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TABLE OF CONTENTS
ARTS & THEATRE
- Arts Gallery
- Art Organizations
- Cinema / Movie Theatre
- Performing Arts
DINING & RESTAURANTS
- Family Fun
- Fesitvals & Events
HEALTH & WELLNESS
- Community Oganizations
- HIV / AIDS
- Mental Health
- Sexual Health
- Social Programs
RETAIL & SERVICES
- Alcohol / Liquor
- Banking / Financial
- Banquet Halls
- Beauty / Spas
- Bicycle Rentals / Sales
- Body Art / Tattoo
- Cigars / Tobacco
- Community Groups
- Fashion & Clothing
- Foot Care / Orthotics
- Funeral Homes
- Gym / Fitness
- Hair Salon
- Home & Garden
- Music / Radio
- Office Furniture
- Optical / Eyeware
- Pet Services
- Pet Supplies
- Printing / Signs
- Real Estate
- Retirement Homes
- Shopping Malls
- Shopping Districts
- Sporting Goods
- Tailor / Alterations
- Travel Agents
HIV / AIDS
WHAT ARE HIV & AIDS?
- Treatments – an overview of all the main questions about HIV treatment (when to start, what to use and how to make it work) from Managing Your Health, CATIE’s guide for people living with HIV.
- CATIE’s Treatment section for much more information for you to explore.
WHO CAN GET HIV?
HOW DOES HIV GET PASSED FROM ONE PERSON TO ANOTHER?
- through unprotected sex (anal or vaginal sex without a condom
- by sharing needles or other equipment to inject drugs (including steroids)
- by sharing needles or ink to get a tattooby sharing needles or jewellery to get a body piercing
- by sharing acupuncture needles
- to a fetus or baby during pregnancy, birth or breast-feedin
- talking, shaking hands, working or eating with someone who has HIV
- hugs or kisses
- coughs or sneezes
- swimming pools
- toilet seats or water fountains
- bed sheets or towels
- forks, spoons, cups or food
- insects or animals
HIV AND SEX
- vaginal or anal sex without a condom
- oral sex without a condom or dental dam (a piece of latex used to cover the vulva or anus)
- sharing sex toys
- Use a latex or polyurethane condom correctly every time you have vaginal or anal sex.
- Use only water-based or silicone-based lubricants. (Oil-based lubricants can make latex condoms break.)
- Get tested for STIs regularly. Having an STI increases your risk of getting and passing on HIV.
- Avoid sharing sex toys, and if you do, cover each one with a new condom before each use. It is also important to clean your toys between vaginal and anal use.
- Use a condom or dental dam every time you have oral sex.
- Choose forms of sexual stimulation that pose little or no risk for HIV, like masturbation or sensual massage.
HIV & PREGNANCY
- during pregnancy
- at birth
- through breast-feeding
- You can have a healthy pregnancy if you are HIV positive, a friendly and colourful booklet packed with information about pregnancy and HIV.
- HIV and pregnancy for much more information for you to explore.
HIV AND DRUG USE
HIV can be passed on through shared needles and other drug equipment. Sharing needles and other drug equipment is very risky.
- Use a clean new needle and syringe every time you use.
- Use your own drug equipment (such as pipes, bills, straws, cookers, water, alcohol swabs) every time. Never share equipment, not even with your sex partner.
- Get new needles and supplies from your local harm reduction program, needle exchange or community health centre.
- Get tested for HIV and hepatitis C. If you know that you have HIV or hepatitis C, you can take steps to protect yourself and others.
As a last resort, your own needles can be cleaned before each time you use them, but it is still best not to share with other people. Cleaning means flushing the syringe twice with clean water, twice with bleach, and then twice with new water. Each flushing should last 30 seconds. This will kill HIV, but it will not protect you from hepatitis C.
- Harm reduction
- CATIE’s Substance use and harm reduction section for much more information to explore.
HIV AND BLOOD PRODUCTS
YOU ARE BETTER OFF KNOWING YOU HAVE HIV
- There have been significant advances in the care and treatment of HIV, and with the right treatment, you can stay healthy.
- To protect yourself and your partner(s), practise safer sex and do not share drug equipment.
- Get connected. Contact CATIE for more information on HIV services in your area.
- Just Diagnosed with HIV, first things to know about living with HIV, and
- Living with HIV: Starting Points, an easy-to-read primer on viral load, CD4 counts and healthy living
AIDS Committee of Windsor
511 Pelissier Street
HIV CARE CLINIC