Victoria

AVI's 'Victoria' office is located on the territories of the Lək̓ʷəŋən (Lekwungen) speaking peoples of the Songhees and Esquimalt nations.

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

OFFICE HOURS Mon-Fri 10am-3pm. The office is currently closed to the public due to Covid-19, but phones are answered and supplies are dispensed at the front door between 10:00am-3:00pm, Monday-Friday

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

HARM REDUCTION SUPPLIES Call 250-384-2366 for more info about supplies. Harm reduction supply distro from 10am-3pm, Monday-Friday at 713 Johnson St.

VICTORIA MOBILE HARM REDUCTION SERVICES (harm reduction supply delivery)
12-4pm Wed-Fri [250-896-AVIX (2849)]. *Victoria area only

WESTSHORE/SOOKE MOBILE HARM REDUCTION SERVICES
Monday- Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm, 250-360-6315

HARM REDUCTION RESPONSE TEAM:
Low-barrier outreach services support people in the community to access harm reduction and psycho-social supports, including:

  • Access to hygiene, safer sex, drug use, pet food/products, and survival supplies
  • Van and foot outreach
  • Development of overdose prevention and response systems in housing, shelter and community settings
  • Community BBQs
  • Food distribution
  • Naloxone trainings
  • Educational seminars with relevant resources (drug checking, safer drug and sex advocates, etc.)
  • Harm Reduction Art Group
  • Grief and Loss Support/Groups
  • Referral and support to access healthcare, housing and community resources              
  • Low-barrier support to maintain connection with health, housing and other community resources

hr.response@avi.org
Response Workers: 250-883-9022 or 250-883-9023
Systems Navigator: 250-889-5203

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 and/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

Prism Wellness

  • Prism Wellness’ primary focus is to reduce HIV, Hepatitis C, STIs, and stigma in the Southern Vancouver Island communities of gender and sexual minorities. By promoting queer and trans health in these, our communities, we are accomplishing that goal. We encourage our community to make informed choices about their own sexual and substance use practices and wellness. Sex and harm reduction education to reduce HIV, hepatitis C and other sexually transmitted infections is part of our mission. It is paired with the cultivation of attitudes and behaviours that support safer, strong and stable foundations for overall community health and wellbeing.
  • ​Prism Wellness services include group and solo support, Queer Eye for the Service Provider training, wellness groups, peer leadership programs, a biannual conference, outreach, drop-in testing and PrEP nights. To learn more visit their page at http://avi.org/prism-wellness

Harm reduction services for people who use drugs

  • 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 people who are incarcerated
  • Educational and leadership development programming (Street College)