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Services available in Victoria

Thank you for your interest in our services. See below for details on general services, services for people living with HIV/AIDS and/or hepatitis C, harm reduction & drug related support services, and services for women. Please don't hesitate to contact us for more information.

GENERAL SERVICES

  • Infoline (1-800-665-2437) provides information about HIV & HCV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus & Hepatitis C Virus), safer sex, HIV testing or transmission, STDs, harm reduction, etc.  The confidential calls are administered by trained volunteers and staff.
  • HIV/HCV-related presentations for high-risk populations in prisons, social service organizations, and other community organizations.  
  • AVI’s extensive collection of materials regarding HIV/HCV-related issues is available to the public. Education Information, resources, presentations and displays can be requested through the staff at any of our locations.
  • Volunteer Services supports community members across the Island who express an interest in “giving back” to the Agency, providing them with valuable training and unpaid work experience.

SERVICES FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS or HEPATITIS C

  • Short-term solution-focused counseling and support
  • Advocacy and support with issues regarding income assistance, health care, employment, housing, and legal matters
  • Persons With Disability status application assessment and assistance
  • Referrals and links to other services
  • Non-judgmental education and support for treatment, side effects, nutrition and symptoms
  • Expressive art group for HIV and/or hepatitis C+ women
  • A member-only nutrition and health program space that allows HIV+ members to interact with their peers while enjoying refreshments and a hot, nutritious lunch. HepC+ clients are welcome for lunch on Tuesdays
  • Weekly drop-in medical clinic
  • Assistance with obtaining local transportation tickets
  • Education sessions
  • Volunteer opportunities

For more information visit Positive Wellness Program. If you are Aboriginal and would like to learn more about services for HIV+ Aboriginal people in Victoria, please download our pamphlet here.

HARM REDUCTION SERVICES & DRUG RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES

  • Access to harm reduction supplies, support and education around safer drug use
  • Free evening dinners and health promotion education a few nights a week
  • Monthly women’s health night (secondTuesday of the month)
  • Access to Island Health or Cool AID Street Nurse support
  • Appropriate referrals and links to other services, with assistance in navigating social and health care systems
  • Harm reduction-focused education and support outreach in local correctional facilities
  • Treatment and referral counsellor support
  • Toll-free number for support and referral from BC correctional institutions
  • BBQ at Queen's Manor on the Tuesday before assistance cheque issue day
  • Mind/Body drop in Wednesdays from 2:30-4pm with peer advocates from SOLID
  • Street College, seasonal session (call to register)
  • The Group: bi-weekly harm reduction based support group for people seeking sobriety every other Thursday 3:30-5pm (call to enquire)
  • Volunteer opportunities

For more information about harm reduction services visit Street Outreach Services

SERVICES FOR WOMEN

  • Weekly women's expressive art group (call for details)
  • Women's Night: on the second Tuesday of every month from 4-6pm, women who use illicit drugs can join us for a night of health, pampering, and food
  • Access to the services above (general, harm reduction, services for people with HIV/AIDS and/or hepatitis C