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VPWAS AGM – September 27, 2017

Please join us for the Vancouver Island Persons Living with HIV/AIDS Society (VPWAS) Annual General Meeting and open house. 101-1139 Yates Street Coast Salish Territory Victoria, BC V8V3N2 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. PDF version of invite Membership with VPWAS is free for anyone living with HIV/AIDS and/ or co-infected with HCV and living on Vancouver Island (including […]

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VPWAS Annual Yard Sale & BBQ on September 2

Join us for our Annual Yard Sale & Barbeque, now in it’s 5th year! We’ll have lots of gently used clothing, furniture, and household items for sale. We will also be cooking up hamburgers and hot dogs! David from Soma Active Health will be joining us to provide chair massages during the yard sale! Treatments will be available by donation. We are accepting donations (gently used clothing, furniture, and household items) this week for our fundraiser Yard Sale, please call […]

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Paris Community Declaration Published #IAS2017

Paris Community Declaration We, Key Affected Populations living with or affected by HIV, proclaim that we are more than just numbers. We have essential needs that must be met equitably. It is time to put an end to our prosecution. We demand full commitment and respect from all the stakeholders we address in this Declaration. The definition of key populations may change across different contexts: based on epidemiological evidence and geographic, social, legal and political environments. People living with HIV, […]

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Statement – VPWAS at Pride; Honouring the History of Pride as Protest

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Vancouver Island Persons Living with HIV/AIDS Society (VPWAS). For a quarter of a century, VPWAS has been advocating for and providing support and services to individuals on Vancouver Island living with HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C. While we have participated in Victoria Pride for many years, this year, to mark 25 years of activism and resistance in the HIV/AIDS movements, we will not be walking in this year’s Pride Parade. We do so […]

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Remembrance of things past Thursday, 04 May 2017 Author // Michael Yoder I read an article online where the number of long-term survivors who choose to commit suicide is increasing. Besides the tragedy of this in and of itself, there is a deeper loss – the loss of the living library of people who remember the “dark days” of HIV. Living in a small city, I know that there are only a few of us left who remember the people and events of […]

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Youth Unleashing Power: a pozitive youth symposium 2017

  Registration is now open  for Canada’s only peer-led symposium and retreat for HIV and Hepatitis C positive youth! If you are between the ages of 18-32, living with HIV and/or Hepatitis C, then you’ll want to join us for an incredible week of knowledge sharing, storytelling, and relaxing on the shores of beautiful Lake Cowichan on Vancouver Island. Your registration includes 5 nights accommodation at the Cowichan Lake Outdoor Education and Conference Centre. The centre is located on […]

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PREP TALK – HIV Prevention Worth Talking About

The Men’s Wellness Program (AVI) and Vancouver Island PWA (VPWAS) Present PREP TALK HIV Prevention Worth Talking About Join us for a FREE discussion including Q&A on Pre Exposure Prophylaxis (also know as PrEP) for HIV with Dr. Mark Hull from the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS Monday March 6 4 – 6PM CityStudio – Victoria ( 742 Johnson Street, Victoria. MORE INFO & RSVP CONTACT 250.384.2366 ext 3115 250.382.7927

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Healing our Bodies: Indigenous Youth HIV Prevention & Sexual Health Education Workshops

Healing our Bodies March 9-10, 2017 Victoria Native Friendship Centre 231 Regina Ave, Victoria, BC Youth HIV Prevention & Sexual Health Education Workshops For Youth Thursday March 9th, 4pm – 8pm Friday March 10th, 3:30pm – 8pm *Dinner and Bus Tickets Provided* Healing Our Bodies is an Indigenous approach to HIV prevention and sexual health education. Vancouver Island Persons Living with HIV/AIDS Society in partnership with the Victoria Native Friendship Centre Free Registration Healing our Bodies Registration form Contact: Martin Morberg […]

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Circle of Strength

*If you would like to request a viewing of this short film, please contact VPWAS at or 250.382.7927* “Circle of Strength” – a film created to carry a message to youth who may be affected by or experiencing stigma. Through powerful interviews and storytelling, the film showcases lived experiences of HIV stigma, homophobia and transphobia. Directed and Produced by Martin M. of the Vancouver Island PWA Society (VPWAS) This project was made possible by a grant from Resist Stigma […]

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Need Assessment: New Health Care Program

New Health Care Program!  VPWAS is pleased to announce that we have received a Community Grant from the Victoria Foundation to develop a program of Complementary Health Care Services for People Living with HIV and/or Hepatitis C.  The program will be a mix of services offered in our office and services offered in the community at a discount or special rate. Complementary health care may include things like: acupuncture massage reiki  counselling  nutrition advice  healing touch hypnotherapy The program will […]

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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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