The number of people becoming infected with HIV, the virus which causes AIDS, is still growing. The World Heath Organization will keep you in touch with current international statistics. Click here to read about UNAIDS Global Estimates.
The Centre for Infectious Disease Prevention and Control (CIDPC) provides current information and a www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/centres_e.html.
Contrary to what some people believe, anyone can become infected regardless of race, age, religion or sexual orientation. So HIV and AIDS are something everyone needs to be informed about.
The Face of AIDS is changing. Once labelled ‘the gay disease’, the majority of new HIV infections around the world are through heterosexual contact.
AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) is the final stage of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection. HIV breaks down the immune system, leaving the body vulnerable to disease and infection.
You can’t contract HIV from hugging, touching, kissing or loving a person who has HIV/AIDS. Only blood, seminal & vaginal fluids and breastmilk have been proven to transmit the virus.
Anyone can be infected by HIV no matter their age, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion or ethnic origin.
There is no cure for HIV or AIDS.
People are most often infected by acts of unprotected sex, sharing needles and pregnancies where the mother is infected with the virus.
While there is no cure, we have learned living a healthy lifestyle with HIV/AIDS is possible.
The best prevention is knowledge, information & empowerment. For more information, please check out some basic facts about HIV/AIDS and visit the links section of our web site to view a full selection of informational resourses on the web, or visit our offices.