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ARCH Newsletter April 2015
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Special Announcement:
 

Transgender Healthcare
now at ARCH Clinic


HIV/AIDS Resources and Community Health - HIV Clinical Services (ARCH Clinic) is pleased to announce that we will commence offering Transgender Healthcare services. 

General healthcare for Trans individuals will be available in a safe, non-stigmatizing atmosphere.  Supervised Hormonal therapy under the care of our physicians and nurses will also be available for Trans individuals who wish to undergo such treatment.

Please note that psychiatric consultations are not necessary.  Patients may obtain a referral from their family physician, family member/friend or may also self-refer.  Should an individual be interested in Gender Affirming Surgery, recommendations to private cosmetic surgeons in Ontario can be made.

Patients will meet with our nurse for a detailed intake process first to determine their needs and will be given an information package to take home for their consideration.  If a patient is seeking Hormonal Therapy, they will return after two weeks or more, to sign an “informed consent”. No psychiatric evaluation is necessary to begin treatment.

ARCH Clinic will continue to provide care for individuals who are living with HIV/AIDS. We currently provide healthcare for more than 400 patients who live in the Wellington-Dufferin, Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge, and Grey-Bruce counties.
 
Referrals for individuals who are HIV positive may also be made through a physician, family member/friend or patients may self-refer. 

Currently there are four physicians and two nurses on staff who continue to provide family-centred care for patients at our facility located at 89 Dawson Road, Unit 113.

Should you have any questions, please contact our Clinic Coordinator/Nurse, Deanna Clatworthy at 519 780-5298 ext. 144 or via email at  coordinator@archguelph.ca.
Referrals may be faxed to 519 780-5060.

New Positive Prevention 

Coordinator at ARCH!


Chris Grimard comes to us from Sudbury, ON and recently graduated from the social work program at Laurentian University in May 2014.  Formerly employed at Réseau ACCESS Network, as the Diversity Liaison and Gay/MSM Education and Sexual Health Worker, Chris gained much experience working with the local queer and two-spirit population in addition to the educational systems (Gay, Straight Alliances) in Sudbury.  Chris self-identifies as a queer individual and has a personal practice that stems from non-judgemental, and anti-oppressive beliefs among many others.  Chris tries thier best to be a working ally to all communities and is always open to suggestions on how to improve social justice work.
 
Chris is excited to learn more about Guelph and surrounding areas during employment at ARCH and will openly take suggestions for any yummy restaurants to try in the Guelph area!
 
Read more about Chris HERE or his blog on Gender Inclusive Pronouns: Beyond the Feminist Issue HERE.
A Taste for Life - 2015
Rick Mercer does Taste.

Save the Date:
Wednesday April 22nd, 2015

Check out the restaurants we've got for for 2015:
Guelph
39 Carden Street
Aberfoyle Mill
Atmosphere Cafe
Diwa Indian Cuisine
Fifty West
Manhattans Pizza
NV Lounge
The Raymond
The Works 
With the Grain [lunch]
Zen Gardens

Elora
The Cellar Pub & Grill 
The Cork

Fergus
The Brew House on the Grand

Mount Forest
The Spot
Pride & Prejudice

A group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning youth (ages 14-24) brought to you by Out On The Shelf and ARCH. For more information select HERE.

Extended Hours on HIV Testing
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph in conjunction ARCH is offering extended HIV testing every other Wed. from 4:30-6:30 pm. Weekly hours will still continue to from 1:30-3:30 pm. Please check our website at archguelph.ca for the most current testing dates / cancellations.  Or you can telephone 519 763-2255 for more information.
Volunteer Training
Volunteer training is this Saturday April 18th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Registration, and other details can be found HERE.
Upcoming Events for People Living With HIV.

For a complete list of all of our listings including Mind Matters, Art Therapy, ACB Men's Group, Movie Nights and more, check out our website at SUPPORT SERVICES/GROUPS.
HIV/AIDS Resources and Community Health is supported by the United Way of Guelph Wellington Dufferin.
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