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October 10, 2018

 

Starting October 16th, Gender Journeys is an eight week program for transgender or questioning youth (18+) to talk about the emotional, physical, and social impacts of transition Topics include: friends and family, hormones, transphobia, and dating.

We are also looking for panel speakers who have experience transitioning.

It will be held on Tuesdays from 6-8pm at Innovation Works! If interested in participating, call Victor Fuenekes at 866.920.1601 x 231, text 519.281.8658 or email vfeunekes@hivaidsconnection.ca.

 

October 1, 2018

 

 

Red Scarf returns with Bedouin Soundclash in support of Regional HIV/AIDS Connection! Join us on November 23 at London Music Hall for a night louder than stigma. 

Red Scarf is a movement bringing community together to raise real awareness and knowledge about the positive advances in HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention. Red Scarf stands against stigma to improve the lives of those living with, affected by and at risk for HIV/AIDS in our community. 

Since 2012, volunteers have hand-crafted over 6,000 red scarves. Like the red ribbon, every Red Scarf is a symbol of awareness and support.

Anyone can join the movement by:

  • making/wearing a red scarf
  • picking up a scarf at our pop-ups 
  • coming to our annual benefit concert
  • attending our World AIDS Day vigils

For concert tickets and more info on how to get involved visit www.redscarf.ca.

 

September 27, 2018

We are spilling the tea on gay dating apps! Join us to talk about some of the issues gay men run into on Grindr and Squirt, like masc4masc, racism, and party n' play. We will also discuss PrEP and undetectable viral load and explore tips for making the best Grindr and Squirt profiles!

Please RSVP through the Eventbrite link here. For more information, contact Kody Carlson at kcarlson@hivaidsconnection.ca 519.434.1601.

 

September 25, 2018

 

Calling all guys into guys! Regional HIV/AIDS Connection, in partnership with sagecomm, is designing and implementing an awareness and education campaign that aims to create awareness around the importance of HIV testing and prevention among men who have sex with other men, including those who enjoy chemically enhanced sex, and we’d greatly appreciate a few minutes of your time.

Please complete all questions to the best of your ability. All responses are completely anonymous and will be aggregated to help us create the most impactful and effective campaign possible, ultimately to improve the lives of fellow Londoners. 

Find the survery here.

September 19, 2018

8:30AM-4:00PM

Please join us for the second annual Women Living with HIV Symposium at the BMO Centre! This year, we will explore both the art and the science of self-care.

We have lined up a number of local and regional speakers who will be offering sessions on new and developing health care strategies, providing updates to the services available within the sector (including U=U, PrEP, Harm Reduction) in addition to exploring the benefits of Art Therapy, Indigenous Healing and Mindfulness.

A light breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided. Childcare will be available for those who require it (please specify upon registration). In addition, please specify any dietary requirements (i.e. gluten free, halal, vegan) and/or accessibility requirements. Ample free parking is available at the venue.

To RSVP, please register at: Women's Bodies, Women's Lives:The Art+Science of Self Care Eventbrite.

Brought to you by Regional HIV/AIDS Connection in partnership with Sisters of St. Joseph

 

 

 

September 7, 2018

 

Are you curious to learn more about the work we do? We proudly publish our 2017/2018 Annual General Report that outlines the year through Courage, Care, Community and Change. You can find the report here, and also read it on ISSUU here.

September 6, 2018

The Board of Directors would like to extend the invitation to our volunteers, our supporters, and our friends to join us at the Annual General Meeting on Thursday, Sept 6th from 6-8pm, with a Blackfriars catered reception at 5:30pm. Additionally, our new Board Members will be elected at this time.

Please join us as we host an overview our performance from the past fiscal year, along with reflections and recognition of successes in serving our community.

NEW MEMBERS: We must receive your forms and/or fees ($10 per year) by Monday Aug 27th

RETURNING MEMBERS: You may bring your membership renewal forms and/or fees to the AGM on Sept 6th. 

To become a member, please see attached form: RHAC Membership form. The event is open to the community, however, you must have a membership in order to vote for the new elected Board members. 

To RSVP please contact Martin Mcintosh at mmcintosh@hivaidsconnection.ca or 519-434-1601ext. 229.

See you there!

 

July 28, 2018

Regional HIV/AIDS Connection is reaching out to find volunteers for the SexNow Survey coming to London Pride Festival on July 28 and 29!

About the Study:
Sex Now Survey is a community-based, national gay men’s health survey. The study is housed at Community Based Research Centre for Gay Men’s Health (CBRC) in Vancouver, BC. The Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) is one of the partners for the study.
Dedicated teams across Canada are working hard to better understand gay men’s needs and health in Canada. We hope that with the data we collect, we can support improving the health gay men in Canada. This year, we are also hoping to change the discriminatory blood donation policy at Canadian Blood Service.

Depending on your interests and skills, you can volunteer with Sex Now either as a recruiter/survey administrator or as a dried blood spot (DBS) sample collector. Your engagement and support will promote better understandings of the needs and health of gay men in Canada, and work toward ending the discriminatory blood donation policy in Canada. There will be a $50 honourium provided.
For more information on the opportunity: Sex Now Survey Volunteer Callout
If you are interested in volunteering for Sex Now, please kindly fill out the Sex Now volunteer survey:
https://www.surveymonkey.ca/r/N8P8FWB

If you have any questions regarding the study or the volunteer opportunity, please be in touch with London Sex Now Coordinator, Sean Colyer (scolyer@ohtn.on.ca or 416-642-6486 ext. 2316).
This is a great way to volunteer to help make a difference in the LGBTQ2+ Community!

July 27, 2018

 

Knowledge is power, and RHAC couldn’t be more excited to share the powerful theme of ‘knowledge’ at this year’s London Pride festival. This year’s theme will recognize and promote important advances in the prevention and treatment of HIV, from PrEP to U=U. Come visit our booth during Pride to learn more and celebrate health and wellness in our community. We can’t wait to see you!

RHAC will also be walking in the parade on July 29th-Come join us! 


July 16, 2018

Canadian HIV Stigma Index - Call For Participants

The HIV Stigma Index is a research and community-building tool used in more than 90 countries worldwide. It is now being implemented in Ontario by a diverse team comprised of community-based representatives, service providers, and academics through St. Michael’s hospital.

Purpose of the Study

The aim of the HIV Stigma Index is to collect information about the experiences of people living with HIV related to stigma, discrimination, and human rights.

Research Process

The HIV Stigma Index is a peer-driven project: It has been developed and implemented by people living with HIV, which means that the Index questions will be asked by another person living with HIV. The Index is carried out in person, and takes between 1 and 2 hours to complete. All participants will be provided with a $50 honorarium.

Benefits of Participating

In addition to helping inform the wider community about experiences of stigma for people living with HIV, the process of implementing the Stigma Index is empowering.

To participate contact Colt Burrows at 1-877-392-7389 or burrowsco@smh.ca

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