The African, Caribbean, and Black Canadian HIV/AIDS Awareness Day will work to combat HIV-related stigma in Canada’s African, Caribbean, and Black communities by increasing awareness of the disease. The National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, which has been honoured annually on February 7 since 1999, serves as the model for this memorial day.
HIV prevention efforts in black communities have advanced significantly. However, whether or not Black people seek or receive HIV prevention services may depend on factors including racism, discrimination, and distrust in the healthcare system. These problems might make receiving HIV treatment and care less likely. People require adequate housing and transportation, work, access to culturally competent health treatments that are devoid of stigma and prejudice, and more in order to continue lowering the burden of HIV and other health concerns.
When our communities Get Educated, Get Tested, Get Involved, Get Treatment, we make progress in our goal to stop HIV together.