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The Dr. Peter Diaries

All 111 Dr. Peter Diaries are available on the CBC website. Click here to view them.

Recent news

Scott Elliott: People with HIV are living longer, which brings a whole new set of problems

CBC: Vancouver centre gets $100K grant to support those aging with HIV

 The Georgia Straight:  Vancouver HIV organizations address food-security issues, but still face challenges

Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation appoints Scott Elliott as Executive Director

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Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation appoints business leader new Board Chair

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2016 Scotiabank Passions - A Gala That Cares

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Study Links Support Services to Improved HIV Treatment Outcomes Among People Who Use Drugs

A new study by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE), presented at the Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR) Conference, finds HIV-positive clients who used drugs and accessed support services provided by the Dr. Peter Centre had better results from HIV treatment than study 
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Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation granted exemption for integrated supervised injection service

The Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation and Vancouver Coastal Health are delighted that Health Canada has granted the Dr. Peter Centre an exemption under federal law to continue to provide supervised injection services. 

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Health Minister Terry Lake marks World AIDS Day at the Dr. Peter Centre

On World AIDS Day, Health Minister Terry Lake visited the Dr. Peter Centre to recognize British Columbia's leading role in global efforts to end AIDs.

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Food for a Cause
11th annual Scotiabank Passions gala celebrates local culinary talent on September 14th, 2014

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VCH and Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation seek exemption for supervised injection services 

The Dr. Peter Centre has submitted a formal application to Health Canada for an exemption from federal drug laws to allow the Centre to continue providing supervised injection services; February 13, 2014

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Canada's Health Minister Fails AIDS 101 in Vienna

Minister does not confirm support for clean needle distribution; July 20, 2010

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Honoured by UBC Medical Alumn

Posthumously awarded for his significant contributions to raising awareness of HIV; May 6, 2010

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Electronic Arts Community Partnership

Ambassador Program Harnesses Power of People and Technology to Support HIV Care; December 1, 2009
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World AIDS Day 2009

HIV Treatment Needs to Reach More People on the Street; November 26, 2009
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World AIDS Day 2008

National Nursing Week 2007

Dr. Peter Centre Pays Tribute during National Nursing Week; May 7-13, 2007
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AccolAIDS 2007

Dr. Peter Centre Honoured by Three Nominations and an Award;
April 23, 2007
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National Volunteer Week 2007

Dr. Peter Centre Salutes 100+ Volunteers; April 10, 2007
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World AIDS Day 2006

Reality Check 2006 - World AIDS Day; November 28, 2006
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Joe Average 1996 AIDS Quilt

Joe Average 1996 AIDS Quilt Readied for Re-Exhibit; July 24, 2006
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World AIDS Day 2005

AIDS Related Deaths Quadruple Since World AIDS Day '04 at Vancouver's Only HIV/AIDS Care Residence; November 28, 2005
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Media Coverage

Opinion:  Ending the AIDS Epidemic:  Bringing People Off the Street and into Care

An Op-ed at the end of the 2015 International AIDS Society Conference by Executive Director Maxine Davis. Read more...

Three New Charities Added to Roster

Sun Run Pledges Raise Much Needed Cash for Local Organizations. Read more...

Your Health First - BC and a Future Without HIV/AIDS

Patrick McDougall, Knowledge Translation and Evaluation Officer at the Dr. Peter Aids Foundation, joined Jill Bennett to talk about BC and A Future Without HIV/AIDS. Listen here...

Successes and Challenges of World AIDS Day

Mon, Dec 1 – Health officials in BC are marking World AIDS Day today. The annual event raises awareness of the successes and challenges of the 34 million people around the world living with the disease. For more information we spoke with Maxine Davis from the Dr. Peters AIDS Foundation. Watch here...

Health Minister Terry Lake Marks World AIDS Day

On the morning of World AIDS Day, Health Minister Terry Lake visited the Dr. Peter Centre in Vancouver to serve breakfast to AIDS patients.  Read more...

Dr. Peter Centre Marks Hits and Misses in Fight Against AIDS

B.C. leads the battle in Canada, developing approaches now used throughout the world.  Read more...

Care Shifts for Vancouver HIV Patients

A disease that once saw hundreds of new cases each year in British Columbia has slowed to a trickle, and the new challenges for combating HIV have shifted towards the continuous support of those taking treatment.  Read more...

Living with HIV: Anthony Amodeo's Struggle with Illness and Addiction

Anthony Amodeo has lived with HIV for nine years. He's a client at the Dr. Peter Centre, a place that provides HIV/AIDS care for individuals with social barriers in Vancouver. Read more...

Opinion: Scientists Need Our Help to End AIDS

The 2014 International AIDS conference in Melbourne, Australia has come to a close but it will be seared in our memory as the year of the tragic loss of leading HIV/AIDS researchers and health care leaders on their way to the conference. Read more...

West End Clinic Applies to Become North America’s Second Legal Supervised Injection Facility

Mayor Gregor Robertson, the Vancouver Police Department, and St. Paul’s Hospital are just three of many supporters who have thrown their weight behind an application that would see North America’s second legal supervised-injection facility operate in the city’s West End. Read more...

Dr. Peter Centre, BC Safe-Injection Site, Applies for Drug Law Exemption

After running a safe-injection site for 12 years without an exemption to drug laws, the operators of a Vancouver health centre are asking the federal government to let them continue providing the harm-reduction service. Read more...

Vancouver clinic wants federal approval to provide drug-injection services

The Dr. Peter Centre in Vancouver has applied for an exemption to federal drug laws that would allow the facility to continue offering supervised injection services to its clients. Read more...

At ‘Chez Pierre’ Diners Enjoy Find Food and Much More

Chef Paul Lundh of the Dr. Peter Centre encourages the clientele to gain weight – and take their meds. Read more...

Heroes, Heartbreak and Hope: How AIDS Made Us Better

Shirley Young, mother of Dr. Peter reflects on her son's influence in the HIV community. She volunteers at the Dr. Peter Centre and serves breakfast to visitors. Read more...

Pet Therapy Heals Through Unconditional Love

A yellow Lab named Newton is providing unconditional love to people at the Dr. Peter Centre. Read more...

St. Paul’s Gave Six Years to Our Son, Dr. Peter

On Sept. 28, 1986, our son, Peter, was admitted to St. Paul’s Hospital on life support with AIDS. Read more...

Opinion: Integrating a Supervised Injection Site into Health Care and Community

The Toronto and Ottawa Supervised Consumption Assesment study, released Wednesday, is noted as the most comprehensive study ever done before setting up such a service. Read more...

CTV Highlights the Dr. Peter Centre on World AIDS Day 2011

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Supreme Court decision on Vancouver supervised injection site could have broad implications

Arguments will be made Thursday (May 11, 2011) in a Supreme Court case that will determine the future of Insite, Vancouver’s supervised injection facility. Read more...

Other injection site to back Insite in Ottawa

Operators of Vancouver’s other – and lesser known – supervised injection program will share their harm-reduction model with Canada’s highest court as a high-profile federal appeal to shutdown Insite gets underway in Ottawa tomorrow. Read more...

Harm Reduction on Trial

Today, the Supreme Court of Canada will take the first step in deciding the fate of thousands of Canada’s most vulnerable citizens. Read more...

Despite Progress, Stigma and Discrimination Remain

Read Maxine Davis' World AIDS Day Op-Ed in the Vancouver Sun. Read more... 

World AIDS Day 2010: Metro Speaks to Dr. Peter Centre Client and Maxine Davis

Read Anthony's personal experience with HIV and Maxine Davis' account of the epidemic in Vancouver. Read more...


Read Maxine Davis' Op-Ed The Globe and Mail.

On the 20th Anniversary of the first Dr. Peter Diary, Maxine Davis calls for leadership to address today's issues in HIV. Read more...


See the Diaries: Then & Now on CBC.

To mark the 20th Anniversary of the first Dr. Peter Diary, CBC is showcasing all 111 Dr. Peter Diaries. CBC is also showcasing issues in HIV today. Watch here...


Following the World AIDS Conference: "HIV only winner in useless drug war"

Mindy Jacobs includes Executive Director, Maxine Davis in her column which reached newspapers across Canada. Read more...

From the Vancouver Sun: "Ideology, not reality, drives Tories' AIDS policy"

Vancouver Sun Reporter, Peter McKnight, gives his take in the wake of the World AIDS Conference. Read more...


Maxine Davis, Executive Director of the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation on CBC's Early Edition

Listen hear Maxine Davis live from the World AIDS Conference in Vienna.


The Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation continues to play a role at the World AIDS Conference

As the conference continues, News 1130 Reporter Dan Burritt highlights the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation in Vancouver. Read more...


Metro Newspaper reports, "Local group takes aim at federal health minister"

Read the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation steps up to the plate in Vienna's World AIDS Conference


Global TV Spotlights the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation and the B.C. Breakthrough

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CKNW's Bill Good interviews Maxine Davis, Executive Director of the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation

Listen to CKNW's radio interview with Maxine Davis on supervised injection sites and the future of Insite. Listen here...


CTV British Columbia highlights the Dr. Peter Centre

With the future of Canada's supervised injection sites in question, CTV online posted an article which noted the Dr. Peter Centre's safe-injection facility. Read more...


Maxine Davis, Executive Director, says 'Insite saves lives'

Maxine Davis, Executive Director of the Dr. Peter Centre spoke to various media outlets yesterday regarding the Federal Government's continued opposition to safe injection services like Insite. Read more...from News 1130 or Read more...from the Winnipeg Free Press.

The Dr. Peter Centre Celebrates Aboriginal Awareness Week

On Tuesday, June 22, the Dr. Peter Centre celebrated Aboriginal Awareness Week. Highlights included a visit from Chief Bobby Joseph as well as a Traditional Aboriginal Feast. Read more...

CBC Radio Interviews Maxine Davis, Executive Director of Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation

Listen to CBC Radio's interview with Maxine Davis about the Canadian Medical Association Journal article that calls for an end to banning blood donations from men who have sex with men. Listen here...


Dr. Peter's posthumous award, WE Westender

"Last Saturday, May 8, Bob and Shirley Young accepted the UBC Medical Alumni Association’s distinguished Silver Anniversary Award on behalf of their son, Dr. Peter Jepson-Young, the namesake of the West End’s HIV care facility, Dr. Peter Centre..." Read more...


Dr. Peter's mother, Shirley Young, on CKNW Radio

Broadcast live on CKNW on Saturday May 8th. Listen here...


Read Dr. Peter's story in the UBC Medicine Magazine, Spring 2010

"If I have managed to reach out and touch people and possibly change their viewpoint about AIDS and gay people, then that will be my contribution." 


Dr. Peter's mother, Shirley Young, on CBC Radio

Broadcast live on CBC Radio's On the Coast on Thursday May 6th, Stephen Quinn interviews Shirley, Dr. Peter's mother on Dr. Peter's (posthumous) UBC Medical Alumni Association Silver Anniversary Award for his significant contributions to raising awareness of HIV/AIDS. Listen here...


Dr. Peter's inspirational work with HIV/AIDS wins new recognition

"The late Dr. Peter Jepson-Young, the inspiration behind the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation and the popular CBC segments, The Dr. Peter Diaries, will be honoured Saturday with a University of B.C. Medical Alumni Award for his pioneering work in raising awareness about HIV/AIDS." (Link no longer available).


Vancouver Sun - 'Out of the hospital and off the street' by Maxine Davis, Executive Director

"While there's been real progress in the availability of supportive housing, this next level of housing with more intensive built-in nursing care is lacking for this homeless group with extraordinary care needs. Individuals are discharged from hospital to inadequate living circumstances with high probability of hospital re-admission, while others remain in hospital for months because there is no ethically sound discharge option. Some individuals need this level of housing and care for a short time, others for a lifetime." (link is no longer available)


Partnership will help evaluate impact of Dr. Peter Centre health services

"A new collaboration between the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation and the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS will help evaluate the impact of the Dr. Peter Centre model of health care service on clinical outcomes." Read more...


Dr. Peter Centre: Helping HIV+ Individuals Move from Chaos to Stability

Maxine Davis, Executive Director, talks to - Canada's National HIV/AIDS Housing Portal - about the complex care provided at the Dr. Peter Centre, the Centre's model of care and advice for other service providers. Read more...


Maxine Davis, Executive Director, says 'Insite is a health care service'

Maxine Davis, Executive Director of the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation, addresses the BC Federal Government's appeal in favour of Insite - Vancouver's internationally recognized supervised injection site. Read more...


Drug-resistant infections drop dramatically as HIV treatments improve

The number of HIV patients who develop drug-resistant infections is dropping dramatically in B.C. as a result of improved treatments, says the author of a newly published study on the issue. Read more...


24-hr Care Sought for AIDS Victims - Kristen Thomspon/METRO VANCOUVER

The plight of Vancouver's poorest AIDS victims is undermined by homelessness and drug addiction and until more 24-hour care is available, the drug and homeless crisis will continue, said one advocate for people with AIDS. "While British Columbia is a world leader in HIV/AIDS treatment, the care is not available to many who most need it," said Maxine Davis, executive director of the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation. Davis said the Dr. Peter Centre Residence, which has 24 suites, is the only HIV/AIDS 24-hour care residence in the province, and the foundation is asking for funding to build another 24-suite residence in the Downtown Eastside.


Dr. Peter Centre Treats Vancouver's Sickest, Most Needy

Stephen Koughan, a 56-year-old patient at the Dr. Peter Centre, is coming to the end of his 13-month treatment. If it takes a certain kind of grace for a sick person to recognize that many others are worse off, Stephen Koughan has it. Read more...


Where Supervising Injections is Part of Nursing Practice

Maxine Davis's rebuttal on the November 7th, 2008 Vancouver Sun Article regarding the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation intervenor status. Read more...


Two More Intervenors Join Injection Site Appeal

A B.C. Court of Appeal judge decided Thursday to allow two more intervenors at a pending appeal involving Insite, the supervised injection site that has been allowed to remain open for another year. Read more...



Much money is to be saved in caring for HIV patients, said Dr. Peter Centre executive director Maxine Davis. For example: spending $220 a day on patients occupying the Comox-at-Thurlow centre’s 24-suites, rather than $1,500 for acute-care hospital beds. Read more...


Dr. Peter Centre Hopes to Serve as Model for Safe-Injection Facilities

Controversy surrounding the future of Insite, the Downtown Eastside facility that offers supervised injection for drug users, has sparked renewed interest in the West End’s Dr. Peter Centre, Canada’s only HIV health program and care residence that also includes an in-house safe-injection service. Read more...


Ruling Offers Dose of Hope to More than Just Insite

While Insite, Vancouver's internationally recognized supervised injection site, continues its struggle to remain open, Vancouver's Dr. Peter Centre has been providing supervised injection service in relative calm. The centre was heartened that the recent B.C. Supreme Court decision about Insite noted the "incontrovertible conclusion" that "the risk of morbidity and mortality [death and disease] associated with addiction and injection can be ameliorated by injection in the presence of qualified health professionals." This is the crux of the Dr. Peter Centre's 2002 decision to begin providing the service. Read more...


The Nearly Forgotten Plague

Cutting-edge AIDS medications have lengthened patients' lives and given many a better existence than they would have had 10 years ago, but these advances have helped push the disease out of mainstream consciousness. Health-care workers point to continuing problems that need attention: 'premature aging,' lack of bed space and failure to make sure everyone - especially the poor - gets medicine. Read more...

Other Publications

10 Years of Milestones at the Dr. Peter Centre

Summer, 2014

Pulling Together: A New Health Facility References and Negotiates its Context
Canadian Architect web article, Winter 2004

Dr. Peter Centre: Architecture BC
Architecture BC magazine article, Winter 2004


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