World AIDS Day 2021
- What is World AIDS Day?
- As HIV funding goes down, HIV infections in Canada increase. We can stop this
- HIV/AIDS in Canada
- World AIDS Day digital toolkit
- Order resources for World AIDS Day 2021
- Build your own HIV testing postcard or poster
- Share information about HIV
- Take an online course on HIV
- Get more information
- A history of HIV/AIDS
- Find World AIDS Day events
What is World AIDS Day?
World AIDS Day, December 1, which also launches the start of Indigenous AIDS Awareness Week in Canada, is a time for reflection: on what we have achieved with regard to the national and global response to HIV, and what we still must achieve.
This year’s World AIDS Day comes in the midst of another global epidemic: the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The public health response to these epidemics is linked. The COVID-19 pandemic is threatening access to HIV prevention, testing, treatment and care. And without strategies to meet these needs, we may see a resurgence of HIV that would threaten our public health response to COVID-19.
As HIV funding goes down, HIV infections in Canada increase. We can stop this
Why have HIV infections been increasing when we have more and better prevention options at our disposal than ever before?
Ask our federal decision-makers, who have not increased funding for the HIV response since 2008, and even fell short on spending the funds that had been allocated to the federal HIV initiative.
HIV/AIDS in Canada
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) monitors the HIV epidemic in Canada. PHAC estimated that at the end of 2018 there were 62,050 Canadians with HIV. An estimated 87% of the people in Canada with HIV were diagnosed and aware they had HIV. This means that an estimated 13% of people with HIV were undiagnosed at the end of 2018.
For a summary of the most recent estimates for HIV infections in Canada see Estimates of HIV incidence, prevalence and Canada's progress on meeting the 90-90-90 HIV targets, 2018.
World AIDS Day digital toolkit
Are you looking for images, videos and sample messaging to promote #WorldAIDSDay and Indigenous AIDS Awareness Week (#IAAW) in your organization's email newsletters or social media channels? CATIE has created a toolkit with downloadable multimedia files. Check it out.
Visit the CATIE Ordering Centre for recommended educational resources to spread awareness in your community.
Use our new online tool to design a postcard or poster with a key message about HIV testing that you think will resonate best with your community. You can choose from six messages and 10 images and customize your resource with information on where to get tested in your region. Testing is something that anyone can do to take care of their own health, and the health of others in their community. Get creative!
Watch and share these CATIE videos:
Visit eduCATIE.ca for CATIE’s self-directed online courses for service providers:
Get more information
Learn more about HIV testing, prevention, treatment and care from CATIE’s publications.
- HIV Basics
- HIV Testing: Everything you need to know
- HIV Testing - I Know My HIV Status
- Seven Ways to Prevent HIV
- The Power of Undetectable: What you need to know about HIV treatment as prevention
- PrEP to Prevent HIV: Your Questions Answered
- 8 Questions About PrEP for Guys
- PEP: Preventing HIV after a potential exposure
- Managing your health during the COVID-19 pandemic: Information for people living with HIV
- The Positive Side
For youth-friendly information, check out Sexfluent, a site for youth from the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR).
A history of HIV/AIDS
A timeline of some of the important Canadian and international developments that have occurred over the history of the HIV epidemic.
What's happening in your community for World AIDS Day?
A listing of World AIDS Day events across Canada.