The Group Health Center’s HIV and AIDS Resource Program (HARP) is launching its fourth annual Red Lock campaign across the Algoma district, coinciding with the start of HIV Awareness Week beginning November 24th.
This continues until the internationally recognized World AIDS Day on December 1st, initiating Indigenous AIDS Awareness Week.
The theme of this year’s World AIDS Day is the word ‘equality’, a ‘call to action’ and a focus on the ‘proven and practical steps’ needed to address inequalities and ‘end’ AIDS. GHC’s release is a reminder to work towards it, said Tuesday.
“Ontario’s HIV program works every day to remove barriers to HIV testing and treatment, whether it’s access to HIV self-testing or simply making it easier for people to book appointments. ,” said Shana Shipperbottom, HARP Support Services.
HARP’s Red Lock campaign aims to raise awareness about HIV and promote progress in treating the virus.
According to GHC, the goal is to “turn the conversation into one of compassion and support,” emphasizing the importance of getting tested. He said he wants to end the stigma associated with the virus, which is a major barrier.
“There are still many myths and misconceptions about the willingness to learn, out of compassion and understanding, that people on effective HIV treatment cannot transmit the virus,” Sipperbottom said. rice field.
This year’s campaign features four Red Rock installations and numerous exhibitions at Sault Ste. Marie including Group Health Center, Soo Area Hospital, Fort Creek and Boardwalk. The displays were set up to raise awareness, reduce barriers, and provide education about HIV and AIDS, according to the GHC.
HARP is asking residents to visit the display and lock it. This is “a gift that reminds us that despite our differences, we hold the key to unlocking love, hope and acceptance.”
Residents are also encouraged to take a photo with The Rock and post it on their social media accounts on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #hivawareness and the tag @HARPAlgoma.
Informational displays will also be located at Wawa, Tessaron First Nation, Mississauga First Nation, Blind River, Elliott Lake, Serpent River First Nation, Michipikoten First Nation, Garden River First Nation and Butchwana First Nation. Which HARP is working to disseminate information about the campaign.
The Group Health Center claims HARP to be the “major” source of information on HIV and to provide covert assistance to people living in the Algoma area.
HARP provides an “understanding and supportive” environment with access to a “wide range” of prevention information and harm reduction materials, GHC said.
The exhibition is on until December 7th.