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Organization: ARCH - HIV/AIDS Resources and Community Health  
Phone Numbers: 519-763-2255
Toll-Free: 1-800-282-4505
Fax: 519-763-8125
Guelph Medical Place II
89 Dawson Rd, Unit 115
Guelph, ON
N1H 1B1
Intersection: Dawson Rd and Speedvale Ave W
Location: Guelph-North West
Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible    Wheelchair Accessible
Hours: Office hours Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 9 am-12:30 pm, 1:30 pm-5 pm * Fri 9 am-1 pm
Executives: Tom Hammond - Executive Director
519-763-2255 ext 129 *
Contacts: Carling Mashinter - Support Services Coordinator
519-763-2255 ext 126 *
Natalie Basaraba - Harm Reduction Outreach Coordinator
519-763-2255 ext 151 *
Service Description: Confidential care and support for people living with HIV and AIDS and their families, friends and caregivers. Provides accessible, culturally responsive, and holistic support services, programs and education to people living with, affected by, and at risk of HIV and AIDS.

Support Services: counselling for persons living with HIV/AIDS to assess needs and establish a continuum of support services * practical support: transportation to medical appointments, limited financial assistance, home and hospital visits * complementary therapies * benefits counselling and advocacy to facilitate access to government benefit programs (Trillium, ODSP, CPP, Ontario Works) * treatment information

African-Caribbean Community Development: forms partnerships with the A-C ethnocultural associations to assist in capacity building and community development to address the issues related to HIV/AIDS and newcomers

Education Program: non-judgmental, accurate information about HIV/AIDS and related topics delivered through workshops, seminars, resource centre and lending library, HIV/AIDS information line, brochure distribution, peer education training

Positive Prevention Program: aims to empower individuals living with HIV/AIDS, promote healthy relationships with sexual partners, strengthen overall well-being of HIV + individuals, and reduce the possibility of new HIV and other sexually transmitted infections

Harm Reduction: to reduce the spread of HIV and Hepatitis B and C, encourages safer drug use and safer sex, provides access to health and social service agencies, offers support to drug users, and provides education (new syringes, safe needle delivery, sterile water, alcohol swabs, latex condoms, lubricant and other harm reduction materials provided as needed)

Needle Exchange Program: distribution of harm reduction materials including syringes, water, filters, swabs, ties; sharps containers for safe disposal of used needles

Women’s Community Development: aims to build local community capacity to respond to women's HIV and AIDS prevention needs and to improve the quality of life for women living with or affected by HIV and AIDS

Hepatitis C Outreach: peer-based outreach program

ARCH Clinic: healthcare team of doctors and nurses provides a continuum of care * lab services are available on site for bloodwork - to ensure that blood specimens arrive at the laboratory by the cut-off time, blood samples must be drawn by 3:30 pm * clinical services only for people living in Guelph-Wellington-Dufferin, Kitchener-Cambridge-Dufferin and Grey-Bruce Counties

Testing and Immunization Clinics: Anonymous HIV testing, confidential ; Hep B/C Testing, Hepatitis B immunization and Hepatitis A for those involved in high risk activities. Clinic hours: Wed 1:30 pm-3:30 pm and the first and third Wed of the month 4:30 pm-6:30 pm * no appointment required - first come, first served basis * see website for scheduling changes * testing courtesy of Dufferin-Wellington-Guelph Public Health * ARCH works in collaboration with the ARCH Clinic to integrate and coordinate the clinic and agency services

Fees: None
Application: Call to schedule appointments outside office hours or at alternative locations
Eligibility - Population(s) Served: Individuals with HIV/AIDS, their families, partners, friends and caregivers
Languages: English
Area(s) Served: Bruce County ; Grey County ; Guelph ; Wellington County
See Also: Diseases and Conditions Support Groups
Safety and Injury Prevention
Sexually Transmitted Infections

This information was last completely updated on 11/22/2015

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