The challenges that women in Ontario face mean that HIV impacts and affects us differently. Misogyny, gender-based violence, discrimination in healthcare and other systemic factors can put women at higher risk of contracting HIV, and can make it a lot harder for women living with HIV to stay connected to care. Many populations of women are at much higher risk, including trans women, Black women, Indigenous women, women who are sex workers, women who use drugs, women who have been incarcerated and women who experience violence.
Through education, outreach and collaboration, The AIDS Network’s Women’s Community Development program raises awareness and informs local community organizations and groups that serve women about HIV/AIDS and the need for women’s HIV-related services, works with local community organizations and groups to promote the integration of HIV/AIDS into their current programs, services and policies/procedures and works with staff at community organizations to build their knowledge and capacity to respond to women’s HIV-related needs.
The AIDS Network relies on the support of our friends and allies in the communities we serve to deliver some of our most crucial programs and services. Show your support today, and help us to continue our mission to respond to the impact of HIV. We imagine a world without new infection, and long, healthy lives for people living with, affected by and vulnerable to HIV