History & Guiding Principles

History

The AIDS Network is a registered charitable organization, and offers services to the 1.5 million people living in the communities of Hamilton, Halton, Haldimand, Norfolk and Brant.  Since 1986, The AIDS Network has been the primary voice for HIV/AIDS prevention, education and support.

We are the only AIDS service organization in the area, employ 13 people and have over 75 active volunteers. Without your help, The AIDS Network couldn’t continue to provide valuable services to men, women, children and families living with and affected by HIV/AIDS..

Our Strategic Plan

Our Guiding Principles

Our Mission

The AIDS Network responds to the impact of HIV on the health and well-being of individuals and diverse communities in Hamilton, Halton, Haldimand, Norfolk and Brant.  

Our Vision

We see a world without new infections, and a full and healthy life for people living with and vulnerable to HIV.

A statement of solidarity with GIPA/MIPA

"We, people living with HIV/AIDS and allies in the community:

  • Commit to the greater involvement and meaningful engagement of people living with HIV/AIDS (GIPA/MIPA); GIPA/MIPA puts PHAs at the centre and is grounded in human rights and the dignity of the full human being
  • Aim to transform all who live with, work in, and are affected by, HIV/AIDS in Ontario
  • Commit to personal and social transformation
  • Value community expertise in embracing the challenge for the betterment of society
  • Value inclusion over exclusion, a quest for integrity at all times and the embodiment of self-determination
  • Promote the evolution of thought, action and collaboration among us and with our allies

Because GIPA/MIPA is about human struggles and aspirations, ethics, empowerment and accountability are its foundation."

We acknowledge that Greater involvement of people with HIV/AIDS (GIPA) is never achieved once and for all; it is a goal and commitment that must be continually renewed. GIPA is a practice, not a project, and is similar to all other accountabilities of healthy HIV organizing and service delivery. Our practices in AIDS service organizations (ASOs) must be continually re-evaluated in light of the changing realities of HIV/AIDS and of those living with it.

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