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What We Believe

Regional HIV/AIDS Connection works from an anti-oppression, anti-racism framework and has adopted several positions statements and definitions that help guide our work with respect to issues such as the criminalization of HIV for non-disclosure, the Vienna Declaration on the criminalization of illicit drug users, the medical use of marijuana, health promotion, sex positivity, and diversity. We are currently working on creating position statements on sexism and trans inclusion.

Our work is also guided by the following principles developed in the fall of 2009 as the agency moved toward its 25-year service delivery milestone. These principles are reflective of and honour the beliefs of those who came before us. We uphold these beliefs as we address HIV/AIDS and related issues locally, provincially, nationally, and internationally.

If you are interested in joining the fight against HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C and working to help uphold these principles, visit our Get Involved page.




Peer Engagement


Greater Involvement of People Living with HIV/AIDS (GIPA)

  • In building capacities to facilitate greater and more meaningful involvement of people living with HIV in all levels of the organization.
  • Regional HIV/AIDS Connection is committed to adhering to the principles of The Ontario Accord because the greater involvement and meaningful engagment of people living with HIV/AIDS (GIPA/MIPA) must be at the center of our work if we are to effectively deliver on our mission of addressing the challenges associated with HIV/AIDS.


A Learning Culture

Harm Reduction

  • In the importance of incorporating the principles of harm reduction in all the work of RHAC.


Honouring our History

  • In honouring our roots and history in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities as important contributors to our evolving purpose, actions and future.

Valuing Staff and Volunteers

  • In valuing the outstanding contributions and commitments of our staff and volunteers.