Research at AVI

AVI’s mission is to serve the needs of people infected and affected by HIV and hepatitis C. We take evidence-based action to prevent infection, provide support, and reduce stigma. To help us achieve this mission, AVI engages in research that will inform the development, content and delivery of prevention and support programming that addresses the needs of those infected with or at-risk of HIV/AIDS and/or hepatitis C.

Our involvement in research is often done in partnership with university-based or community-based researchers. AVI also makes efforts to engage in knowledge translation and mobilization, bring research back to the community by hosting presentations for staff, clients, other service providers and the community.

The purpose of Research@AVI is to:

  • Provide support for AVI’s programs and services;
  • Provide support for the organization’s strategic goals;
  • Build strong community networks;
  • Involve the people impacted by research in meaningful ways; and
  • Enhance the capacity among AVI staff, volunteers, clients and partner organizations.

If you are interested in discussing a research proposal our Manager of Communications, Community Relations and Research in our Victoria office (communications(at)avi.org) to discuss your project.

Research Publications

Community-Based Research
June 30th, 2016
Canadian HIV Researcher Database

Canadian HIV Researcher Database sponsored by the Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR) and the Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative (CHVI) Research and Development Alliance Coordinating Office (ACO)

Local Research
July 31st, 2012
An examination of injection drug use trends in Victoria and Vancouver, BC after the closure of Victoria's only fixed-site needle and syringe programme

Andrew Ivsins, Clifton Chow, Scott Macdonald, Tim Stockwell, Kate Vallance, David C. Marsh, Warren Michelow, Cameron Duff (2012). International Journal of Drug Policy. Needle and syringe programmes (NSPs) have been established as effective harm reduction initiatives to reduce injection drug use (IDU)-related risk behaviours, including sharing needles. On May 31, 2008, Victoria, BC's only fixed site NSP was shut down due to community and political pressure. This study examines and compares IDU trends in Victoria with those in Vancouver, BC, a city which has not experienced any similar disruption of IDU-related public health measures.

Local Research
July 1st, 2011
Streetlight People: Perspectives of Street Outreach Services Staff on the Loss of Harm Reduction Services in Victoria, BC

Hobbs, Heather (2011). Unpublished Master's Thesis, University of Victoria.

Local Research
February 23rd, 2011
High prevalence of food insecurity among HIV-infected individuals receiving HAART in a resource-rich setting

Anema A, Weiser SD, Fernandes KA, Ding E, Brandson EK, Palmer A, Montaner JS, Hogg RS. AIDS Care. 2011 Feb;23(2):221-30.

Local Research
January 31st, 2011
Suboptimal use of HIV drug resistance testing in a universal health-care setting

Eyawo O, Fernandes KA, Brandson EK, Palmer A, Chan K, Lima VD, Harrigan RP, Montaner JS, Hogg RS. AIDS Care. 2011 Jan;23(1):42-51.

Local Research
January 15th, 2011
HIV incidence and prevalence among aboriginal peoples in Canada

Duncan KC, Reading C, Borwein AM, Murray MC, Palmer A, Michelow W, Samji H, Lima VD, Montaner JS, Hogg RS. AIDS Behav. 2011 Jan;15(1):214-27.

Local Research
July 1st, 2010
HIV antiviral drug resistance: patient comprehension

Racey CS, Zhang W, Brandson EK, Fernandes KA, Tzemis D, Harrigan PR, Montaner JS, Barrios R, Toy J, Hogg RS. AIDS Care. 2010 Jul;22(7):816-26.

Community-Based Research
June 30th, 2008
Greater Involvement of People With HIV/AIDS policy brief from UNAIDS

A brief outlining the GIPA principle – a principle that aims to realize the rights and responsibilities of people living with HIV, including their right to self-determination and participation in decision-making processes that affect their lives.

Community-Based Research
June 30th, 2008
UNAIDS – HIV and AIDS related ethical principles

Ethical principles to guide international, national, community and individual responses to HIV/AIDS.

Local Research
February 23rd, 2001
Home is where the HAART is: an examination of factors affecting neighbourhood perceptions among people with HIV/AIDS on antiretroviral therapy

Vasarhelyi K, Brandson EK, Palmer AK, Fernandes KA, Zhang W, Moore DM, Montaner JS, Hogg RS. AIDS Care, 2001 Feb; 23(2):245-5

Community-Based Research
January 24th, 2001
BC HIV/AIDS Community Based Research

This program is a provincial program funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) bringing together AIDS Service Organizations and academic researchers.