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The purpose of the resource is to provide service providers with an overview of what we know about biomedical approaches to HIV prevention, and highlight ways in which these strategies are perceived as relevant or not for African, Caribbean and Black communities. The fact sheet comprehensively explores a variety of approaches, explores barriers and gives service providers messaging to promote increased awareness of these effective biomedical interventions. This fact sheet was developed by CHABAC . 

Twelve youth, two countries, one aim: produce two documentaries exploring how youth respond to HIV and AIDS.    The first film is entitled ‘The Similarities of Our Differences. The Making of One Blood Youth Linked in Action’ and gives viewers a behind the scenes tour of the creation of the ‘One Blood:  Youth Linked in Action’ documentary.  Capturing the voices of youth from Jamaica and the Caribbean Diaspora in Canada, the ‘One Blood: Youth Linked in Action’ documentary will take you into the hearts, experiences and struggles of those living with and affected by HIV and AIDS. Recognizing the synergy of youth from diverse backgrounds, this 20-minute documentary explores the links … Read more 

This gap analysis was undertaken as part of the Strengthening the Capacity of Service Providers to Deliver HIV Prevention Programs to the African Diaspora in Canada project. This project aims to ensure that African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) Communities in Canada are meaningfully engaged in HIV prevention efforts. It also intends to build the capacity of service providers, both mainstream as well as African and Caribbean Diaspora and Black-specific, so that they are better equipped to deliver prevention and other HIV services to ACB communities in Canada.

The following report:

Provides a demographic profile of African and Caribbean Diaspora populations living in Canada, the USA and the UK;
Details HIV/AIDS statistics from these countries, comparing national rates to those of African and Caribbean Diaspora populations;
Discusses some of the key risk factors and barriers to prevention that specifically impact African and Caribbean Diaspora communities in Canada, the USA and the UK;
Compares and contrasts selected HIV prevention interventions that focus specifically on African and Caribbean Diaspora populations in each of these countries;
Based on the analysis of these interventions, highlights a series of recommendations for organizations doing HIV prevention work among the African and Caribbean Diaspora.

This resource was developed to be used used at the municipal, provincial and national level to enable better planning and delivery of HIV and AIDS programs and services. It is targeted to everyone who is interested or willing to address HIV and AIDS in Black communities in Canada.

HIV/AIDS is having a disproportionate affect on people of African heritage living in Canada. The impact of racism on employment opportunities, access to housing and social mobility is a contributing factor. Other multiple and intersecting factors, such as gender, immigration status, sexual orientation and language also increase vulnerability to and risk of HIV infection.

The objective of the Springboarding a National HIV/AIDS Strategy for Black Canadian, African and Caribbean Communities project is to conduct preliminary research that will contribute to the development of a national HIV/AIDS strategy for Black Canadian, African and Caribbean communities. It was developed in response to the disproportionate number of Black people testing HIV positive and to the need identified, Canada-wide, by AIDS service organizations (ASOs) of how to best respond to the increasing number of Black people for HIV/AIDS services.