HIV counselling and other support services for people with HIV.

Have you been diagnosed with HIV or know someone who has the virus? Access help and support in your community through counselling and other support services offered by Fraser Health and other organizations.

A diagnosis of HIV can feel devastating. However, you can lead a long and healthy life through treatment, by taking care of your health, and getting the right medical care.

Public health nurses

Fraser Health has a team of highly skilled public health nurses, specially trained in HIV infections. They will help you through the next steps and tell you about the resources and supports available.

To contact a nurse, please call one of these numbers:

  • Fraser North: 604-777-6709 (Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows)
  • Fraser South: 604-587-7902 (Surrey, South Surrey/White Rock, Delta, Langley)
  • Fraser East: 604-864-3437 (Abbotsford, Aldergrove, Mission)
  • Fraser West: 604-702-4969 (Chilliwack, Hope Agassiz)

Positive Health Services

Positive Health Services (PHS) provides specialized outpatient HIV services to patients. PHS is open to anyone with HIV who lives or works in the region. Services include specialized HIV care, medication management, nutrition guidance, counselling, testing for other infections and referrals to community resources.

Other resources

Fraser Health Crisis Line
Crisis Line volunteers respond to a variety of issues. They invite callers to talk about their situation and discuss strategies that may help you manage more effectively. The service is also available to friends, family members and professionals looking for assistance in helping someone who is emotionally distraught. Call the Fraser Health Crisis Line at 1-877-820-7444.

CATIE
CATIE is Canada’s source for up-to-date, unbiased information about HIV, also provides resources. These links are especially useful for people who have just been diagnosed with HIV:

Positive Living BC
Positive Living BC is an independent organization that helps people living with HIV. They provide services through people trained and educated on the health issues surrounding HIV, and offer workshops and education programs. Visit their Newly Diagnosed website or phone 604-908-7710.

YouthCO
Youth living with HIV from throughout B.C. can access programs and opportunities at YouthCO, including a scholarship program, leadership opportunities with YouthCO, and Camp Moomba participation.

AIDS Vancouver
AIDS Vancouver provides support to those affected by HIV/AIDS, including a case management program that provides information, support and care coordination for you and your family. While the immediate focus is on food, shelter, income and emotional support, they may also work with you in other areas over the long-term.

Oak Tree Clinic - HIV care for women and families
Oak Tree Clinic provides specialized clinical care in a safe environment for women and children living with HIV/AIDS. This includes care from birth, throughout childhood, adolescence and adulthood, including reproductive health, pregnancy, menopause and beyond.

Purpose Society
Provides a variety of outreach services for youth and families, including advocacy, case management and education.