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The fourth annual African, Caribbean and Black Canadian HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is fast approaching! Join us on February 7, 2018  to help raise awareness of HIV and contribute to addressing HIV-related stigma in Canada’s African, Caribbean and Black communities. Plan a local event add it to our event map by completing this form. Some ideas for events are: Host a showing of the  video “The Test” followed by a discussion Link up with a local HIV testing site to encourage HIV testing on February 7th Hold a cultural or artistic event and start a conversation about HIV by distributing condoms and sharing HIV and Awareness Day information   Visit blackhivday.ca … Read more 


 

This blog first appeared on the Huffington Post . By Lebogang Motsumi

I was first diagnosed with HIV eight years ago, and only then did I notice that every year, the international community comes together to celebrate the progress they have made in fighting this virus.

This progress is reported by the United Nations, which tracks the number of people around the world who take the drugs that I take. The UN is proud–justifiably so–that more and more people who have HIV can keep the infection in check.

These drugs, known as antiretroviral medicines, or ARVs, stop the virus from spreading and knocking out my immune system. The drugs help … Read more 


 

October 19, 2017, Toronto, CANADA and Caracas, VENEZUELA Venezuela is in the middle of an unprecedented, state-made, complex humanitarian emergency with severe and widespread social consequences, including for people living with and affected by HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, ICASO and ACCSI said today in launching a new report. International inaction has set the stage for a rapidly worsening disaster in 2018. “In May 2017, the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria voted to support a regional response to the crisis,” said Mary Ann Torres, executive director of ICASO. “But this has not yet materialized.” Venezuela’s government denies the crisis, and blocks publication of health data … Read more 


 

Discrimination in health care settings remains a grim reality for people living with HIV and key populations, such as men who have sex with men, transgender people, people who use drugs, and sex workers. Young people, migrants, indigenous populations, people […]