Women's Harm Reduction

The Women’s Harm Reduction Program is for women and trans women who use drugs, and women who use drugs and do sex work.  

The program was established to reduce the gap between women and men accessing the COUNTERfit Harm Reduction Program. Women who use illegal drugs and work in the sex trade face unique challenges. This program works to acknowledge those challenges and develop responsive, supportive programming. 95% of women interviewed experienced violence in their life, and 65% experienced violence in the past year. (Interviews of women who use illegal drugs and engage in sex work was done by SRCHC in 2007.) Rates of HIV among females are increasing. The majority of new HIV cases among females are from firstly, injection drug use and secondly, sexual contact with an infected person. (Public Health Agency of Canada, 2006) Harm Reduction programs are used predominately by men (Public Health Agency of Canada, August, 2006).

We Offer:

Harm reduction supplies (e.g. needles, crack stems, etc.), basic needs items (tampons, pads, underwear etc.), harm reduction counselling, support services and advocacy, referrals to doctors, nurses, counselors / case managers, detoxes, housing workers, shelters, Hep C education & treatment programs and more.

Sexual Health Programming:

Sexual health education and counselling, safer sex supplies such as condoms, lube, internal condoms, (also known as female condoms), testing for sexually transmitted infections (STI’s), free pregnancy test kits, free emergency contraception pills.

Women's Harm Reduction Breakfast Drop-in:

Tuesdays 9-11:30 a.m., 4th floor. A safe place for women to talk, hang-out or just drop-in and have a free hot breakfast. See a nurse, talk to a counsellor, get health education, support and referral services.  Pick up free harm reduction and basic needs supplies. The drop in is staffed by women with lived exdperience of drug use and sex work.  

No Need for Registration

Women can register, but are not required to.  The COUNTERfit Harm Reduction Program offers client cards with or without a photo for those who want to register with the program.  To issue a COUNTERfit Client Card, we need your full name, your date of birth, and the first two letters of your mom or dad’s surname.  It is OK to access the program without registering or providing any identifying information.  

Program Eligibility: 
For women who use illegal drugs and/or work in the sex trade.
Program Offered in the Following Languages: 
English
Program Location: 
Women’s Harm Reduction Health Promoter 1st floor
Program Time and Hours: 
Women’s Harm Reduction Health Promoter is usually available on a drop-in basis Monday, Thursday & Friday – call for more info: (416) 461-1925 ext. 388
Program Contact: 

Rhiannon Thomas

416 461 1925 x388
Are appointments required for this program?: 
No
Do participants need to register for this program?: 
No
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