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Annual General Meeting - Post-Poned

The ACNS AGM is post-poned until September 15. Details TBD. Should you have questions or concerns contact Chris.  


Welcome Back 

As Nova Scotia moved to Phase 3 of its Reopening Plan on March 21, ACNS continues to use Phase 2 guidelines until further notice.

Appointments are recommended, as we will still limit numbers in the office. Masks and physical distancing are still required by ACNS. Hand sanitizer is available inside the building entrance, on each floor, and in our office. 

We can provide masks, hand sanitizer, and disinfecting wipes for visitors who need them. Clients are only allowed in the waiting room and the Support Services office – if they need something in another room, they will need to ask a member of staff to get it for them. 

While we are taking the provincial re-opening plan into account, we are also being hyper-aware that many of our clients are vulnerable and may wish to move forward at a slower pace. We will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments based on client feedback and regular re-assessments.


Client Support …

For clients not comfortable accessing us in person we will continue to offer contactless support and services by phone, text or email. The Making Ends Meet (MEM) program will also continue to be available via contactless delivery or office pick up.

To arrange for a MEM delivery - or for general Client Support, contact the Support and Programs Coordinator, Dylan, at, Cell: 902-403-7841 (voice + text) or 902.425.4882 ext 225 / 1-800-566-2437 ext 225.


Cell Phones For Clients

Many health services are impossible to reach without a phone so...
ACNS has a limited supply of prepaid cell phones for our HIV+ clients who need a phone.* Contact Dylan at 902-403-7841 and let him know how / when / where she can get a phone to you.  Or leave a message at 902-425-4882, ext 225 or email  If you know of an ACNS client who needs a phone please let us know.

* Funding for the ACNS Client Phones program has been provided by: 1) the Gov. of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund and the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia; 2) by the joint effort of the Atlantic Compassion Fund, the Gov. of Canada’s New Horizons Seniors Program, Nova Scotia Power, EfficiencyOne, the Province of Nova Scotia and many generous corporate and individual donors; and 3) by three Positive Action community grants from ViiV Healthcare.


COVID Vaccines & HIV

3rd Vaccine Shot for PLHAs in Nova Scotia 
In regards to people living with HIV, If you have a Cluster of Differentiation 4 (CD4) of less than 200 you’re able to receive an additional dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, and it is recommended that you do so.

From CATIE`s website (see for additional info)
It is important to consider getting vaccinated if you have HIV.
Many people with HIV have or are at an increased risk for developing the underlying conditions that increase their chances of developing COVID-19 or severe disease if they become infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. These underlying conditions include high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol levels, lung disease, obesity and so on. 

Experts consider COVID vaccines to be safe and effective for people with HIV. Clinical trials with the Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca vaccines included a relatively small number of people with HIV, all of whom were taking ART and who were healthy and well. Further studies are needed to determine if the vaccine works as well for people with HIV as it does for the general population.

There is no information yet on how well the vaccine works in people living with HIV who have a compromised immune system. If you are not on treatment and have a very low CD4 count, discuss vaccination with your healthcare provider. Some experts recommend starting HIV treatment first to prevent HIV-related complications and to potentially improve vaccine effectiveness.


COVID Info  & Your HIV Meds

Look after yourself and plan…
We encourage our HIV+ members to make sure they have an adequate supply of their HIV medications and all other necessary medications. At this time prescriptions filled by the 6 North Pharmacy (Victoria General Hospital) are ONLY being mailed or couriered. We recommend arranging for refills 3-4 weeks before you are to run out.  Be sure to listen closely to the phone instructions when you call the pharmacy and to provide your complete mailing address when arranging refills. 

Pay attention to reliable sources of info about the pandemic - like this Nova Scotia Government website and protect yourself: masking, physically isolating yourself and regular hand-washing are "your friends"! Taking your HIV medications daily is always important - and especially so at this time!

Stay tuned for more info and stay well! 

Chris Aucoin,
Executive Director

Staff Directory
Dylan Samson, Support and Programs:, Cell: 902.403.7841 or 902.425.4882 ext 225
Shane Pope, 2SGBQ+ Men's Coordinator:, 902.425.4882 ext 222
Hanley Smith,
 2S/TNB+ Folx Coordinator:, 902.425.4882 ext 226
Andrew Thomas
Peer N Peer Coordinator:, 902.403.9237
Marisa DiCosta
Peer N Peer Outreach Worker:, 902.441.9094
Jordan Parker,
Peer N Peer Outreach Worker & Fund Development:, 902.403.9826
Teddy Elphick,
Pride Programs Coordinator:, 902.473.9438
Ned MacInnis,
 Program Support:, 902.425.4882 ext 224
Chris Aucoin, Executive Director:, 902.425.4882 ext 227


ProgramsBlack Lives Matter


June 5, 2020

The board and staff of the AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia stand with activists across Canada, the United States and around the world fighting against anti-Black racism and police violence. 

We stand in solidarity with activists, individuals and communities who are impacted by the deaths of George Floyd (Minneapolis), Tony McDade (Tallahassee), Regis Korchinski-Paquet (Toronto) and others. We support the call for an independent inquiry into Regis Korchinski-Paquet’s death. We support the call for charges to be dropped against Santina Rao. We support the call for the implementation of the African Nova Scotian Policing Strategy.

This week ACNS has made the decision to pause our usual social media content in support of prioritizing Black voices and promoting racial justice.

Anti-Black racism is a pervasive and systemic problem in Nova Scotia that causes harm in many ways. We have seen this in our own work, as systemic racism in Canada has created inequities that leave African, Caribbean and Black Canadians more vulnerable to HIV infection. We have seen anti-Black racism in the disproportionate policing and criminalization of African, Caribbean and Black people by police forces in Nova Scotia, and we know disproportionate incarceration rates have a compounding effect on the risk of HIV and hepatitis C infection.

Anti-Black racism has long been entrenched in our education, healthcare, political and legal systems. It is also entrenched in the work of not-for-profits and charities. Earlier this year ACNS began a process to create an intersectional and anti-oppressive framework to address how our board and staff work with and for all members of the priority communities regarding HIV – including African, Caribbean and Black Nova Scotians. 

Beyond this week, ACNS is committed to ongoing education and dialogue within our own organization, and in the broader HIV and sexual health sector in Nova Scotia to confront anti-Black racism. We invite our allies in Nova Scotia and beyond to join us in this important and ongoing work.

Black Lives Matter

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