Category: Community News

Madeline is part of the Community Based Research and Evaluation section of the PAN team. In addition to working with PAN, she has worked at Pacific Hepatitis C Network, and is also on staff with YouthCO as the Mpowerment Fraser East Coordinator. Madeline follows in the Meet the People at PAN tradition with the 5 Question Challenge.   … Read more »

PAN Member Spotlight: Share Your Work

PAN member groups are located in all regions of BC, and provide services for people living with HIV, HCV, and other health and social issues. Miles, workloads and funding make it hard to get together enough, we know. We also know that one of the things people comment on when we do get together for… Read more »

PRICK! Thursday June 28 – Penticton

  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 guys. Tests included are for chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis (A,B &C), HIV and syphilis. Nurses can also… Read more »

Reflections on Governance from PAN’s Board

This is the sixth in a series of monthly blog posts representing perspectives on potential governance changes at PAN. These posts represent voices across the network – staff, Board members, people living with HIV, and community members – sharing their thoughts on these changes. This month we hear from Jesse Brown, Co-Chair of PAN’s Board… Read more »

HIV Testing Day June 27

The Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) has developed resources to mark National HIV Testing Day, which the US promotes as well. June 27 is the official day to encourage your communities to roll up their sleeves and learn their status. Several PAN member groups are promoting National HIV Testing Day in their communities. If you would like… Read more »

In April we shared information about a petition submitted to the House of Commons asking for community support. We received this info on its progress from one of the organizers.   The petition campaign is just past the halfway mark and the online petition now has over 1900 signatures  The majority response is from BC, then Ontario,… Read more »

BC CBR Quarterly at CAHR 2018

The BC Community-Based Research (CBR) Quarterly Meetings (referred to as the CBR Quarterly Meetings hereon) is a community of practice that gathers three to four times a year to share learnings, challenges, and best practices related to CBR, evaluation, and knowledge translation/sharing initiatives. Meetings are organized by Pacific AIDS Network (PAN) staff, hosted by McLaren… Read more »

Regional Training in Prince George: #PANintheNorth18

Several members of the PAN team were welcomed in Prince George for the regional training on June 5-6. A sincere shout out and thank you from the PAN folks that attended (Stacy Leblanc, Janice Duddy, Mona Lee, Jaydee Cossar, Tabitha Steager and myself) to the people from Positive Living North (Prince George and Smithers), Central Interior… Read more »

PrEP 4 Sex, Drugs & Rock’n’Roll

The BC Center for Disease Control’s Chee Mamuk and the First Nations Health Authority invite you to: PrEP 4 Sex, Drugs & Rock’n’Roll – HIV Prevention Community Forum for BC’s Lower Mainland Indigenous and Two-Spirit community members.   Date: June 18, 2018 5:30 – 7:30pm Location: SFU Downtown Campus Room 1430 515 W Hastings St.,… Read more »

HIV in My Day: Reflecting Back, Looking Forward

Reprinted from Vancouver Island PWA Society site   HIV in My Day: Reflecting Back, Looking Forward is an oral history project that hopes to document the beginning of the HIV epidemic (1980s) in Victoria and Vancouver Island’s history by having those with lived experience and their caregivers recount their experiences. We are an inter-generational community-based research team… Read more »

The criminalization of HIV non-disclosure has long been an issue for people living with HIV and their allies. Research shows that given the threat of prosecution, some people may choose not to test for HIV, increasing public health risk overall, an ironic outcome for laws purportedly created to protect and promote public health.  Advocates- including… Read more »