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Today is World AIDS Day

December 1st, 2012 Comments off

Today — December 1, 2012 — is World AIDS Day.¬† Let us use this day to remember the lives of the individuals we have lost to HIV and AIDS, be it because of a lack of access to HIV and AIDS-related information, testing procedures, prevention methods, or treatment options; or because of the ongoing stigmatization, criminalization, scapegoating, and mistreatment (including¬† the serophobic harassment, assault, and murder) of people living with HIV/AIDS (or, for that case, of people presumed to be living with HIV/AIDS).
This includes:

  • People who are unable to access:
    • HIV/AIDS-related information
    • public or private insurance coverage, especially due to
      • insufficient funds (regardless of income) and/or
      • ineligible residency status, and/or
      • a lack of access to employment health benefits
    • health care centres and/or health care professionals — particularly ones that are knowledgeable, respectful, and non-stigmatizing
  • People who are not given timely HIV/AIDS-related information (if at all) because they are presumed to not be at risk of transmission and/or to not be living with HIV/AIDS. Case in point: people who are straight-identified and/or who are currently in a heterosexual relationship
  • Sex workers, especially sex workers who engage clients outdoors
  • Transpeople, particularly transwomen who are sex workers
  • Racialized people, particularly: Black men; Black men presumed to be from Africa; Aboriginal women (both cis and trans); and East and South Asian transwomen
  • First Nations people, especially First Nations women (both cis and trans) and two-spirited people who are sex workers and/or intravenous drug consumers
  • Men who have sex with other men, especially older gay men and men who engage in ‘public’ sex
  • Intravenous drug consumers, particularly individuals who consume heroin.
  • And anyone who lives or embodies any combination of these and other unlisted social positions. (Feel free to contribute to our list).

For more information about World AIDS Day, and the prevention, transmission, and treatment of HIV (including treatment-as-prevention), we recommend a visit to CATIE’s website at

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