Whatever our status, let's resist stigma!

Whatever our HIV status or viral load, there are plenty of ways for us to resist the stigma around HIV. Together with Resist Stigma, we are proud to present these posters showing different ways that we can resist stigma, whatever our HIV status or viral load.

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Yúusnewas welcomes Kayla Mitchell as the new Program Manager!

YouthCO is very excited to welcome Kayla Mitchell to the position of Yúusnewas Program Manager! Kayla has been part of our team for the past year as the Rural Outreach Educator and will be bringing her skills as a workshop facilitator and experience as an Indigenous youth to continue our work to centre Indigenous teachings as we talk with youth about sexual health and harm reduction.

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Happy Pride in our hearts!

We know Pride is a protest, started by trans people of colour who were experiencing violence, exclusion, and oppression - at the hands of the police, and at the hands of communities they grew up in, and at the hands of systems that erased, overlooked, and caused harm. This year, to honour the work of Black Lives Matter (BLM) Vancouver - and other BLM chapters - YouthCO will not be participating in events hosted by the Vancouver Pride Society.

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On Youth Leadership & Black Lives Matter

In April 2017, YouthCO wrote to the Vancouver Pride Society expressing our concerns about anti-Blackness and racism within Vancouver, and how these sentiments have shaped conversations about the requests from Black Lives Matter Vancouver (BLMV). Our letter also indicated that we support Black Lives Matter Vancouver’s calls for the police to be removed from Pride celebrations, and that we were seriously considering what participation we would have in Vancouver Pride Society events.

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Jessica goes to Camp!

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This article first appeared in Bloodlines Magazine, Issue 15, and was written by Jessica V. To see this article in Bloodlines, visit http://www.red-road.org/downloads/Bloodlines_15.pdf

I am six years old and my family sits me down and read me Arthur Goes to Camp.

After the book is finished, they ask me, “Jessica, would you like to go to camp like Arthur?” Shaking my head, I respond with a firm no. Several weeks later, I am helping to pack my bag and go through my belongings to know what is mine when I’m at camp. We drive to a place I have never been before and sign in. I make a bracelet and a friend, all before we are loaded onto the school buses and whizzed away for a week at Camp Moomba.

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Undetectable = untransmittable

The science is in: those of us who have an undetectable viral load cannot pass HIV to our sex partners.

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Mpowerment is Expanding!

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Mpowerment is expanding! We're excited to announce that Mpowerment will be coming soon to the Tri-Cities and surrounding areas, within the Fraser Health Authority region! This means more opportunities for young gay, bisexual, and queer guys in the lower mainland to connect through Mpowerment, and educate peers about HIV and sexual health. We're excited to connect with folks in the Fraser Health Authority region already doing the much needed work of combating HIV-stigma, and creating safer spaces for queer youth!

Stay tuned for more details!

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Be part of YouthCO's first ever GivingTuesday!

YouthCO was founded in 1994 to provide peer education and peer support around HIV. Today, we remain an organization a leading the movement to provide values-driven, peer-led sex ed for our communities. Now, we're asking you to join us for #GivingTuesdayCanada.

Give inclusive peer ed

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Our Peer-Led HIV Education Programs

We had the chance to share the successes of our approach to HIV education at the 2016 Pacific AIDS Network conference. This was a great opportunity to connect with organizations that do HIV work across British Columbia and talk about our youth-driven, values-led approach to HIV programming at YouthCO!

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Expanded Access to HPV Vaccine for HIV+ Youth

 

Youth (aged 9 to 26) living with HIV are now included in BC's free HPV vaccine program! This is an exciting and important change as not all youth living with HIV were previously able to get the HPV vaccine. 

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YouthCO's office is located on the unceded traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh people. Our programs take place on unceded, ancestral, and traditional territories of many Indigenous nations across what is now called BC.

YouthCO believes that all youth have the right to accessible and affirming information about our health. We also know each of us has a unique relationship to our bodies, sex, sexuality, substance use, and harm reduction. For many of us, the words other people use for our bodies and their functions are not the words we use for ourselves. Throughout our website, YouthCO uses words for bodies and sex that we know will not reflect the full diversity of our communities. We have tried to, where possible, be as expansive with our language as we know how to while being as specific as possible. As youth leading the HIV movement, we too are learning about the best words for our experiences and do not do this perfectly. We invite any feedback about the language used on our website to help us move forward in the best ways for all youth in our communities!