Category: Community News

Westshore AVI Health Centre Opening

AIDS Vancouver Island (AVI) is very pleased to announce that the Westshore AVI Health Centre is opening its doors on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017.  The centre will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30am-4:00pm, providing Opiate Substitution Treatment (OST) in a low barrier setting.  We will also offer support and referrals to assist our patients to… Read more »

Positive Living BC has a new home!

Congratulations to all at Positive Living BC! The move is complete and the doors are open at the new space. They are excited to show everyone in the community around.  Please join others in the community on Thursday, October 19 from 4 PM – 6 PM to tour the new facilities and learn about our programming. … Read more »

  From the September 29 First Nations Health Authority Media Release: First Nations in British Columbia will join the province’s drug insurance program, PharmaCare, on October 1, 2017. The change will see drug benefits services for First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) clients move from Health Canada’s longstanding federal system to a new made-in-BC PharmaCare plan… Read more »

Celebrating Yúusnewas Videos By Indigenous Youth

PAN is happy to join the celebration of the work of YouthCO’s Yúusnewas Program under the leadership of Kayla Mitchell and her team of Educators. Their 2017 First Directions Workshop led to the creation of the following 3 new short films which were written and directed by Indigenous youth from across the province: Revive Breaking… Read more »

Hepatitis C News

  Treatment Successes It’s getting better: AIDS Map’s Roger Pebody wrote about findings from here in BC that show that  among the populations of people with HCV, an analysis found that older people, those co-infected with HIV, those who have cirrhosis and those who use drugs are more likely to receive direct-acting antiviral HCV treatment… Read more »

Gay Men’s Health Summit Registration Open

Join the Community Based Research Centre for our most ambitious Gay Men’s Health Summit yet.  This year’s Summit will focus on optimizing HIV combination prevention strategies for gay, bi and other men who have sex with men (gbMSM). This unique conference experience will give members of the community, government representatives, academics, and health care providers a… Read more »

Seeking Volunteers for a Community Advisory Board

From Dr. Nathan Lachowsky This is an invitation for gay, bisexual, queer, two-spirit and trans men across British Columbia who have personal experience using crystal meth and are comfortable discussing this topic among peers. We are building a Community Advisory Board (“CAB”) for a new pilot research study focused on crystal meth interventions. The study… Read more »

from Men’s Health Initiative The next PRICK! testing event will be on September 28th, from 6-8 PM.  PRICK! is a private and confidential on-the-spot STI testing event for all ‘guys who like guys.’ Our definition of ‘guy’ includes: bi, cis, curious, gay, male, non-binary, queer, questioning, straight, trans, two-spirit, and all other guys who like… Read more »

Suicide Prevention Training for Queer Service Providers & Allies

From the Crisis Centre   Join us in Building a Suicide-Safer Queer Community! “We know that as many as 1 in 5 LGBT people have attempted suicide,” says Dr. Travis Salway, a post-doctoral fellow with the BC Centre for Disease Control/UBC School of Population and Public Health. “Thus it is essential to build a network… Read more »

AVI Report and Action: The Overdose Crisis- Where to Next?

  A message from AVI’s Executive Director, Katrina Jensen Dear community members, We are pleased to share The Overdose Crisis- Where To Next? report from the May 10th symposium on community response to the overdose crisis, as well as invite you to join us in the creation of a local Overdose Crisis Community Response Network for… Read more »