December 1st is World AIDS Day and marks the beginning of Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week.
World AIDS Day, designated on December 1st every year since 1988. The theme for 2017 is “The Right to Health”. This day is dedicated to commemorate those who have passed onto their spiritual journeys and to support people that are living with HIV. It is also a time to raise awareness around this epidemic that is affecting the Indigenous community in alarming numbers.
The latest statistics coming from the Government of Saskatchewan regarding Indigenous people and HIV/AIDS in Saskatchewan:
“People self‐reporting as Aboriginal ethnicity continue to be highly represented among newly diagnosed HIV cases in the province, though this number declined markedly from 2012. In 2014, 79 cases (71% of total cases) of all newly diagnosed HIV cases self‐ reported Aboriginal ethnicity (Figure 7), a decrease from 88 cases diagnosed in 2013 and a 44% decrease from the average annual number of 140 cases between 2008 and 2012. The number of cases self‐reporting other ethnicities, including Caucasian, decreased to 33 cases in 2014 from an annual average of 42 cases in the previous five years. There was no missing ethnicity data in the 2014 case records.
Female cases reporting Aboriginal ethnicity comprised 79% (30 of 38 cases) of all female cases for 2014 and 38% of all Aboriginal cases, a decrease from the average 46% in the years 2009 to 2013. Males self‐reporting Aboriginal ethnicity made up 62% (49 of 74 cases) of all male cases this year.”
This year ANHN invites you to join us for a Memorial Candle Lighting. For more information click here.