On World AIDS Day 2019 on December 1, the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) also launched the 21st Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week, which runs until December 6 across Canada.
According to CAAN, Indigenous people continue to be overrepresented in HIV cases—at 2.7 times higher than other Canadians—and made up 20 percent of new HIV cases in 2017.
Accordingly, after the launch of the week in Ottawa, events will be held at cities across the country, including in Vancouver tomorrow (December 3).
The Vancouver event, to be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at 2008 Wall Street, will include the launch of four Métis and First Nations toolkits on HIV and AIDS, STIs, Hepatitis C, and harm reduction, including a personal bill of rights, documentaries, fact sheets, and more.
The event will also feature a new finger-prick dried-blood HIV spot test (similar to diabetes sugar tests) and the launch of a new report on workplace HIV stigma and discrimination,
For more details and a schedule of events, visit the CAAN website.