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…


Preventing Hepatitis

The word ‘hepatitis’ basically refers to inflammation of the liver while the reasons for the inflammation may vary from viruses such as Hepatitis A, B or C or even as a result of alcohol consumption or taking medications that negatively impact the liver. A person can acquire more than one hepatitis virus at a time, take a look at the chart below that explains the basic differences.

Hepatitis ABC’s


Hepatitis A

Hepatitis B

Hep C

How the virus passes from one person to another

Fecal-oral route

Blood and body fluids (similar to HIV)

Blood-to-blood contact only; fluids that contain blood

Progression of the disease

Infection usually clears on its own.

Mild illness possibly including fatigue, fever and jaundice

85% can clear the virus without treatment.

Chronic infection can lead to liver damage, cirrhosis and cancer

20% clear the virus without treatment.

Chronic infection can lead to liver damage, cirrhosis and cancer



Antiviral medications with varying success

Antiviral medications with varying success






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Hep ABC’s


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Hepatitis C: An In-depth Guide, CATIE, 2013
Hepatitis B: Get the Facts, CATIE

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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