VISION & MISSION
ACCM envisions a society free from the stigma of HIV/AIDS. We are committed to building a community where all people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS receive the support they need. We are dedicated to empowering individuals to make informed decisions related to their health. ACCM is a volunteer-based community organization working to enhance the quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS, to prevent HIV transmission, and to promote community awareness and action. More About ACCM >
HIV & STI FACTS
STIs and HIV are potential risks of unprotected sex, but by arming yourself with clear and correct info you can make informed decisions about your sex life. Here you will find a summary of the most common STIs and more details about HIV. It’s important to remember that HIV and STIs usually don’t show any symptoms until late in their progress, so the ONLY way to be sure of your status is to get tested at a clinic – see our link on Testing for more info.
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In 1987, ACCM was run by a group of volunteers and although we have grown since, we still very much depend on the work of our wonderful volunteers. Without their time and effort, it would have been impossible for us to develop the wide range of programs and services that we continue to run today. We are always looking for people to join us, so take a look at the volunteer opportunities we currently have and find out how you can get involved!
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Our hearts and thoughts go out to the HIV/AIDS activists, researchers and peers lost in flight MH17, and the loved ones that survive them. This tragedy represents a huge loss for the global movement to fight HIV/AIDS, and the violence that led to the MH17 crash perpetuates the spread of HIV, which affects the most vulnerable members of our society. Conflict zones throughout the world are flashpoints for transmission, where lifesaving services and prevention are difficult to access, and where those on the front-line risk their own lives for the betterment of people affected by HIV. As we wait for the inquiry into this tragedy to unfold, we will remember the crucial endeavours of these researchers and activists as we honour all those who were aboard flight MH17.
To make a donation to ACCM’s Ça Marche campaign or to join the ACCM team, click the link below and you will be directed to our team page:
Please take a moment to sign the Melbourne Declaration:
World Hepatitis Day is an annual event that brings attention to chronic viral hepatitis worldwide and stands in solidarity with persons who have hepatitis B or C, two forms of life-threatening liver disease. Approximately 500 million people – one in 12 worldwide – are infected with viral hepatitis B or C. In Canada, an estimated 550,000 people have viral hepatitis, with many unaware of their status.
Many persons with viral hepatitis experience no obvious symptoms until serious liver damage has occurred. In fact, in Canada, about 1 in 5 people with Hepatitis C do not know they have the virus. If left untreated, viral hepatitis can lead to severe damage to the liver, liver cancer, and the need for a liver transplant.
Our network outreach worker, DJ, talks with PositiveLite about our sexiest sexual health campaign, KONTAK: