Category: Advocacy, Policy, Public Health

BC Centre for Disease Control: Public Knowledge Summary

Public Knowledge Summaries provide ongoing and emerging information on BC Centre for Disease Control analytical findings. This information can be freely shared among your colleagues, contacts, and the general public.                   TOPIC: Estimated impact of the provincial take-home naloxone program on preventing illegal drug-related deaths in BC, 2012-2016… Read more »

From the Canadian Positive People Network (CPPN) The Canadian Positive People Network (CPPN) is hosting its first Regional Symposium and gathering of people living with HIV and HIV co-infections in Vancouver on April 21st. We are happy to collaborate with Positive Living Society of British Columbia for this important opportunity to engage with current and… Read more »

Update on HIV and other STIs in BC

Looking for  the most recent provincial information on HIV, HCV, and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs)? You can find all that easily on the Smart Sex Resource site. Smart Sex services are provided by the BC Centre for Disease Control (BC CDC). Smart Sex offers information and resources on sexual health. If you live in Canada,… Read more »

  PRICK! is a private and confidential on-the-spot STI testing event for all ‘guys who like guys’ and the rainbow community. Who is PRICK for? Our definition of ‘guy’ includes: bi, cis, curious, gay, male, non-binary, queer, questioning, straight, trans, two-spirit, and all other guys who like guys. Tests included are for chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis… Read more »

PHAC Opioid Awareness Wallet Cards

PHAC has updated their opioid awareness wallet card. Along with information on how to spot an opioid overdose and what to do if you suspect an opioid overdose, the new wallet cards now include information on the Good Samaritan Overdose Act — the legislation that protects people who seek emergency help during an overdose situation… Read more »

Petition About Fentanyl Poisonings

John Hedican of Courtenay has submitted a petition to the House of Commons and invites others to add their names. Hedican writes, “We are grateful that Member of Parliament Gord Johns, MP for Courtenay-Alberni, British Columbia riding,  strongly supports our position on changes needed and will fervently defend our petition in the House of Commons.‎”… Read more »

This is the third in a series of monthly blog posts representing perspectives on potential governance changes at PAN. These posts represent voices across the network – staff, PAN Board members, people living with HIV, and community members – sharing their thoughts on these changes. This month we hear from Darren Lauscher, who has been… Read more »

PrEP Ed with the Community-Based Research Centre

On the weekend of February 17th and 18th, the Community-Based Research Centre hosted PrEP Ed, an intensive educational training session on the topics of Sexual Health, PrEP, and other prevention strategies. With the BC government’s announcement that PrEP is now available to gay and bisexual men (cis and trans) for free, we knew it would… Read more »

There is a lack of safe, non‐judgmental & confidential sexual health and sexually transmitted infection (STI) services (prevention, testing, & treatment) within Interior BC for people who: 1) Do not have a healthcare provider; 2) Do not feel comfortable discussing their sexuality with the healthcare provider they have; 3) Do not feel comfortable discussing their… Read more »