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We believe that PHAs (Persons living with HIV/AIDS) have the right to full, active and healthy lives, free of discrimination.
We meet people where they are at without judgment, and we support people to make informed choices about their own lives.

City and Regional Support

Our Programs are Free and Confidential 

Our Support Services staff are skilled in answering questions, providing support and offering a number of programs and services to people living with HIV/AIDS, as well as to those affected by HIV/AIDS, including family, friends and loved ones.

If you’re interested in our programs and services or just have a question to make an appointment with our Support Services team.

If you want to ask a question, talk to someone or schedule an appointment please call, email or drop in to the Kingston office.

All our services are free and confidential. Self-referrals are encouraged. Our main office is located in Kingston. Our Regional Support Coordinator is also available to meet with you outside regular office hours and at locations in any of the communities we serve within our catchment area (Belleville to the west, Brockville to the east, and Sharbot Lake to the north).

City and Regional Support

HARS is a safe, confidential, non-judgmental and inclusive space where people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS can get support and build a community. We help advocate for social services you are entitled to. Support Coordinators provide the following confidential services to individuals living with HIV/AIDS and also to those affected by HIV/AIDS:

  • Individual counseling (on issues of testing, sexuality, safer sex, living with HIV/AIDS, disclosure and harm reduction)
  • Advocacy
  • Health Promotion
  • Information on treatments
  • Referrals to agencies/services
  • Practical services
  • Support groups

For people outside of Kingston, the Regional Support Coordinator will meet you in your home or at a mutually agreeable location.  The Regional Support Coordinator can also arrange for transportation to medical appointments outside your town or city.

Contact us for an appointment. All calls and emails are completely confidential.

Prison Support

The Prison Support Coordinator provides a range of support services to federal inmates living with HIV/AIDS at the Joyceville Correctional Centre, Bath and Millhaven Institutions and attached RTC facilities, Pittsburgh Institution, Collins Bay medium and max security, and the Frontenac Institution.

In addition, support services are offered to the Quinte and Brockville Provincial Prisons. The following confidential services are offered through the Prison Support program:

  • Counselling
  • Education
  • Advocacy
  • Medical referrals and referrals to other community agencies
  • Group work
  • Networking with other community agencies

We also assist with:

  • Pre-release planning
  • Housing applications
  • Disability pensions
  • General support for those infected, affected, or at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS and HEP C.

Contact us for an appointment if you are HIV+. All calls and emails are completely confidential.

Newly Diagnosed? We are here to help you.

When you first test positive for HIV or hepatitis C it is normal to feel afraid and confused. It is important to know neither diagnosis is a death sentence, and you are not alone in your journey.

Our Support Services team is skilled in working with people living with HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C. You probably have many questions about your future. We will work with you to answer your questions and connect you to services and programs that can help you live a healthy, long life with HIV/AIDS and/or hepatitis C.

Testing positive is not:

  • The end of the world
  • The end of your relationships
  • The end of you

Testing positive is:

  • A raw deal you’ll probably feel strongly about, even if at first you’re numb.
  • A challenge to you and the people in your life.
  • An opportunity to grow.

You have a future. You may not believe it right now, but HIV is not a death sentence. There have been significant advances care and treatment. People with HIV can now live long, productive lives.