Background British Columbia (BC) is currently experiencing a significant increase in syphilis cases, with infectious syphilis reaching unprecedented rates. Though there has been a slow and steady increase year over year since the early 2000s, a much more significant increase was noted in 2015, with 40% more cases seen compared to 2014. For 2016, the… Read more »

BCCDC Survey on the Development of Online HCV Course

The BCCDC education team is working on the development of an HCV online course for BC health and social care providers. They invite you to complete a 5 minute survey to: ·         help us assess the demand for an online hepatitis C (HCV) course for health and social care providers in BC ·         identify and… Read more »

Please find attached the combined summary of the engagement process on refreshing the Ministry’s strategic policy related to viral hepatitis (Healthy Pathways Forward) that took place late 2015 and early 2016. Between November 25, 2015 to January 20, 2016 the Ministry of Health (the Ministry), the BC Centre for Disease Control BCCDC) and the BC… Read more »

Sep 09, 2016 04:35 pm | Deb Schmitz The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) has created a health database “…to assess and monitor disease burden, co-infections, disparities in testing and care, health care utilization, treatment uptake and completion, effectiveness of treatments, cost of hepatitis C-related illness and the impact of treatment on illness related… Read more »

Calling all women who are Community Workers, Leaders, Role Models or are interested in making a difference. Chee Mamuk, Aboriginal Program, BC Centre for Disease Control invites your community to submit an application to ATKT to participate in a 4-day training. All participant travel and accommodation are provided.  Aboriginal communities and organizations both on and… Read more »

The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) has partnered with a number of key provincial stakeholders — including PAN and the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS — and has contracted the Centre for Global Public Health (CGPH) at the University of Manitoba to develop population size estimates for key populations: men who have sex… Read more »

by Jason Wong, Physician Epidemiologist, Clinical Prevention Services, BCCDC; and, Linda Hoang, Medical Microbiologist, Laboratory Services, BCCDC; and, Troy Grennan, Medical Head, STI Clinic, Clinical Prevention Services, BCCDC; and, Carolyn Montgomery, Physician Sessional, Clinical Prevention Services, BCCDC; and, Sylvia Makaroff, Physician Sessional, Clinical Prevention Services; BCCDC Background Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV) is a sexually transmitted infection… Read more »

November 5 and 6, 2015 SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street The theme of this year’s Gay Men’s Health Summit is “Undoing Stigma”; focusing on the impact of stigma on the health and well-being of gay men.  Submissions are welcomed related to gay men’s health, and in particular submissions related to this year’s Summit… Read more »

JUST MAKES SENSE: New Online HIV & STI Testing Service

Some things just make sense online… like online HIV & STI testing without visiting a clinic. GetCheckedOnline is a new, free, and confidential HIV & STI testing service developed by the B.C. Centre for Disease Control for gay & bi guys in Vancouver, and HIM’s Just Makes Sense campaign provides all the details of this… Read more »

May is National Aboriginal Hepatitis C Awareness Month

BC EVENTS Date: May 31, 2015 Time: 12:00 – 4:00pm Location: Britannia Community Centre, 1661 Napier Street, Vancouver Co-hosted by: BC Centre for Disease Control, World Hepatitis Day Vancouver Planning Committee, First Nation Health Authority, HepCBC Hepatitis C Education & Prevention Society, Pacific Hepatitis C Network, Lower Mainland Purpose Society for Youth & Families, and… Read more »

BC Centre for Disease Control is again hosting a 2-day Interdisciplinary Viral Hepatitis Education Workshop on September 24-25, 2015. This workshop is geared towards health and social service providers who want to network with experts and peers working in the field and to learn about the latest developments in viral hepatitis prevention and care services…. Read more »

Background Case reports are the basis of most sexually-transmitted infection (STI) reporting systems, but reliance on case data alone is limited by an inability to describe trends among key populations, such as gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM). Sentinel surveillance, in which disease monitoring is done at select sites when… Read more »