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Pride 2014: Bradford McIntyre proudly declares his HIV status to encourage others to get tested

At this year's Vancouver Pride celebrations, Bradford McIntyre marked another milestone in his remarkable life.

The long-term HIV survivor changed the sign he carried in the 2004 parade to reflect that he's still here 30 years since being infected with the retrovirus.

A decade ago, the sign said “20 years.”

“I'm in shock that I'm still alive and still here and still doing this,” McIntyre told the Georgia Straight shortly before the parade began.

$82 million mental health and addiction centre at VGH will become BC’s largest of its kind

A new, leading mental health and addictions treatment facility will be built on the Vancouver General Hospital site.

The Joseph and Rosalie Segal Family Health Center (JRSFHC) is anticipated to open in spring 2017. Construction is expected to begin this winter. The center will cost an estimated $82 million to build and will be the largest facility of its kind in British Columbia.

Fred UnLEEshed: August 1, 2014

BREAST SAVER: The Providence Health Care Breast Centre at Mount Saint Joseph Hospital opened in 2009 to provide quick access to tests and to reduce wait times for diagnosis. The first of its kind, it has seen more than 12,000 patients come through its doors, but after six busy years, clinic space has become constrained. Renovations are needed to create additional consultation rooms to help meet increased patient demands and accommodate private and sensitive patient and family conversations around diagnoses.

Public health agency issues advisory on Ebola, says no need for travel ban

OTTAWA – Canada’s public health agency has issued a travel health notice about the Ebola outbreak in three African countries.

But it is not following the United States in warning citizens not to travel to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone — at least not yet.

The notice from the Public Health Agency of Canada notes that dozens of cases of Ebola virus infection have been reported in those countries.

And it adds that Nigeria’s ministry of health has reported its first death due to the virus.

Homeless population may not be as transient as commonly believed

The Metro Vancouver Homeless countless was carried out a few months ago but now a 70 page “final report’s” come out detailing some of the findings.

The report, by the Greater Vancouver Regional Steering Committee on Homelessness, says among respondents, 79% reported living in the city where they were interviewed for at least a year.

51% of the homeless said they lived in the same place for ten years or more.

Fraser Health stroke patients face ‘less than ideal’ care: report

Fraser Health hospitals are diverting or transferring stroke patients to Vancouver hospitals, creating “less than ideal” care, according to an external report prepared for the provincial government.

This is despite the fact two hospitals—Royal Columbian and Surrey Memorial—are designated stroke sites and have stroke specialists—including stroke neurologists and other experts—on staff, the review found.

Two Vancouver pharmacies to offer free HIV tests as part of pilot project

Two Vancouver pharmacies will soon offer on-the-spot HIV tests as part of a year-long pilot project which is the first of its kind in Canada.

Specially trained pharmacists at two Medicine Shoppe pharmacies—located at 2030 Kingsway Avenue and 6180 Fraser Street—will offer a test that takes only five minutes, the health authority said Tuesday.

Each pharmacy is located next to a Pacific Medical Walk-in Clinic where doctors can provide support to patients and link them to care and treatment.

BC pioneers pharmacist-administered HIV testing in pilot program

The number of diagnosed HIV cases in Canada has been falling steadily in the last five years, thanks to greater public awareness, but there's a nagging concern that not everyone who should have an HIV test is getting one.

That concern has led authorities in British Columbia to launch an innovative pilot program allowing people to visit a pharmacist for a quick, reliable HIV test rather than see their doctor or wait at a clinic.

Free HIV tests at Vancouver pharmacies part of pilot project to reduce stigma around screening

VANCOUVER—Two Vancouver pharmacies will soon offer customers free HIV tests that will provide results on the spot in less than five minutes.

Pharmacists at the Medicine Shoppe drugstores have been trained by HIV nurses from Providence Health Care and Vancouver Coastal Health to provide testing as part of a year-long pilot project.

Medical health officer Dr. Reka Gustafson says offering HIV testing at locations such as a pharmacy helps reduce stigma around testing and makes it more acceptable to people.

A pair of Vancouver pharmacies are offering free HIV testing

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