Improve the health, longevity and quality of life for people living with HIV

Results are listed by the date they were added. Some of the resources listed below will be general in nature; others will be more specific.

  • Women, HIV & Stigma: A Toolkit for Creating Welcoming Spaces This toolkit is part of a series created to assist community organizations and their staff to work with women in Ontario who are living with HIV and AIDS or who are facing systemic risk factors for HIV transmission.
  • Women-Specific Harm Reduction Half-full day (20-60 participants) Participants will gain a better understanding of the relationships between women, drug use and harm reduction. We will: Discuss women and their relationship to drug use; Examine women specific harm reduction strategies; Consider how stigma can create barriers to service for woman that use drugs.
  • Women living with HIV and intimate partner violence: Questions and Answers This guide is for women, including trans women, who are living with HIV and who experience or are at risk of experiencing violence from their intimate partner.
  • Women & HIV in Ontario: An Introductory Toolkit This toolkit is part of a series created to assist community organizations and their staff to work with women* in Ontario who are living with HIV and AIDS or who are facing systemic risk factors for HIV transmission.
  • WHAI Forum This forum brings together WHAI coordinators from around Ontario to share knowledge and experience, learn new skills, collaborate on work, and build network connections. For more information about WHAI, please see www.whai.ca.
  • Trans Inclusion Pocket Guide A guide developed through the shared lived experience of trans women living in Ontario, specifically about the critical work of trans inclusivity in WHAI work. This resource explores information about trans women in Ontario.
  • Trans and HIV Half-full day (20-60 participants) We will: examine terms, definitions, and issues impacting the transgendered/transsexual community; Learn new language inclusive of trans clients; Understand the social determinants of health for trans clients and links to HIV; Develop strategies for reducing barriers for trans clients accessing services.
  • The Sex You Want – Campaign Tookit (EN) This document includes a lot of relevant information about the campaign including: key messages, campaign scope, ideas on how to promote, a press release, common Q & A and more!
  • The Sex You Want The Sex You Want is a campaign developed to increase GBMSM awareness of new HIV prevention and sexual health strategies. Topics covered include: biology of HIV transmission, condoms, undetectable viral load, PEP, and PrEP. The campaign also seeks to support the implementation of sexual health strategies within the unique contexts of gay men’s lives.
  • The Ontario HIV Epidemiology and Surveillance Initiative Website The Ontario HIV Epidemiology and Surveillance Initiative (OHESI) is a provincial collaboration between agencies involved with HIV epidemiology and surveillance in the province. The website provides access to timely, relevant, comprehensive information about the epidemiology of HIV in Ontario.
  • Supporting Mothers in Ways That Work This is a toolkit for people who work with mothers living with HIV. It uses a social justice lens to build skills amongst front line workers. Content includes background information, information about perinatal care, breastfeeding, social surveillance, stigma, discrimination, and action steps.
  • Support Workers Skills Building Workshop This workshop will be re-designed to become a 2 year KTE strategy developed in collaboration with OODP and the AIDS Bureau. Information gathered from the environmental scan of ASO support work, the ASO Needs Assessment and an information session with ASO Executive Directors will all help to inform the curriculum moving forward.
  • Substances Overview Half-day (20-60 participants) Participants will gain a better understanding of commonly used drugs (or specific substances if requested). We will: Discuss terminology such as “street drugs” and “party drugs” and various drug names; Examine drug use; Learn how certain drugs work in our bodies, how they are taken, and specific risk ...
  • Soutenir efficacement les mères Une trousse de ressources pour fournisseurs de services aux mères vivant avec le VIH
  • SHARE Database SHARE is an easy-to-search, real-time repository of HIV-related systematic reviews. Whether you’re a researcher, healthcare provider or policymaker, SHARE provides a ‘one-stop shop’ for HIV-related information that has been published through a systematic review.
  • Safer Injection Equipment (handout) A quick reference handout explaining the what, why and how of each piece of safer crack use equipment.
  • Safer Crack Use Equipment (handout) A quick reference handout explaining the what, why and how of each piece of safer crack use equipment.
  • Research Lounge Talk about HIV research in a fun social environment every month, one evening from 6:00-7:30 pm or until you can’t take it anymore and leave. Check out this link to get more information!
  • Rapid Response Service The OHTN Rapid Response Service provides access to research evidence in response to questions from community-based HIV/AIDS organizations in Ontario to help support evidence-informed programs, service delivery and advocacy. We conduct searches of the scientific literature and contact experts in the appropriate fields to locate key information resources.
  • Rapid Response Index A full index of the over 100 Rapid Responses have completed on a variety of topics including services, programs and supports for people living with HIV.
  • Proceedings and Evaluation Report: 3rd Ontario African, Caribbean and Black Research Think Tank This report documents a meeting hosted by ACCHO that brought together researchers, community organization representatives, community members and other stakeholders to discuss HIV issues that impact ACB communities, and identify research priorities to ultimately inform and strengthen the response to HIV in Ontario’s ACB communities. Also available in French.
  • Primed2: Sexual Health Guide for Trans Men This sexual health guide was written by and for trans men who have sex with other men. It contains information on staying sexually, emotionally, and mentally safe and healthy. Topics covered include finding sex, having safer sex, and how to prevent HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.
  • PrEP & Women: What you need to know This pamphlet will help answer questions women may have if considering going on PrEP.
  • POZCASTS A show that puts the positive in podcasting. Our program is created by and for people living with HIV to explore HIV research in ways that matter. We’re based in Toronto but global in outlook and we’re produced by Universities Without Walls. 
  • Positive Women & Breastfeeding This is a resource about breastfeeding for HIV positive women and service providers.
  • Planning for illness: Legal information for people living with HIV in Ontario Developed at the request of ACB PHAs in Ontario, “Planning for Illness” provides legal information about making preparations in the event of illness and/or death. It provides a general understanding of the law and legal options as it pertains to wills, powers of attorney, income support, etc. This resource is also available in French.
  • Outcome Evaluation 101 This is a program evaluation e-learning module.
  • Our Voices: HIV, Race and the Criminal Law. An ACCHO Special Report “Our Voices” offers up-to-date information on the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure in accessible and practical terms. It provides an increased awareness/understanding of the issues related of HIV non-disclosure and how they impact ACB people in particular, and of legal resources available to PHAs for matters of HIV disclosure. This resource is also available in French.
  • Our Agenda Campaign Our Agenda is a campaign developed to support GBMSM in making the link between emotional/mental health and sexual health. The website responds to research that shows that multiple epidemics (depression, substance use, partner violence, etc.) are playing out in our community and reinforce each other. The website includes interactive features and blogs from community members.
  • Our Agenda = Mental Health Workshop it is a three part workshop developed to be delivered to local mental health providers to increase their capacity to more effectively respond to the unique mental health stressors that gay and bisexual men experience. The workshop covers gay social determinants of health, intersectionality, syndemics and resilience.
  • Ontario HIV/AIDS Strategy for African, Caribbean and Black Communities 2013-2018 (workshop) The ACB Strategy provides a framework for the response to HIV/AIDS in Ontario’s ACB communities. The workshop aims to: raise awareness/understanding of the ACB Strategy and HIV-related issues faced by ACB communities; foster alignment of front line work with the ACB community; and guide implementation of the ACB Strategy province-wide.
  • Ontario HIV/AIDS Strategy for African, Caribbean and Black Communities 2013-2018 The ACB Strategy provides a framework for the response to HIV/AIDS in Ontario’s ACB communities. It aims to: raise awareness/understanding of the ACB Strategy and HIV-related issues faced by ACB communities; foster alignment of front line work with the ACB community; and guide implementation of the ACB Strategy province-wide.
  • OHTN Community-Based Research & Evaluation Fund The OHTN Community-Based Research & Evaluation Fund assists communities by supporting both the production and discovery of knowledge through community-based research, and the use of evidence to drive programming through participatory program evaluation. These guidelines describe funding program objectives, eligibility criteria, and instructions for applicants who wish to access these funds.
  • Managing Episodic Disabilities: A Best Practices Guide for ASOs This guide has been designed to provide best practices and guidance to AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs) for managing and accommodating employees who live with episodic disabilities and wish to continue to be engaged in the labour force. Specifically, the guide will address how ASOs can best approach and respond to issues around episodic disabilities for ...
  • Making Outreach Matter Making Outreach Matter is an online good practice guide that outlines approaches and strategies for developing outreach programs targeting GBMSM (volunteer training, bar/bathhouse outreach, etc.) The guide was developed in partnership between GMSH and ACT and provincial advisory body of gay men’s outreach workers.
  • Let’s Talk: A Facilitator’s Guide “Let’s Talk” aims to provide guidance and support to service providers seeking to engage individuals who may feel ill-prepared to have difficult conversations about sensitive issues/topics with members of their family or other social and professional networks (partners, parents, children or colleagues). This resource is also available in French.
  • Les femmes, le VIH et la stigmatisation : une trousse d’outils pour créer des espaces accueillants Les femmes, le VIH et la stigmatisation : une trousse d’outils pour créer des espaces accueillants
  • Les femmes et le VIH en Ontario : une trousse d’introduction Cette trousse fait partie d’une série conçue pour aider les organismes communautaires et leur personnel à travailler auprès de femmes qui vivent avec le VIH et le sida ou qui font face à des facteurs de risque systémiques pour la transmission du VIH, en Ontario.
  • Legacy project: walk with me mentorship project The Legacy PHA Mentorship program is a capacity building program that meets the needs of both newcomer and long-term survivors PHA who face increased challenges in accessing professional, communal and social participation that hinder their professional and civic engagement, and thereby increased their sense of social isolation and societal exclusion. (ongoing development of website)
  • La PrEP et les femmes – Ce que vous devez saviour La PrEP et les femmes - Ce que vous devez saviour
  • Introduction to Substance Use Full-day (20-60 participants) aiming to increase participants’ understanding of substance use. We will: Think about the range of substances and reasons people may or may not use; Look at the continuum of use and the stages of change; Learn about different methods of administration and associated benefits and risks; Examine our own attitudes and values ...
  • Indigenous People and HIV in Ontario An overview of the report” The Current State of the HIV Epidemic in Indigenous Communities” was created October 2015. The report can be used by service providers to have a better picture of the burden of HIV in Indigenous communities in Ontario.
  • HIV/AIDS 201 Full-day workshop (20-60 participants) covering what the HIV virus; how it works in the body; disease progression and treatments; accurate information on transmission, prevention and testing. We explore the impact of stigma on people living with HIV and touch on legal and disclosure issues. Typically includes a person with lived experience.
  • HIV Disclosure: a legal guide for gay men in Canada This guide is designed to answer some of your questions about HIV disclosure and the law in Canada. Most of it is about criminal law. It also has information about disclosure and other areas of law, for example: public health, privacy, employment, travel and immigration. Developed in partnership with HALCO.
  • HIV and Immigration Service Access Training The CAAT HIV/AIDS Immigration Service Access Training program aims to support staff to engage and work with IRN PHA communities to effectively address issues related to their migration and settlement needs, including but not limited to service access, coordination and capacity building issues.   (ongoing development of website)
  • Hepatitis C and HIV Co-infection 1-2 hours (20-60 participants) We will: cover what the Hepatitis C virus; how it works in the body; disease progression and treatments; accurate information on transmission, prevention and testing. We briefly look at special considerations for people co-infected with HIV.
  • Guide de poche de l’IFVS sur l’inclussion trans Bienvenue dans le Guide de poche de l’Initiative femmes et VIH/ sida (IFVS) sur l’inclusion trans : placer les femmes trans au centre de notre travail.
  • GMSH Skills Building Symposium The GMSH Skills Building Symposium is a conference focused on GBMSM health, HIV prevention and sexual health promotion. These summits bring together Ontario’s ASO leadership and gay men’s programs to engage in research, programming strategies, and good practices in sexual health work with GBMSM. This event is by invite only.
  • Fiche d’information sur l’allaitement maternel Le lait maternel est un des liquides corporels qui peuvent être porteurs de VIH. Puisque les bébés peuvent être exposés à l’infection à VIH par l’allaitement, cette méthode d’alimentation n’est PAS recommandée aux mères qui vivent avec le VIH, au Canada.
  • Femmes vivant avec le VIH et violence au sein d’une relation intime Femmes vivant avec le VIH et violence au sein d'une relation intime
  • Ethno Racial Treatment Support Network Ethno-racial Treatment Support Network (ETSN) is a peer-based, peer-led training program that promotes and enhances PHA involvement and leadership by providing capacity building for newcomer PHAs in areas of treatment literacy, health promotion skills, peer counselling and support skills. (ongoing development of website)  
  • Effective Condom Use (handout) A quick reference handout explaining the most effective steps for condom use.
  • Drug Use Stigma, Stereotypes, and Harm Reduction Full-day (20-60 participants) We will: Reflect on how stigma and stereotypes are generated; Examine ways in which access to services can be affected; Consider ways to reduce stigma and improve the well-being of people that use drugs; Examine the philosophy and practice of harm reduction, including examples of harm reduction programs and individual risk reduction ...
  • Drug Use Stigma and Stereotypes Half-day (20-60 participants) Participants will gain a better understanding of the negative effects of stigma on people that use drugs; Reflect on how stigma and stereotypes are generated; Examine ways in which access to services can be affected; Consider ways to reduce stigma and improve the well-being of people that use drugs. Includes self-reflective exercises.
  • Cruising Counts: Program Guide for Online Sexual Health Outreach in Ontario This guide is designed to support online (sexual health) outreach services to GBMSM. This program guide captures recommendations, best practices and processes currently being used by different online outreach programs across Ontario. The guide includes research evidence that is based in Ontario and evaluates the efficacy of online outreach work to local GBMSM.
  • Collective Action Community Change: A Provincial Situational Analysis by the Women & HIV/AIDS Initiative This is a collective representation of 16 situational analyses completed by Women and HIV/AIDS Initiative (WHAI) Coordinators across Ontario. Each situational analysis explored the strengths, needs and experiences of women living with HIV and facing systemic risk factors for acquiring HIV as well as community capacity to address women’s HIV-related needs.
  • CATIE Website The CATIE website includes up-to-date prevention, treatment, healthy living and programming information on HIV and hepatitis C
  • CATIE Ordering Centre The CATIE Ordering Centre provides resources free-of-charge to ASOs, healthcare providers and other frontline service providers across Canada. Find a resource on: The Essentials; Sexual health; Harm reduction; Transmission, testing and diagnosis; Prevention technologies; Treatment; Living with HIV and/or hep C; National Response and statistics; Social and legal issues; Specific populations.
  • Best Practices: Injection Drug Use Equipment and Supplies 90 minute webinar (pre-recorded or offered live once a year) Developed for people working in harm reduction programs such as needle exchanges or outreach teams that are distributing and/or exchanging equipment with people who are injecting drugs or smoking crack cocaine.
  • Best Practice: Crack Smoking Equipment and Supplies 90 minute webinar (pre-recorded or offered live once a year). Developed for people working in harm reduction programs such as needle exchanges or outreach teams that are distributing and/or exchanging equipment with people who are injecting drugs or smoking crack cocaine.
  • Annual WHAI Symposium This annual forum is aimed at bringing WHAI Coordinators and the management teams at their respective agencies together to share information about existing work, collaborate on emerging issues, learn, and build province-wide connections. For more information about WHAI, please see www.whai.ca.
  • Advanced Harm Reduction 90 minute webinar (pre-recorded or offered live once a year) We cover: Concepts around being ‘second on the needle’; Women-centred harm reduction issues; Risk reduction tips for clients who are using drugs; Concerns with cocaine adulterants; What legal issues you should be aware of when distributing harm reduction equipment; Overdose prevention and response; Other resources