HIV Support at PARN

PARN provides compassionate and confidential support to people who are living with and affected by HIV and/or AIDS in the City of Peterborough and the four counties of Peterborough, Haliburton, Northumberland and City of Kawartha Lakes.

We will meet with you and listen to your needs. If you are living with HIV and/or AIDS, we will help you find the services you need, and support you as you learn more about living with HIV and/or AIDS.

There are a variety of programs and services offered by PARN that may assist you in your everyday life. These include a lending library, an emergency financial assistance fund, access to the internet, emergency food services, and referrals to a variety of other supportive community agencies. We also offer harm reduction education and supplies at no cost, like condoms and lube, as well as new injection and inhalation equipment.

PARN’s support services include:

Initial intake and assessment: this is an opportunity for us to learn more about you and for you to learn more about us. We will begin to get a sense of your experiences, challenges and needs, and you can learn about PARN, our programs, services and partners.  We will ask you to provide confirmation of HIV status and proof of residency within our region.

  • Supportive counselling: either in-person or by telephone on issues related to living with HIV and/or AIDS, and general health and wellness. This is not therapeutic counselling.
  • Referrals to other community services: these include local or 4-county/regional supports and services like legal, housing, mental health, and other HIV-related supports and services.
  • Positive Care Clinic: provides HIV & Hep C testing and treatment in Peterborough at the PARN site on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • Oshawa Community Health Centre, Hepatitis C Team: provides outreach and information in Peterborough at the PARN site two Wednesdays per month
  • Continuing Education and personal development opportunities like the annual Opening Doors Conference: planned with the AIDS Committee of Durham Region and services providers from each region.
  • Social activities like the Holiday Social and the Annual Picnic with the AIDS Committee of Durham Region are opportunities to expand your social network, connecting with others living with and affected by HIV and/or AIDS.