The Vanguard Project is a study of HIV rates and risk factors in young men between the ages of 15 and 30, who self-identify as gay or bisexual, in the Greater Vancouver area of British Columbia, Canada. Recruitment began in May 1995 and ended in March 2002 and men were recruited through posters, advertising and word-of-moth. Participants completed annual self-administered questionnaires and provided blood samples for HIV testing either annually or every 6 months. The study is coordinated by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, which is a joint project of St. Paul’s Hospital and the University of British Columbia, and funded by grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Health Canada), the Canadian Foundation for Innovation and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.
AJ Schilder, TR Orchard, K Chan, W Michelow, TL Patterson, SA Strathdee, JSG Montaner, D Moore, RS Hogg, Vanguard Study. Childhood violence is an independent predictor of HIV serconversion in a cohort of young men who have sex with men in Vancouver, Canada. AIDS 2010 – XVIII International AIDS Conference Abstract no. TUPE0402.
AJ Schilder, A Palmer, TR Orchard, S Kantors, N O’Brien, W Michelow, TL Patterson, SA Strathdee, JSG Montaner, D Moore, RS Hogg, Vanguard Study. HIV-positive men who have sex with men reporting a high frequency of sex and unprotected insertive anal intercourse are independently associated with high rates of HIV resistance in Vancouver, Canada. AIDS 2010 – XVIII International AIDS Conference Abstract no. MOPE0401.
A. J. Schilder, T.R. Orchard, M. Greatheart, F. Ibanez-Carrasco, D. Macfarlane, L. Bayzand, M. Mancinelli, S. Pearson, R.S. Hogg, T. M. Lampinen. Sexuality and mental health concerns among gay men who use methamphetamine in Vancouver, Canada. AIDS 2008 – XVII International AIDS Conference. Abstract no. TUPE0878.
CW McInnes, EF Drutys, M Tyndall, VD Lima, K Johnston, M Gilbert, E Wood, JSG Montaner, RS Hogg. HIV prevalence in Vancouver British Columbia: a growing epidemic. AIDS 2008 – XVII International AIDS Conference. Abstract no. MOPE0255.
A.J. Schilder, T.R. Orchard, K. Fernandez, C.S. Buchner, S.A. Strathdee, R.S. Hogg. A discussion avoided: douching among young HIV-positive and HIV-negative gay men in Vancouver, Canada. AIDS 2008 – XVII International AIDS Conference. Abstract no. THPE0368
T. Orchard, A. Schilder, C. Buchner, K. Fernandez, R. Hogg, S. Strathdee. Experiences, ideas and engaging a discourse: the role of semen in the lives of young HIV-positive and HIV-negative gay men in Vancouver, Canada. AIDS 2008 – XVII International AIDS Conference Abstract no. THPE 0355.
Lampinen TM, Chan K, Anema A, Miller ML, Schilder AJ, Schechter MT, Hogg RS, Strathdee SA. Incidence of and risk factors for sexual orientation-related physical assault among young men who have sex with men. Am J Public Health.2008 Jun;98(6):1028-35. PubMed
Schilder AJ, Orchard TR, Buchner CS, Miller ML, Fernandes KA, Hogg RS, Strathdee SA. “It’s like the treasure’: beliefs associated with semen among young HIV-positive and HIV-negative gay men. Cult Health Sex. 2008 Oct;10(7):667-79. PubMed
George C, Alary M, Hogg RS, Otis J, Remis RS, Masse B, Turmel B, Leclerc R, Lavie R, Vincelette J, Parent R, Chan K, Martindale S, Miller ML, Craib KJ, Schechter MT. HIV and ethnicity in Canada: Is the HIV risk-taking behaviour of young foreign-born MSM similar to Canadian born MSM? AIDS Care. 2007 Jan;19(1)9-16. PubMed
Lampinen TM, Mattheis K, Chan K, Hogg RS. Nitrate inhalant use among young gay and bisexual men in Vancouver during a period of increasing HIV incidence. BMC Public Health. 2007 Mar 15;7:35. PubMed
K. Vasarheyli, W. Michelow, A. Anema, K. Chan, R. Hogg, J.S.G. Montaner. Changes in risk behaviour following HIV diagnosis and subsequent HAART initiation in men who have sex with men. 6th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis and Treatment. Abstract no. MOPE334
A. Anema, K. Vasarheyli, W. Michelow, K. Chan, JS. Montaner, RS. Hogg. Changes in the proportion of undiagnosed HIV-seropositive men-who-have-sex-with-men in a Canadian cohort from 1995 to 2002. 6th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis and Treatment. Abstract no. CDB013.