Helpful information for people living with HIV, people who use drugs, Indigenous people, newcomers, sex workers, guys who have sex with guys and other members of the communities we serve. We will update this page as new information and resources are released.
Latest update: March 27/20
General COVID-19 Resources
Information about COVID-19 is changing rapidly. Please consult the resources below for the most current information:
- Manitoba Updates about COVID-19
- Canadian Updates about COVID-19
- Vulnerable populations and COVID-19
- How to isolate at home when you have COVID-19
- About coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
- Know the facts about coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
- Be prepared infographic (COVID-19)
- Be prepared factsheet
- World Health Organization: COVID-19 Advice for the public
- Winnipeg Free Press COVID-19 Coverage (free)
- Sex & COVID-19
Phone Lines/Mental Health Support
- Crisis Support (24 hours)
- Sara Riel Inc’s Seneca Services Peer Support Warm Line (24 hours, not a crisis line)
- Anxiety Disorders Association of Manitoba (ADAM) Support Line (Not a crisis line)
- Anxiety Canada
- Service Canada (Employment Insurance, Emergency Care Benefit etc)
- Employment and Income Assistance (EIA)
- Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
- West Central Women’s Resource Centre Community Resource Listing
- Main Street Project
- Help Next Door MB
Help Next Door MB is a network of helpers coming together as a community. If you are a volunteer ready to provide your support or someone who needs a helping hand through these difficult times, this platform can connect you.
For People Living with HIV and/or Hep C
Canada’s source for HIV & Hep C information has released an article that looks at who is at increased risk of COVID-19, strategies for reducing transmission, and what to do if you think you have COVID-19. Key messages:
- An HIV-positive person on effective treatment is not expected to be at higher risk of becoming seriously ill with COVID-19
- A person with untreated HIV or a low CD4+ cell count may be at higher risk of becoming seriously ill with COVID-19
- People with HIV or hepatitis C are more likely to have other conditions that carry a greater risk of becoming seriously ill with COVID-19 Read more
For People Who Use Drugs
Practice safer drug use to prevent transmission of COVID-19. Key Messages:
- Try to minimize sharing of supplies like pipes, e-cigarettes, joints, straws etc. and don’t share needles.
- Try to minimize contact with others
- Plan & prepare for overdose
- If you’re on medication-assisted treatment, talk to your pharmacist/health provider. Health Canada has adapted their policies to support access to medical treatments.
- If you can, increase your supply of syringes, harm reduction supplies and naloxone. The Street Connections info below has a list of supply sites.
For Indigenous People
- Webinar on COVID-19 and Indigenous Communities presented by Indigenous Health Experts and Knowledge Keepers
- Government of Canada information for First Nations and Inuit people
For Guys who Have Sex with Guys
For Sex Workers
- Sex work & COVID-19: Guidelines for Sex Workers, Clients, Third Parties & Allies
*This resource is from Ontario, if you think you might have COVID-19, call Health Links-Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or 1-888-315-9257
- New South Wales peer organisation Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP) has provided a set of evidence-based guidelines for sex workers.