Check Yourself

What steps are you taking to stay healthy?

You know that satisfying feeling of checking something completed off a to-do list? For men who have sex with men, including gay, bisexual and queer men, taking care of our sexual health can seem intimidating at first—but checking some of these boxes can be essential for us in staying healthy. In BC we have lots of tools to help us stay healthy as we’re living our lives as guys into guys. One tool can’t build everything, so check the whole list and see what combination of tools work for you when it comes to building your sexual health. To check it off your list, Check Yourself.

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PEP is an option to prevent HIV after a possible exposure to the virus. PEP, or Post-exposure Prophylaxis, is a month-long course of anti-HIV medication that must be started within 72 hours after a possible exposure to HIV. PEP is an emergency option when it comes to HIV prevention. If you have needed to take PEP, it is often recommended that you consider PrEP as a prevention tool as well.

Services

Vancouver Coastal St. Paul’s Hospital Immunodeficiency Clinic, 1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver
http://idc.providencehealthcare.org/
Interior

Any hospital emergency room can provide immediate access to PEP.

https://www.interiorhealth.ca/YourStay/InEmergency/Pages/default.aspx

https://www.interiorhealth.ca/FindUs/_layouts/FindUs/By.aspx?type=Location

Northern

University Hospital of Northern BC
https://www.northernhealth.ca/locations/hospitals/university-hospital-northern-british-columbia-uhnbc

Island

Any emergency room can provide PEP. Resource:

http://avi.org/sites/avi.org/files/publications/PEP%201%20Sheet%20Handout.pdf

Fraser  

For those of us living with HIV, taking anti-HIV medications is one of the ways we can make sure we have long and healthy lives. Suppressing our HIV viral load means the virus cannot replicate or infect new cells. If we can suppress our viral load to an undetectable level, there is the added bonus of not being able to pass HIV onto our partners. Being undetectable means the virus is untransmittable.

Services (ASO’s or HIV support services)

Vancouver Coastal Positive Living BC
https://positivelivingbc.org/http://idc.providencehealthcare.org/
Interior

BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS
http://www.cfenet.ubc.ca/drug-treatment-program

Living Positive Resource Centre (Kelowna)
http://lprc.ca/

REL8 (Penticton, Nelson, Quesnel, Kelowna, and Vernon)
https://www.rel8okanagan.com/

ANKORS East & ANKORS West
(Nelson and area, Cranbrook and area)
https://ankors.bc.ca/

ASK Wellness (Kamloops)
http://www.askwellness.ca/programs/health/

STOP HIV program (Interior wide)
https://www.interiorhealth.ca/YourCare/HIVHealthOutreach/Pages/default.aspx

Northern

Positive Living North
www.positivelivingnorth.org

Island

AIDS Vancouver Island (Victoria, Nanaimo, Courtenay/Comox, Campbell River
http://avi.org

Vancouver Island Persons Living with HIV/AIDS Society
http://vpwas.com/

Fraser  

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP, is an effective HIV prevention tool for those of us who have tested negative for HIV. PrEP is the combination of two HIV medications in a single pill that we must take every day to be effective—before, during, and after potential exposure. PrEP works by preventing HIV from establishing itself once the virus is in our bodies.

Services (PrEP-friendly docs and places for PrEP prescriptions)

Vancouver Coastal

HIM Health Centres
http://checkhimout.ca/health-centres/hours-and-locations/https://positivelivingbc.org/http://idc.providencehealthcare.org/

BCCDC STI Clinics
http://www.bccdc.ca/our-services/our-clinics/sexually-transmitted-infections

Interior

STOP HIV Health Outreach Nurses
1-866-778-7736

Northern

Northern Health Native Support Team
1-866-827-8514

Foundry
https://foundrybc.ca/princegeorge
236-423-1571

UNBC Wellness Centre
250-960-6370

Island

MWP GBMSM Testing (in Victoria an Nanaimo)
http://avi.org/newsevents/calendar

Weld St. Clinic, Dr. Owen (in Parksville)
https://www.myhealthaccess.ca/branded/weld-street-clinic

Fraser

HIM Health Centres
http://checkhimout.ca/health-centres/hours-and-locations/

Condoms are a great tool for protecting us from STIs that are transmitted by fluids—STIs such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, and HIV infection. External condoms are available to be used on the penis or sex toys, and internal condoms (often called female condoms) are available to be used in vaginas, frontal holes, or anuses. Condoms can be made of latex or polyurethane—remember to pair up your condoms with condom-friendly lube!

Services (places for free condoms)

Vancouver Coastal

Health Initiative for Men
www.checkhimout.ca

Qmunity
https://qmunity.ca/

YouthCO
www.youthco.org

Interior

Living Positive Resource Centre (Kelowna)
http://lprc.ca/

ANKORS East & ANKORS West
(Nelson and area, Cranbrook and area)
https://ankors.bc.ca/

ASK Wellness (Kamloops)
http://www.askwellness.ca/programs/health/

Various locations through-out the Interior and the rest of BC
https://www.towardtheheart.com/site-finder

Northern

Foundry
https://foundrybc.ca/princegeorge
236-423-1571

Opt clinics
https://www.optionsforsexualhealth.org/providers

Positive Living North
www.positivelivingnorth.org

Island

AIDS Vancouver Island
www.avi.org

Island Sexual Health
https://www.islandsexualhealth.org/

Cool Aid Community Health Centre
https://coolaid.org/resource/cool-aid-community-health-centre-victoria-cool-aid-society/

Opt clinics
https://www.optionsforsexualhealth.org/providers

Fraser

Health Initiative for Men
www.checkhimout.ca

For those of us with a cervix, including trans men, Pap tests are important in making sure we are staying healthy. This is a reliable tool available to us for preventing cervical cancer if we are sexually active—regardless of who we are having sex with. It’s best to be screened with a Pap test at least every three years.

Services (Trans-friendly clinics)

Vancouver Coastal

Bute Street Clinic at Qmunity
https://qmunity.ca/get-support/bute-street-clinic/www.youthco.org

Interior

Rutland Aurora Health Centre (Kelowna)
https://www.interiorhealth.ca/FindUs/_layouts/FindUs/info.aspx?type=Location&loc=Rutland%20Aurora%20Health%20Centre&svc=Stop%20HIV%20Program&ploc=N/A

Kamloops Equality Health Center
http://chemicaldependency.ca/kamloops-equality-health-center/

Northern

Foundry
https://foundrybc.ca/princegeorge
236-423-1571

Blue Pine Clinic
http://bluepineclinic.ca/

Island

MWP GBMSM Testing (Victoria and Nanaimo)
http://avi.org/newsevents/calendar

Fraser

 

Getting tested regularly is the best way to know our HIV and STI status and is a crucial step in staying healthy. In BC, we have lots of options available when it comes to what kind of HIV test might be right for us, so if we’re not sure if we need a Rapid HIV Test, an Early HIV Test, or a Standard HIV test, a nurse can help us make the right choice that best meets our needs and comfort level. But it’s not all about HIV when we go for regular testing— it’s also important to be tested for other STI’s, because treating an STI early can prevent future health complications.

Services (STI Clinics and testing centres)

Vancouver Coastal

HIM Health Centres
http://checkhimout.ca/health-centres/hours-and-locations/

Interior

PRICK! (Kelowna, Penticton, Kamloops, Nelson & Vernon)
https://www.menshealthinbc.com/prick

Options for Sexual Health (multiple locations throughout the Interior and BC)
https://www.optionsforsexualhealth.org/providers

STOP HIV program (Interior wide)
https://www.interiorhealth.ca/YourCare/HIVHealthOutreach/Pages/default.aspx

GetCheckedOnline (Nelson and Kamloops)
https://getcheckedonline.com

HIV on Demand
(Okanagan wide at Valley Medical Locations)
https://valleymedicallaboratories.com/valley-medical-locations.htm

Outreach Urban Health (Kelowna)
https://www.interiorhealth.ca/FindUs/_layouts/FindUs/info.aspx?type=Location&loc=Outreach%20Urban%20Health%20Centre&svc=Harm%20Reduction%20Supplies%20and%20Services&ploc=N/A

Hospital Emergency Room (Interior Wide) If the above options do not exist in your area, you can also get a test at your local hospital emergency. This may not be the most desirable location, but is is a service that is available - even if it's not an emergency.
https://www.interiorhealth.ca/FindUs/_layouts/FindUs/By.aspx?type=Location

Northern

Prince George AIDS Prevention Program / Needle Exchange
https://smartsexresource.com/get-tested/clinic-finder/prince-george-aids-prevention-program-needle-exchange

Foundry
https://foundrybc.ca/princegeorge
236-423-1571

Prince George Opt Clinic
https://www.optionsforsexualhealth.org/providers/prince-george-opt-clinic-prince-george-youth-clinic

Island

MWP GBMSM Testing (Victoria and Nanaimo)
http://avi.org/newsevents/calendar

Island Sexual Health (Victoria)
https://www.islandsexualhealth.org/

OPT Clinics
(Nanaimo & Courtenay)
https://www.optionsforsexualhealth.org/

Port Hardy Health Unit -STI Clinic (Port Hardy)
https://smartsexresource.com/get-tested/clinic-finder/port-hardy-health-unit-sti-clinic

Fraser

HIM Health Centres
http://checkhimout.ca/health-centres/hours-and-locations 

 

Vaccinations for hepatitis A and B are both available to protect us from these liver-attacking viruses. Rimming, or oral-anal sex, is one way hepatitis A can be passed. The most effective way to protect ourselves from Hep A and Hep B is to get vaccinated.

Services

Vancouver Coastal

Health Initiative for Men
www.checkhimout.ca

Interior

Interior Health Public Health Nurses (Interior wide)
https://www.interiorhealth.ca/FindUs/_layouts/FindUs/info.aspx?type=Service&loc=Enderby%20Community%20Health%20Centre&svc=Immunization%20Services&ploc=N/A

Northern

Prince George AIDS Prevention Program / Needle Exchange
https://smartsexresource.com/get-tested/clinic-finder/prince-george-aids-prevention-program-needle-exchange

Foundry
https://foundrybc.ca/princegeorge
236-423-1571

Island

MWP GBMSM Testing (Victoria and Nanaimo)
http://avi.org/newsevents/calendar

Island Sexual Health (Victoria)
https://www.islandsexualhealth.org

Fraser

Health Initiative for Men
www.checkhimout.ca

 

The human papilloma virus, or HPV, is both common and preventable. Most people with HPV won’t show any symptoms, but that doesn’t mean the virus can’t be passed on to others. While there is no treatment or cure for HPV, there is a vaccine. This vaccine can protect us from the type of HPV that is linked to genital warts and cancer.

Services

Vancouver Coastal

Health Initiative for Men
www.checkhimout.ca

Interior

Interior Health Public Health Nurses (Interior wide)
https://www.interiorhealth.ca/FindUs/_layouts/FindUs/info.aspx?type=Service&loc=Enderby%20Community%20Health%20Centre&svc=Immunization%20Services&ploc=N/A

Northern

Prince George AIDS Prevention Program / Needle Exchange
https://smartsexresource.com/get-tested/clinic-finder/prince-george-aids-prevention-program-needle-exchange

Foundry
https://foundrybc.ca/princegeorge
236-423-1571

Island

MWP GBMSM Testing (Victoria and Nanaimo)
http://avi.org/newsevents/calendar

Island Sexual Health (Victoria)
https://www.islandsexualhealth.org

Fraser

Health Initiative for Men
www.checkhimout.ca

 

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