Community Resources

Resources in British Columbia

AIDS Vancouver - exists to alleviate individual and collective vulnerability to HIV and AIDS through care and support, education, advocacy and research, including The HIV Helpline

Catherine White Holman Wellness Centre - aims to provide low-barrier services trans and gender diverse people in a way that is respectful and celebratory

HepC BC Education and Prevention Society – led by and for people living with, and affected by, Hep C 

Health Initiative for Men - dedicated to strengthening the health and well-being of gay men when in the areas of sexual, social, mental and physical health

Options for Sexual Health –sexual and reproductive health care, services and support for BC, including the sexual health phone line 1-800-SEX-SENSE 

Pacific AIDS Network

Pacific Hep C Network - Hep C information and support

Positive Living Society of British Columbia - empowering people living with HIV/AIDS across British Columbia through mutual support and collective action

Positive Women’s Network - Canada's longest-running HIV organization for women. We provide support, education, and resources for women living with HIV

Qmunity – QMUNITY improves queer and trans lives through services, connection and leadership. The QMUNITY building provides a safe space for LGBTQQ2S  (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning and two-spirit) people and their allies to fully self-express while feeling welcome and included. It serves as a catalyzer for community initiatives and collective strength. It’s not only a physical space but also a space created by the coming together of LGBTQ individuals searching for community. They offer: information and referrals; diversity training and consulting services; all ages events and drop-in programming; counselling and social support groups; volunteer and practicum opportunities & a community meeting space.

Also home to the Bute Street Clinic (run by BCCDC), which offers free and anonymous STI/HIV testing for LGBTQQ2S people, open 11am to 6:30pm Monday to Friday.

Trans Collective - hosted by the Drug Users Resource Centre, this collective is a safe space for all trans-identified people on Fridays from 1-2pm

SAFER (Suicide Attempt Follow-up, Education and Research) - provides counselling for those of us who are feeling suicidal, have attempted suicide, or lost someone to suicide death

Smart Sex Resource – a sexual health information resource provided by the BC Centre for Disease Control  

Women Against Violence Against Women (WAVAW)

Youth in BC – check out what’s going on for youth in British Columbia

Information Resources in Canada & Beyond

AVERT – all you need to know about HIV 

CATIE – Canada’s source for up-to-date HIV and Hep C information from the basics to the latest research findings, and a library of resources  

HPV (Human Papillomavirus) Vaccine - information about the HPV vaccine from ImmunizeBC

The TRIP Project- health information for party people

The High Life - campaign focused on providing gay men tailored drug informaiton

Mouse Party - learn about how different drugs affect us 

Scarleteen - real-life sex education information for teens and twenty-somethings

Sexuality and U 

 


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!