Tag: Smart Sex Resource

by Susan Holtzman, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of British Columbia Okanagan campus Background Men who have sex with men (MSM) represent almost half of new HIV infections in Canada each year. However, the vast majority of research on HIV testing among MSM has been conducted in major urban centres. The main objectives of this… Read more »

Date: Thursday, May 19th, 2016 Time: 6:00-9:00pm Location: Gallery Gachet, 88 East Cordova Street, Vancouver, BC (on unceded Coast Salish Territories of the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh peoples) Cost: Free Get ready to be exposed to Sex Now! Over 8,200 people answered the survey and the Community-Based Research Centre for Gay Men’s Health (CBRC) wants to reveal… Read more »

SmartSexResource – Making sense of HIV window periods

by Darlene Taylor, Research Manager, BC Women’s Health Research Institute Testing for HIV can create anxiety for many individuals, especially those who want to know as soon as possible whether or not they are HIV positive. There are a variety of tests that are used to detect HIV; some test for antibodies against HIV while… Read more »

Dec 31, 2015 by Jason Wong, Physician Epidemiologist, Clinical Prevention Services, BCCDC, and the Clinical Prevention Services Surveillance Team HIV In 2014, the rate of new HIV diagnoses in British Columbia was 5.6 (261 cases) per 100,000 population, a slight decrease from 5.8 (267 cases) in 2013. Demographic groups The highest rates of new HIV… Read more »

Dec 31, 2015 by Jason Wong, Physician Epidemiologist, Clinical Prevention Services, BCCDC, and the Clinical Prevention Services Surveillance Team Genital Chlamydia In 2014, the rate of genital chlamydia increased to 288.4 per 100,000 population, continuing the overall provincial trend of a steady increase since 1998. The highest rates were in Vancouver, Northwest and Northeast Health… Read more »

Background In honor of World Hepatitis Day (July 28th), HepCBC Hepatitis C Education and Prevention Society has launched a month long campaign in seven cities across British Columbia, including Vancouver, Victoria, Richmond, Surrey, Kelowna, Nanaimo, and Prince George. The goal of this campaign is to increase awareness about hepatitis C testing in British Columbia. An… 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 »

Jun 24, 2015 by Sarah Chown, Program Director, YouthCO, and, Andre Azzam, Mpowerment Coordinator, YouthCO What is Mpowerment? Mpowerment YVR is an HIV leadership and community-building program designed by and for young self-identified men who are gay, bisexual, or queer. This program provides ongoing opportunities for participants to connect with each other through a variety… 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 »

January 29, 2015 @12:00 – 1:00pm PST Join this webinar! All individuals 19 years and older have the legal right to consent/refuse health care provided they have the capacity to do so. Nurses who deliver care to clients who misuse substances often find assessing capacity to consent challenging especially if their clients have been using… Read more »

by Trevor Corneil, Medical Health Officer & Medical Director, STOP HIV/AIDS, Interior Health A new campaign is launched Interior Health has launched a new campaign to encourage all adults in the region to get tested for HIV. The “My Health Is Sexy” campaign uses intimate images to convey the message that knowing your HIV status… Read more »

by Derek Kline, Outreach Nurse, Clinical Prevention Services, BCCDC, & Anna Kline, M.Psych., RCC Anxiety and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) go hand-in-hand.[1,2]  Worry can take many forms and is often related to fears about social stigma.[2,3]  Waiting for the right time to get tested or waiting for results can also increase anxiety. Given these things,… Read more »