HIV Info

This page contains information about HIV and AIDS.  For information about getting legal help, please visit the Our Services page of our website.

HIV is the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS.  AIDS is the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome.

Being infected with HIV is often called “living with HIV” or being “HIV positive” / “HIV+”.

For information about HIV testing in Ontario, please visit our HIV testing page.

CATIE is “Canada’s source for HIV and hepatitis C information”. For general information about HIV and AIDS, you can visit the CATIE website, including HIV The Basics:

The following links may be of interest to anyone interested in or concerned about HIV/AIDS, HIV-related services, and the law.  HALCO is not responsible for the content of any non-HALCO site.  A link on our site does not imply an endorsement of the site or its content.

HIV/AIDS Medical Information

Government HIV-related Information (including statistics)

HIV/AIDS Legal Information

  • HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO)Contact Us.
  • Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network produces many resources related to HIV, privacy, disclosure and criminalization:
  • Ontario Working Group on Criminal Law and HIV Exposure (CLHE):
  • AIDSLEX – sharing knowledge on HIV/AIDS, the law and human rights:

Please visit Our Publications section for our publications including pamphlets and our newsletter.

For other sources of legal information and assistance, please visit our Legal Services section.

HIV and Human Rights Information (Ontario and Canada)

Please see our Human Rights section.

Community-based HIV/AIDS Organizations & Networks


  • HIV411 [find local AIDS service organizations and other services across Canada]:
  • Ontario AIDS Network (OAN):
  • Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN):
  • Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy (OAHAS):
  • Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment (CAAT) (coalition promoting the health and well-being of people living with HIV who face access barriers related to their immigration status):
  • Teresa Group (children in Ontario affected by HIV/AIDS and their families):
  • African and Caribbean Council on HIV/AIDS in Ontario (ACCHO):
  • Africans in Partnership Against AIDS (APAA):
  • Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAAP):
  • Asian Community AIDS Services (ACAS):
  • Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP):
  • Casey House (stand-alone hospital for people with HIV/AIDS):
  • Ontario HIV and Substance Use Training Program (OHSUTP) (provides training to substance use services in Ontario in order to increase knowledge of HIV/AIDS and to promote skills development):


International HIV Information and Organizations

Community Services Information in Ontario

  • 211 Community Information Services dial 211 anywhere in Ontario for information about services in your community:, and in Toronto:

HIV & Travel Information

Legal Advice

HALCO provides free legal services for people living with HIV in Ontario, Canada.  Please visit our Contact Us page for more information.