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Street Connections is a mobile public health service in Winnipeg. Our goal is to reduce the spread of sexually-transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBIs), including hepatitis C and HIV, and reduce other drug-related harms.

 

We are part of Healthy Sexuality and Harm Reduction in the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority's (WRHA) Population and Public Health Program.

 
Public health nurses and outreach workers staff our van, which drives around the city every evening except Sunday. You can also find us during the day from Monday to Friday in our office on the main floor of 496 Hargrave St.
 
We base our services on a harm reduction philosophy. This means that we support programs and policies that improve the health of people who use drugs and support people in their efforts to keep themselves and the larger community safe, without judging people for their sexual or drug use practices.

 

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Van Routes

Monday to Thursday

6:35 - 6:45 pm

Stop at 705 Broadway

6:50 - 7:00 pm

Stop at Sargent and McGee St.

7:10 - 7:20 pm 

Main Street area near Higgins

9:45 - 9:50 pm   

Stop on Selkirk Ave. near McKenzie St.

10:00 - 10:15 pm 

Stop on Main Street near Jarvis Ave.

10:50 - 11:00 pm

Stop at the corner of Notre Dame and Isabel

11:25 - 11:30 pm

Stop at William Ave and Isabel St.

 

 

 

Friday and Saturday

Call 204-981-0742 to find us!

 

 

Frequently-asked questions (FAQ)

How much does this program cost?

A harm reduction program costs little compared to its savings. A 2015 review found that harm reduction services "can be cost-effective by most thresholds in the short-term and cost-saving in the long-term." A single needle costs about 10 cents, much less than treating the infections it can prevent. Conservative estimates place the ratio of savings-to-costs at about 4:1. Australia’s government estimated that their harm reduction programs had prevented approximately 21,000 hepatitis C infections and 25,000 HIV infections after about a decade of operation, saving about $7.8 billion. That’s a significant savings to taxpayers due to preventable health care expenses.

This approach is endorsed by major medical and legal organizations:

  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • United States Institute of Medicine
  • UNAIDS
  • Global Fund World Bank
  • International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
  • UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health

In addition, 84 countries support harm reduction in policy or practice. 77 countries have clean needle programs.