A recent report on HIV in Nova Scotia provided the first comprehensive snapshot of surveillance data related to race, gender, ethnicity and HIV. The report demonstrated that African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) communities account for the second largest race/ethnicity group, at about 10%, of all cases of HIV in Nova Scotia.
The report also revealed that 40% of these cases were in women, which is higher than the overall percentage of female cases. Since ACB communities account for a small percentage of the overall population, this statistic is significant. We believe that creating partnerships with local ACB-serving organizations and community groups is the best way for our communities to address these issues and to deliver resources and information directly to those at risk.
We provide HIV /STI prevention information directly through one on one sessions in person or over the phone, as well as to organizations and health-related professionals that work with our local ACB communities.This may take the form of outreach, informational counselling and support, or formal workshops and presentations.
Creating Supportive Environments
In 2013, through partnership with the African and Caribbean Council on HIV/AIDS in Ontario (ACCHO), Health Association of African Canadians, African Diaspora Association of the Maritimes, Association of Black Social Workers, North End Community Health Center, AIDS Coalition of Cape Breton, Northern AIDS Connection Society and the Nova Scotia Advisory Commission on AIDS, we adapted ACCHO’s Keep it Alive Campaign for our local ACB communities across Nova Scotia. Our goal with the campaign was to start a conversation, reduce the stigma associated with talking about HIV and create a more supportive environment around HIV in our Nova Scotian communities.
Operation Hairspray! Is a new project that ACNS, in collaboration with the Health Association of African Canadians, African Diaspora Association of the Maritimes and the Brotherhood Project of the NS Department of Health & Wellness, will be launching in 2016. The program will engage and train employees of hair salons and barber shops across the province located in ACB communities to play a role in sharing basic HIV, HCV and STI information with those accessing their services.
Health Association of African Canadians
African Diaspora Association of the Maritimes
Association of Black Social Workers
African and Caribbean Council on HIV/AIDS in Ontario (ACCHO)
ACNS Keep it Alive Campaign
Think Campaign - Think because you're giving it means you can't get it? Postcard campaign created for ACB men who have sex with men in Toronto
Women: Taking Care of Ourselves. Information on HIV prevention for women, featuring many languages