AIDS PEI’s community-based education program works to increase access to practical and factually accurate information about HIV, Hepatitis C, STI’s (sexually transmitted infections), sexual orientation, and gender diversity intending to reduce barriers to services, testing, treatment and care. Please refer to the list below for more information. These workshops are free of charge; however, donations are welcome. We can amend and tailor a workshop for specific audiences upon request.
Getting It On and Staying Healthy:
Do you know what it takes?
Sexual health is an essential part of life. As a sex-positive organization, we believe all consensual sexual activities are fundamentally healthy and pleasurable. This education session provides the opportunity to explore consent, and what safer sex can mean in the context of learning about the transmission of HIV and all STIs. Having knowledge that can help us reduce our risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) helps us to stay well, make informed decisions, and have fun! This workshop is geared towards youth and adults of all ages, and we can design workshops to meet your particular group’s needs.
Gay Men’s Health and HIV Prevention 2016:
It is Different Now
Gay and bisexual men account for 76% of all AIDS cases in Canada since records started being kept. The reasons for such disproportionate numbers (compared to the general population) are many and complex. As new HIV treatments, prevention strategies and technologies have emerged; we have gained a much greater understanding of the virus as well as the social and environmental factors that contribute to both risk and resiliency. This workshop explores these changes and offers insights into new prevention approaches.
Creating Safer Spaces:
LGBTQ Cultural Competence
Cultural competence is both individual and organizational. For people to be the best they can be, to live and work up to their potential, they must be able to freely be who they are at home, in the workplace, when accessing health care and other services, and during recreation. Unlike more visible under-represented populations, gender and sexually diverse (LGBTTIQQ2s+) persons cannot be readily identified. Likewise, there is no secure method of identifying persons supportive of gender and sexually different people. This educational session will explore:
• The changing landscape of the language associated with the diversity of gender and sexuality
• Cultural contexts
• Existing disparities
• Strategies for creating safer and more supportively inclusive spaces
Hepatitis C and Our Communities
Hepatitis C (HCV) is a life-threatening virus that attacks the liver and can cause liver fibrosis or scarring, which may lead to cirrhosis and ultimately, liver cancer or death from liver failure. An estimated 220,697 to 245,987 Canadians are living with chronic hepatitis C. That is the equivalent of six to seven people out of every 1,000 Canadians (or 0.6% to 0.7% of the total Canadian population). An estimated 44% of people living with chronic hepatitis C infection are unaware of their status. There are treatments for hepatitis C, but no vaccine exists to prevent disease. This education session explores:
• Hepatitis C and how it affects the body
• Activities that can put you at risk for HCV
• Strategies to support people to reduce the risk of HCV • The impacts HCV on Prince Edward Island