Stepping Up to the Challenge: A Call for Caring and Compassionate Communities
We’ve 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. Rates have remained stable over the last
nine years and aren’t falling significantly. The epidemic is merely shifting. In 2010,
heterosexual contact accounted for 30.8% of HIV cases, with women increasingly affected.
And, in Canada, Saskatchewan is the province with the highest rate of HIV. More than ever
before, we’re 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 that’s what AIDS service organizations across Canada do. They increase awareness of
HIV and engage in valuable prevention education, while offering the over 65,000 people
living with HIV in Canada vital care and support programs. And your help is needed, as
much now as ever before. All funds raised remain in the community where they are raised
and enable AID S service organizations 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 2012 Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life. Join a walk
near you or sponsor a friend involved in the Walk the week of September 15-23.
For more information about the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life, or to find a Walk near you,
please visit www.aidswalkforlife.ca.
Chief Executive Officer
Canadian AIDS Society