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November 1, 2013
Brewing up Love and Support
Our good friends at Fire Roasted Coffee have created a signature coffee and chocolate bar that is available for the month of November but most important for AIDS Awareness Week, November 25th - 30th.
One dollar of each ½ and whole pound of the special blend coffee and each special chocolate bar goes to help us provide services.
Start thinking now about ways you could use either the coffee or chocolate, or both as gifts that would “keep on giving”, as a portion of the sales will help us support programs and services here at Regional HIV/AIDS Connection. Presently 80% of people who use our services live in poverty. These individuals are at risk of losing housing, food security and health without access to the services funded by people like you.
A) A great hostess gift for holiday events
B) Lovely gift of appreciation for your staff team or friends
C) Great stocking stuffer
D) Treat yourself … keep in your private “ survival stash” drawer
Thanks Fire Roasted Coffee and Habitual Chocolate! Note: We also have donation jars at each location, so if folks just want to drop something in as they get their cup of coffee… they can.
August 26, 2013
Regional HIV/AIDS Connection will be closed Wednesday August 28 for Staff Development.
We will re-open on Thursday August 29th
Needle Syringe Program Services are available at the Middlesex London Health Unit located @ 50 King St. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
We apologize for the inconvenience
August 7, 2013
Red Scarf Project – Call for Knitters!
Following the huge success of Regional HIV/AIDS Connection’s inaugural launch of the Red Scarf Project, we are once again hoping to collect approximately 400 red scarves made by talented community members to use during AIDS Awareness Week, November 25-December 1, 2013. Once again we will be creating a public awareness installation in downtown London using the scarves, while a group of individuals does a similar installation in Stratford.
Each scarf will include an information card that explains the significance of the red ribbon and the ongoing issues related to HIV/AIDS locally. People will be encouraged to take the scarves home and any remaining pieces will be gathered and given out to RHAC service users.
We kindly request that scarves are to be knit or crocheted using red yarn to approximately 6 inches X 60 inches (15 cm X 150 cm). If you have the capacity to purchase your own yarn as a donation to this project, please do. If you cannot afford to purchase you own yarn, we will provide yarn. Just contact Sue Brooks or Meredith Fraser at 519-434-1601 or call toll free 1-866-920-1601. Please have your generous donation of scarves completed and dropped off to Regional HIV/AIDS Connection, 186 King Street in London, by November 12th at the latest but the sooner the better! This will help us know where we are against our target of 400.
Dust off those knitting needles and join in the fun!
P.S. If you’re like some of us and can’t knit to save your life, consider donating some red yarn or volunteering to help distribute these treasures.
July 9, 2013
Annual General Meeting
Civic Garden Complex, 625 Springbank Drive
WHEN: Thursday, September 5, 2012
Reception and refreshments 5:45 p.m.
Meeting 6:30-8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Birch Room, Civic Garden Complex
625 Springbank Drive, London N6A 4H1
Dear Friend of Regional HIV/AIDS Connection;
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Regional HIV/AIDS Connection will be held on September 5 at the Civic Garden Complex on the edge of beautiful Springbank Park in London. Please join us for socializing and light refreshments beginning at 5:45 p.m. The business meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.
At the meeting we will be sharing with our members, working partners and the public some of the highlights of 2012-13.
Planning for the AGM is still in progress, but we will induct another deserving member to the Honour Role and remember, honour and celebrate the lives of those lost to and those living with HIV/AIDS (PHAs).
On September 5, members eligible to vote will elect the next Board of Directors to guide the important work of Regional HIV/AIDS Connection. Even if you are unable to join us at the AGM, we invite you to become a member and formalize your support of RHAC’s work.
Access a membership form for 2012-2013. Please note below the deadline for membership submissions to ensure eligibility to vote at the AGM and to where they should be sent:
• Deadline for membership: Monday, August 5 (30 days before the AGM)
• Where to send your application #30-186 King St., London ON, N6A 1C7
Come early to meet staff and board members, and learn about some of our new offerings and plans.
We look forward to seeing you there!
July 9, 2013
Come and visit us at Victoria Park from July 26-28 to celebrate PRIDE London!
RHAC will have a booth for you to come & visit with information, resources, safe sex kits & friendly smiles.
Come & join us in celebrating this annual festival.
Visit the Pride London Festival for more information:
June 11, 2013
Dear Community Supporter.
This is to advise that the email system for RHAC was not functioning from Friday, June 7 at 3:00 pm until Monday, June 10 at 3:00 pm. We have been advised that any email sent to us within this time frame will not be received.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
May 31, 2013
Regarding the article Cameras to monitor clinic users (May 27).
The notion of installing mandatory security cameras at methadone sites is an egregious violation of patient privacy.
The citizens who access the services of methadone clinics are working hard to manage their addiction and better their lives. They do not need additional barriers to this vital health care treatment.
The stigma and judgment associated with addiction can make it difficult for people to access the health care they need and this proposal serves to perpetuate such stigma. Sadly, addiction continues to be viewed as a criminal issue instead of a health condition. It is because of these attitudes that such a violation of privacy would be considered.
If London council supports the proposal, its action will contribute to the continued stigma associated with addiction and will deter people from accessing the health care they need. Imagine the community uproar if a proposal was tabled to place security cameras to monitor consumers who access other types of health services.
Regional HIV/AIDS Connection
April 30, 2013
April 29, 2013
Dear Community Partner;
The present day and evolving funding landscape suggests that it may be beneficial for Regional HIV/AIDS Connection (RHAC) and London Regional AIDS Hospice/John Gordon Home (JGH) to explore the notion of a possible integration strategy. We feel that it is our responsibility to explore the possibilities of creating more efficiencies and improving our service delivery models that could be achieved through service integration. We are not pursuing this as a cost-saving measure, nor will we be downsizing either organization should this integration take place. We are looking at strengthening our capacity to respond to the needs of the diverse populations we serve. At this time, this is an exploratory exercise only, however, we are envisioning a single organization. It has been proposed that both organizations will maintain their respective identities and JGH could be integrated into RHAC as a new program of service.
John Gordon Home
Regional HIV/AIDS Connection
April 19, 2013
Invasive Meningococcal C Outbreak among Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM) in New York City: Recommendations for Travel
An ongoing outbreak of invasive meningococcal disease serogroup C has been occurring among men who have sex with men in New York City. Since 2010, there have been 22 cases reported: one in 2010, four in 2011, 13 in 2012 and four in 2013. Seven men have died, including three of the last five cases. The age range of cases is 21 to 59 years, and 50% have been Black, 27% White, and 18% Hispanic (any race). Twelve cases were HIV-infected, of which five have died. Cases of meningitis have also been reported in MSM in California.
The New York City Department of Health is recommending meningococcal vaccine to the following New York City residents:
• All HIV-infected MSM
• MSM, regardless of HIV status, who regularly have close or intimate contact with other men met either through an online website, digital application (“app”), or at a bar or party
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is not aware of any cases among Canadians related to this outbreak. Toronto Public Health has also not seen any cases related to this outbreak. Please call Toronto Public Health if you think you have a suspect or confirmed case of meningococcal disease to TPH's surveillance unit at 416-392-7411 during work hours (8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday to Friday) or at 3-1-1 after hours.
The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommends use of the quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine (Men ACYW-135 – Menactra or Menveo) to travelers where the risk of meningococcal transmission is high. NACI also says vaccination should be considered for individuals with HIV.
Toronto Public Health recommends physicians offer meningococcal conjugate ACYW-135 vaccine to MSM who are planning to travel to New York City and who are either HIV-infected or who may have close or intimate contact with other men met either through an online website, digital application (“app”), or at a bar or party in New York City. Note that this vaccine is not publicly funded for this group.
Toronto Public Health Immunization Information Centre:
416-392-1250 or email email@example.com
New York City Department of Health alerts:
Canadian Immunization Guide on meningococcal vaccines: