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HIV Care for Women & Families

The Oak Tree Clinic at BC Women's is a leader in providing specialized clinical care to women, children and their families living with HIV. We are a provincial resource for providers seeking information on best practice and evidence-informed care.
About Us

At the Oak Tree Clinic, we provide specialized, interprofessional HIV care for women across the lifespan. This includes care from birth, throughout childhood, adolescence and adulthood, including reproductive health, pregnancy, menopause and beyond in a safe environment.

The Oak Tree Clinic is committed to:

  • Providing optimal care to any woman, child, youth, infected partner or family member living with HIV/ AIDS in B.C.
  • Providing care that is sensitive to all individuals infected with HIV irrespective of racial/ethnic origin, social/economic status, religious affiliation, lifestyle or sexual orientation.
  • Improving access to medical care, psychosocial support and non-directive counselling for all individuals infected with HIV in B.C.
  • Encouraging people infected with HIV, their families and/or caregivers to maximize their involvement in their health care needs.
  • Promoting physical, mental, social and economic well-being of people infected with HIV.
  • Educating people infected with HIV, their families and caregivers, health care and allied professionals and the public regarding HIV/AIDS issues.
  • Promoting prevention strategies for sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS in all people.
  • Honoring and supporting the patients' right to choose all or some aspects of the services and treatments offered.
  • Advocating for all people with HIV/AIDS.
  • Providing leadership to combat discrimination shown to all people with HIV/AIDS, in the healthcare system, media and society.
  • Responding to the needs of people infected with HIV by creating an advisory board, consisting of people working in the community, people from HIV/AIDS support and advocacy groups, and people living with HIV/AIDS.

Our Health Care Team includes

  • Adult Infectious Disease Specialist Physicians
  • Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist Physicians
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology Physicians with HIV expertise
  • Psychiatrists
  • Addictions Counsellor
  • Pharmacists
  • Social Workers
  • Nurse Clinician
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Dietitian
  • Outreach Workers
  • Outreach Nurse
  • Researchers
  • Clinic Aide
  • Lab Technician
  • Booking Clerks
  • Unit Clerk

On our busier clinic days, BC Women's Hospital volunteers may come to clinic to help with child-minding.

University of British Columbia

The Oak Tree Clinic is affiliated with the University of British Columbia (UBC) as a clinical teaching site for both undergraduate and graduate programs. Students from the Faculties of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Nutrition and Social Work are offered clinical rotations with the various specialists in the clinic. The clinic offers students a unique experience using multidisciplinary team approach to HIV/AIDS care.

BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS at St. Paul's Hospital

The clinic is associated with the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS at St. Paul's Hospital. All the HIV medications (aside from some medications not yet licensed in Canada but used in research studies) are supplied through the Centre for Excellence Drug Program. Drs. Burdge, Forbes and Money all sit on the Centre for Excellence Therapeutic Guideline Committee, and have developed the Provincial Guidelines for the Care of Women, Pregnant Women, and Children.

Our Community Partners

The Oak Tree Clinic has always had an active community based advisory committee. This committee was instrumental in obtaining funding for the program in 1994, and in helping to shape our philosophy and approach. We continue to have close working relationships with the Positive Women's Network, Drug and Alcohol Meeting Support for Women, Sheway, Downtown Community Health Clinic, Vancouver Native Health Society, Healing Our Spirit, the STD outreach nurses, and variety of other agencies.

Funding Partners

The clinic welcomes donations for additional support. You can receive more information about the hospital foundations and the opportunity for contributing to the Oak Tree Clinic Program at BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre Foundation

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Our Services

Clinical Care

We provide interprofessional HIV care for women, children and their families.

Medications

For medication-related questions, call 604-875-2212 between 8:30am – 4:30pm on Monday – Friday and ask to speak to the Oak Tree Clinic pharmacist.

For drug information sheets, please see the Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS at St. Paul's hospital

Education

We educate patients and their families, other health care workers, organizations and institutions, and the public about the complex issues of HIV infection in women and children.

Advocacy

We advocate for improved prevention, diagnosis, care and support.

Research
We contribute to women's focused research, improving access to clinical trials and other research for women and children. For more information on research at Oak Tree, please click here.
Appointments

Appointments

To book your own appointment please call the clinic to speak to a nurse clinician.  

You will be seen within a week. At the intake you will meet with a nurse and a social worker. You may have lab work done and will leave with an appointment with an Adult Infectious Disease Specialist.

If you have been referred to the program by your doctor, our booking clerk will contact you to book your appointment.

Follow-up Appointments

We recommend that all patients book their next appointment before they leave the clinic.  

Drop-ins

We recommend you book an appointment as we may not be able to accommodate drop-ins.

Cancellations

If you need to cancel or change your appointment, please call our reception desk: 604-875-2212

Confidentiality

We know confidentiality is extremely important to you. We will not disclose your HIV status or any other of your health information without your consent unless we are obliged to do so by law. Our clinic nurse will ask your permission to obtain medical information from your family doctor. This will help us understand your medical history and current medical problems.  

Relationship with your family doctor

With your consent, our clinic will send a letter after each clinic visit to your family doctor to keep them up to date about your progress and care plan. The receptionist will ask if you are still seeing the same family doctor at every clinic visit to ensure that we are sending information only to the doctor that you have authorized.



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