We provide anti-oppressive, sex-positive, inclusive care, treatment and prevention services in the area of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted blood-borne infections through innovative health promotion strategies and community engagement.
ABOUT OUR CHARITY
As a non-profit organization HIV/AIDS Resources and Community Health (ARCH) rely on community support and funding to assist us with meeting our vision and program delivery. We are dependent on donations from individuals, corporations, foundations and community groups.
Your support of ARCH is the best way to make the biggest impact in preventing HIV/AIDS in our community. All donations made to HIV/AIDS Resources and Community Health is tax deductible and eligible to receive a charitable tax receipt.
Although a lot of progress has been made in addressing HIV/AIDS, there still remains a need to support people living with HIV in our community. There is a need for on-going care, treatment, education, and support and preventative initiatives. HIV/AIDS continues to impact a number of Ontarians.
Whether you are living with or affected by HIV and AIDS, ARCH has programs and services available that can meet your needs. ARCH provides accessible, culturally responsive, and holistic programs and services.
Our goal is to engage, empower and build the capacity of people living with HIV and AIDS, individuals and families affected by HIV and AIDS by offering services that meet people and communities where they are at and by responding to identified needs.
ARCH program activities focus on: HIV Clinical Services, Education, Prevention and Community Development, HIV and Hepatitis C Street Outreach activities, Support Services and our Volunteer Program.
Key priority populations: People living with HIV, women, youth at risk, LGBTQ gay, bisexsual, men who have sex with men and transgender, and people who use substances.
HIV Clinical Services is a community-based HIV clinic and provides integrated and coordinated treatment throughout the regions. The clinic is client and family-centered and emphasizes a continuum of care. Clinic staff help people living with HIV/AIDS address the many complex health, social and emotional needs they face. Our services are coordinated with other health and social service agencies. The clinic also provides Transgender health services and offers hormonal treatment options for those looking for medical support through transitioning.
Education and Prevention provides information on epidemiology and HIV disease, workshops to address psycho-social risk factors, understanding of cultural diversity, sexuality, gender inequity, etc. The long-term impacts of our education programming include: reducing the spread of HIV; reducing the stigma and discrimination associated with the disease; building capacity within other organizations in HIV/AIDS awareness and provision of services; and, reducing barriers to treatment and support.
Women’s HIV Initiative focuses specifically on the HIV prevention and support needs of women in our community. The program aims to build community capacity to respond to women's HIV/ AIDS prevention needs and to improve the quality of life for women living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.
Harm Reduction Programs like our on-site needle exchange, is a critical part of services for people who use substances and has been proven to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS and other blood-borne infections. We also provide on-site HIV and other testing, in partnership with Public Health.
Support Services Program takes a holistic health-promotion approach. In treating the whole person, we partner with other service providers while assuming a lead role in the case management of clients with multiple needs. We provide those services through counselling, complimentary therapies, referrals and practical assistance. Poverty remains a health barrier to those on disability pensions and so we provide financial assistance for emergencies, medication, drives to medical appointments, vitamins and nutritional support.
Service delivery to such a vast region is made possible with our strong Volunteer Program to support it. Volunteers are recruited, trained, supervised, evaluated, and recognized. Aside from on-going core governance activities, most activities of the program are fluid evolving from the diverse & changing needs.
Anonymous Rapid Point of Care HIV Testing is also available.
- Including Hepatitis C and STI’s.
- Free Hepatitis B testing.
- Free Hepatitis A Vaccines for MSM and IDU
- No Appointment Necessary. Confidential.
Every Monday afternoon from 1:30 to 3:00pm and the first and third Monday from 4:30 to 6:00pm. Please check our website at archguelph.ca for regular testing updates.