SUPPORT & EDUCATION FOR HIV, HEPATITIS & STIs

ProgramsACNS Holiday Hours

 

ACNS will close for the holidays at 4pm Wednesday Dec 22.  We will re-open on Monday Jan 4th at 10am.

Wishing you every happiness this Holiday Season ...

... and throughout the coming New Year!

 

ACNS Office Open - By Appointment

At this time our office is open to the public on a by-appointment basis.

We continue to have precautions in place. A non-surgical mask or appropriate facial-covering is required to enter the building as well as our offices. If you do not have a mask, we will provide you with one. The staff person will ask you a series of screening questions which are meant to protect you, us and those around us.

Screening ...
If you have any symptoms or meet any of the entry restrictions you will be unable to enter our offices in person. In that case, we will provide clients with contactless support and services, based on the circumstances and your needs. We will provide that by phone, text or email.

Safe Visits ...
Please maintain physical distancing in the building, in our offices and during appointments. Staff will be wearing masks in common areas and during in-person meetings. Do not enter staff offices, maintaining a safe distance by remaining at the door and entering only when you are invited to do so. We will be regularly disinfecting the office during the day and between appointments.

If during your visit you have to cough or sneeze, fully cover your mouth and nose with a tissue. There are boxes of tissues located in common areas and staff offices. Pease take some extras should your require them later. Throw the used tissues in a trash bin. If you don't have a tissue, remove yourself from any enclosed space, them cough or sneeze into your elbow, not into your hands. You may then proceed to wash your hands.

Client Appointments …
Client appointments are available Monday through Thursday between 12noon and 4pm. They will be limited to a maximum of one hour to allow for demand and appropriate disinfecting. We recognize that this schedule may not work for everyone so please let us know and we will work with you to find alternate times.

To book an appointment, please contact Dylan Samson, our Programs and Support Coordinator. Dylan can be reached at pc@acns.ns.ca, Cell: 902-403-7841 (voice + text) or 902.425.4882 ext 225 / 1-800-566-2437 ext 225.

Other Appointments, Pick-ups and Deliveries …
All other appointments or if you are coming to pick something up or deliver something, you must schedule a time with the relevant staff person. See the Staff Directory at the bottom of this window.

 

Cell Phones For Clients

Reaching us without a phone is hard right now so...
ACNS has a limited supply of prepaid cell phones for our HIV+ clients who need a phone.* Contact Dylan at 902-403-7841 and let him know how / when / where she can get a phone to you.  Or leave a message at 902-425-4882, ext 225.  If you know of an ACNS client who needs a phone please let us know.

* Funding provided by the joint effort of the Atlantic Compassion Fund, the Government of Canada’s New Horizons Seniors Program, Nova Scotia Power, EfficiencyOne, the Province of Nova Scotia and many generous corporate and individual donors.

 

COVID Info  & Your HIV Meds Early

Look after yourself and plan…
We encourage our HIV+ members to make sure they have an adequate supply of their HIV medications and all other necessary medications. At this time prescriptions filled by the 6 North Pharmacy (Victoria General Hospital) are ONLY being mailed or couriered. We recommend arranging for refills 3-4 weeks before you are to run out.  Be sure to listen closely to the phone instructions when you call the pharmacy and to provide your complete mailing address when arranging refills. 

Pay attention to reliable sources of info about the pandemic - like this Nova Scotia Government website and protect yourself: physically isolating yourself and regular hand-washing are "your friends"! Taking your HIV medications daily is always important - and especially so at this time!

Stay tuned for more info and stay well! 

Chris Aucoin,
Executive Director

Staff Directory
Chris Aucoin, Executive Director: ed@acns.ns.ca, 902.425.4882 ext 227
Dylan Samson, Support and Programs: pc@acns.ns.ca, Cell: 902.403.7841 or 902.425.4882 ext 225
Mitch Hill, Health & Wellness Educator (PT): gmhc@acns.ns.ca, Cell: 902.403.7805 or 902.425.4882 ext 222
Ned MacInnis, Program Support: ps@acns.ns.ca, 902.425.4882 ext 224

 

ProgramsBlack Lives Matter

 

June 5, 2020

The board and staff of the AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia stand with activists across Canada, the United States and around the world fighting against anti-Black racism and police violence. 

We stand in solidarity with activists, individuals and communities who are impacted by the deaths of George Floyd (Minneapolis), Tony McDade (Tallahassee), Regis Korchinski-Paquet (Toronto) and others. We support the call for an independent inquiry into Regis Korchinski-Paquet’s death. We support the call for charges to be dropped against Santina Rao. We support the call for the implementation of the African Nova Scotian Policing Strategy.

This week ACNS has made the decision to pause our usual social media content in support of prioritizing Black voices and promoting racial justice.

Anti-Black racism is a pervasive and systemic problem in Nova Scotia that causes harm in many ways. We have seen this in our own work, as systemic racism in Canada has created inequities that leave African, Caribbean and Black Canadians more vulnerable to HIV infection. We have seen anti-Black racism in the disproportionate policing and criminalization of African, Caribbean and Black people by police forces in Nova Scotia, and we know disproportionate incarceration rates have a compounding effect on the risk of HIV and hepatitis C infection.

Anti-Black racism has long been entrenched in our education, healthcare, political and legal systems. It is also entrenched in the work of not-for-profits and charities. Earlier this year ACNS began a process to create an intersectional and anti-oppressive framework to address how our board and staff work with and for all members of the priority communities regarding HIV – including African, Caribbean and Black Nova Scotians. 

Beyond this week, ACNS is committed to ongoing education and dialogue within our own organization, and in the broader HIV and sexual health sector in Nova Scotia to confront anti-Black racism. We invite our allies in Nova Scotia and beyond to join us in this important and ongoing work.

Black Lives Matter

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