About HIV Edmonton
HIV Edmonton was founded out of desperation by Michael Phair and a group of close friends as, in 1984, Edmonton braced for its own AIDS outbreak. Originally called the AIDS Network of Edmonton, HIV Edmonton changed its name to better reflect the advancements in the area of HIV and AIDS in 1999. HIV Edmonton is a harm reduction agency, working to provide the best education and prevention methods to a wide variety of audiences.
To be the foremost organization championing the advancement of health equity, gender equity, and justice in order to eliminate stigma and discrimination for people living with, or impacted by, HIV and AIDS.
HIV Edmonton believes health equity and gender equity is a right. We achieve this by honouring community, advocating in partnership to amplify community voices, enhancing responsiveness, and advancing the knowledge that U=U=U: Undetectable equals Untransmittable meaning a person living with HIV achieves and maintains an undetectable viral load, they cannot transmit HIV sexually; Universal access to testing, treatment, care, and support is central to U=U=U.
- We strive to create a positive and welcoming environment for all who use our services.
- We appreciate and celebrate diversity in all its dimensions.
- We are compassionate in all that we do.
- We demonstrate respect for each other, our volunteers, clients, service partners and health care professionals and recognize that success is achieved through collaboration.
- We protect the dignity and confidentiality of our clients.
- We are honest, trustworthy and act with integrity.
- We honour the generosity of others through responsible and efficient use of our resources.
- We are transparent with respect to decision making.
- We strive for continuous improvement in fulfilling our mission.
- We encourage and support a healthy work/life balance for our staff.