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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…


African, Black & Caribbean Communities

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.

For more information about our work contact the GMH Coordinator at 902.425.4882, ext 222 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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The Keep it Alive Campaign
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)


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pdf Keep it Alive (1.45 MB)
ACNS Keep it Alive Campaign - Posters
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

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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