCHRC to be a common set of demands by those organizations who sign on to it. The Coalition is looking […]

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VPWAS is proud to partner with Visual AIDS and Open Space to present ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS for the 28th annual Day With(out) Art on World AIDS Day on December 1 at 7:30 pm. Friday, December 1, 2017, 7:30 pm Doors 7:00 pm free film screening Open Space 510 Fort Street, 2nd floor Victoria, BC V8W 1E6 Curated by Erin Christovale and Vivian Crockett for Visual AIDS, the video program prioritizes Black narratives within the ongoing AIDS epidemic, commissioning seven new […]

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