Health

Topics
1.Health Information
2.Medical Services Plan (MSP) Information
3.Health Clinics
Vancouver
Surrey

4.PReP in the Context of Sex Work

Health Information

New Online Service Available for STI Testing
GetCheckedOnline is a free and confidential online sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing service provided by the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC). In a few steps, you can print a lab form, then go to a participating LifeLabs site to give your samples and get your results online or over the phone. You do not need to give your real name or date of birth; you just need an email or phone number that functions as your identifier. Please note that this service currently only tests for HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and Hepatitis C. If you are interested in using this service, please contact us at info@swanvancouver.ca or 604-719-6343 to receive a promotional code to get started. To access the service or find out more, click here.

Health Link BC
Call Health Link BC to speak with a registered nurse any time, every day of the year.
Call 8-1-1 toll-free in B.C.*For the deaf and hearing-impaired, call 7-1-1
Translation services are available in more than 130 languages.

Options for Sexual Health Sex Sense Line
Sex Sense is a free confidential sexual health referral and information service open Monday to Friday from 9am-9pm. To have questions answered, there are two options: Call 1-800-SEX-SENSE (1-800-739-7367) throughout BC* or 604-731-7803 in the Lower Mainland.

Where can I get emergency contraceptive (Plan B)?
Most pharmacies, doctors’ offices, public walk-in clinics (see above) and hospitals have emergency contraceptive available without a prescription. The cost is anywhere from $30-$60 depending on the brand. It is best to call ahead to ensure stock levels and price. Options for Sexual Health Clinics offer emergency contraceptive for $20 (cash only). To see a full listing of Options for Sexual Health Clinics and their hours, click here.

Where can I get more information about staying healthy while working?
STAR (Sex Trade Advocacy and Research) has published a booklet called Health Matters, with information on how to stay healthy while working; avoiding accidents and injuries; stress, fear and stigma; alcohol and drug use; and sexually transmitted infections and HIV.

STI Resources and Information

Smart Sex Resource (BCCDC)

STI Information (Sexuality and U)

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Medical Services Plan (MSP) Information

BC MSP
The Government of British Columbia has a health insurance plan called the Medical Services Plan
(MSP). MSP pays for most health costs—for example, doctors, most medical tests, and treatments.
To access this plan, you need to be a resident of British Columbia, and one of the following:
-a Canadian citizen
-a landed immigrant
-a government-assisted refugee
-a post-­secondary international student with a study permit
-a temporary worker with a work permit for six months or longer
To enroll, click here.

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Health Clinics


Vancouver

Women’s Health Collective BC Women’s Nurse Practitioners
29 West Hastings 604-736-5262
All ages. Women only. Self-identified women welcome.
Monday 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, Tuesday – Thursday 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm, Friday 9:30 am – 1:30 pm.
Services: Comprehensive women’s health care – *Check-ups *Diagnosis and prescriptions *Specialist referrals *Birth control *Pap tests * STI & HIV testing. (Blood work and specialist services not available)
Drop-in or appointment. Free and confidential services; no provincial health coverage (MSP) required. MSP or payment may be required if further tests (e.g., blood tests, ultrasounds) are needed.
Will not share results with family doctor if requested.

Surrey

Surrey North Community Health Centre
10667 135A Street
Surrey, BC
V3T 5B7
604-583-5666
Hours: Monday – Friday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Services Available:  STI counselling, testing and treatment, HIV counselling and testing, community education, immunizations (for eligible clients).

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PReP in the Context of Sex Work

In October 2016, a group of 50 women, men and trans people from across Canada who work with sex workers met in Toronto. The purpose of this national consultation was to give participants the opportunity to educate themselves, explore and grapple as a group with the implications of HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) on the sex industry. Organized in partnership between the Triple-X Workers’ Solidarity Association of British Columbia and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto,  and funded by Elton John AIDS Foundation, a full report and video of the national consultation is available here.

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