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Latinos Positivos Toronto

Group Name: Latinos Positivos Toronto

Description: Latinos Positivos was founded to respond to the need for HIV positive Latinos to build a community that reflected the Latino culture, provided services in Spanish and was focused solely for and by HIV positive individuals. We provide free and confidential services and programs for Spanish-speaking men and women living with HIV. We are a community working together to alleviate the barriers that you may have if you live with HIV or have been recently diagnosed with the virus.

Peer Counselling
Peer counselling is a type of support offered by another person living with HIV, these individuals (peers) have previous training but do not have an official designation as counsellor, psychologist or psychiatrist. The counselling is based on a personal similar transition or experience and the outcomes of these experiences help others in assertive decision making by attentive listening, providing information or giving referrals to another service at Latinos Positivos Toronto or another community partner. Other services at Latinos Positivos include: translation, interpretations, settlement servicdes, and HIV/AIDS prevention.

Where: 200 Gerrard St. E 3rd Floor | Toronto, ON M5A 2E6

When: Please call for more information, Monday to Friday from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Contact: Omar or Tomas 416-506-1400 Ext. 109 | preguntas@latinospositivos.ca | latinospositivos.ca

Fife House – Community Programs for People with HIV/AIDS

Group Name: Fife House – Community Programs for People with HIV/AIDS

Description: Fife House is an innovative, client-focused provider of secure and supportive affordable housing and services to people living with HIV/AIDS in the Greater Toronto Area.
Fife House delivers services which are focused on enhancing quality of life, building on individual strengths and promoting independence – recognizing that access to secure and affordable housing is a key determinant for the health and well-being of people living with HIV/AIDS.

The Community Programs Department was created to address isolation and marginalization of men, women and families living with HIV/AIDS. The program promotes social integration, health and well being, which help in developing a sense of belonging and community among residents and within the larger community. The staff team oversees the Wellness Centre at our Sherbourne site which provides a variety of services offered by professionals free of charge. Alternative therapies (touch therapy, polarity therapy, naturopathy, reflexology etc.) are very popular with people living with HIV/AIDS and the team strive to provide a variety of opportunities for residents and clients in all programs.

Social/Recreational Programs provide access to a range of activities, services and outlets for residents/clients including: congregate dining, outings, yoga, expressive arts, games night and a gardening club.

Where: 490 Sherbourne Street, 2nd Floor | Toronto, ON M4X 1K9

When: Please call for more information.

Contact: 416-205-9888 | www.fifehouse.org

Casey House – Harm Reduction

Group Name: Casey House – Harm Reduction

Description: Casey House is a specialty HIV/AIDS hospital with community programming including home care and outreach programs. Founded in 1988, we were the first freestanding HIV/AIDS facility in Canada. Our commitment is to provide compassionate health care to people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. We provide services wherever they are needed, whether in our clients’ homes, at clinics, or on board the mobile health bus.

Harm Reduction at Casey House is an approach used to address health and wellness for people living with HIV/AIDS. A Harm Reduction approach not only recognizes that it is not realistic to keep people from engaging in certain activities, but also values people’s right to make choices for themselves. The core principle of harm reduction is that it is beneficial to prevent and reduce the harm that can be associated with drug use. Casey House’s approach to Harm Reduction will utilize a range of practical strategies. They include but are not limited to:

  • Matching care and interventions to your desired goals for health
  • Counselling
  • Condom Distribution
  • Methadone maintenance
  • Education to maximize safety for clients, staff and the environment

Where: 9 Huntley Street | Toronto, ON M4Y 2K8

When: Please call for more information.

Contact: 416-962-7600 | heart@caseyhouse.on.ca | www.caseyhouse.com

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

Asian Community AIDS Services – Men’s Program

Group Name: Asian Community AIDS Services – Men’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 objective of the ACAS Men’s Program is to reduce the spread of HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) among Asian Men, including gay, bi and men who have sex with men (MSM). Men’s Program for gay, bi, and MSM East and Southeast Asian Men:

  • Asian Bathhouse Night at Spa Excess every third Thursday of the month
  • Community Based Research: Asian Men Pathways to Resiliency (AMP2R) Study
  • S.L.A.M! (Sex. Love. Asian Men!): Community sexual health forum for and by gay, bi, straight, trans Asian men

The Locker Room Project for straight, heterosexual East and Southeast Asian Men:

  • Educational outreach to straight, heterosexual Asian men in Toronto with a focus on promoting men’s health, sexual health and HIV/STI awareness and prevention.
  • Active physical events such as Rock Climbing and Muay Thai Boxing
  • Weekly posting of Facebook articles related to men’s health issues, sexual health and nutrition tips.

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

Contact: Ryan Tran 416-963-4300 Ext. 236 | mensexualhealth@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

Africans in Partnership Against Aids – Counseling Services

Group Name: Africans in Partnership Against Aids – Counseling Services

Description: The vision of Africans in Partnership Against Aids (APAA) is to create a stable organization and community response to the impact of HIV/AIDS through capacity development, partnership, growth and community development and involvement. We value:

  • Respect for diverse cultural traditions and service needs
  • We view HIV/AIDS as more than a medical condition and acknowledge and respond to its social and economic impacts
  • We value on client centered services where confidential, responsive, caring, respectful and non-judgmental services are delivered
  • Promoting an active role of clients and communities in planning and implementing their services
  • We value informed choices on our care and prevention efforts
  • Programs are inclusive of the African Diaspora and its diversity
  • Accountability, responsibility, and obligation to the people we serve
  • Respects the rights of all people of different sexual orientation

APAA offers confidential counseling to men, women including youth living with or affected by HIV/AIDS on HIV/AIDS and related issues such as psycho-social, treatment, nutrition, positive living, Sexual and reproductive health, crisis counseling, couple counseling, discordant counseling group counseling, pre-and post- HIV- test counseling in culturally and linguistically appropriate ways. Some of the major African languages used include: Amharic, Arabic, Tigrinya, Swahili, French, Somalia, Jula and Dogon, Ga, Hausa, Lingala, Twi, Xhosa, Yoruba, kiruwanda, etc.

Where: 526 Richmond St. East, 2nd Floor | Toronto, Ontario M5A 1R3

Contact: 416-924-5256 Exts. 303 or 304 | info@apaa.ca | www.apaa.ca

ACT – HIV/AIDS Support

Group Name: ACT – HIV/AIDS Support

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.

Social Support Network
The Social Support Network provides monthly social outings at minimal cost to those living with HIV/AIDS. To find out about upcoming events, or to register, call 416-340-2437.

Support Groups
Groups are offered throughout the year. We have groups just for gay men, as well as groups open to all people living with HIV/AIDS, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. To find out more call 416-340-8484 ext. 283. To find out about upcoming groups, call 416-340-8484 ext. 283. Or you can speak to an on-call counsellor by calling 416-340-2437 or coming to our office, and say you want to learn more about upcoming support groups.

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

Contact: Andrew Eaton 416-340-8484 Ext. 283 | 416-340-2437 | aeaton@actoronto.org | wwww.actoronto.org