Women’s Community Development


ACCKWA’s Women’s Community Development program is a community-based response to HIV among women that takes into account the structural and societal factors that increase women’s risk factors for HIV. The goal of the program is to build community capacity to support women living with or facing systemic risk of contracting HIV. This program is a part of a provincial collaborative initiative called the Women & HIV/AIDS Initiative (WHAI).


Training and Workshops

Are you a service provider or community organization looking to build your capacity? The Women’s Program provides capacity-building training and workshops to enhance skills for supporting women who are living with HIV or face systemic risk of contracting HIV. Workshops can be tailored to the needs of your group.

Training and workshop topics include but are not limited to:

  • Women and HIV in Ontario (HIV basics)
  • Pregnancy and Parenting with HIV
  • Creating Safe Spaces for Women living with HIV
  • HIV and Stigma
  • HIV Disclosure
  • Women and Harm Reduction
  • Women, HIV, and Gender-Based Violence


Do you have an upcoming event that you would like ACCKWA’s Women’s Program to be involved with? Contact womensprevention@acckwa.com with the event details and details on how you would like the program to be involved. Disclaimer: The Women’s Program is not able to accommodate every event request, and will communicate if an event is not within program capacity.


PrEP and Women

Prep (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) is a drug that people who are not living with HIV can take to prevent HIV infection. The medication is taken before coming into contact with HIV to prevent HIV from establishing infection inside the body. Research has shown PrEP to be over 90% effective when taken consistently and correctly. PrEP does not prevent other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or pregnancy.

Interested in starting PrEP? ACCKWA has an in-person PrEP clinic once a month. If you are interested in coming to the in-person clinic, would like to be connected with a virtual clinic, or would like support with exploring PrEP coverage options, contact the Women’s Program at womensprevention@acckwa.com or 519-570-3687 ext. 318.

To learn more about PrEP for Women click here.

PEP and Women

PEP (Post-exposure prophylaxis) is a medication course to help prevent the transmission of HIV to a person who may have been recently exposed to the virus. For PEP to work, it needs to be started as soon as possible, and no later than 72 hours after exposure. Studies show that PEP can be up to 80% effective at preventing HIV transmission if taken as prescribed. PEP does not prevent pregnancy or other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). PEP can be accessed at your local emergency room.

To learn more about PEP for Women click here.

HIV Self Test

We are happy to announce that we are now providing FREE anonymous rapid HIV self-testing in our office. Drop-in hours are on Thursdays between 2pm & 6 pm at our main site in Kitchener: 5-1770 King Street East.

Click the link below to book an appointment online. If you would like to have your test facilitated by someone in a specific program, choose from the appropriate program.


To book by phone, call us at 519-570-3687 or text/call 519-635-2437 during business hours. At ACCKWA one of our trained staff members can walk you through the test step-by-step, provide you with support, and answer any questions you might have.

If you are looking for full STI screening, please visit our STI testing resource page.