Category: Advocacy, Policy, Public Health

As I read through interviews from Positive Living Positive Homes (PLPH) (a community-based research study that explores experiences of people living with HIV on HIV and housing over time), one thing that has struck me is the way that unstable housing can affect people’s experience of time. Many people have shared that when they do… Read more »

Date: March 21, 2019 Time: 10:00 – 11:00 Pacific Time As part of their Reducing stigma related to sexuality, substance use and STBBIs, the Canadian Public Health Association presents The effect of public health policies on stigma and innovations in HIV case management nursing This interactive webinar presented by Linda Juergensen from York University and… Read more »

International Women’s Day Event ‘Championing Choice & Safety: A Womxn’s World in Three Parts’. Options for Sexual Health and Battered Women Support Services are pleased to partner in the presentation and world premiere of the series ‘Her Story (In Three Parts), a short film anthology by local writer/director/actor Camille Hollett-French. Our two organizations have chosen… Read more »

UNAIDS’ HIV Community Engagement Hub

UNAIDS has launched an online Engagement Hub for Communities living with, affected by and who care about HIV.  This online hub aims to provide communities with strategic information and resources on landmark political processes that could benefit from the active engagement of communities. It is structured under the pillars of sharing knowledge about these processes, providing opportunities… Read more »

YouthCO has been working to reduce the impact of stigma related to HIV and hepatitis C since 1994. YouthCO’s Yúusnewas program is an Indigenous peer-led program. Their work includes workshops on HIV, sexual health and harm reduction in urban and rural communities; Culture is Healing events by and for Indigenous youth in downtown Vancouver; First… Read more »

As many of us are now aware, U=U (Undetectable Equals Untransmittable), means that people living with HIV (PLHIV) can feel confident that, if they have a sustained undetectable viral load for at least six months, they will not pass on HIV to their sexual partners. Treatment as Prevention®, pioneered by the BC-CfE in 2006, formed… Read more »

The President’s Dream Colloquium on HIV: From Cell to Society is a high-profile lecture series hosted by Simon Fraser University. It is paired with a course, open to university students and community members, about a variety of topics in HIV spanning from the sciences, to the social, and the community. Please visit for more information…. Read more »

The BC Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions recently released a new report,  Escalating BC’s Response to the Overdose Emergency.   Excerpt from the Executive Summary:  The Province of British Columbia continues to respond to a public health emergency that is claiming four lives every day. The province continues to experience the highest number of overdose deaths… Read more »

The President’s Dream Colloquium on HIV: From Cell to Society is a high-profile lecture series hosted by Simon Fraser University.   Date: Tuesday February 26th, 2019 Time: 6:30 – 7:30 PM Location: SFU Harbour Centre, Room 1300   The speakers for this event are Danita Wahpoosewyan, Carrie Bourassa, and Alexandra King. This event is free, but registration is encouraged… Read more »

Webinar: Options for Sexual Health: Partners for Impact

  Date: Tuesday March 5, 2019 Time: 10:00 AM Pacific Time Join Michelle Fortin and Nicole Pasquino of Options for Sexual Health to hear how their work can support PAN members in frontline services, as well as provide professional development for staff and volunteers. Options for Sexual Health provides BC communities with comprehensive sexual health… Read more »

BC Centre for Excellence Spring HIV/Antiretroviral Update

  The BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS will present its Spring HIV/Antiretroviral Update on Monday, May 6, 2019. Time: 8:30 am to 4:45 pm Location: Grand Ballroom – North Tower Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel 1088 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC (located across from St. Paul’s Hospital in Downtown Vancouver) This is an open educational event sponsored by… Read more »

New Ways to Prevent HIV

Via Men’s Health Initiative   Date: February 25th, 2019 Time: 6:00 PM  Pacific Time / 7:00 PM Mountain Time Be a part of HIVSTORY! Taking it to the next level: Conversations about men’s sexual health (PEP and PrEP) Live broadcast presentation with Dr. Joss De Wet and local panel discussions. Locations: Kelowna, Kamloops, Vernon, Penticton,… Read more »