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September 13, 2011

A Taste For Life 2011 – A Savoury Success

The grand total is finally in!

Thank you to our sponsors, restaurants, diners, hosts and the many other volunteers who supported the 8th Annual A Taste For Life fundraising event on Wednesday, April 27 for Regional HIV/AIDS Connection (RHAC).

2,200 diners visited 31 local restaurants and helped raise over $72,000 in support of RHAC’s free services and programs for people living with, affected by or at risk for HIV/AIDS. Without fundraised dollars RHAC would not be able to continue to provide free services such as: Country Cupboard Food Bank, Wellness Assistance Fund, two AIDS vigils and much more.

Once again thank you for your support and we hope you will join us again on April 25, 2012.

August 18, 2011

Brian's reading and description of his own life events that motivated him to write Natural Order was compelling and passionate. Thank you, Brian for joining us and sharing on the evening of September 8.

Brian Francis's first novel, Fruit, was a 2009 Canada Reads finalist. It was also named one of NOW Magazine's Top 10 Books of the Year, picked as a Barnes and Noble "Discover Great New Writers" selection and was an Extended Book Sense Pick. Francis is a recipient of the Writers' Union of Canada's Emerging Author Award.

Natural Order is his second novel. It tells the story of a senior woman coming to terms with the AIDS-related death of her son in the '80s.

August 11, 2011

The Ontario HIV & Substance Use Training Program (OHSUTP) is hosting two workshops in Woodstock and Sarnia for service providers interested in learning more about issues around HIV, Hepatitis C and substance use. This workshop is a good pofessional development opportunity to those working in the fields of substance use, mental health and social services and primary health.

The Woodstock workshop will be on Tuesday, September 27 and Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at the Microtel Inn and Suites, located at 811 Athlone Ave, Woodstock. The workshop will run from 9:00 am-4:30 pm and there is a $40.00 fee, which covers continental breakfast and lunch on both days. 

The Sarnia workshop will be on Wednesday, October 19 and Thursday, October 20, 2011 at the Royal Canadian Legion, located at 286 Front St. N., Sarnia. The workshop will run from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm and there is a $40.00 fee, which covers continental breakfast and lunch on both days.  

For more information on the workshops or to register, please visit www.ohsutp.ca or call 1-866-591-0347.

August 4, 2011

Are You Doin' It?
September 26-30, 2011

Regional HIV/AIDS Connection (RHAC) in partnership with London Intercommunity Health Centre’s Options Clinic and the Middlesex London Health Unit is holding Testing Awareness Week, September 26–30, 2011.

This public awareness campaign encourages people to learn about HIV and STI transmission, risk and testing.

Visit www.testingweek.ca to learn more.

July 25, 2011

This brand new Website went live to the world July 25. We've worked hard to make the site reflective of the many people we serve and the services we have to offer. Take a look around and let us know how we are doing by contacting us.

July 25, 2011

Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life - NEW DAY AND TIME! This year's Walk for Life is on Saturday, September 17 in the morning. Visit the London AIDS Walk for Life page for more details about how to join a team, pledge a walker or simply make a donation.

July 25, 2011

Annual General Meeting - Join us on Thursday, September 8 for our Annual General Meeting held at Civic Garden Complex at 625 Springbank Drive in London. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

June 30, 2011

Not all sex has the same risk.

Your risk of picking up or passing on HIV depends on the kind of sex you have, your HIV status, your partners HIV status and condom use.

MediaED.org is meant as tool to help gay guys calculate the relative risk of the sex they are having.

June 21, 2011

In a critical declaration on HIV/AIDS signed last week, UN member states made laudatory pledges toward a host of ambitious goals, most notably aiming to get 15 million people on antiretrovirals by 2015.

The declaration won enthusiastic approval from major AIDS organizations, as well as from mainstream media outlets like the New York Times.

What member states “forgot” to do in that document, however, is include access to medically appropriate housing as a key structural tool in preventing and treating HIV/AIDS.

The omission reflects continued failure by AIDS activists and governments to recognize the crucial role that safe housing will play in ending AIDS. It also demonstrates a flawed emphasis on individual approaches to stopping the virus, rather than a recognition that we need to address larger environmental issues—like homelessness and poverty—to end this crisis.


June 18, 2011

TORONTO - One in four new HIV infections in Ontario are among women, a new survey shows.

Even though there have been significant advances in HIV care, 25% of new HIV infections from 2006 to 2008 were in women, according to a health study by researchers from the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences and St. Michael's Hospital.

Marvelous Muchenje is one of the 4,700 women in Ontario living with HIV, most of whom contracted the disease through sexual contact.

"For women in some communities, it can be difficult to negotiate safe sex," said Muchenje, 38, who is originally from Zimbabwe.

Women who emigrated from a country plagued by HIV make up more than half of the new infections in Ontario. "HIV still has a stigma and some people don't disclose to their sexual partner," Muchenje said...