Two Vancouver pharmacies offer free HIV tests in a pilot project

For the first time in Canada, two Vancouver pharmacies will experiment with offering on-site HIV tests to their customers.

Pharmacists at two Vancouver Medicine Shoppe pharmacies, located at 2030 Kingsway Avenue and 6180 Fraser Street, will now be offering HIV tests while their customers are waiting for their prescriptions.

The test results will be available on the spot in less than five minutes.

If the patient receives a preliminary positive test, a further confirmation will be required.

Yuliya Talmazan reports

First in Canada: two Vancouver pharmacies begin a pilot to offer HIV tests to customers

VANCOUVER – Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and Providence Health Care (PHC) are piloting the feasibility of local pharmacies offering HIV tests to their customers – a first in Canada.  

Dr. Mel Krajden: There’s lots of good news in the fight against hepatitis

Today, World Hepatitis Day, it’s important to acknowledge that more than 130,000 British Columbians are infected with hepatitis B and/or C.

That’s one out of every 33 people.

Enormous strides in hepatitis B prevention have been made through the use of publicly funded hepatitis B vaccination. It started with the vaccination of Grade 6 students in 1992 and was followed by the adoption of universal infant vaccination in 2001.

Anti-HIV weapons should be used to fight hepatitis C, researchers say

Tools developed to battle HIV infection in vulnerable populations such as intravenous drugs users should be focused on battling hepatitis C infection, according to the author of a study of street youth in Vancouver.

“We were shocked at how prevalent hepatitis C is in this population and really alarmed at the rates of transmission,” said lead author Dr. Scott Hadland, a researcher with the BC Centre for Excellence's Urban Health Research Initiative.

Randy Shore reports

HIV Foundation QLD partners with international experts

In an Australian first, the HIV Foundation Queensland (HIVFQ) has reached an agreement to partner with an overseas HIV/AIDS organisation to share knowledge and expertise with international experts.

A memorandum of understanding was signed today at the the 2014 International AIDS Conference between the HIVFQ and the Canada’s British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.

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Peer Navigation Program at the John Ruedy Immunodeficiency Clinic (IDC)

Did you know that St. Paul’s Hospital has a Peer Navigation program run in partnership with Positive Living Society of BC for those newly diagnosed with HIV and people living with HIV in need emotional support or community referrals? It is the first and only program of its kind in Canada. We spoke with Glen Bradford, Manager of the Peer Navigation Program to learn more.

Providence’s BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS signs memorandum of understanding with the Queensland Government

Queensland and the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS are joining forces to conquer HIV/AIDS.

Despite advances in AIDS treatment, stigma lingers

Stigma has stuck to AIDS from the very start. When the virus first began to emerge in the 1980s, it cut a wide swath through two groups that have historically faced their own stigma: gay men and intravenous drug users.

More than 30 years later, however, the face of AIDS has changed. Today’s new HIV patient is statistically likely to be a heterosexual African woman.

Addicts’ safe haven in Vancouver helps control HIV

Vancouver has been called the jewel of the Pacific Northwest. But the largest city in British Columbia, Canada, has a darker side. More than 4,000 intravenous drug users live in its downtown Eastside area, turning alleys around Hastings Street into open-drug markets and shooting galleries.

The community responded to the crisis by opening Insite, North America’s first supervised injection facility, in 2003.

Beth Mendelson reports

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Statement of Condolence on the tragic crash of flight MH17 and loss of Dr. Joep Lange

Providence Health Care and the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS are shocked and saddened at the tragic news of the crash of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, we offer our thoughts and prayers to the families and friends whose loved ones died on this flight. We are particularily stricken by the loss of our friend and colleague, Dutch HIV and AIDS Scientist Dr. Joep Lange and other attendees to the International AIDS Society’s 20th Annual conference in Melbourne, Australia.


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