Peer Support and Drop-In Centre

Supporting those Infected or Affected by HIV / Hepatitis C by:

  • HIV / Hepatitis C Counselling: We provide counselling, referrals and advocacy to individuals living with or at increased risk of infection of HIV and/or Hepatitis C, their families, partners and caregivers.
  • Information Line: During office hours we provide confidential HIV and Hepatitis C information and support.‚Ä®Resource Centre: We maintain resources containing pamphlets on HIV / Hepatitis C related subjects.
  • Treatment Information: We provide up to date treatment information for individuals living with HIV / Hepatitis C through workshops, training sessions, displays, mailings and forums.
  • Special Needs Fund: We provide limited financial assistance to individuals living with HIV / Hepatitis C.
  • Partnership Development: We work with a broad range of organizations to implement sustainable community responses to HIV and Hepatitis C

Community Support

LHC Serves the Community by Providing…

  • HIV & Hepatitis C Training / Presentations: We provide education to groups and organizations. Sessions are individually tailored to meet the needs of the audience.
  • Targeted Prevention: We facilitate the development of appropriate, and effective prevention initiatives for populations at increased risk of HIV and/or Hepatitis C infection.
  • Rural Outreach: We facilitate the implementation of HIV / Hepatitis C initiatives in the outlying rural communities in Southwestern Alberta.
  • Special Events: We organize a number of special events to raise awareness of HIV / Hepatitis C issues. These include AIDS Awareness Week, a Candle Light Vigil and an Annual Spring for Life Campaign.
  • Newsletter / Media Relations: Through the production of a regular newsletter and periodic press releases, we ensure that the public of Southwestern Alberta are kept informed of emerging HIV / Hepatitis C issues.

Needle Exchange Program

As part of its harm reduction programming, the Lethbridge HIV Connection offers a needle exchange program.

Clean needles are available at the following locations:

  • Lethbridge HIV Connection – 1206 6 Ave South
  • PHARMASAVE: Draffin’s Pharmacy – 319 – 5th St South
  • Norbridge Pharmacy – 722 -23 St North
  • Lethbridge Shelter and Resource Center – 802 – 2 A Ave North
  • Mobile Urban Street Team (MUST) Van

Used needles may be returned to any of the above locations or disposed of at any of the following drop box locations:

  • London Road Park – 7 St and 7 Ave South
  • Behind the YMCA – 515 Stafford Dr South
  • Corner of Lakesdie and Mayor Magrath Dr – by the 7-11
  • Galt Gardens Park – by the public washrooms, downtown
  • Nicholas Sheran Arena – behind the arena on the south east corner
  • Greyhound Bus Terminal – behind the station