“There is a direct correlation between women’s low status, the violation of their human rights and HIV transmission. This is not simply a matter of social justice. Gender inequality is fatal.”1
— Noeleen Heyzer, former executive director of UNIFEM, 2001

Women and HIV/AIDS Initiative (WHAI)

WHAI is an answer to community requests for a coordinated, decentralized focus on women and HIV/AIDS in Ontario. This initiative, located in 16 AIDS service organizations throughout the province, is funded by the AIDS Bureau of the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care.

In Toronto, the WHAI is housed at ACT (AIDS Committee of Toronto). We have been providers of excellence in HIV/AIDS programming for women since 1988.

The goals of the WHAI are to:

  • Reduce HIV transmission among women
  • Enhance local community capacity to address women and HIV/AIDS
  • Build safe and healthy environments to support women and their HIV/AIDS – related needs.

To meet these goals, we provide consultations, resources, support, workshops and trainings to service providers to enhance their capacity to meet the needs of women at risk and living with HIV/AIDS.

Please contact us! We’re here to support you and your clients.

Women and HIV/AIDS Initiative at ACT

Email: she@actoronto.org
Phone: 416-340-2437 x. 453 or 276

Shared Health Exchange (SHE) website

A key resource we’ve developed is this website – Shexchange.net – a place where service providers can:

  • find trusted, accurate, up-to-date information about HIV/AIDS and its impact on women
  • learn where you can refer women in Toronto living with or at risk for HIV for testing, specialized support and connections to the HIV service sector
  • download resources for your agency and the women you serve
  • learn how to create an environment free from HIV stigma and misinformation in your organization
  • get answers, book appointments for consultations, inquire about customized trainings and more

Funding for this project is provided by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Government of Ontario. The views and opinions expressed in this website do not necessarily reflect those of the Government of Ontario. The content of this website is not intended as medical advice. Please check with your health-care provider.


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1 HIV/ AIDS and Health Determinants: Lessons for Coordinating Policy and Action, Martin Spigelman Research Associates, Public Health Agency of Canada, January 2002