Gender Affirming Hep C Care (Pilot Workshop)

This event will be taking place on the ancestral, unceded, and occupied territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh.

Given persistent health and social inequities, trans, non-binary, and Two-Spirit youth are often pushed into scenarios of coming into contact with Hep C, including sharing injection equipment for hormones, silicone, or steroids. At the same time, many of the spaces designed to provide Hep C prevention and care unintentionally push these youth out, rather than provide Hep C supports. 

In this workshop, we will explore strategies for better providing gender affirming and trans-inclusive care to our young transgender, non-binary and Two-Spirit (TNB2S) clients, patients and Hep C service users. Participants will deepen their understanding of barriers TNB2S youth face in accessing healthcare and support for Hep C prevention, treatment and care, and discuss actionable solutions.

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
  • Incorporate gender affirming and trans-inclusive language and terminology in their practice and service provision.
  • Identify barriers that trans, Two-spirit and non-binary youth face in accessing healthcare and/or harm reduction services at their practice and articulate strategies for reducing these barriers.
  • Describe cissexism and its relationship to Hep C
  • Provide accurate harm reduction information and tools to youth navigating cissexism.


In early 2019, YouthCO in collaboration with the Pacific Hep C Network will be facilitating this workshop for health care & harm reduction service providers across the province. This first facilitation of the workshop will also serve as an important opportunity for YOU to provide feedback to the project team on what we might want to adjust or focus on before the provincial roll out of this curriculum. 


Our space is located on the second floor, accessible by elevator or stairs. We have two, all gender washrooms, one of which is a large accessible washroom.
Lunch will be provided, including vegetarian, vegan and meat options.
We ask that you join us in making this event as scent-reduced as possible. This means maybe using fragrance-free products in lieu of any scented-products you may usually use.
This will be a nut-free and peanut-free event. Please refrain from bringing any food items containing nuts or peanuts into the space to ensure participants are not exposed to harmful allergens.
If your needs to access this event are not mentioned above, please contact Ivan @ for more information.
December 14, 2018 at 1pm - 4pm
YouthCO Lounge
568 Seymour St
Vancouver, BC V6B 3J5
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Ivan Leonce · · 604-688-1441

Will you come?

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!