SUPPORT & EDUCATION FOR HIV, HEPATITIS & STIs

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Gay / Bi Men

Gay Men's Health project

The Gay Men’s Health project works towards HIV and broader sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention for (HIV- and HIV+) gay, bisexual and other “men who have sex with men” (MSM), and this includes male-identified transgender men (see Transgender). All of this work is in a broader context of overall individual and community sexual health for all men; whether you are HIV negative, HIV positive, or don’t know your status.

Prevention: Sexual Health
The Gay Men’s Health project provides HIV /STI prevention programming to G/B/MSM men directly, as well as organizations and health-related professionals that serve them. This may take the form of outreach, informational counselling and support, or formal workshops and presentations. We also take part in national sexual health campaigns as a local partner, and we always have free condoms and lube available at our offices (and key community events).

Creating Supportive Environments

The Gay Men’s Health project participates in programming addressing larger social and community mental health.This happens through all the HIV/STI prevention work that we do, but includes being a partner in community project like the International Day Against Homophobia And Transphobia, local Pride festivals, and similar projects.

HIV+ Gay / Bi Men
Gay and bisexual men account for 76% of all AIDS cases in Canada since records started being kept and 50% of new HIV infections each year in Nova Scotia. The reasons for such disproportionate numbers (compared to the general population) are many and complex.

Since the introduction of the Highly Active Anti-Retroviral Therapy (HAART aka “the drug treatment ‘cocktail’”) in 1996, HIV disease has become a manageable illness for many who have access to modern treatments and support.

Now that HIV positive gay and bi men are living much longer lives, health issues typically associated with aging are becoming much more prominent (though sometimes manifesting earlier than the norm). As well, managing ongoing side effects of the drug treatments themselves and the emerging long-term effects of HAART are new challenges.

Poz Gay Men’s Social Group
Friendship and support are extremely important for anyone who is HIV positive. The HIV Positive Gay Men’s Social Group meets monthly in a discrete but comfortable space to provide an opportunity for men to share their experiences, feelings and journey. Light snacks are provided and laughter and camaraderie are the norm.

Additional information
For more information about anything to do with the Gay Men’s Health Project contact the Gay Men’s Health 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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“Gay Men’s Health” and HIV/STI Prevention workshops ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
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Ass Class ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

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http://www.acns.ns.ca/Check-Me-Out 

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Barebacking pamphlet PDF ( here )

 

For health professionals who work with (HIV+ and HIV-) men:

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“Gay Men’s Health” and HIV/STI Prevention workshops ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
GLBTQ Cultural Competency workshops ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

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http://www.acns.ns.ca/Check-Me-Out

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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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