World AIDS Day 2018
November 27, 2018
December 1 is World AIDS Day, a time to raise awareness and celebrate advancements in preventing and treating HIV/AIDS. World AIDS Day also gives us the opportunity to show our support for people living with HIV/AIDS and to commemorate those who have died.
This year's World AIDS Day campaign focuses on the importance of HIV testing and knowing your HIV status. According to UNAIDS, 37 million people are living with HIV worldwide, but a quarter do not know that they have the virus. Knowing your HIV status is "an essential entry point to HIV treatment, prevention, care and support services." All forms of HIV testing should adhere to the 5 Cs: consent, confidentiality, counselling, correct test results and connection (linkage to prevention, treatment and care services).
The Ontario Nurses' Association is proud to offer ongoing support to the Stephen Lewis Foundation, a not-for-profit grassroots organization that works with community organizations in Africa in the fight against AIDS. Since 2003, the Foundations has funded more than 1,700 initiatives working with more than 325 community organizations across the 15 African countries hardest hit by the global AIDS pandemic.
UNAIDS is leading the global effort to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. Visit their website for research, publications, and resources, and learn how you can help take action.
CATIE is a Canadian not-for-profit organization with lots of information and research on HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C. Visit CATIE’s website to order materials for World AIDS Day events and find out what is happening in your community for World AIDS Day 2018.
The Canadian AIDS Society urges people to get tested for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections and to encourage your partner(s) to do the same. Click here to learn more about testing and counseling.