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HIV in BC: then and now

Things have changed a lot in the 30 years since the HIV epidemic began in BC.  Fewer people are being infected with HIV each year, and access to free, effective treatment means that people with HIV live long and productive lives.  These successes are the result of years of effort by AIDS service organizations, health care providers, and innovative programs such as the supervised injection site and the STOP HIV/AIDS initiative.  It’s also due to the actions of people living with HIV who are committed to improving the lives of themselves, their partners, and others. 

But there’s still room for improvement.  For one thing, we need to change the stigma that still exists about HIV.  While it’s certainly better than 30 years ago, many people still don’t realize that things have changed and have incorrect information about HIV, and some people still have negative attitudes towards people who have HIV.  These attitudes make things worse for people living with HIV and for groups of people where HIV is most common.  But it’s more than that - these attitudes hurt everyone as they can lead to people delaying getting tested or getting the treatment that they need.

We all need to do our part to reduce the spread of HIV in BC.  So what can you do? 

  • Get an HIV test.  Use our clinic finder to see where you can get tested.
  • Get informed about HIV.  Learn how it spreads and what you can do to prevent getting HIV or passing it to others.
  • Tell what you’ve learned to your friends or your family.
  • Get involved - volunteer with a community organization that provides HIV prevention or support services, or donate.

Let’s stop HIV together.

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