Category: Pacific AIDS Network News

Date: September 18, 2019 Time: 10 AM, Pacific Time Each region in BC is facing its own overdose crisis within this public health emergency. Each region has its own layout of services, and the sheer land area of each region can make it difficult to support everyone who needs harm reduction services. ANKORS has been… Read more »

Update: Prison Needle Exchange Programs

Last month we endorsed the statement calling on the federal government to fix fundamental flaws in the Correctional Service of Canada’s “Prison Needle Exchange Program.” We’ve received a thank you from the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Exchange, along with some additional information.   Saturday, August 10, was Prisoners’ Justice Day, and marked the release of this… Read more »

PAN has been part of a national conversation with multiple partners including the Ontario AIDS Network, the Alberta Community Council on HIV in Alberta, COCQ-SIDA, and others, regarding Canada’s role in resourcing for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. The following letter was sent to the Prime Minister last week.   Tuesday,… Read more »

HIV Criminalization – Update

A quick summer update on the HIV criminalization front… BC’s Prosecutorial Guidelines As previously reported, on April 16th, 2019, BC Prosecution Services issued revised prosecutorial guidelines (the revised “Sex 2” policy). Encouragingly, the guidelines state clearly that there will be no prosecution for suppressed viral load (i.e., under 200 copies/ml) for at least 4 months;… Read more »

Substance Use News July 2019

  Substance Use News provides a snapshot of news and resources for those working to support folks who use substances. We share pieces on the social, medical and political responses to the opioid crisis, from advocacy to welcome change. See our Drug Use and Overdose Response page for resources on overdose services, team resilience, governmental reports,… Read more »

Vancouver Coastal Health’s Chief Medical Health Officer, Dr. Patricial Daly, has released a new report: Response to the Opioid Overdose Crisis in Vancouver Coastal Health. It looks at harm reduction, improving treatment, and strategies for supportive environments. It begins,  “Substance use disorder is a chronic, relapsing condition, requiring a comprehensive system of care that identifies… Read more »

Along with a number of community advocates, this spring PAN submitted letter to the Canadian Medical Association regarding the Draft Canadian Medical Association’s Policy on HIV. We are aware that PAN member organizations and public health representatives did the same. We are watching for updates and will share as we learn more.   Cécile Bensimon,… Read more »

PAN presents: Positive Living, Positive Homes at CAHR 2019

The 2019 Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR) conference was held in Saskatoon in April. As part of our work around community-based research, we presented findings from the Positive Living, Positive Homes study in a poster session. Our poster discussed findings around disclosure and stigma surrounding housing for people living with HIV. To see greater… Read more »

Show Your Support for Prison Needle and Syringe Programs

PAN has endorsed the statement below, and we share this so others may consider doing so as well. From the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network: Three years ago, PAN signed a petition urging governments in Canada to immediately implement needle and syringe programs in prison. The petition acknowledged the overwhelming evidence supporting prison-based needle and syringe… Read more »

We’re happy to welcome Joanna Mendell, who recently joined the Research and Evaluation department as the Making it Work Research Project Coordinator. Read the Meet the People at PAN series.   What first piqued your interest in the HIV/ hepatitis C  sector? It’s hard to say what first piqued my interest in HIV as it has… Read more »

Get to Know This Great Tool for Reports and More

This blog is to share a cool resource that will allow evaluation findings to be shared in more engaging way. The application of this resource can go beyond evaluations, of course! In thinking about an alternative to a long, boring, 30-page evaluation report, I came across a cool tool called Slidedocs from reading Kylie Hutchinson’s… Read more »