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Toronto People With AIDS Foundation

Group Name: Toronto People With AIDS Foundation – Social Programming

Description: The Toronto People With AIDS Foundation (PWA) is a safe place to express those concerns and a place where practical information and support services are available. People living with HIV/AIDS face complex health, economic and social challenges. Viral progression and the episodic nature of associated illnesses, along with the financial, psychological, emotional and social challenges that often accompany HIV/AIDS, can have a significant impact on the life of an individual. These challenges can be completely overwhelming. We are here to help.

Social Programming
Emotional health is just as important as physical health when living with HIV, which is why PWA offers social programming.
PWA helps create opportunities to attend social outings, such as its Holiday Show and Community Summer Picnic, or even get a haircut. Reduced isolation, increased social support, ongoing learning and improved self-esteem are all social determinants that play an important role in staying healthy. Every Tuesday, professionally trained hairstylists provide free haircuts at the PWA offices. In the summer, PWA organizes a summer picnic for its clients in partnerships with other AIDS service organizations. The picnic provides a fun social outing in one of Toronto’s city parks. These are just a few of the activities that are offered under therapeutic care.

Where: 200 Gerrard Street East, 2nd Floor | Toronto, ON M5A 2E6

Contact: Tony Cefaratti 416-506-1400 Ext. 254 | tcefaratti@pwatoronto.org | info@pwatoronto.org | www.pwatoronto.org

Asian Community AIDS Services – Women’s Program

Group Name: Asian Community AIDS Services – Women’s Program

Description: Asian Community AIDS Services (ACAS) is a charitable, non-profit, community-based organization located in Toronto, Canada. We provide safer sex education and services to the East and Southeast Asian communities and support services to persons living with HIV/AIDS and members of the LGBTQ communities. Our programs are based on a pro-active and holistic approach to HIV/AIDS and are provided in a collaborative, empowering, and non-discriminatory manner.

The ACAS Women Education and Outreach program aims to increase the access of heterosexual, queer and trans Asian women access to HIV/STI prevention & sexual health information and services. Our program emphasizes the peer model to empower our service users to become peer educators, and provide an array of workshops related to the holistic health needs of East and Southeast Asian women. The ACAS Women’s Program provides the following:

  • Workshops and information sessions in different languages to promote healthy sexuality and safer sex behaviours;
  • Outreach to diverse East and Southeast Asian communities, community events, women’s organization, and other venue to distribute information, safer sex kit, talk about HIV/AIDS and women’s issues;
  • Community Forum for Asian women to talk about sexuality;
  • Health promotion and wellness events;
  • Referral services to other women agencies;
  • Multilingual brochures and resources on testing and other issues related to healthy sexuality;
  • Peer educator training

Where: 260 Spadina Ave, Suite 410 | Toronto, ON M5T 2E4

Contact: Heywon Kim 416-963-4300 Ext. 225 | women@acas.org | info@acas.org | www.acas.org

Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention – Support for Women

Group Name: Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention – Elan (empowerment, love and networking)

Description: The Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAAP) serves South Asian populations in the Greater Toronto Area, including its surrounding suburbs and regions. We offer health promotion and support for South Asians living with and affected by HIV and work with diverse communities on prevention education.

ELAN is a program fostering health and wellness among South Asian Women and Trans Women Living with HIV/AIDS. This along with the Connecting to Care group offer:

  • Annual Health and Wellness Retreat
  • Health Promotion Workshops and Resources
  • Referrals/Assistance with Health Care and Social Services
  • Language Interpretation
  • Modest Financial Assistance

Where: 120 Carlton Street, Suite 315 | Toronto, ON M5A 4K3

When: Please contact for more information.

Contact: Chhiring 416-599-2727 Ext. 232 | womensupport@asaap.ca | info@asaap.ca | asaap.ca

Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention – Living with HIV/AIDS

Group Name: Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention – Connecting to Care

Description: The Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAAP) serves South Asian populations in the Greater Toronto Area, including its surrounding suburbs and regions. We offer health promotion and support for South Asians living with and affected by HIV and work with diverse communities on prevention education.

Connection to Care is a support program for both women and men that aims to create a space where South Asians living and aging with HIV can connect with one another, access services, inform resources and optimize their health.

Where: 120 Carlton Street, Suite 315 | Toronto, ON M5A 4K3

When: Please contact for more information.

Contact: Shazia 416-599-2727 Ext. 223 | phasupport@asaap.ca | info@asaap.ca | asaap.ca

Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention – The Rainbow Sisters

Group Name: Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention – The Rainbow Sisters

Description: Founded in 1989, the Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP) has worked to meet its mission in our Black communities. Our work is also guided by our motto, ‘Because All Black People’s Lives Are Important’, and it stands as a reminder of the importance of our commitment to our community. The Mission of Black CAP is to reduce the spread of HIV infection within Toronto’s Black communities and to enhance the quality of life of people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.

The Rainbow Sisters is a free support group for women only. Women who wish to attend this group’s meetings must identify as being LGBTTIQQ2SA.

Where: 20 Victoria St. 4th floor | Toronto, Ontario M5C 2N8

When: Fist Monday of every month from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Contact: Kemar Brown 416-977-9955 Ext. 288 | info@black-cap.com | www.black-cap.com

ACT – Counselling for people with HIV

Group Name: ACT – Counselling for people with HIV

Description: Since 1983 ACT (AIDS Committee of Toronto) has developed programs and services that respond to the changing needs of the communities it serves. ACT provides support services that empower men, women and youth living with HIV to achieve self-determination, informed decision-making, independence, and overall well-being. We do this through programs such as counselling, information provision, social support activities and programs that help people with HIV return to work.

We provide free, confidential counselling to anyone who is living with HIV. Counsellors will meet with you at ACT, over the phone, or in other locations, such as coffee shops. There is no need to give a real name if anonymity or confidentiality is a concern. Couples counselling, grief/bereavement counselling, and counselling for a partner of someone with HIV, are all available. To book an appointment call or drop by ACT: a counsellor is available – without an appointment – on a first come first serve basis, Monday – Friday.

Where: 399 Church Street, 4th floor | Toronto, ON, M5B 2J6

Contact: 416-340-2437 | www.actoronto.org

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