HIV affects us all. It can affect your father, mother, sibling, friend, lover, or colleague.
Christian Hui, Trevor Stratton, Ashley Rose Murphy, Matt Hyams, and Evana Ortigoza are remarkable Canadians who are making this country a better place. These inspiring members of the CANFAR family truly embody passion for change at a time when ending the HIV epidemic is within our reach.
The Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR) is leading the effort to end the HIV epidemic in Canada by funding innovative research, raising national awareness among vulnerable groups, and building effective partnerships with government, the private sector and AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs).
While advancements in HIV/AIDS research have changed the landscape for people living with the disease, CANFAR recognizes that HIV still disproportionately affects marginalized communities, including youth, Indigenous populations, women, and gay men.
Research produces results. Only by working together, with the continued support of CANFAR’s donors, are we able to fund innovative research, such as investing in Canada’s first HIV Self-Test Study.
We have the research, the tools and the leadership available in Canada. Now we need to act together to align and coordinate our efforts to end the epidemic.
A Message from CANFAR’s Chief Executive Officer, Alex Filiatrault
I cannot forget the 1980s and early 90s. At that time, AIDS was widely considered a death sentence. I recall speaking with friends diagnosed with HIV and trying to reassure them that some medical breakthrough would be found, and that they would live a good and productive life. The idea of living and thriving with HIV was not a reality in the 1980s and early 90s, and it wasn’t a reality for several of these friends.
There was fear, panic and the heart-breaking realization that the scientific community did not know what they were dealing with. Many died long before the most fundamental HIV breakthroughs were achieved.
Thirty years have passed. HIV remains a major public health issue of our time and all of us have a role to play in ending this epidemic in Canada. CANFAR is the leading HIV research organization in Canada that aims to end the HIV epidemic. With your donation, we can invest in our key areas of priorities.
In Canada, one person newly acquires HIV every four hours. That’s 6 new infections every day.
At this time, we are failing those who are at risk by not providing them with the currently available prevention, testing and treatment opportunities.
Here are the hard facts. Of the 65,000 people living with HIV in Canada:
- 9,090 remain undiagnosed
- 10,340 are not on treatment
- 3,720 are not on effective treatment
As we embark on our Fall campaign for 2019 – 2020, with the theme of Becoming Family, we need YOUR support more than ever. Our goal of raising over $900,000 for Innovative Research grants, investments in new HIV testing tools and our National Youth awareness programs is achievable.
Your donation will further CANFAR’s work in prevention, testing, greater access to care, and stigma, and could result in greater breakthroughs to end HIV in Canada.
Please do not hesitate to contact me personally should you wish to learn more.
Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR)