Réseau ACCESS Network is a non-profit, community-based charitable organization, committed to promoting wellness, harm and risk reduction and education. Réseau ACCESS Network supports individuals – and serves the whole community – in a comprehensive / holistic approach to HIV/AIDS, Hep C and related health issues.
“ACCEPTANCE, AFFIRMATION, ASSISTANCE, ADVOCACY AND ACCOUNTABILITY”
As a team working collaboratively and with passion, dedication and creativity:
We ACCEPT every individual regardless of race, colour, creed, religion, ethnic origin, gender, language, physical or mental status, sexual orientation, drug and/or alcohol use, age, gender identity, sexual risk behaviour or level of education.
We do all within our power to AFFIRM in each individual’s unique self-worth.
We provide ASSISTANCE to individuals in an atmosphere of confidentiality.
We ADVOCATE for continuous improvement in support services, education, harm reduction, public awareness, and ongoing public financial support.
We are ACCOUNTABLE to the public, individuals we serve, and our funders and supporters for our programs and services and stewardship of funds.
LIENS – HIV | HEP C – LINKS
Drug & Alcohol 1.800.565.8603
Mental Health 1.866.531.2600
Direct Client and Clinical Services
For some considering hepatitis treatment, mental health issues can be a major barrier if the proper supports are not available. Timely access to mental health supports can be crucial in addressing some of the side effects that can arise from treatment. Réseau ACCESS Network offers a regular psychiatric clinic as part of its HCV Treatment Program. The clinic is open to those living with Hepatitis C. Access to psychiatric services is facilitated through the HCV Treatment Nurse.
HIV | HEP C | STI Testing
Testing for HIV, Hepatitis A, B, C, gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis as well as a confirmatory Hepatitis C testing is available. We provide a safe confidential space with services that are sex work informed; drug use friendly and free from stigma and discrimination. Access to testing services is facilitated through one of the nurses.
HEP C Treatment and Clinical Services
Gay | MSM (men who have sex with men) Supportive & Clinical Services
Stigma and prejudice around issues of sexual orientation still exists within the community and often prevents individuals from disclosing their sexual orientation. The Gay Men’s Sexual Health program seeks to improve the overall health and well-being of those living with HIV or those at risk of HIV. Supportive counselling, peer group support, referrals and access to primary care, HIV/HCV/STI testing and other health care services is facilitated. Access to the Gay/MSM services and health Clinic is facilitated through the Gay/MSM Education and Sexual Health Coordinator.
Services for People Who Use Injection Drugs
Outreach services are provided based on needs of targeted populations. Individuals struggling with addiction and/or mental health can often be found on the streets. Trained community partners, community workers, peers, volunteers and students, perform street outreach and provide education on reducing potential harm during drug use, overdose prevention through Naloxone training and distribution; along with distributing harm reduction kits/materials. The Sexual Health Coordinator provides outreach to the known gay bar, education and Pride events.
Supportive Practical Assistance
Education and Prevention Services
Women & HIV | HEP C
GAY | MSM (MEN who have SEX with MEN) Educational Services
Stigma and prejudice around issues of sexual orientation still exists within the community and often prevents individuals from disclosing their sexual orientation. The Gay Men’s Sexual Health program seeks to improve the overall health and well-being of those living with HIV or those at risk of HIV. Educational services is offered to gay/msm men through bar and mobile outreach and in-office outreach. Educational information includes safer sex, poz prevention, testing and treatment.