inforesourcesInformation & Resources

ProgramsPrograms & Services we offer

ACNS offers a wide variety of programs and services targeted to our diverse communities.
You’ll find everything from knowledge sharing and prevention techniques, to workshops, support and programs for individuals, community groups and health professionals…


aboutHIVAbout HIV, HCV and Other STIs

Safer sex is much more than using a condom.
Learning about how HIV and other STIs are transmitted helps us to consider our options when deciding what we want to do, and how we might choose to do it…


whathappens colouredWhat to expect when you contact us

What happens varies a bit depending on whether you call, email or drop in to see us.
But one thing you can be sure of – we won’t ask your name, or require you to give personal details that you feel uncomfortable giving. If it’s your first time looking for…


livingwithhivLiving with HIV

People with HIV are now living longer and with better quality of life than ever before.
If you are living with HIV, it's important for you to have the information necessary to keep you healthy…


Concerned about HIV?

Maybe you have come to look for answers because you are worried that you might need an HIV test, or you have already taken one and you are still waiting for the result. It’s natural to be worried about any medical condition. We are, after all, human. We also understand that there is another level of worry compounded with testing positive for HIV. It’s caused by misinformation, stigma and our own personal beliefs about what it might mean to be HIV+. This is a very common feeling and we want you to know there is support for you,so take a deep breath… and let us help you.

Give us a call and ask any questions, like why you think you might test positive or more information about HIV itself. We won’t ask you who you are or your status. You can also email questions to a member of our staff or even drop in.

If you are looking for more in-depth information on risk or how HIV passes from one person to another, check out the information on this site about safer sex, drug use, tattooing, piercing and testing. Get the facts. Knowing more about how HIV can enter your body helps you better understand your risk.

We have talked with hundreds of people in this very situation, who are worried that if they did test positive that it would be the end of their world. It might feel that way right now, but believe us, it isn’t. Everyone is scared, and dealing with health fears and stigma you may be afraid of encountering makes it even harder. We can tell you that even if you did test positive, it does get better. We have seen it happen time and time again. People living with HIV today have access to new treatments, support networks, and are able to manage this chronic condition over time.

If you are still uneasy about contacting us, can’t immediately reach us, or you don’t feel comfortable sharing your situation with a friend or family member, you can call the Mobile Mental Health Crisis Team at 902.429.8167 or 1.888.429.8167 (toll free). They offer non-judgemental crisis support and are available 24/7.You can reach a nurse and ask health questions by dialling 811.

Just remember, you’re not alone.

How your donation helps

Your donation supplies free information and support services for people living with HIV, their families and loved ones.

Your donation gives assistance to people living with HIV in navigating the health care system and other community supports.

Your donation supports the Health Promotion Programs offered and promoted by ACNS.

Your donation informs through Awareness campaigns, education and skills building programs for prevention and testing across Nova Scotia.

Your donation helps us act as an advocate for healthy public policy engagement that fosters supportive environments.

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