The Women & HIV Program at the AIDS Committee of Windsor is part of the Ontario Women & HIV/AIDS Initiative (WHAI). WHAI is an answer to the community need for a flexible response to HIV/AIDS among women in Ontario that takes into account the structural and societal factors that make women vulnerable to HIV.
Reduce HIV transmission among women (including trans and cis women)
Enhance local community capacity to address HIV/AIDS
Build safe environments to support women and their HIV/AIDS-related needs
Raise awareness and inform local community organizations and groups that serve women about HIV/AIDS and the need for women’s HIV-related services
Work with local community organizations and groups to promote the integration of HIV/AIDS into their current programs, services, and policies/procedures
Work with staff at community organizations to build their knowledge and capacity to respond to women’s HIV-related needs
Women represented 395 or 26% of new infections
223 women were diagnosed with HIV; 23% of new diagnosis
Women represented 5080 or 18% of all people living with HIV
In Ontario, women’s vulnerability to HIV transmission is linked to the social determinants of health and individual lived experience. An important access point for women’s HIV prevention messages, information, and interventions are local community agencies that serve women.
About women and HIV-related issues to women, service providers and volunteers that work with women, as well as to students looking to enter the health care or social service field
On community awareness campaigns, health fairs, conferences, committees, or events that impact women’s social determinants of health