HIV Awarness Initiative

HIV in Northern Saskatchewan

Over the past decade there has been a large increase in the number of new cases of HIV in Saskatchewan. In 2012, Saskatchewan reported the highest rate of newly diagnosed cases of HIV in Canada, at more than twice the national average.In northern Saskatchewan, HIV cases rose from about 7 new cases a year, 10 years ago, to 14 to 21 new cases between 2011 and 2013. The number of new cases of HIV diagnosed in northern Saskatchewan each year has been decreasing since then.

HIV can infect both men and women of any age - young and old. The number of people living with HIV differs across different communities in northern Saskatchewan.

 HIV can spread by sharing needles, syringes, drug use equipment, or used for tattooing, piercing or acupuncture. HIV can also spread through sexual contact and blood and body fluid exposure. HIV can pass from a mother to her baby through pregnancy, delivery or breastfeeding.

It is estimated that 1 in 4 people living with HIV in Canada are not aware of their infection.

A person living with HIV who has been tested and knows their status can: 

  • Access treatment and care, allowing them to live a long and healthy life with HIV.
  • Reduce their viral load and the risk transmitting HIV to others.
  • Reduce risky behavior and practices.

The Northern Saskatchewan HIV Awareness Initiative

 The Northern Healthy Communities Partnership is working to raise awareness about HIV throughout northern Saskatchewan. The objectives of the HIV Awareness Initiative include:

  1. To increase knowledge and understanding of HIV and AIDS
  2. To encourage people to get tested for HIV
  3. To reduce the stigma and discrimination related to HIV and AIDS infection

1 in 4 people living HIV don’t know they have it.

HIV is a chronic disease that can be managed.

When treated early, people with HIV can live long and healthy lives.

HIV does not discriminate - anyone can get HIV regardless of race, ethnicity, age or sexual orientation.

Visit your local clinic or health centre. Ask for the test. It’s confidential.

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