SUPPORT & EDUCATION FOR HIV, HEPATITIS & STIs
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Concerned About MonkeyPox?

Update: Mpox vaccine appointments are now open in Nova Scotia! 

On September 15, 2022 the province announced the opening of the first pre-exposure monkeypox vaccine clinic in Nova Scotia. Held at the Halifax Sexual Health Centre (HSHC), cis or trans queer men, Two-Spirit and non-binary people can now book an appointment for the Mpox vaccine through the online booking system called CANImmunize. You will need a valid Nova Scotia health card to book your appointment.

The link to book your appointment is here:  https://novascotia.flow.canimmunize.ca/en/monkeypox-booking. If you need help with booking your appointment or don’t have a health card, call HSHC directly at 902-455-9656 ext. 0.

Check out our new Mpox information page. Should you have questions or concerns contact Shane.

 

The Red Scarf Project is back!

Meant to raise awareness of World AIDS Day, HIV/AIDS, and the important of regular HIV testing, we will be hanging red scarves on the fences around the Public Gardens to be taken by any who need them.

Given last year’s success, we’re bringing the project back, and we’re hoping to make it even bigger. We had over 150 scarves bearing educational messages on display on December 1st, 2021 - this year we aim to reach 300!

We are recruiting knitters and crocheters now for this year's iteration. Scarves should be 6X60 inches, bright red, knitted or crocheted, and in any pattern.

If you are interested in making a scarf, are hoping to drop off finished scarves, or want to know more about the Red Scarf Project, contact our Jordan Parker, at fund@acns.ns.ca or 902-240-7384.

Drop-off is at 5516 Spring Garden Road, suite 200, in Halifax, NS, between 10am-4pm Monday to Friday. If you need to drop off outside this time, reach out. We would like scarves in by November 25, 2022.

 

 

Welcome Back 

 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 pc@acns.ns.ca, Cell: 902-403-7841 (voice + text) or 902.425.4882 ext 225 / 1-800-566-2437 ext 225.

 

Staff Directory
Dylan Samson, Support Coordinator: pc@acns.ns.ca, Cell: 902.403.7841 or 902.425.4882 ext 225
Shane Pope, 2SGBQ+ Men's Coordinator: gmhc@acns.ns.ca, 902.425.4882 ext 222
Hanley Smith,
 2S/TNB+ Folx Coordinator: to.recruiter1@acns.ns.ca, 902.425.4882 ext 226
Andrew Thomas
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Peer N Peer Coordinator: peerc@acns.ns.ca, 902.403.9237
Marisa DiCosta
Peer N Peer Outreach Worker: sc@acns.ns.ca, 902.441.9094
Jordan Parker,
Peer N Peer Outreach Worker & Fund Development: fund@acns.ns.ca, 902-240-7384
Teddy Elphick,
Fund Development & Marketing Intern: walk@acns.ns.ca, 902.473.9438
Ned MacInnis,
 Program Support: ps@acns.ns.ca, 902.425.4882 ext 224
Chris Aucoin, Executive Director: ed@acns.ns.ca, 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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