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World AIDS Day – Hosted by AIDS Vancouver Island
December 1, 2018
World AIDS Day
Hosted by AIDS Vancouver Island
Royal BC Museum
675 Belleville Street
December 1, 2018 will be the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day and the 20th Anniversary of National Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week in Canada. This year’s theme is “Know your status”.
We know from research that early detection is the key to successful treatment but in Canada up to 25% of people living with HIV are unaware they have the virus because they have never been tested. In addition, many people who are living with HIV don’t have access to good health care and struggle to access and remain on treatment. There is good news too with the increasing availability of PrEP (https://www.catie.ca/prep), and the success of campaigns like U=U (https://www.catie.ca/en/positiveside/summer-2017/uu).
This year, as part of Global AIDS Awareness Week and National Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week, AIDS Vancouver Island is hosting an event at the Royal BC Museum from 1-4pm on Saturday December 1st , followed by our annual red ribbon display on the steps of the Legislature. The schedule is as follows:
- 1:00pm – 4:00pm: Drop in viewing of We Are Here Storyboards, education and resources, Living Library
- 2:30pm: Welcome and Territory acknowledgement by Elder, guest speakers
- 3:00pm: Showing of Strong Medicine: a short film made by Indigenous people living with HIV (https://www.catie.ca/en/strong-medicine)
- 3:30pm: Resistance Rising Choir performance (https://www.facebook.com/Resistance-Rising-Choir-2210208235969675/)
- 4:15pm: We will walk together over to the front steps of the BC Legislature and light the red ribbon memorial candle display.
This event is free and everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be available.
To invite your friends and family, and to see the plans in more detail: https://www.facebook.com/events/2148516951865492/