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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.
Our Services
Clinical Care

We provide Inter-professional HIV care for women, children and their families.


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 click on the link to the Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS at St. Paul's hospital:

Information sheets at Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS


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.


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


For more information on research being conducted at Oak Tree, please click here.


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

The Oak Tree Clinic team would like to ensure that you are receiving the best health care possible. It is important that we have ongoing communication with your family doctor (if you have one). 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.


If you would like to book your own appointment please call the clinic to speak to a nurse clinician.  

The nurse clinician will explain the intake process and arrange an intake appointment. 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 ID 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.  


Given the demand for this clinic, we recommend you book an appointment.  We may not be able to accommodate drop-ins.

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

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.

We provide education for 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.

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

We contribute to women-focused research and improved access to clinical trials and other research for women and children.

The Oak Tree Clinic is committed to:
  • Providing optimal care to any woman, child or youth living with HIV/ AIDS in B.C. Any infected partner or family member will also be provided care in the clinic.
  • 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, support and non-directive counselling for all individuals infected with HIV in B.C., and supporting care in their own communities whenever possible.
  • Encouraging people infected with HIV, their families and/or caregivers to maximize their involvement in their health care needs.
  • Providing medical care and promoting physical, mental, social and economic well-being of people infected with HIV.
  • Providing psychosocial support and non-directive counselling for people infected with HIV/AIDS, their families and care givers.
  • Educating people infected with HIV, their families and caregivers, health care and allied professionals and the public regarding HIV/AIDS issues.
  • Fostering and participating in well designed clinical and multidisciplinary research studies, particular for women, children and youth.
  • 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 our 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 from:


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