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AIDS walk to put end to stigma

GUELPH - Join HIV/AIDS Resources and Community Health (ARCH) at the Royal City Park Pavilion for the annual Scotiabank AIDS Walk on Sept. 10; registration begins at 2pm and the walk begins at 3pm.

HIV/AIDS affects anyone. There is still no cure.

Despite the many advances in treatment and prevention, there are still many new people diagnosed in Canada; it is estimated that approximately 75,500 people were living with HIV at the end of 2014.

“The theme for this year’s walk is #tiedtogether and the event is open to everyone to attend,” said Tom Hammond, executive director.

“By bringing the focus into how we can work together and support each other as a community to end stigma and foster resilience. HIV related stigma continues to create barriers for people to come forward and access services, such as testing or keeps people from disclosing their HIV status and receiving the support and care they need,”

Scotiabank AIDS Walk proceeds support direct services for people living with and affected by HIV/ AIDS in Guelph.

Funds are also used to provide education and resources to prevent new infections. It is about caring for community members both affected and at risk of HIV/AIDS.

The Scotiabank AIDS Walk was founded 30 years ago, and remains Canada’s most important HIV fundraising and awareness event.

Last year’s Scotiabank AIDS Walk raised over $700,000 that benefited more than 31 community-based AIDS Service organizations across the country.

Individuals interested in registering as an individual, team or participating in the AIDS Walk 2017 can visit the donation homepage by inputting the following link into their Internet browser: scotiabankaidswalk.ca/guelph

 

September 8, 2017

 
 

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