Weve heard a lot recently about the end of HIV being in sight. Yet, despite those reports, in Canada in 2010, 2,358 HIV cases were reported. In Canada the rates have remained stable over the last nine years, but our Northern health region has the third highest rate of new infections in all of B.C. and this tells us the epidemic is merely shifting. In 2010, heterosexual contact accounted for 30.8 per cent of HIV cases, with women increasingly affected. More than ever before, were able to link increased rates of HIV with homelessness, poverty, lack of education, stigma, discrimination and all of the key social determinants of health. Without a cure or vaccine, building strong, caring and compassionate communities is one of the best ways to respond to those disparities and prevent new cases of HIV.
And thats what AIDS service organizations such as Positive Living North do. They increase awareness of HIV and engage in valuable prevention education, while offering the people living with HIV in northern B.C. vital care and support programs. And your help is needed, as much now as ever before. All funds raised remain in Prince George and will stay in this community to enable Positive Living North to offer the valuable services that make a difference in so many lives. So, help us build more compassionate and caring communities by stepping up to the challenge and supporting the 2013 Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life this Saturday at Masich Place Stadium starting with the opening ceremonies at noon. Come and bring your family, bring your friends, and most importantly bring your donation.
For more information about the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life, or to find a Walk near you, please visit www.positivelivingnorth.org.
Positive Living North