After three decades of the HIV and AIDS epidemic, millions of lives have been devastated by this disease.
AIDS has been one of the most destructive pandemics in the history of humankind. More than 35 million people have died of AIDS-related illness. There is an estimated 36 million people currently living with HIV globally. Those who live with HIV additionally carry the burden of stigma.
There are over 65,000 Canadians living with HIV and it is estimated that six people in Canada become newly infected with HIV each day, or nearly one person infected every four hours. While research has led to treatment advances for people living with HIV, the burden of a diagnosis remains heavy. There is still stigma associated with the disease, and HIV treatment is a lifelong commitment that requires daily compliance to taking medication.
To learn more about HIV and AIDS, click on HIV and AIDS Basics.
To learn more about HIV statistics in Canada, click on HIV and AIDS in Canada.
To learn a more general, in-depth historical timeline of HIV and AIDS, click on HIV and AIDS History
To learn more about our National Awareness Program, One and All, click on HIV Awareness Programs.54