Men's Health

Addressing HIV/AIDS, sexual health, and substance use among gay and other men who have sex with men

New HIV diagnoses are 71 times higher among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (GBM) than other men in Canada. Since 2010, BC has adopted Treatment as Prevention (TasP) as a policy to increase HIV testing and engage more HIV-positive individuals in effective treatment to reduce transmission at a population level. However, the number of new diagnoses among GBM in BC has remained largely unchanged. Further, surveillance shows an increase of HIV diagnoses among the youngest birth cohorts of GBM.

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2017

Improving substance use treatment trajectories for men who have sex with men

British Columbia is currently in the process of developing and implementing new evidence-based policies and clinical reforms to address problematic substance use, including new: (i) pharmacotherapy approaches (e.g., replacement therapies); (ii) clinical practice guidelines; and (iii) integrated service delivery models of care.

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2017
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Serotonergic mechanisms underlying sex differences in stress neuroendocrine function

Depressive disorders are a leading global cause of disability. Although the incidence of depressive disorders is two-fold higher in women compared to men, the neurobiological basis for this disparity is unknown. Depressive disorders are often characterized by elevated blood levels of the glucocorticoid steroid hormone, cortisol. In both humans and rodents, females secrete greater levels of glucocorticoids than males in response to stress, which may at least partially explain the increased rates of affective disorders in women.

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2011
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British Columbia Burden of Injury

Injuries are a significant public health problem in BC. Every year about 1,600 British Columbians die due to injury, 42,000 are hospitalized, and an estimated 400,000 people throughout the province sustain some sort of injury. The cumulative effect of injury on a population is known as the burden of injury. Burden of injury data help policy makers and practitioners determine the effectiveness of current services in injury prevention and injury treatment, and provide direction about new interventions that would have the greatest impact.

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2008
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Neighborhood Social Capital and Population Health: Exploring Community Resources and Access

Recently, the concept of community social capital – the extent and quality of community social ties – is receiving a great deal of interest from population health researchers and policymakers. This interest stems from efforts to understand relationships between the social and economic conditions of communities and the health and well-being of the people who live in these communities. Research on social capital to date has been focused primarily on the extent of social ties and interpersonal trust in communities.

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2007
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The role of Prostate cancer support groups (PCSGs) in health promotion

There is a significant body of research that describes the psychosocial, rehabilitation and health needs of men diagnosed with prostate cancer. These needs cannot always be met by professional health care services, particularly in the case of health promotion programs intended to help men with prostate cancer maintain and optimize their health and well being. While more and more men are accessing community-based support services such as Prostate Cancer Support Groups, little is known about whom these groups serve, what services they offer, and how they are funded.

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2006
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