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Information & Access

The Information and Access Working Group (IAWG) focuses upon the priority to develop an accessible, coordinated HIV/AIDS service information system. The Working Group began meeting in 2006 bringing together local service information activities in Toronto into a partnership with the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN). To date, two key strategies have been developed to facilitate access to information on services. The Working Group is currently reviewing its mandate.

1. HIV411.ca

HIV411.ca has replaced ASO411 and is now managed by CATIE. The Information and Access Working Group continues to participate in an advisory capacity. HIV411.ca-HCV411.ca is a web portal listing service providers for people living with and at risk of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C (HCV) in Canada.

Background to HIV411 / HCV411.ca

The Information and Access Working Group [comprised of community member(s) and representatives from the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT), Casey House, Hemophilia Ontario, LOFT Community Services, and the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation (PWA)] built upon earlier local initiatives and, working in partnership with the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN), the provincial ASO411.ca was created. In 2009, CATIE joined the Working Group and, with additional assistance from Le Portail VIH/sida du Qu├ębec, ASO411 became available across Canada. In 2013, the Working Group supported the expansion of the site to include hepatitis C service providers, and HIV411.ca and HCV411.ca were launched in 2014.

In September 2014, CATIE committed to taking on the responsibility of national manager of HIV411.ca-HCV411.ca. Responsibility for hosting and administration of the website was transferred from the OHTN to CATIE in order to enhance national promotional efforts.

2. Calendar

The IAWG has also adviseds on the HIV/AIDS Community Calendar, a monthly calendar of programs and events for people living with HIV/AIDS in Toronto, administered by the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT).

Membership

Participants include community members and representatives from: the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT), Casey House, Hemophilia Ontario, LOFT Community Services, Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN), and the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation (PWA).

Documents

 

Links

HIV411.ca: Access to information about HIV/AIDS-related services in Ontario

AIDS and Sexual Health Infoline