On World AIDS Day, December 1, Capital Pride reiterates its commitment to creating spaces where all LGBTQ2+ people are safe and accepted – including those living with HIV/AIDS.
HIV and AIDS is a global epidemic that disproportionately affects members of the queer and trans community. In Canada, there are approximately 63,110 people are living with HIV (2016).
While there is no cure for HIV, the virus is treatable. In fact, a groundswell of research confirms that when a person living with HIV is on effective treatment, it will reduce the viral load to undetectable levels which protects their health and makes HIV untransmittable to their sexual partners. For this reason, in 2018 Capital Pride signed on to the consensus statement of the U=U campaign: Undetectable = Untransmittable.
Capital Pride is proud to support the following organizations that serve people affected, impacted by and/or at risk of HIV/AIDS in the Capital Region:
- AIDS Committee of Ottawa: Provides support, prevention, education and outreach services to people affected by, impacted by and at risk of HIV/AIDS in Ottawa.
- Bruce House: a community-based organization providing housing, compassionate care and support in Ottawa for people living with HIV and AIDS, based on the belief that everyone has the right to live and die with dignity.
- MAX Ottawa: a community-based organization that focuses on maximising the health and wellness of gay, bisexual, Two-spirit, queer, and other guys who are into guys, both cis and trans in the Ottawa region.
- Le BRAS Outaouais: a community-based organization which has the mission of intervention and a community action to improve the quality of life of the population of the Outaouais with respect to HIV/AIDS.
Tara Paterson, Vice Chair | [email protected]