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September 8, 2022

 

SAVE THE DATE: The Board of Directors of Regional HIV/AIDS Connection (RHAC) invite you to join us for this year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday, September 8 at Civic Garden Complex (625 Springbank Drive in London, ON) for a catered reception at 5:30 PM and our AGM from 6-8 PM. Please join us as celebrate the theme of ‘Courage on the Move’ and review our performance during Fiscal 2021 while reflecting on key impacts made in our community and welcoming the election of new members to the Board.

To RSVP, contact Naiomi at 226.376.5461 or nnarcisian@hivaidsconnection.ca.

NEW MEMBERS: In order to vote we must receive your completed membership form and fees by Monday, August 29, 2022.

RETURNING MEMBERS: You may submit your membership renewal forms/fees prior to or at the meeting.

Contact Naiomi at nnarcisian@hivaidsconnection.ca with any questions, concerns or to submit membership forms. 

 

August 5, 2022

Apply to Join the Board of Directors at Regional HIV/AIDS Connection

Prospective board members are asked to submit their resume and letter of interest to hr@hivaidsconnection.ca. by August 10, 2022 @ 4:00pm. Learn more here.

Applicants whose skills match RHAC’s present Board recruitment needs are selected and invited to participate in an interview with the nominating committee. Successful candidates are then put forward for nomination approval and election (two-year terms) by the Membership at our Annual General Meeting, held in September. RHAC Board Members can serve up to 3 consecutive, two-year terms. Time commitment is 4-5 hours per month plus committee work.

 

July 24, 2022

Happy Pride, London!

More information coming soon.

Visit PrideLondon.ca for more information.

July 15, 2022

For the most up to date information on monkeypox and local vaccination clinics, visit: gmsh.ca/monkeypox

LONDON

The Middlesex-London Health Unit will be hosting vaccination clinics for people who may be at highest risk of being exposed to monkeypox. No appointment and no health card required.

• Friday, July 15: Club London (722 York Street), 11 AM–1 PM. 

• Thursday, July 21: Club London (722 York Street), 5–8 PM. 

• Saturday, July 23: Pride London Festival (Main Tent, Victoria Park), 2–6 PM. 

• Sunday, July 24: Pride London Festival (Main Tent, Victoria Park), 2–6 PM. 

ST. THOMAS

Southwestern Public Health will be hosting vaccination clinics for people who may be at highest risk of being exposed to monkeypox in St. Thomas:

  • Thursday, July 14: Southwestern Public Health (1230 Talbot St.), 9 AM–3 PM. 
  • Thursday, July 21: Southwestern Public Health (1230 Talbot St.), 9 AM–3 PM. 

Woodstock 

Southwestern Public Health will be hosting vaccination clinics for people who may be at highest risk of being exposed to monkeypox in Woodstock:

  • Friday, July 15: Southwestern Public Health (410 Buller St.), 9 AM–3 PM. 
  • Friday, July 22: Southwestern Public Health (410 Buller St.), 9 AM–3 PM. 

Vaccine Eligiblity

Based on Ontario Ministry of Health guidelines, monkeypox vaccination clinics are intended for:

• Individuals who are 18 years of age and older, trans or cis-gender individuals who self-identify as belonging to the gay, bisexual & other men who have sex with men (gbMSM) community, AND at least one of the following:

• Identified as a contact of someone who recently tested positive for monkeypox, OR

• Had two or more sexual partners within the last 21 days, or may be planning to, OR

• Diagnosed with a chlamydia, gonorrhea, or syphilis infection in the past two months, OR

• Attended bath houses, sex clubs and other venues for sexual contact within the last 21 days. This includes workers & volunteers, OR

• Had anonymous/casual sex in the last 21 days, for example using an online dating or hookup app, engaging, or planning to engage, in sex work.

NOTE: 

  • If you get the COVID-19 vaccine, wait 24 hours to get the monkeypox vaccine. 
  • If you get the monkeypox vaccine, wait 28 days to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
May 26, 2022

 

Regional HIV/AIDS Connection (RHAC), London Intercommunity Health Centre (LIHC) and Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) are holding a Virtual Community Update Meeting on Thursday, May 26 from 2-4 PM with interested residents/businesses residing and operating within proximity of the Carepoint Consumption and Treatment Service (which will operate at 446 York Street). Registration is required. Please register to attend the meeting via Zoom here.

To read the full invitation, click here.

 

March 1, 2022

 

 

In honour of Women’s History Month, RHAC celebrates the incredible contributions women have made to our history, and our future. As an organization, we are always honouring the history and current realties of the HIV/AIDS movement. Since the earliest days of the AIDS crisis, women--especially LGBT2QIA+ women of colour--have been at the centre of community responses to HIV/AIDS as trailblazers and pioneers. Today, women continue to make HIV history as activists, organizers, scientists, health professionals, and more. This month is an opportunity to remember that women make history everyday as pioneers of movements and storytellers. Women are building better futures for all of us in no shortage of small, large, quiet, loud, and caring ways. Happy Women’s History Month!

 

January 4, 2022

 

Regional HIV/AIDS Connection (RHAC) is pleased to announce our newest location at 602 Queens Avenue, London, ON as part of a new community service hub.

Over the past 2 years of the pandemic, London Cares Homeless Response Services, the Sisters of St. Joseph Hospitality Centre, and RHAC have worked together to envision a better way to provide a safe, welcoming space for people experiencing homelessness and other barriers to wellness, community and belonging.

Now, our three agencies are coming together to create a community hub aimed at addressing housing, basic needs, health care, and psychosocial wellness needs. This hub is the first of it's kind in London, and aims to effectively link people to social services and supports under one welcoming roof. We are proud to be creating this supportive environment built on the core values of dignity, deep hospitality, inclusive community, social justice, persistence, and hope

Please note: RHAC’s Carepoint Consumption and Treatment and Counterpoint Harm Reduction Services will remain at 186 King Street until relocating to 446 York Street in 2022. Our John Gordon Home program will remain at 596 Pall Mall Street.

Effective January 4, 2022, the following RHAC services will be accessible at 602 Queens Avenue (with COVID-19 safety measures still in place):

  • HIV/HCV client support services: Support services for people living with HIV/HCV (treatment and care including practical, basic needs and psychosocial supports), Country Cupboard food security program, and peer activities/programming.
  • Education and prevention servicesGeneral and population-specific education and prevention programs (including our Open Closet program for 2SLGBTQIA+ youth), sexual health and wellness services and  resources, HIV/STBBI testing, PrEP/PEP/HIV prevention and related services, and information and wellness programs/workshops.
  • Community relationsCommunications, regional community development, volunteering and fund development (i.e.: events, donor giving, third party fundraising, and merchandising).
  • Harm reduction outreachMobile outreach services for people who use substances (including harm reduction gear delivery and recovery-related services) across London-Middlesex, Oxford and Huron counties.
  • Administrative supportsThe office of the Executive Director, operations and human resources.

While we are still under-construction at our new 602 Queens Ave. location:

  • Please address physical mail to 186 King Street 
  • A new phone system has been implemented across all RHAC locations, with new staff extensions. Please listen carefully to system instructions. 
  • For 602 Queens on-site service access an appointment is currently required. Please contact relevant staff member to arrange appointment/access. If unable to reach designated staff, please contact general administration for access assistance.

RHAC’s other service locations:  

  • John Gordon Home (Supportive Housing Program): 596 Pall Mall  

  • Counterpoint (Needle and Syringe Program): 186 King Street 

  • Carepoint (Consumption and Treatment Services): 186 King Street 

 

 

 

December 3, 2021

 

Thank you to our community for supporting our annual Red Scarf campaign!

On behalf of all of us at Regional HIV/AIDS Connection, thank you to those who attended and contributed to our World AIDS Day vigil featuring Pride Men's Chorus London. We hope you will continue to honour and hold those we have lost in your hearts, and that you will also continue to stand in solidarity with those living with HIV in our community.

Thank you to everyone who wore a Red Scarf on World AIDS Day in solidarity with those living with HIV in our community. We are so grateful to each and every one of you for standing up to stigma, raising awareness, and making a donation in support of people living with, affected by and at-risk for HIV.

If you would still like to support RHAC's 2021 Red Scarf campaign, you can make a donation in support of RHAC's free programs and services at: www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/rhac/p2p/redscarf2021/

Thank you so much to our Red Scarf knitters from all across the counties for helping to build awareness and fight HIV-related stigma, including:

  • Karin 

  • Jocelyn 

  • Sandy 

  • Tara 

  • Marilyn 

  • Callie 

  • Sandra 

  • Julia 

  • Jean

  • Phyllis 

  • Rose

  • First-St. Andrew’s Church

  • The Knit Wits

  • Laurie Krempien-Hall and friends

  • London Public Library, Central Branch

  • Chartwell Parkhill Long Term Care Residence

We'd also like to thank the following local businesses for supporting Red Scarf this year:

  • David E. White

  • Regency Florists

  • Nova Vita Hair Studio & Esthetics

  • Wabi Sabi Hair + Body

 

 

December 1, 2021

 

Press play on World AIDS Day. RHAC has put together a list of short films, documentaries and series to learn more about the HIV/AIDS movement, past and present. Check out our curated list below for what to watch, and where to watch it, in honour of World AIDS Day (December 1). 

An educational video produced by Regional HIV/AIDS Connection (RHAC) that reflects on the history and lasting legacy of HIV/AIDS activism, art, and community care.

The acclaimed mini-series follows a group of friends navigating the early HIV/AIDS crisis in the United Kingdom during the 1980s. Available to watch on Amazon Prime Video in Canada.

The Academy Award-nominated film begins at the start of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in New York City, following a group of AIDS activists and founders of the AIDS group ACT UP and their struggle for response from the United States government and medical establishment in developing effective HIV/AIDS medications. Learn more and find out where to watch, here!

Available on YouTube via the Canadian AIDS Activist History Project. According to its creators, this video was the first HIV/AIDS video produced for and by ACB communities in Canada. Learn more here.

Produced by the Anishinabek Nation HIV Program, these mini documentaries focus on de-stigmatizing HIV by using the stories of real people and their experiences:

  • RNA (Documentary, 2019)

In this short documentary film, Julian, a makeup artist in Toronto shares his story and explores what it means to live with HIV in the current era of the pandemic. 

Women's voices have rarely been heard on the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure in Canada. This documentary film by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and Alison Duke that tells the personal stories of four women living with HIV in Canada who bravely speak out on this important issue.

In commemoration of the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers (December 17, 2016), the Triple-X Workers’ Solidarity Association partnered with University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health to premiere Our Bodies Our Business, a video compiling historic footage of sex workers’ rights activists at the 5th International Conference on AIDS in Montreal (1989) 

An educational video developed by the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network and CATIE, with and for Indigenous people living with HIV. Strong Medicine weaves together Indigenous knowledges of culture and wellness and Western knowledge of HIV testing and treatment to share accurate information about HIV testing and treatment. 

Directed by Hubert Davis, June's tells the story of Casey House's pop-up restaurant June's HIV+ Eatery, using the words of the HIV+ participants who challenged guests to eat a meal prepared by someone living with HIV.

 

 

 

November 29, 2021

Dear Community Stakeholder:

During the week of November 29, 2021, Regional HIV/AIDS Connection (RHAC) is moving part of its operation to 602 Queens Ave. Later in the week, we will provide more details on the services that will be available at our new space and other information about our exciting new location. During our move week, there will be phone access disruptions, however you will be able to contact us through email or staff cell phones. We plan to be “open” for business on Monday, December 6th with COVID-19 safety measures still in place.  

Please Note: Carepoint Consumption and Treatment Services and Counterpoint Needle Syringe Program will remain at 186 King St. until 446 York Street is ready for occupancy.

Thanks for your understanding and we look forward to serving our community from our new location!

 

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