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The Care Collective is a coordinated campaign for and by African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) women promoting self-care by encouraging routine and regular HIV screening as part of our self-care routines. People in ACB communities account for just 4.7% of Ontario’s population but represent 24% of individuals newly diagnosed with HIV. ACCHO, together with our partners, is responding to this reality. Through this campaign, certified, professional HIV testers will visit a variety of self-care spaces to talk about HIV and offer free and confidential testing. Look out for the Care Collective at your local yoga studio, beauty salon, hiking group meet-up, church-group gathering, professional association meeting, etc.
If you would like a pop-up Care Collective event at your space, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
HIV/AIDS services in Ontario are completely confidential. Ask service providers about
privacy and confidentiality policies.
The Sexual Health Information Line Ontario (SHILO) maintain an updated registry of HIV testing sites across Ontario. They offer services in 13 languages, and operate both a phone line and an online e-Chat service.
Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Self-care goes deeper than the skin. It’s about health at an individual and community level. Currently, women from African, Caribbean, and Black (ACB) communities account for 53% of all Ontario women who test positive for HIV, and this number is expected to rise. That’s why The Care Collective is launching with The Care Salon— we are bringing ACB women together to make quick and simple HIV screening a part of our self-care routines.
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