HIM’s Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a rapidly evolving global issue. In keeping with our commitment to strengthen the health and well being of the community, and after consulting with our local health authority partners, Health Initiative for Men is taking a number of measures which will impact how we provide our services and community programming during this pandemic.

Our top priority is to safeguard the well being of our community, and therefore we wanted to make sure that all measures being taken are as clear and specific as possible, and that the information we provide is a s robust as it can be during this time of uncertainty.

The purpose of this response page is to serve as an ongoing information hub about changes in HIM services and programming as the pandemic unfolds, as well as a resource for the broader community to maintain good physical, sexual, social and mental health during this crisis.


Main measures being taken by HIM in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19):

  1.  Limit the scope and scale of clinical services provided at the HIM Health Centres until further notice. For more information about the specific services that have changed, please see our Clinical Services section.
  2. Our Health Centres are cleaned and disinfected regularly in accordance with the Vancouver Coastal Health recommendations.
  3. All community outreach and engagement groups and programming are suspended indefinitely in an effort to promote social (physical) distancing. For more information about the impacted programs and groups, please see our Community Programs section.
  4. We will resume our counselling and coaching programs remotely via secure video/phone telecommunication. For more information please see our Mental Health section.
  5. We have asked our office staff to work remotely from home to promote better health and social-distancing.

Quick Clinical Services Contacts Sheet:

Contact Line Purpose Contact Number:
Triage Line (for HIM on Davie Health Centre) Call for testing, vaccinations, PEP and new PrEP clients at Davie Health Centre. Call between 3-8pm Monday to Thursday and 10am-3pm Friday and Saturday. (604) 786-9063

 

Triage Line (for HIM on the Drive Health Centre) Call to make same-day appointments at HIM on the Drive Health Centre. (778) 708-3568
Fraser Health Central Booking Line Call If you need to be seen urgently (e.g. have STI symptoms or require treatment). (604) 476-7087
The PrEP line Call for when you already are, or have been on PrEP. (604) 369-3645

 

Results Line Call for test results at HIM Health Centres on Davie and on the Drive. (604) 831-0384
HIM Office Line Call for general inquiries (will not be able to provide test results or check appointments). (604) 488-1001
HealthLink BC Call if you are coughing, feeling feverish or have difficulty breathing or have one of the other symptoms of COVID-19. 8-1-1

Discrimination & COVID19

The most important thing to remember during this pandemic, is that gay men, as well as all queer and trans people face significant discrimination in society. Historically, and currently we have risen together to face the HIV epidemic, and have (in many countries) managed to establish basic human rights for ourselves.  We must continue to draw on that strength during this crisis. 

Let’s make sure to be careful, know the facts, and protect those of us who are on the margins. 

1. Know the facts:  Don’t confuse opinions, with facts. Learn about COVID-19 and how it affects people living with HIV and Hep C. Our friends from CATIE have developped a resource for people living with HIV and Hep C
 
2. Stop discrimination: When you see it, or hear it. Stop it. Take a stand and do not accept your family and friend’s discriminatory comments about people’s HIV status, people’s sexual practices, or their race. 
 
3. Ask for help: If you are experiencing discrimination related to people’s incorrect assumptions about your risk for COVID-19, reach out to friends, family and HIM. Counselling is still available by phone, or video

Health information in this resource has been created based on content published by the World Health Organization, and the BC Centres for Disease Control (BCCDC), and original content is drafted by HIM staff.

If you have any questions about COVID-19 or about HIM programs and services during the COVID-19 pandemic, please check our FAQ section or email: office@checkhimout.ca