March 29, 2017
The AIDS Committee of North Bay & Area services a large catchment area: Huntsville to Cochrane, Mattawa to Sturgeon Falls and Parry Sound. Sometimes it is hard to always get out to those places regularly. We do have ways around that!
Here is a list of testing events over May and June:
Come get tested for Hepatitis C and/or HIV! We will have our harm reduction supplies (including naloxone kits), a draw for a tv, food and much more.
Not able to join one of these testing events? No problem! You can call 705-497-3560 or 1-800-387-3701 (toll free). You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com . We can send out lab requisitions if you have a lab where you live.
We can also do counselling over the phone or through Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN).
Feel free to contact us is you have any questions!
March 6, 2017
We have seen some good changes lately. First of all, we now are supplying Nasal Spray Naloxone Kits (instead of injection)to prevent opioid overdose. We are the first in our area to offer these kits. These kits are effective on the drug carfentanil which is 100x potent than fentanyl. Some local pharmacies are offering the injectable naloxone kits free of charge with a valid health card. If you are interested in getting a Nasal Spray Naloxone Kit, please contact Caitlin Dobratz at 705-497-3560 ext 201 or come see her at the office.
Before February 22, 2017, all Hepatitis C treatment medications required approval for funding from the Exceptional Access Program through the Ontario Drug Benefit Program. This caused some delays in getting our clients treatment. Some Hep C treatment medications have moved to the Limited Use List, which means that we can provide treatment much quicker as long as the client meet all the criteria. We will no longer have to apply for funding through the Exceptional Access Program for these medications. Some criteria has changed for these medication to allow for more people to have access to treatment. If you have Hepatitis C and are seeking treatment, please contact Keri or Kelsey at 705-497-3560 ext 210. Check out this link from Catie for more information.
February 15, 2017
Did you know that we are one of 3 Needle Exchange Programs in North Bay. We distribute new harm reduction supplies and safely dispose of any used needles from intravenous drug use (IDU). This ensure that people are using safely and do not share their drug gear. This helps reduce the risk of getting HIV, Hepatitis C and some infections.
Some of the kits that we offer are :
We also offer condoms, hygiene kits and gently used clothing.
Everyone who comes to the AIDS Committee of North Bay & Area is welcome to have a granola bar and juice box. If you return used needles, you get another granola bar as a thank you for keeping people safe.
We provide a safe and discreet location for people to pick up supplies. You do not have to be HIV or hepatitis C positive to access our needle exchange. We also offer HIV and hepatitis C testing!
For more information, come see us at 269 Main Street West Suite 201. You can also call 705-497-3560 or 1-800-387-3701 (Toll-Free).
Live out of town??? (Mattawa, Sturgeon Fall, Powassan, South River, etc…) Call or text our outreach worker, Caitlin, at 705-471-7044 to get supplies to you!
April 19, 2016
Caitlin and I had a great experience at the NEON Lights Conference on April 6 and 7 in Timmins. The conference was geared around HIV, Hepatitis C, Harm Reduction and testing. This conference was put on by the Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy (OAHAS) and CATIE. It was nice to participate in a conference that was presented with indigenous teachings.
Hepatitis C is 5 times the rate in indigenous populations in Canada than non-indigenous populations in Canada. Many indigenous communities do not have access to health services like in urban communities. It is really important to get the awareness of HIV and Hepatitis C in these communities as well as testing. The Hepatitis C Team at the AIDS Committee of North Bay & Area is working with some of these communities to help get awareness and testing out there.
I came across a great resource called Honouring Our Voices. Honouring Our Voices, produced by BC’s Chee Mamuk, features the stories of five Aboriginal people living with Hep C. The book uses photography and storytelling to share information about testing, diagnosis and treatment for Hep C. The book aims to show the ways Hep C impacts Aboriginal people, families and communities. You can get a free copy of this book at http://orders.catie.ca/product_info.php?cPath=14_52&products_id=26348 .
To assist and support all persons infected or affected by HIV/AIDS and/or Hepatitis C and to limit the spread of the viruses through education, awareness, outreach strategies and treatment.