Over 7,200 Albertans have been diagnosed with HIV. It is estimated that 63,100 Canadians are living with the illness. 1 in 7 people don’t know they have it. The only way to know if you are HIV positive is to get tested.
Once someone is diagnosed with HIV, they can go on to live long healthy lives with treatment.
HIV medication not only works as treatment for HIV, but also as prevention. People who take HIV medication as prescribed and achieve and maintain an undetectable viral load have effectively no risk of sexually transmitting the virus. This means incredible strides in reducing transmission and HIV related stigma.
While is it possible to end the transmission of HIV, there is still work to be done. Activists and advocacy groups work to address stigma, which can be a major barrier to care and well-being of those affected. Yearly, the number of people living with HIV in Canada continues to steadily increase. This underscores the need for support programs.
This is where you come in. With your support, HIV Community Link can continue to offer prevention and education, support, and advocacy for those living with and affected by HIV. Your fundraising efforts support our programs in Calgary and in Southeastern Alberta. Together we can achieve Our Vision: Engaging Communities. Empowering Choices. Ending Transmission.
HIV Community Link works from a harm reduction perspective offering non-judgmental support, tools and information to reduce the risk of HIV and hepatitis C.
Our mission is wellness for individuals and communities affected by HIV and hepatitis C through education, prevention, and support.