Active Studies

The internet has changed the nature of gay communities and how knowledge is accessed. The majority of men who have sex with men (MSM) use the internet to meet sexual partners, and most also use it to look for health information. BCCDC has developed an internet-based service for testing for HIV and other sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) called GetCheckedOnline […]

As a key component of emerging internet-based sexual health services, online sexually transmitted infection (STI) and HIV testing have shown promising results as a means of expanding the scope of traditional testing. However, the experiences of youth in relation to online STI/HIV testing represent an underexplored area. In particular, the capacity of online STI/HIV testing […]

The study aims to: (1) develop detailed descriptions of the factors affecting the implementation of BC’s new Online Sexual Health Services Program (OSHSP); (2) Investigate the processes by which those factors may influence the potential for complementarity between the new OSHSP and the current system; (3) Investigate how the OSHSP can best be scaled-up to fit with and complement existing services within the BC’s sexual health service system.

Completed Studies

Effectively applying HIV prevention strategies “in the heat of the sexual moment” requires accessing, understanding, and using health information about HIV risk. These skills–called “health literacy” skills–can be challenging to apply as complex new information about HIV prevention strategies emerges (e.g. reduced risk of transmission from HIV treatments) and due to the plethora of information available via digital […]

This research proposal aims to build on existing prevention efforts by measuring the health and health system impacts of an internet-based testing program (GetCheckedOnline) for STI/HIV currently under development in British Columbia (BC). We expect that the findings from this research will assist other Canadian and international agencies implementing or expanding internet-based testing and other online clinical and public health services.

New interventions, such as BC’s Online Sexual Health Services Program (OSHSP), are being launched to complement existing face-to-face clinical services, in the hopes that they may improve youth participation in STI/HIV testing. Seeking STI testing remains a deeply stigmatized behaviour, a reality that is unlikely to be fully remedied by online services (e.g., face-to-face enactments of gendered stereotypes […]