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  • Coming Soon- SpringBoard Conference

    April 24th, 2015

    by Janet Masen  |  @janet_madsen

    We’re excited to announce, promote, and push our upcoming SpringBoard conference on May 21. Over its eleven years, SpringBoard has featured sessions on health, social, medical, legal and community issues facing positive women and their families. It’s a day of learning, support and networking. You’ll meet community workers and volunteers, activists, health care professionals, students in social work, nursing, pharmacy and more. Some will have HIV and some won’t; not everyone will be out about it and that’s just fine. If people choose to share their status, we ask that everyone respect their confidentiality after they leave the event. Women and men are welcome (we’re always asked).

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    We base our program on feedback from past conferences – thanks to all who give input on those evaluation forms. This year’s theme is “The Kids Are All Right” in honour of youth.

    HIV medication makes infection from mom to baby during pregnancy extremely rare, and we’ve been celebrating healthy babies for decades in BC. How does exposure to HIV medication and HIV during pregnancy affect babies as they become children and eventually adults? This is the central question of our keynote presentation by Elle Pea and Evelyn Maan.

    Elle has grown up with HIV and is now a mom with a child of her own. She’ll share some of her reflections on her experiences. Evelyn coordinates research projects at Oak Tree Clinic. She’ll talk about what’s been learned about outcomes for the adults who were exposed to  HIV antiretrovirals and HIV during their mother’s pregnancies.

    The second session will feature Marnie Goldenberg, also known as “Sexplainer”.  Marnie coaches parents in talking to their kids about sex. Helping our kids become “sex smart”, as Marnie calls it, will help them feel good about sexuality and relationships as they mature.

    For session three, Sarah Chown and Jessica St. Jean from YouthCO will take over. YouthCo inspires young people facing HIV and Hepatitis C. Sarah and Jessica will present their work on the impacts and power of decolonizing HIV.

    There will be a resource exchange, lunch buffet, and time to connect with others. We have limited travel subsidies for out of town members- contact us for details. We hope to see you soon.

    Pre-Registration Required.  Give us a call (604-692-3000) or email.

    May 21, 2015. 11 AM -3 PM

    Blue Horizon Hotel, 1225 Robson Street, Vancouver

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    Sex ed round-up

    April 16th, 2015

    by Erin Seatter | @erinlynds

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    Comprehensive sex ed, based on the real world and not an imaginary one in which every condom has a hole, matters. Here are a few recent articles that help explain why.

    A woman live-tweeted her son’s sex ed class, and the results were horrifyingly hilarious

    Terrible and immensely funny—a woman attended her son’s abstinence-based sex ed class at his invitation and tweeted about it. Intent on scaring everyone with the spectre of condom failure, the facilitator conducted an exercise where a roll of the dice determined which student was betrayed by a faulty condom and became pregnant, signified by a paper baby. By the end, everyone in the class had a paper baby! If this is the only teaching adolescents get about sex, how do you think they’ll fare when dealing with it?

    Why sex ed is a matter of public health

    What does an HIV crisis fuelled by injection drug use have to do with sex ed? Read this piece to find out how one can help the other. Dr. Gloria Brame explains how comprehensive sex education could bolster public health and reduce the financial costs of treating health problems. “To sexologists,” she writes, “the links between any number of social problems and the lack of evidence-based sex education are glaringly obvious.”

    Sexual abuse education may help kids report offenders, research shows

    Parents sometimes think that the best way to protect their children’s innocence is to avoid all discussion about sex, but ignoring it can be more detrimental than providing age-appropriate education. A recent study showed that kids who were taught about sexual abuse at school were more likely than those who didn’t receive any education on the topic to tell an adult about their experiences of abuse. They may also have developed some skills in protecting themselves from strangers.