Talk to a nurse

If you have questions about HIV or any other topic about your sexual health visit HealthLinkBC, or talk to a registered nurse at the BC Centre for Disease Control who can provide you with the information or the referrals you need.

If you have HIV

If you take an HIV test and the results turn out to be positive it means that you have an HIV infection. At first, you may react with shock to your diagnosis. Then you might go through a period of denial. The good news? You should know that HIV is not a death sentence. HIV is a manageable chronic disease and people with HIV are now leading longer and healthier lives.

There are several agencies in our local region with a mandate to assist and support those who are living with HIV/AIDS. They can offer information, support and other resources that will help you make important choices about your care and treatment. Click on the links below for a description of the agencies and how to contact them.

We have also included links to some important online resources.

  • For information about treatment for HIV/AIDS.
  • To find out where you can be tested for HIV in your community.

Meet Our Community Agencies

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Central Interior Native Health SocietyWelcome to the Central Interior Native Health Society (CINHS), a primary health care clinic in Prince George, BC.

We deliver team-based integrated primary health care to the community of Aboriginal people and people who live on, or close to the street, and all people living with HIV. When a person becomes a patient of our clinic, we enter into a comprehensive, longitudinal primary care relationship with them until they no longer need our services. To use a more familiar term, we are their “family doctor”.

What makes CINHS different?

Everyone who visits the CINHS clinic, or who works here or who has a temporary learning position knows that the clinic is a very different and very special place.

There are some important commitments that set the CINHS clinic apart:

  • We put Aboriginal culture, practices and values at the heart of our work;
  • We are committed to learning together;
  • We recognize and work on the social determinants of health; 
  • We understand and work to redress the impacts of colonization and its tools - such as residential schools;
  • We see social justice as both a process for and an outcome of, the health and well-being of Aboriginal people;
  • We are committed to breaking down professional silos to provide integrated patient- centred care; and
  • We are committed to staying current, considering the evidence and engaging in continuously improving quality of care.

The clinic and its staff pay attention to these commitments every day. More importantly perhaps, they make sure they take scheduled time every week to meet and review the work, the challenges and the needs of the clinic and the patients as a team.

The CINHS clinic is also committed to being part of an enhanced broader community. We strive to be champions for improved access and services both inside and outside of the clinic; to be partners with other leaders; and seek changes and improvements for the health of Aboriginal and vulnerable people. The clinic works extensively with sympathetic and visionary professions in the health community to improve access for vulnerable people.

For more information on CHINHS visit: www.cinhs.org/ 
 

Positive Living North

Positive Living North: No khÄ“yoh t’sih’en t’sehena Society (PLN) has been a solid and reputable not-for-profit, community-based HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) service organization since its incorporation in 1992.

PLN provides a wide array of programs and services designed to raise public awareness, prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS/HCV, reduce stigma and discrimination, and support people living with, affected by, or at risk of HIV/AIDS/HCV. Through our expertise and commitment, we are well situated within the region to effectively support individuals, service agencies and professionals, and at-risk populations in initiating and implementing strategies to stem the further spread of this virus. 

With approximately 90 per cent of our members being of Aboriginal ancestry, we strive to provide our services in a culturally-appropriate manner to both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal clients and members and, to that end, legally became an Aboriginal organization in 2003.
As an Aboriginal organization, we provide services through an Aboriginal lens and our service delivery approach resembles the holistic concept of the medicine wheel. We believe that effective support cannot be limited to any specific focus, but must be all encompassing of the individual.

However, our service delivery is not confined to the Aboriginal population. We also provide programming and services to anyone who is living with, affected by, or at risk for HIV/AIDS/HCV, regardless of race, creed, gender, or sexual orientation. This unique approach in service delivery for all clients ensures that the social determinants of health are supported and accessible for greater health improvement.

PLN provides programming and services to all Northern BC residents in the areas of:

  1. Member Services - includes peer support, referrals, case management, crisis intervention, and therapeutic activities to people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS/HCV.
  2. Education - includes prevention/awareness activities, workshops, and events targeting risk groups, schools, correctional facilities, etc.
  3. Prevention - includes a street-level HIV/AIDS/HCV prevention and support program, the Fire Pit Cultural Drop-In Centre, which is grounded in the philosophy that culture and healing are critical components in reducing the risk for HIV/AIDS/HCV. 
  4. Remote Management - consists of a satellite office managed in Smithers, which offers Member Services Support, Education, Prevention Support, and Harm Reduction services.
  5. Administration - providing support services to staff, Board, members, and volunteers.

For more information on our programming and services, please visit our website at www.positivelivingnorth.ca.

Local and Regional Resources

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Northern Health Authority
This is the official website for the local health authority and is very useful for understanding what health services and programs are available in Northern BC. You can get very practical information here such as the schedule for the free Northern Health bus, called Connections.

First Nations, Inuit & Aboriginal Health at Health Canada
This website is a very useful resource for anyone wanting to see what Health Canada has to offer for Aboriginal people’s health and well-being. It has a history of the Aboriginal health initiatives by the Government of Canada; interesting information on the residential schools; and data on diseases and conditions that are affecting Aboriginal and Inuit peoples in Canada.

Health Canada
This web link takes you straight to the main page of Health Canada. It is a very big site but the first page has the most current information on issues that might be of interest to you such as food safety alerts (like Listeriosis), and consumer safety warnings. It is worth exploring because of the range of information with everything from maps and statistics to food nutrition.

Aboriginal Sexual Health
This web link takes you to the main page for The Aboriginal Health Initiative, which was formed in 1993 in response to the growing recognition of the sexual and reproductive health disparity between Aboriginal people and the rest of Canada.

Seek and Treat for Optimal Prevention of HIV/AIDS
This web link takes you to the main page for STOP HIV/AIDS, the “Seek and Treat for Optimal Prevention of HIV/AIDS” Pilot Project. This project is designed to expand access to HIV/AIDS medications among hard-to-reach and vulnerable populations in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side and Prince George, BC.

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Local Resources for HIV/HCV Quesnel & Surrounding Communities

Chee Mamuk, BC Centre for Disease Control
The Coalition has partnered with the Chee Mamuk organization for mobilizing HIV/AIDS programming, HIV 101 Leadership training. They also provide Around the Kitchen Table Training. They have various publications they have produced including DVDs.

Healing Our Spirit
The Coalition has partnered with the Healing Our Spirit organization to provide Youth-specific training in 2008/2009. They have various posters and resources.

Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN)
Emma Palmantier, Chair of the Coalition, represents BC on this national organization. Their focus is mainly in research. They upload many publications and reports for research.

CATIE
They have pretty much every publication that you can order online and they are free for non-profit organizations. They have resources for both educators and health professionals alike.

YouthCo
The Coalition has partnered with YouthCo to provide Youth Train-the-Trainers in Skidegate, BC. They have various educational events for Aboriginal Youth.

Central Interior Native Health Society
The Central Interior Native Health Society (CINHS), is a primary health care clinic in Prince George, BC delivering team-based integrated primary health care to the community of Aboriginal people and people who live on, or close to the street, and all people living with HIV.

Positive Living North
PLN provides a wide array of programs and services designed to raise public awareness, prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS/HCV, reduce stigma and discrimination, and support people living with, affected by, or at risk of HIV/AIDS/HCV.

HIV101.ca is sponsored by the STOP HIV/AIDS pilot project which is funded by the Government of British Columbia supporting Northern Health, Vancouver Coastal Health, the Provincial Health Services Authority, Providence Health Care, and the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. The STOP HIV/AIDS project aims to expand HIV testing, treatment, and support in British Columbia.
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