35th Annual World AIDS Day

"There are over 18 million people now in treatment who no longer have a death sentence", Lewis said. "We're hoping that we can quickly connect people to care once they've been in testing", Nelson said.

Even though HIV-AIDS isn't new to Canada, Vanderschaeghe said people still don't know much about it.

"It is really going down to the communities - to the households, involving the parents, the education sector, the teachers", Ubial said during a press briefing held, as the country commemorated World AIDS Day yesterday.

In Canada, the population at greatest risk of contracting HIV remains men who have sex with men, accounting for 54 per cent of HIV-positive people. The drug works a lot like birth control preventing pregnancy.

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Merck community liaison Patricia Caya says medicine to treat the disease has come a long way, and that early diagnosis and treatment is key.

Now those living with the virus that causes AIDS are hopeful for a cure one day. MS has one of the highest rates of HIV infection in the country with Jackson ranked number 4, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The first case of HIV infection in a human was identified in 1959.

"We want to focus attention on the fact that we already have the tools to permit us to effectively eliminate HIV in OR and to challenge ourselves collectively to do it", said Sean Schafer, MD, medical director for HIV programs, OHA Public Health Division. They offer free services such as medications, doctor visits, testing and mental health counseling. "We are thrilled to have such wide support from celebrities, who are leveraging their extensive social media platforms to spread this message far and wide".

The new efforts include improved testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, increasing access to prevention and treatment and expanding research.

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