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HIV/AIDS Awareness Week is observed in Nova Scotia

HIV/AIDS Awareness Week

Key Takeaways:

  • The Province will observe two HIV/AIDS Awareness Weeks in November and December and World AIDS Day on December 1.
  • They pay tribute to people living with HIV/AIDS and those who have died as a result of the disease around the world.

HIV/AIDS Awareness Week takes place from November 24 to December 1, and Indigenous AIDS Awareness week takes place from Dec. 1 to 7.

On World AIDS Day, a red ribbon flag was raised at Province House.

End Inequalities is the theme of World AIDS Day. AIDS must be End. End pandemics. It emphasizes the importance of removing inequities, stigma, and discrimination that worsens pandemics such as HIV/AIDS and COVID-19.

“We remember that the pandemic has been difficult for many people, including those living with HIV/AIDS also at risk of contracting the virus,” said Health and Wellness Minister Michelle Thompson. “There has been significant progress in recent decades, but we must continue to reduce stigma and ensure that no one is left behind.”

The N.S. Advisory Commission on AIDS is an arm’s-length agency that advises the provincial government on HIV/AIDS and related issues.

Fast Facts:

In Nova Scotia, 19 new cases of HIV were reported to public health in 2019; case data for 2020 or 2021 are not yet available.

On average, about 15 new cases are reported each year. Since 1983, when reporting began, until the end of 2019, 922 HIV cases have been diagnosed in Nova Scotia. This doesn’t include those who were first diagnosed outside of Nova Scotia

Source: Novascotia News

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