HIV and AIDS

Ontario Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS (OACHA)


OACHA is an advisory agency under the Government of Ontario's Agencies and Appointments Directive (2015). OACHA provides independent and broad social and health policy advice to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care on all aspects of HIV/AIDS.

Members are appointed by the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. Membership consists of:

  • 1/3: people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS
  • 1/3: health care providers
  • 1/3: people from HIV community services.

OACHA developed HIV/AIDS Strategy to 2026: Focusing Our Efforts – Changing the Course of the Prevention, Engagement and Care Cascade In Ontario, a report on the state of the response to HIV and a series of recommendations on how best to strengthen the response in order to prevent further infections and ensure all Ontarians with HIV have the full opportunity to benefit from advances in HIV treatments.

Since 1992, OACHA has produced policy recommendations on a number of key issues, including reforms to the Trillium Drug Plan, the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure and the importance of the public health response to people with HIV who are unwilling or unable to take precautions, pre-exposure prophylaxis and non-occupational post-exposure prophylaxis, access to health care for people who are new to Canada, harm reduction (including safer inhalation access and access to supervised consumption sites), and many more.

Outgoing OACHA co-chairs are:

Dr. Anita Rachlis
Physician, Toronto

Mr. Rick Kennedy
Toronto

Incoming Interim Chair:

Murray Jose-Boerbridge
Toronto


News Release

Ontario Advisory Committee On HIV/AIDS Delivers 10-Year HIV/AIDS Strategy

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