The Ontario HIV and Substance Use Program, which is funded by the AIDS Bureau of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care, had been associated with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) since the early 1990’s when it was started within the then Addiction Research Foundation (ARF). It originally tried to address the lack of expertise related to HIV/AIDS within addiction treatment agencies, including the Addiction Research Foundation itself. As part of this work, there was initially a significant role in providing care for persons living with HIV who were also users of illicit substances, through a clinical care program at ARF. With the closing of this clinical care component of ARF, the program’s focus shifted to training of addiction treatment providers throughout the province on issues of HIV prevention, harm reduction, and care for users of illicit substances who were also HIV positive. More recently, with the growing awareness of the magnitude and significance of the issue of Hepatitis C among injection drug users, Hepatitis C issues have been incorporated as a natural component of the program’s training work.
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