Awareness

We are all a part of the solution to ending Canada’s HIV epidemic.

We have not yet beaten HIV. Although HIV treatment has singificantly improved the lives of people living with HIV today, there is still no cure. Every four hours, one Canadian acquires HIV. Our rates are not going down, and Canada is at the bottom of the G7 countries in terms of reducing the number of new HIV cases each year.

We need to do better.

As of 2019…

There were an estimated

0

new HIV cases

%

of all new cases occurred among men who have sex with men.

%
of all new cases were among newcomers.
%
of all new cases were among youth.
%
of new cases were among people who inject drugs.
%

of all new cases were among Indigenous people.

CANFAR believes that ending the HIV epidemic in Canada is within reach.

We have the tools and means to end the HIV epidemic in Canada, but we need to continue increasing awareness and education of HIV, especially among young people and key affected populations.

We all need to do our part in supporting people in Canada living with HIV, as well as those at risk of HIV transmission. Read more about what CANFAR is doing to raise awareness of HIV across Canada.

Our Story is REAL:

Resilience

Equity

Acceptance

Leadership

CANFAR’s National Awareness Programs aim to change perspectives, challenge HIV stigma, and promote health and well-being in our communities supporting people living with and affected by HIV.

Across Canada, people are sharing stories about living with HIV, getting tested, living on the streets, and fighting against HIV stigma. We are continually heartened by people’s stories of courage, resilience, and strength. CANFAR’s National Awareness Programs support people in creating change within their communities.

Real People. Real Stories. Real HIV.

CANFAR’s National Youth Findings

There is currently no up-to-date national data on Canadian youth’s sexual health, mental health, and substance use experiences, as well as HIV attitudes.

At the end of 2019, CANFAR conducted a national survey as part of an environmental scan to improve our national youth HIV awareness program of nearly three decades to better meet the needs of youth today.

The survey collected responses from 471 Canadian youth on their experiences with sex, substances, condom use, HIV/STI testing, mental health, access to resources, and knowledge of and attitudes towards HIV. The findings were directly used to inform the development of CANFAR’s newest national youth resource: Sexfluent. Sexfluent is, therefore, an evidence-based, community-responsive, and youth-driven digital resource. For more information, visit our page on Youth awareness here.

Findings were also shared with community partners across Canada to strengthen community capacity across sectors and regions serving youth. Check out the full report below.