April 29th, 2016
Our annual SpringBoard conference is coming up on May 19, and this year’s presentations will look at the intersection of HIV and hepatitis C. Coinfection with HIV and hepatitis C impacts general health as well as treatment decisions for both. Hepatitis C is more infectious than HIV, and having HIV makes one more vulnerable to getting hepatitis C.
Hepatitis C (HCV or hepC) causes inflammation of the liver, which can affect many systems in the body. HIV causes chronic inflammation throughout the body, which, as this doctor puts it, “Is like a volume control knob on a stereo being stuck—with the volume turned all the way up.” How HIV and hepC interact can influence health a lot. Add another inflammatory disease like diabetes, and there are more health issues to manage.
SpringBoard presenters this year will look at health and social factors influencing vulnerability, diagnosis, treatment decisions, and creating the best environment for treatment outcomes.
Here is the full program:
Elder Roberta Price will open the conference with a welcome.
Dr. Neora Pick of Oak Tree Clinic will share how OTC is incorporating HCV treatment into HIV care for women at the Clinic.
Deb Schmitz and Erica from the Pacific Hepatitis C Network will take a gendered-lens approach to talk about hepatitis C treatment, stigma and women.
Sally Lin and Claudette from the Canadian Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Cohort Study (aka CHIWOS) will complete the day. Sally and Claudette will share some of the information on HIV and hep C co-infection that they have gathered during CHIWOS interviews.
Discussing HIV and HCV together is timely. Just last week it was announced that the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS has been awarded $5 million dollars for a research study on reducing new hepatitis C infections in BC. “By understanding how to optimize treatment outcomes, we can maximize the individual and societal impact of these very promising therapies,” said Dr. Mel Krajden, medical lead for hepatitis at the BC Centre for Disease Control.
Part of our work at PWN is analyzing the impact of HIV and hepatitis C on women and we look forward to doing this at SpringBoard. Registration is free and lunch is included, but please RSVP so we know how many to expect. We encourage people living with or affected by HIV and HCV to attend; professionals or students working in social work or community health; and those who support women’s best health outcomes.
One question we get often- “Are men allowed to attend?” YES! Allies are always welcome.
Please call (604-692-3000) or email to reserve your spot.