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December 1, 2014

London, Ontario - Around the corner and around the globe, HIV/AIDS continues to be present in today’s society and London’s new Mayor will acknowledge this in one of his first official duties on Monday, December 1st – World AIDS Day.
Just hours after taking office, Mayor Matt Brown received a symbolic “Red Scarf” from Brian Lester, Executive Director, Regional HIV/AIDS Connection at 10:30 a.m. in the Mayor’s Office.

The Red Scarf Project, launched by RHAC just three years ago, is an awareness building campaign that has now spread to other communities in the province. Over a thousand red scarves have been made by volunteers and distributed to members of the London community in order to start the conversation about HIV/AIDS during AIDS Awareness Week, November 24 – December 1, 2014.

Mayor Brown has said “I am pleased to show my support for World AIDS Day. Not only is there major AIDS research taking place in our City, but London is also the hub of HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and support for the region. Despite improved treatment and fewer deaths, there continues to be no cure and we must not forget that HIV/AIDS lives in our community”.

In thanking the Mayor, RHAC’s Executive Director said “behind this red scarf there are many stories about how HIV and AIDS have impacted the lives of Londoners. It is a major issue affecting people from all walks of life, including many who live in poverty. We, at Regional HIV/AIDS Connection, are very grateful when community leaders like Mayor-elect Brown take a moment – on such a momentous day – to recognize this”.

For more information on AIDS Awareness Week and World AIDS Day, including London’s Vigil, please contact Emily Marcoccia, Director, Community Relations at 519 434-1601 ext. 229 or emarcoccia@hivaidsconnection.ca

November 12, 2014

Unfortunately our Hep C testing and Wound Care Support Nurse Practitioner from LIHC will not be available on Thurs Nov 13, Thurs Nov 20 or Thurs Nov 27 from 1:30 – 4:00pm.
Regular Hep C and Wound Care Nurse Practitioner services will commence on Thurs Dec 4, 2014.
We still have this service available on Wed from 1:30 – 4:30pm with Andrew, Nurse Practitioner with LIHC. Client Services staff can also connect clients to Hep C and wound care services at LIHC Dundas location or LIHC Wellington location.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

November 12, 2014

Just a quick FYI - PHA cafe for tonight (Wednesday November 12 2014) has been cancelled.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Please check out our events calendar for our next edition of PHA Cafe.
Thank you.

November 6, 2014

Please be advised that the Hep C Peer Social is cancelled for today.
See you next week!

October 27, 2014

Join us on November 8th for a special benefit performance of HOSANNA at Procunier Hall in the Palace Theatre. Funds raised will go towards supporting programs and services at RHAC.

September 26, 2014

Our 2013/2014 Annual General Report is now available to download. Please call 519-434-1601 and ask for Emily Marcoccia if you would like a printed copy.

September 11, 2014

September 11, 2014 London, Ontario – In a unique strategy, organizers of the local Scotiabank AIDS  Walk for Life will mark its 25th Anniversary this coming weekend by retiring the Walk.  Faced with increasing competition in the not-for-profit sector, the three-key partners have agreed to explore  new fund-development opportunities in the future that will continue to support critically-needed services for people living with, at risk-for, or affected by HIV/AIDS.  

Regional HIV/AIDS Connection, The John Gordon Home, and Camp Wendeke representatives will join community partners and long-time supporters for a sunset walk Saturday, September 13 at the former Wonderland Gardens, in Springbank Park, London. 

Known nationally as the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life, the Walk strives to educate Canadians about the social, cultural and economic impact of HIV and AIDS on communities. Title-sponsor, Scotiabank supports the local Walk through fundraising at branches in London and area, such as Aylmer.  Scotiabank generously matches funds raised by its staff, many of whom will walk Saturday evening. 

Approximately 71, 000 people are currently living with HIV/AIDS in Canada with up to one third of that number NOT knowing they have HIV.  Despite significant advances in medical treatments, there remains no cure or vaccine to prevent new infections from a wide-range of demographic groups.  With the   spread of HIV, the needs of clients in the London area continues and AIDS organizations need to raise more money now than ever before. 

Walk organizers indicate although the Walk has been strong, with long-term and loyal supporters, the event is not growing as multiple charities are holding similar events in the region.  With a fund raising goal of $50,000 they have “chosen to end the walk on a strong note and not wait until revenues decline”.  Walk Co-ordinator, Natalie Hebert of Regional HIV/AIDS Connection says “twenty-five years of activism and fundraising for AIDS services in London is a great story; we look forward to a new chapter of collaboration in partnership with John Gordon Home and Camp Wendeke”.

Local CTV - Bell Media Health Reporter, Jan Sims will emcee at the Walk. Registration begins at 5:30 with the walkers set to begin their walk - each with a lantern – at 7:00 p.m.   

The nature of HIV/AIDS has evolved significantly over the past twenty-five years, and while lifespans have increased for individuals - education, awareness, and prevention have become as important as treatment and support for those living with HIV/AIDS.

For further information contact:

Natalie Hebert, Walk Co-ordinator, Regional HIV/AIDS Connection 519 434-1601 ext.  257 nhebert@hivaidsconnection.ca

Emily Marcoccia, Director, Community Relations, Regional HIV/AIDS Connection 519 434-1601 ext. 229 emarcoccia@hivaidsconnection.ca

 

September 11, 2014

Please visit our careers section if you are interested in applying for the time limited/contract Opening Doors Conference Coordinator position.

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