The Ontario HIV Treatment Network is a non-profit network funded by the AIDS Bureau of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. We work with three main types of partners: 1) testing programs and clinics; 2) AIDS service and other community-based organizations; and 3) policy and system leaders within and beyond the health sector – to support the implementation of the Focusing Our Efforts, the HIV/AIDS Strategy to 2026 for Ontario. This provincial strategy aims to make new HIV infections rare in Ontario by 2026 and to create a province where people with HIV will lead long, healthy lives, free from stigma and discrimination. OHTN is governed by a Board of Directors representing our network partners, including people living with HIV.
Our mission is to improve the health and lives of people living with and at risk of HIV by using data and evidence to drive change. The OHTN works collaboratively with our network partners to gather and analyze data, conduct targeted high-impact research and support our partners in the HIV sector and beyond to use the best available data and research evidence to improve HIV prevention and care.
The OHTN brings partners together for tactical action to reduce the transmission of HIV in Ontario and to improve the care and support people living with HIV receive. Our values guide the way we work with our network stakeholders. Together we can have a collective impact, influencing decision-making at all levels: personal, clinical, organizational and policy. In 2017, OHTN released Endgame, a strategic plan that lays out our strategic directions for the next ten years and our criteria for investment and involvement.
HIV affects individuals and their communities. Our vision is communities thriving now and beyond HIV.
In Ontario, HIV/AIDS has had a particularly devastating effect on gay men as well as men and women who inject drugs and those who are members of Ontario’s African Caribbean and Black communities and Indigenous communities. Through our work, we strive to support these communities’ efforts to live and thrive with HIV, and to see beyond HIV so they can prosper in all aspects of their lives.
People living with HIV are an essential part of our network. They drive our capacity to imagine thriving beyond HIV. Their knowledge and experience provide a more accurate picture of the challenges and helps us find more effective and feasible solutions. People living with HIV are part of our leadership; it is their right to participate in decision-making that affects their lives and health. Learn more about our commitment to the greater involvement of people living with HIV.
The OHTN operates on the traditional lands of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, the Petun, and the Mississauga’s of the New Credit First Nation, and we acknowledge the Métis and Inuit relatives as well. This meeting place has been the home to many Indigenous people for thousands of years and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.