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This year’s calendar of events!
Thank you so much to everyone who posted pics to support our #KissHIVGoodbye campaign to encourage conversation, confront stigma, and create a culture where HIV disclosure is possible! Congrats to the final week’s winner (you will very soon know who you are!) You took SO many photos and your enthusiasm to create change and share knowledge is part of what makes you such a special part of the work we do in the community.
A special thank you to everyone who came to our World AIDS Day Vigil to help us commemorate those bright lives who were lost, and the resilience of those who are living with HIV.
Also, I love you ACCKWA Team, but we take the WORST group photos. Add “Blue Steele” to our next staff meeting agenda.
Thank you everyone for your pics this week! Hope to see you at our Vigil tonight for World AIDS Day.
Every year on December 1 we commemorate World AIDS Day. We remember those we have lost to HIV/AIDS and stigma, and celebrate the resilience of those living with and affected by HIV.
It’s an opportunity to see how far we’ve come (in terms of stigma, health care, access to testing and treatment) and how much work is left to be done (in terms of stigma, health care, access to testing and treatment).
It’s a day to spark conversation, to encourage empathy and education, to inspire people to see the nuances of HIV and the complex lives of people living with HIV. It’s an opportunity to highlight that everyone has an HIV status (not just HIV positive people) and that there is no single “face” of HIV.
At the beginning of the epidemic a young gay man said “AIDS is like a lens. When you look through it, you see all of society’s problems magnified.” Thirty years later, this is still the case. People who are more marginalized (facing more systemic barriers) are more vulnerable to HIV infection, and more likely to fall through the cracks if they do get diagnosed.
So, this World AIDS Day is many things to different people, but I think I’ve come to see it as a way of viewing family, community, and humanity in a way that unites us. HIV does not discriminate, but we do. If we want to#KissHIVGoodbye, we need to start with our individual values, attitudes, and behaviours, and advocate for institutional change. #GettingToZero is possible, but not without some real, deliberate shifts.
Thank you to everyone for your posts and pictures thus far! Sorry for my delay in announcing the winner for last week (AIDS Awareness Week shenanigans, plus construction knocking out our internet temporarily) but without further ado… *drumroll*
Joe L., you are the first winner! We’ll get you your Tim’s card, as a token of our gratitude for your commitment to raising awareness for ACCKWA’s programs and services.
Still two more weeks to submit your photos to Facebook, Twitter (@AIDSCKW), or tag us on Instagram (@aidsckw) with the hashtag #KissHIVGoodbye. May the odds be ever in your favour. (I might need sleep.)
Last year we were thrilled to receive over 100 submissions from all over KW, outside the region, and outside the province, so this year we’re doing it allllll over again. #KissHIVGoodbye is about inspiring love over fear, compassion over discrimination, and understanding over indifference.
You have from now until December 5th to submit your selfies, group photos, and pics of your pets with the hashtag #KissHIVGoodbye to ACCKWA’s Facebook, tweet @AIDSCKW, or tag @AIDSCKW on Instagram! Feel free to use props or add an extra message of support, awareness, or knowledge-sharing with your photo. We can’t wait to see what you show us this year!
Also, each week we’ll be selecting our fav picture to receive a $5 Tim’s card as a prize for your commitment and creativity.
Thank you to everyone who participated in our #KissHIVGoodbye campaign and AAW events. It wouldn’t have been possible, and certainly wouldn’t have had the same impact without you. Through the #KissHIVGoodbye campaign, we wanted to show that you don’t have to be afraid of someone who is living with HIV, that casual contact, affection, and intimacy do not transmit HIV. In fact, such warmth and openness contribute to the reduction of HIV stigma, which has a positive impact on our prevention efforts. You’ve demonstrated love over fear, compassion over discrimination, and understanding over indifference. I am so very grateful for your support.