HIV/AIDS Resources and Community Health

Contact Information
Office Phone Office: 519-763-2255 
Medical Clinic: 519-780-5298
Toll Free Phone Office: 1-800-282-4505 
Medical Clinic: 1-877-780-5298
Fax 519-763-8125
Website www.archguelph.ca
Social Media Facebook Facebook: www.facebook.com/archguelph?fref=ts
Instagram Instagram: instagram.com/archguelph
Twitter Twitter: twitter.com/archguelph
Primary Contact Tom Hammond, Executive Director; Phone: 519-763-2255 ext 129; Email: director@archguelph.ca
Volunteer Coordinator Kim Paton, Administrative and Volunteer Operations; Phone: 519-763-2255 ext 128; Email: volunteer@archguelph.ca
Site Information
Located In Community Guelph
Address & Map
89 Dawson Rd, Unit 115
Guelph, ON N1H 1B1
 
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Intersection Dawson Rd and Speedvale Ave W
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Agency and Service Names
Alternate Name ARCH
Former Name AIDS Committee of Guelph and Wellington County (2014)
Agency Information
Description (Agency) A confidential, safe and non-judgmental support to persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families, friends and partners. Provides AIDS support, education, prevention, treatment and community development programs and advocate on behalf of individuals and/or groups affected by HIV.
Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Established 1989
Funding Provincial - Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care ; Federal - Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) ; Grants - Ontario Trillium Foundation ; Donations - Private and Corporate ; United Way - Guelph/Wellington ; The Ontario Trillium Foundation
Elections September
Description and Service Details
Description (Service) ARCH Clinic:  
* healthcare team of doctors and nurses provide a continuum of care 
* lab services are available on site for bloodwork - be advised that in order to ensure that blood specimens arrive at the laboratory by the cut-off time blood samples must be drawn by 3:30 pm 
*clinical services only for people living in Guelph-Wellington-Dufferin, Kitchener-Cambridge-Dufferin and Grey-Bruce Counties 
 
Support Services:  
* counselling for persons living with HIV/AIDS to assess needs and establish a continuum of support services  
* practical support: transportation to medical appointments, limited financial assistance, home and hospital visits  
* supportive housing  
* complementary therapies 
* benefits counselling and advocacy to facilitate access to government benefit programs (Trillium, ODSP, CPP, Ontario Works)  
* treatment information 
 
African-Caribbean Community Development:  
* form partnerships with the A-C ethnocultural associations to partner in capacity building and community development to address the issues related to HIV/AIDS and newcomers 
 
Education Program:  
* non-judgmental, accurate information about HIV/AIDS and related topics delivered through workshops, seminars, resource centre and lending library, HIV/AIDS information line, brochure distribution, peer education training 
 
Positive Prevention Program: 
* aims to empower individuals living with HIV/AIDS, promote healthy relationships with sexual partners, strengthen overall well-being of HIV + individuals, and reduce the possibility of new HIV and other sexually transmitted infections 
 
Harm Reduction:  
* to reduce the spread of HIV and Hepatitis B and C, encourages safer drug use and safer sex, provides access to health and social service agencies, offers support to drug users, and provides education (new syringes, safe needle delivery, sterile water, alcohol swabs, latex condoms, lubricant and other harm reduction materials provided as needed) 
 
Needle Exchange Program:  
* distribution of harm reduction materials including syringes, water, filters, swabs, ties etc; Sharps containers for safe disposal of used needles 
 
Women’s Community Development: 
* aims to build local community capacity to respond to women's HIV and AIDS prevention needs and to improve the quality of life for women living with or affected by HIV and AID 
 
Hepatitis C Outreach: 
* a peer-based outreach program 
 
Testing and Immunization Clinics:  
* anonymous and confidential HIV testing, Hep B/C testing, some STI's; Hepatitis B immunization as well as Hepatitis A for those involved in high risk activities 
* testing offered every Wednesday afternoon from 1:30 to 3:30 pm and the first and third Wednesday from 4:30-6:30 pm. Testing is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Hours Office: Mon-Thu 9 am-5 pm (closed for lunch from 12:30 pm-1:30 pm) * Fri 9 am-1 pm * call to schedule appointments outside office hours and/or at alternative locations 
 
Clinic: Tue-Thu, 9 am-4 pm 
 
Testing and Immunization clinic:  
* Wed 1:30 pm-3:30 pm / 1st & 3rd Wed 4:30-6:30pm 
* no appointment required  
* testing courtesy Dufferin-Wellington-Guelph Public Health  
* see website for any changes in scheduling
Areas Served Bruce County ; Cambridge ; Dufferin County ; Grey County ; Halton North ; Kitchener ; Waterloo ; Wellington County
Eligibility No restrictions
Application Call for information
Languages English
Fees Membership - available ; None - for services
Categories and Classification
Service Categories AIDS/HIV Prevention Counselling ; General Benefits Assistance ; General Laboratory Tests ~ AIDS/HIV ; HIV Testing
Other Details
Resources Red Ribbon Awareness Campaign ribbons available for any function; donations appreciated * Positive Views newsletter * educational pamphlets

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