As we mark 40 years since the first HIV diagnosis we can reflect on how far we’ve come and what we still must achieve. December 1 is World AIDS Day, which also launches the start of Indigenous AIDS Awareness Week in Canada. Check out this timeline of the history of HIV and HIV research to learn more about all the changes since the early 1980s. It’s also the second World AIDS Day in the midst of another global virus, COVID-19. Like everything else, COVID-19 is disrupting access to HIV prevention, testing, treatment, and care.
Many folks have fallen off their HIV and STI testing schedule. Remember, Teen Clinics and other testing sites are still available. They might work a little bit different for now, such as preferring you book an appointment, but all their usual youth friendly services are always available. Learn more about HIV testing with this video from CATIE:
How can you support World AIDS Day?
- Wear a red ribbon on December 1
- Get tested! Knowing your status is part of self and community care
- Keep an eye out for local events or organize one in your school/community
- CAAN is putting on several events for Indigenous AIDS Awareness Week too