AIDS awareness raised at VJH

The Interior Health Authority marks World AIDS Day by creating awareness in Vernon Tuesday, Dec. 1

The Interior Health Authority marks World AIDS Day by creating awareness in Vernon Tuesday, Dec. 1.

There will be travelling displays showcasing HIV awareness and recommendations for testing and support for those who work to reduce the effects of HIV.

They will be at the Vernon Jubilee Hospital main entrance from 9 a.m. to noon, Okanagan College from 1 to 3 p.m. and Kal Tire Place from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Since 2013, HIV testing in the region has increased by 50 per cent with HIV testing rates now exceeding 3,500 tests per 100,000 people.

“I am very proud of the work we have done to increase the number of people getting tested for HIV in our region. Improved access to testing has played an important role in this increase but so have other factors such as increasing awareness of the advances in treatment and reducing the stigma that has long been associated with HIV,” said Maja Karlsson, Stop HIV program implementation leader.

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