AIDS Service Organization
About: “HIV Edmonton is dedicated to making life better for people living with, or affected by HIV and AIDS. We do this by focusing on the elimination of HIV transmission and AIDS-related deaths and working to erase the stigma and discrimination faced by people living with, and affected by HIV and AIDS.
HIV Edmonton supports people living with, and affected by HIV and AIDS by: developing educational resources for community organizations, healthcare professionals and the general public; developing and delivering prevention, health promotion and support programs; and providing a voice for people living with, and affected by HIV and AIDS through our work with local, provincial and national organizations on policy development, health strategy and program design.”
Edmonton Men’s Health Collective
About: “The Edmonton Men’s Health Collective (EMHC) is a grassroots queer men’s health organization run by and for Edmonton gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (GBTQ) men and masculine identifying individuals. The EMHC’s vision is that Edmonton GBTQ men have equitable opportunity to experience positive health and wellbeing. We aim to achieve this through providing a representative voice that addresses the specific health determinants and needs of GBTQ men through community education, support and capacity building; provider training and professional development; and community based research and advisory.”
The Pride Centre of Edmonton
About: “The Pride Centre of Edmonton provides a non-judgemental, welcoming space where people of all sexual orientations and gender identities and expressions can be themselves and find support and resources. The Pride Centre fulfills the important role of being a primary point of contact for people who are seeking information about the diversity of sexual orientation and gender identity and for those who are looking for a welcoming place of acceptance. We offer support and resources for members of the LGBTQ community, their families and friends and the broader community.
We organize programs such as support groups, social events, and educational seminars to help improve the social, mental, and physical health of our community.”
About: “Streetworks started out in 1989 and was called Needleworks back then. About 8 city agencies, including AADAC, Edmonton Police Service and the Medical Officer of Health got together to talk about HIV in the injection drug using and sex trade community. They also wanted to talk about the how HIV was having an affect on the whole community. Over the years, outreach staff at the program noticed lots of health problems affecting people injecting and working in the sex trade, and in 1995, nurses joined the team. The program also changed its name from Needleworks to Streetworks. It was pretty clear that the people coming to the program were asking for lots of different kinds of services and had lots of health needs. The program keeps on growing and working with the community to meet these needs. Streetworks is based on important philosophies like Harm Reduction, Health Promotion, and Primary Health Care. Building strengths, outreach, relationship-based work, decreasing barriers and advocacy are paramount in meeting the goals of the program.”
Canadian Native Friendship Centre
About: “The CNFC was organized to help aboriginal newcomers to the city with referral services and social and recreational programs. It was, and remains, a gathering place for meetings, social events, and community gatherings. Today, the Centre continues to provide cultural, recreational and social programming. We serve approximately 10,000 people annually through various programs, services and functions. The Centre is able to provide these services through the work of volunteers who expend approximately 5,000 hours on an annual basis.
The vision of the Canadian Native Friendship Centre is toward an integrated, self-reliant Aboriginal community who participates as urban citizens taking responsibility for their shared condition in a spirit of health, cooperation and wellness within a strong cultural base. The mandate of the Canadian Native Friendship Centre is to improve the quality of life of Aboriginal people in an urban environment by supporting self-determined activities, encouraging equal access to and participation in Canadian society while respecting Aboriginal cultural distinctiveness.”
New Immigrants and Refugees
Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers
About: “We see a future where many citizens walk with newcomers to bridge their transition into the community. To achieve this vision, we will serve as a key catalyst and leading collaborator in positively shaping the attitudes, behaviours and practices of organizations and individuals to value the diversity that newcomers bring to the community.”
Northern Alberta Program (AHS)
11400 University Avenue
780 407 1852
1 844 407 1852 (toll-free)
10240 Kingsway Avenue NW
780 735 4811 (switchboard)
About: The Northern Alberta Program (NAP) is the program within Alberta Health Services (AHS) which provides specialized HIV care for people living with HIV in the Edmonton region and the rest of Northern Alberta. NAP operates out of two locations: the Kaye Edmonton Clinic and the Royal Alexandra Hospital.
HIV and STI Testing
Edmonton STI Clinic (AHS)
11111 Jasper Avenue
780 342 2300
About: The main site for HIV and STI testing in Edmonton is the STI Clinic. However, you can also get tested through your family doctor or a medicentre. Additionally, AHS offers limited testing hours at other locations in the city. For a list of locations and hours, click here.