Posted by HIM on Thursday March 15th, 2012
On February 4, 2010, the Ministry of Health Services provided funds to support STOP HIV/AIDS, a pilot project to expand HIV testing, treatment, and support services to clinically eligible individuals in British Columbia. The pilot project specifically serves individuals facing multiple barriers to care in Vancouver’s inner city and Prince George. These barriers include addiction, mental health issues, homelessness, and other social or environmental factors. As gay men and other men who have sex with men (OMSM) continue to make up over 60% of the newly diagnosed cases of HIV, it has become clear that the program will need to address the needs of this population.
It was designed and implemented by Health Initiative for Men with the support of Vancouver Coastal Health and Providence Health Care, and relied on contributions from an incredible diversity of health care service providers, community members, and individuals.
We thank everyone who volunteered their time and sharing their life experiences with honesty and sincerity. We are truly grateful for their courage in sharing their truth with us.
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