AIDS 2012

Maybe you watch the news, maybe you don’t. If you do you may have heard about the #AIDS2012 conference that was happening in Washington, and if you don’t watch the news, I just told you anyways.

Here is the scoop. HIV/AIDS, worldwide is one of the HIV/AIDS epidemic is one of the greatest challenges facing the world. As the epidemic continues to expand, virtually no country in the world remains unaffected. There are about 39.5 million people worldwide were living with HIV/AIDS in 2006 and 2.9 million people who died of AIDS-related illnesses in 2006, this epidemic has now claimed the lives of over 25 million people.

I know what you are thinking, I don’t live in Africa I live in Canada and Canada is a 1st world country that doesn’t have a problem. However, HIV/AIDS hits hardest in areas where economic and development challenges are greatest, like in Canada’s Aboriginal communities. Overall, in 2008, the HIV infection rate for Aboriginal people (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) was about 3.6 times higher than among other Canadians.

26% (or 1 out of 4 people) of people living with HIV in Canada are not aware of their HIV positive Status, scary hey? But since you are lucky enough to live in Canada, where testing, prevention, and treatment are FREE, you and your partner(s) should get tested and know your status. Check out how by clicking here (link to contact testing info). And since we live in Canada, what can we do to share the message?

Respect Yourself. Protect Yourself.