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Resources and Publications

Our resources are aimed at building and enhancing supportive connections for women with HIV. We have resources for women living with HIV and for health care and social services providers.


Epidemiological info about women and HIV

British Columbia
Statistics and Research (BC Centre for Disease Control)

Fast facts: Epidemiology in Canada (CATIE)
The epidemiology of HIV in females (CATIE)
HIV/AIDS Epidemiological Information (Public Health Agency of Canada)

United States
HIV Statistics Overview (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Data and Statistics (World Health Organization)

Publications for Subscription

The Positive Side is our newsletter for women with HIV and service providers. It includes stories from positive women, treatment and support news, and events. Subscribers receive the newsletter in paper or electronic format.

Resources for Order or Download

Pocket Guide coverPocket Guide for Women Living With HIV

This updated second version of the pocket guide provides basic and easy-to-read information about HIV for newly diagnosed women:

  • where to start: HIV basics, how HIV affects women, finding a doctor
  • living with HIV:treatments, alternative therapies, pregnancy, injection drugs, hepatitis C, nutrition
  • HIV and relationships: disclosure, safer sex, motherhood, children with HIV

You can order the pocket guide through CATIE or download a PDF version here. The pocket guide is also available for download in French.


Pocket Guide on Aging cover Pocket Guide on Aging for Women Living With HIV

Due to advances and improved access to treatment, many women with HIV in Canada are living longer. With aging comes changes in health. This pocket guide is designed for the following:

  • women who have lived with HIV for ten years or more
  • women who are going through perimenopause or in menopause
  • women who are over 40 years old and newly diagnosed
  • caregivers and community supports to aging positive women

The pocket guide addresses a range of issues woman can experience as they age:

  • physical changes: menopause and bone, heart, and brain health
  • social changes: changing shapes, sexual well-being, abuse in relationships, spiritual connections

You can order the pocket guide through CATIE or download a PDF version here



Disclosure to children and familyHIV Disclosure

This series has been produced in partnership between Positive Women’s Network and the BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre.

The first two resources are designed to support women in thinking about sharing their HIV+ status with their children/family and romantic/sexual partners. The third resource can be given to partners when disclosing. The fourth resource is for youth thinking about disclosure. The last resource is for service providers who may support patients or clients who are thinking about HIV disclosure.





HIV and hep C transmission poster2How Do People Get HIV or Hepatitis C?

This simple 8 x 11″ poster provides basic transmission information about HIV and hepatitis C.

It can be printed off and posted wherever needed. Download, print, and share.






Pregnancy & HIV coverHIV and Pregnancy: Yes You Can

Learn about a healthy pregnancy with HIV.

This brochure includes information about getting pregnant, HIV treatment during pregnancy, delivery options, and newborn testing. It also unfolds into an 11 x 17″ poster.

Available only for download.







Retreat Planning Toolkit

This guide is for groups planning retreats for positive women, which Positive Women’s Network has offered for over twelve years. The guide contains ideas on

  • budgeting
  • policies and promotion
  • group dynamics
  • nutritional and health considerations
  • workshop programming and more

Download a PDF copy here.


Additional Sexual Health Support

In addition to this site, we provide information on general sexual health specifically for women in midlife and beyond. Divorced and dating again? Feel you missed out on HIV prevention 101 when you were married? No problem—we’ve got your info at You Should Know.


Past Research Projects and Reports

Leadership, Engagement, Action and Dialogue (LEAD): The purpose of the LEAD project was for Positive Women’s Network to work with women living with HIV in British Columbia and local AIDS service organizations to examine what was working well in communities and to identify gaps in service delivery. The project was coordinated by Emily Quinn and funded by Vancouver Foundation and Public Health Agency of Canada’s AIDS Community Action Program. Read the LEAD Final Report.

Women’s Initiatives for Support and Education (WISE): The WISE project, a partnership of Positive Women’s Network and YouthCO AIDS Society, was aimed at young women living with HIV and young women at risk for HIV. Barriers in Access to Primary Health Care for Young HIV+ Women (2008) reflected the qualitative research into the issues and best practices to improve access to care.

Listen Up!: This multi-stage community-based research project (1999-2003) examined how social factors increase women’s risk for HIV infection and illness progression. Women living with and affected by HIV were involved in the design, development, and implementation of this research as advisors, peer researchers, and participants.

Reports on Phases 1-4 outline women’s perceptions and realities of risk factors for HIV transmission and progression of the illness. Information is yielded from two peer-based phases and two community action phases involving the work of women across differing racial, cultural, and health status groups in BC’s Lower Mainland. Work in the final phase included women in rural BC and the creation of an HIV/AIDS Action Plan for Women.

Download Listen Up! Phase 1 Report (795KB PDF).
Download Listen Up! Phase 2 Report (776KB PDF).
Download Listen Up! Phases 3 & 4 Report (306KB PDF).
Download Escuche! Listen Up! [Spanish version] (676KB PDF).