World AIDS Day 2017

World AIDS Day 2017
LET US END IT: End Stigma – End Isolation – End HIV Transmission

World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is a day for commemorating those who have passed on and to raise awareness about AIDS and the global spread of the HIV virus. In Canada, World AIDS Day also serves as the start of Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week. It is a time for reflection: on what we have achieved with regard to the national and global response to HIV, and what we still must achieve.

The first World AIDS Day was held in 1988 after health ministers from around the world met in London, England and agreed to such a day as a way of highlighting the enormity of the AIDS pandemic and nations’ responsibility to ensure universal treatment, care and support for people living with HIV and AIDS.

According to the UNAIDS Data 2017 report from UNAIDS, an estimated one million people worldwide died of AIDS-related illnesses in 2016. By the end of 2015, an estimated 36.7 million people around the world were living with HIV.

On a national scale, the Public Health Agency of Canada estimated that 65,040 Canadians were living with HIV in 2014, of whom an estimated 52,220 were diagnosed. This means that an estimated 20% of people in Canada with HIV are undiagnosed and unaware they are living with HIV.

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The Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health released a Joint Public Health Statement to mark World AIDS Day.

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