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HIV: Are You Positive You’re Negative?

24-Nov-2015

AIDS Awareness Week, November 24-30, 2015
World AIDS Day, December 1, 2015
Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week, December 1-5, 2015

The end of November and early December are a time for education, reflection and discussion regarding HIV and AIDS. AIDS Awareness Week culminates with World AIDS Day on December 1, followed by Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week in Canada.

During this time, the World AIDS Day Committee of Regina will be hosting a range of community events including a pancake breakfast, movie nights and an event to honor those living with HIV and those whom we have lost to HIV. The intent is to raise awareness, explore the issues of stigma and routine testing for HIV for all of us.

Knowing that you are HIV negative is as important as knowing you are HIV positive. HIV is increasingly being diagnosed among people who would have considered themselves to be at low risk. The theme for 2015, “are you positive you’re negative?” aims to encourage people to seek HIV testing even if they perceive their risk to be low. This shift in attitude also works to decrease stigma and foster a sense of community.

The Saskatchewan HIV Strategy (2010-2014) reached its sunset in March 2014, however the work continues by many dedicated and passionate health and service providers, with community and those who know best the impact of HIV, those living with HIV themselves.

While there is still significant work to be done, much progress has been made towards achieving the goals outlined in the Saskatchewan HIV Strategy.

  • HIV testing in the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region has increased by approximately 50%.
  • The rate of HIV in Saskatchewan has declined.
  • Between 2010 and 2015, there were no new diagnoses of HIV in children born to women living with HIV.
  • A Peer Program has been established and is thriving. Mentors in this program utilize their lived experience with HIV to support others living with HIV.
  • There has been a significant reduction in acute care utilization due to collaborative efforts of our multidisciplinary Case Management and Enhanced Adherence for HIV Medications.

In celebration of our progress and recognition of the work yet to be done, we are pleased to invite the community to the following events:

  • Movie Night November 24, 7-9 p.m., Artful Dodger – deep south
  • Movie Afternoon November 24, 2-4 p.m.,AIDS Programs South Saskatchewan - deep south
  • Movie Night November 24, 7-9 p.m., AIDS Programs South Saskatchewan -Positive Women:
  • Exposing Injustice Interagency Pancake breakfast November 24, AIDS Programs South Saskatchewan
  • Open Community Pancake Breakfast, November 26, AIDS Programs South Saskatchewan
  • Health Fair November 25, 1-5 p.m., AIDS Programs South Saskatchewan.
  • Condom Crawl November 26, 9 p.m. - 12 a.m.. Watch for our crew at your local bar.
  • GLCR Annual AIDS Benefit Gala November 27, 8 p.m. – tickets at www.glcrclub.ca
  • Testing available 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Point of Care test demonstration
  • Round Dance November 28, 5p.m., All Nations Hope Network at FNUC
  • Talk to the Experts on CJME November 28 – 1-2 p.m., with a rebroadcast November 29, 5-6 p.m.
  • Leadership Forum November 30
  • ANHN and CAAN – FREE! Visit allnationshope.ca
  • December 1 – Celebration of Life and Remembrance at the Cenotaph in Victoria Park 4 p.m. Refreshments available. All welcome.
  • December 1, Red Ribbons being handed on at MAC Counter with MAC staff; also at Regina General and Pasqua Hospitals.

More information about these events is available at www.worldaidsdayregina.com

 

For More Information:
Susanne Nasewich
HIV Strategy Coordinator
Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region
Email: susanne.nasewich@rqhealth.ca
Phone: 306-766-6883