Since the early 1980s, HIV and AIDS went from being an unknown virus to a global pandemic.
Today, there are an estimated 36 million people around the world living with HIV and AIDS, with an estimated 5,000 new infections each day. In Canada, there are an estimated 75,500 people living with HIV, with nearly one new person infected every three hours.
Even though there is effective treatment, there are still one million deaths from AIDS-related causes around the world each year. Lack of awareness, access to treatment, and prevailing stigma still hamper efforts to end the virus through prevention and/or suppressing viral loads through medication.
Research and awareness efforts have played a dramatic role in fighting HIV and AIDS. Tremendous progress over the past 30 years inspires CANFAR to continue its leading work in these fields. Learn more about HIV and AIDS, and CANFAR’s awareness programs below.
Sources: PHAC, 2015. "Summary: Estimates of HIV Incidence, Prevalence and Proportion Undiagnosed in Canada, 2014." UNAIDS, 2017. "UNAIDS Data 2017."