If you want more information about common HIV drugs, or want to refer to trusted HIV / AIDS and other support organizations (pharmacy, government assistance) in the community, you’ve come to the right place. See below for links to community support organizations, HIV and STI testing clinics, and HIV and PrEP medication fact sheets.
Aids Service Organizations
- CATIE (Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange)
- PWA (Toronto People with AIDS Foundation)
- ACT (AIDS Committee of Toronto)
- Casey House
- ASAAP (Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention)
- Latinos Positivos
- Fife House
- McEwan House
HIV Testing Clinics – Toronto
Hassle Free Clinic: Visit the Hassle Free Clinic at 66 Gerrard Street (2nd floor) in Toronto for HIV tests, including Anonymous Rapid HIV Tests. The Hassle Free Clinic also provides testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Call the Hassle Free Clinic at 416 922-0566.
Every Tuesday between 5:00pm and 10:00pm, the Hassle Free clinic offers Walk-In Anonymous Testing for men who have sex with men at The 519 (519 Church Street).
Every Thursday between 5:00pm and 8:00pm, the clinic offers Walk-In Anonymous Testing for men who have sex with men at the South Riverdale Community Health Centre (955 Queen Street East).
For more information on clinics and services, please visit the Hassle Free Clinic website.
Birth Control Venereal Disease Information Centre is located at 960 Lawrence Avenue West, west of Dufferin Street. Anonymous HIV Testing and Rapid HIV Testing is provided. By appointment only. Call 416 789-4541 or email info@BirthControlVD.org
Crossways Clinic located at 2340 Dundas Street West provides Rapid HIV Testing. Drop-in hours Monday 9:30 am – 12 noon, 2 pm – 6:30 pm, Tuesday 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm, Wednesday 9:30 am – 11:30 am, 1 pm – 3:30 pm, Thursday 12 noon – 4 pm, Friday 9:30 am – 12 noon. Call the Crossways Clinic at 416 392-0999 and check the City of Toronto Sexual Health Clinics page for the latest updates.
Jane Street Clinic located at 662 Jane Street provides Rapid HIV Testing. Drop-in hours Tuesday 1 pm – 5:30 pm, Wednesday 2 pm- 6:30 pm, Thursday 9:30 am – 11:30 am, 1 pm – 4 pm. Call the Jane Street Clinic at 416 338-7272 for more info and please check the City of Toronto Sexual Health Clinics page for the latest updates.
Rexdale Community Health Centre at 8 Taber Road provides Anonymous HIV Testing and the Rapid HIV Test. By appointment only, Wednesdays between 1:30 pm and 5:30 pm. Call the Rexdale Community Health Centre at 416 744-0066 and please check the City of Toronto Sexual Health Clinics page for the latest updates.
Rexdale Youth Community Centre at 1530 Albion Road provides Anonymous HIV Testing and the Rapid HIV Test for youth under the age of 28. By appointment Thursdays 2:45 pm – 5:30 pm. Call the Rexdale Youth Community Centre at 416 741-8714 and please check the City of Toronto Sexual Health Clinics page for the latest updates.
The Scarborough Sexual Health Clinic at the Scarborough Civic Centre, 160 Borough Drive, provides the Rapid HIV Test. Drop-in Monday: 9:30 am – 12 noon, 2 pm- 6:30 pm, Tuesday: 1pm – 3:30 pm, Wednesday: 9:30 am – 12 noon and 2:00 pm – 6:30 pm, Thursday: 9:30 – 11:30 am, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm, Friday: 9:30 am – 12 noon. Call 416 338-7438 and please check the City of Toronto Sexual Health Clinics page for the latest updates.
The Talk Shop at 5110 Yonge Street in North York provides the Rapid HIV Test. Drop-in Monday, Thursday: 2 pm – 6:30 pm, Wednesday: 9:30 am – 11:30 am, 1 pm – 3:30 pm. Call 416 338-7000 and please check the City of Toronto Sexual Health Clinics page for the latest updates.
Other STI Testing Clinics & Sexual Health Support
You can find more sexual health clinics in Toronto on the City of Toronto website: Sexual Health Clinics Toronto.
You can also call the AIDS and Sexual Health InfoLine at the City of Toronto, at 1-800-668-2437 or 416-392-2437.
Reduce your risk of contracting HIV
PEP – Post-Exposure Prophylaxis
You can reduce the risk of contracting HIV after being exposed to blood or bodily fluids by using Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) . This can be after an accidental needle stick injury, unprotected sex or any other event where your blood or mucus membranes have been exposed to someone else’s blood or bodily fluids. PEP usually involves taking 2-3 HIV medications everyday for 4 weeks starting within 72 hours of the exposure. Most emergency departments are familiar with the protocol and the medications are usually covered by your insurance. PEP has been in use for 10 years and has a very good success rate, up to 99% effective in reducing transmission in some studies.
Find out more about Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (from CATIE)
PrEP – Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis
You can reduce the risk of getting HIV before being exposed to infected blood or bodily fluids. It involves taking a medication called Truvada everyday while you are at high risk of contracting HIV. When used with a condom, PrEP has been shown to be very effective in preventing transmission of HIV. It is of most benefit to people at high risk of contracting HIV, such as those who have many sexual partners or who have a regular partner who is HIV positive. PrEP is up to 90% effective in reducing the risk of contracting HIV and has been used since 2012 in North America.
For more information, download this PrEP information booklet
Common HIV Medications
HIV medications and treatment regimens are complex. Zahid Somani, pharmacist and owner of The Village Pharmacy has worked with HIV / AIDS patients for more than 15 years, and he brings this expertise to help you take control of your health.
Getting informed is one way you can take control of your health. Learn more about common HIV medications by clicking on the links below. Medication information sheets are hosted by CATIE (www.catie.ca), Canada’s source for HIV and Hepatitis C information. The Village Pharmacy does not take responsibility for the accuracy of these documents, but will be happy to answer any questions you have!
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