PRICK!

PRICK! is a private and confidential on-the-spot STI testing event for gay, bi, and trans men, Two-Spirit, and queer people. A HIM (Health Initiative for Men) staff member or MHI volunteer will introduce you to an Interior Health Nurse who is able to provide tests for chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis (A, B, & C), HIV, and syphilis.

 

Nurses can also provide education, resources, and referrals for other related health concerns (ie. other STIs and vaccinations, PrEP and mental health.) You can use your given name, fake name, or initials – the main focus is to create more testing options for people in our community.

This group is open to self-identified men (trans, cis, and other men), two-spirit and non-binary folks who also identify as gay, bi, queer, asexual, and/or as guys who are into/or have sex with guys (for any reason – including for work).

STI testing sites throughout the Okanagan and Kootenays may vary on restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Locations include Kamloops, Kelowna, Nelson, Penticton, and Vernon.

PRICK! Kamloops


Kamloops Public Health Unit
519 Columbia St
Kamloops, British Columbia V2C 2T8 Canada
 

TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT, PLEASE CALL

236-688-4153

This is a public clinic, there will be other people sharing the waiting room with you.

Brought to you by: Men's Health Initiative and Interior Health Outreach Nurses.

Sponsored by: ASK Wellness, Doctor Love, Get Checked Online, Kamloops Pride, & Thompson River University Student Union 

PRICK! Kelowna

Rutland Aurora Health Centre
#102 - 285 Aurora Crescent @ Hollywood
Kelowna/Rutland
Just NORTH of HWY #33 & Hollywood

TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT, PLEASE CALL

236-688-4153


Brought to you by: HIM, CBRC, LPRC, Options for Sexual Health, and Interior Health Outreach Nurses.

Sponsored by: Castanet, Fruitcake, Okanagan College Student Union, Kelowna Pride, Peak Pride, Pride Resource Centre UBCO, REL8 Okanagan, and Senior Gay Men In Kelowna.

PRICK! Nelson

ANKORS Nelson
101 Baker St
Nelson, BC V1L 4H1 Canada

TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT, PLEASE CALL

1-800-421-2437

 

This is a public clinic, there may be other people sharing the waiting room with you.

Free or by donation!

Brought to you by: HIM, ANKORS, LPRC, Options for Sexual Health & Interior Health Outreach Nurses.

Sponsored by: CBRC & Get Checked Online

PRICK! Penticton

Foundry Penticton
101-501 Main St.​
Penticton, British Columbia Canada


TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT, PLEASE CALL

236-688-4153
 

This is a public clinic, there may be other people sharing the waiting room with you.


Brought to you by: HIM, Options for Sexual Health, & Interior Health Outreach Nurses.

Sponsored by: Basanti Interactive Media, Castanet, Okanagan College Student Union, Okanoggin Barbers, South Okanagan Similkameen Pride, & Skaha Barbers.

PRICK! Vernon

Vernon Health Unit
1440 14th Avenue
Vernon, British Columbia Canada 


TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT, PLEASE CALL

250-718-8788

This is a public clinic, there may be other people sharing the waiting room with you.


Brought to you by: HIM, Options for Sexual Health, & Interior Health Outreach Nurses.
 

Info & Resources

SHARING RESOURCES, BUILDING COMMUNITY

PRICK! testing nights provide an opportunity for 'guys who like guys' to access health resources (condoms, info, resources, etc.) and view posters for upcoming events.

 

FAQ's & SURVEY
PRICK! ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ (FAQs) pamphlets are also distributed at the event to alleviate anxiety and provide more information on the details of the testing event. With the FAQs a survey is also distributed to gain statistics, feedback from the participants and help guide the project forward. These tools are continually evaluated and are being organized for consideration of similar PRICK! events elsewhere in the BC Interior where there is interest, support and infrastructure to do so. 

VOLUNTEER
If you are interested in helping with any of our PRICK! events, please contact menshealth@lprc.ca to volunteer. We always need help with promoting and sponsoring of the events - as well as volunteer greeters at the actual events themselves.

HIV Testing

 

You must be HIV-Negative to start PrEP, this is VERY important.
 

If you would like to get an HIV test in the Interior of BC there are a few options:


STOP HIV NURSES
Available through-out the Interior of BC. Free and confidential. 1-866-778-7736 to reach a nurse in your area, Monday to Friday 8:30am-4:30pm. They can arrange to travel to you and provide testing, resources and support around HIV.


OPTIONS FOR SEXUAL HEALTH
Has multiple locations through-out the Interior or BC & some offer HIV testing.

Call 1-800-739-7367 or visit https://www.optionsforsexualhealth.org/providers


OKANAGAN VALLEY
HIV on Demand - in partnership with Valley Medical Labs (various locations including Osoyoos, Penticton,Kelowna, & Vernon) -walk in and request an HIV test. For more info visit the HIV on Demand info page. 


HOSPITAL EMERGENCY
If the above options do not exist in your area, you can also get a test at your local hospital emergency. This may not be the most desirable location, but is is a service that is available - even if it's not an emergency. They also have PEP available if you believe you have been infected with HIV within the last 72hrs - which is an emergency, as PEP (not PrEP) can be used after exposure to HIV.

BC STI CLINIC FINDER

Please refer to the interactive BC Map below to be able to find sexual health services closest to you.

Thanks to the folks at BC Centre for Disease Control and SmartSex Resource for making this handy tool available to use on our MHI website.

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OC Student Union supports PRICK!
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