There are a number of social programs and services available for people living with HIV in Ontario. Many of these programs and services are provided through AIDS service organizations (ASOs) and other community organizations. Services and resources include:
- Counselling and support (for mental health and emotional wellness)
- Financial advice and employment
- Food and day-to-day living
- Harm reduction (for people who use drugs and other substances, provision of safer drug use kits)
- Sexual health (counselling, free condoms, referrals, etc.)
- Housing referrals
- Legal support and referrals
- HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing
Important: HIV services in Ontario are confidential. What you discuss with your counsellor is between you and them. If you are not sure, do not be afraid to ask them about their privacy and confidentiality policies when making an appointment with the agency.
You can also get information from your local ASO. To find an ASO and other HIV/AIDS programs near you, contact the Ontario AIDS and Sexual Health InfoLine. For information in English and many other languages: 416-392-2437 or 1-800-668-2437 (toll-free in Ontario), and French: 1-800-267-7432 (toll-free in Ontario).The InfoLine is free and anonymous.