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…


Newly Diagnosed

We can guess that you have clicked on this link for one of two reasons:

  1. You are currently waiting for HIV test results; or
  2. You have recently tested positive for HIV.

For many, this period can be stressful, and sometimes lonely if you feel you have no one to talk to. It’s important to have others to share what you are going through. Many fear reaching out to tell others that they might be HIV positive or that they have been recently diagnosed. You are not alone, many people living with HIV (PHAs) have talked about the struggle when first diagnosed that was related to their fears of being judged and stigmatized. PHAs commonly talk about how their own personal feelings impacted their ability to reach out. We know that there is a lot of misinformation “out there” and that we still have work to do in the area of removing the stigma that is associated with HIV.

We want you to know that you are not alone, and we can help you explore how to build social supports that will work for you. You can call us anytime between 10am to 4pm weekdays. If you leave a message, let us know if we can call you back and what we should say if we do call back. Our phone number shows up as “unlisted” so no one where you live knows it’s us. Contact us by calling 902.425.4882, ext 225 (Liz Harrop-Archibald), ext 226 (Michelle Johnson) or ext 227 (Maria Mac Intosh). Our toll-free number is 1.800.566.2437. You can also email Liz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. We’re here to help and support you.

What we hear most from those newly diagnosed, or going through the testing process, is that they fear they will die, their life is over and that they will never be the same. We can tell you that a HIV+ diagnosis is not the end – people are living full lives, living longer than ever before, are working, planning families and more. With the right treatment and planning, as with any other illness, you can do well. The first step is reaching out.

We will help you through the process by providing support, education and referrals – the things we know best. For those who are newly diagnosed and are looking for more information on what to do and how to live well with HIV, great informationcan be found at CATIE, below


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Starting Points is a great first step pamphletoriginally from Toronto People with AIDS Foundation and later adapted by 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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