Victoria

AVI acknowledges the territories of the Kwakwaka'wakw, Nuu-chah-nulth, and Coast Salish peoples. Thank you to the Coast Salish peoples for having us as guests on your traditional territories.

PHONE 250-384-2366  FAX 250-380-9411
TOLL FREE / INFOLINE 1-800-665-2437
EMAIL info at avi dot org

HARM REDUCTION  3-10pm daily, 250-889-0268

MOBILE HARM REDUCTION SERVICES 12-4pm Wed-Fri only [250-896-AVIX (2849)]

OFFICE HOURS Mon-Fri 10am-5pm (Harm Reduction open from 3pm-10pm), Sat-Sun 3pm-10pm

MAILING ADDRESS 3rd Floor - Access Health Centre 713 Johnson St, Victoria BC V8W 1M8

Services for people in our community living with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), AIDS (autoimmune deficiency syndrome), HCV (hepatitis C virus), people who use drugs, trans folks, gay men, bisexual men, queer men and men who have sex with men are available across Vancouver Island. Please contact an AVI office near you for support.

General services

INFOLINE 1-800-665-2437 Learn more about HIV & HCV safer sex, HIV testing or transmission, STDs and harm reduction. Find services for you or someone you know. All confidential calls taken by trained staff and volunteers.

  • Presentations for populations with greater exposure to HIV and HVC in prisons, social service organizations, and other community organizations are available by request.
  • Educational materials promoting improved health, safer drug use, safer sex and more are available to the public at all AVI offices and online.
  • Volunteer Services provides an opportunity to give back to your community while developing invaluable training and work experience

Services for people living with HIV/AIDS or Hepatitis C

  • Short-term counseling focused on immediate needs and outcomes
  • Advocacy and support with income assistance, health care services, employment, housing, disability status applications and legal matters
  • Non-judgmental education and support for treatment, side effects, nutrition and symptoms
  • HIV+, member-only program and space for peers to interact while enjoying refreshments and a hot, nutritious lunch. Open to folks who are HepC+ on Tuesdays.
  • Weekly drop-in medical clinic
  • Public transportation ticket access
  • Referrals to other services

Supports for Gay, Bi and Trans Identified Men

  • GROUP SUPPORT: The Men’s Wellness Program at AVI offers a safe environment for individuals to talk about being actively involved with other men, and how that impacts on their sexual, physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual health and wellbeing.
  • SOLO SUPPORT: Men’s Wellness Program Support Coordinator: Jonathan Degenhardt is available for one-to-one discussion, support and outreach. He can be contacted by phone at (250) 384-2366 ext 3115, text at (250) 812-2670 or jonathan.degenhardt@avi.org.
  • OUTREACH: Men’s Wellness Program provides free access to safer sex supplies (Assorted condoms and lube) at Paparazzi Night Club @ 642 Johnson St. They also deliver safer sex supplies to local cruising areas, other groups, events, schools and individuals.
  • WORKSHOPS: Men’s Wellness Program runs several different workshops throughout the year. To learn more visit their page at http://avi.org/mwp

Harm reduction services for people who use drugs

  • Daily Drop-in from 3pm - 10pm
  • Overdose Prevention Room for safer drug use and rapid overdose response, daily 3pm - 9pm
  • Mobile Van (deliveries & used syringe pick-up from Sidney to Sooke); Wed-Fri noon - 4pm
  • Case management support (713 Outreach Team partnership with Island Health)
  • Harm reduction supplies and support (peer support, counselling, referrals)
  • Overdose prevention and response training, including take-home naloxone
  • Education for safer drug use and safer sex
  • Street Nurse clinics
  • Referral and assistance navigating social and health care systems
  • Outreach education for youth and prison populations
  • Educational and leadership development programming (Street College)

Services for youth

  • Youth Harm Reduction Training Series, January-March (call 250-360-6315 to register)
  • Queer Youth Training Series, October-December (call 250-360-6315 to register)
  • Access to one-on-one support and education with Youth Outreach Educator
  • Referral and assistance navigating social and health care system
  • Workshops provided to schools, community groups, and youth agencies on any of the following topics:
    HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, Safer Partying, Sexual Health, Safer Tattooing and Piercing, and Overdose Prevention and Response