Knowledge. Understanding. Prevention. It starts with you.



    CALGARY, Nov. 27 /CNW/ - AIDS Calgary Awareness Association celebrates
AIDS Awareness Week (Nov. 26 - Dec. 1) leading up to World AIDS Day on
Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007. AIDS Awareness Week seeks to increase public awareness
about HIV/AIDS and focuses attention on what it means to live with HIV. AIDS
Calgary continues to advocate for HIV education and prevention in addition to
offering information, programs and services that support people living with,
at-risk for, and affected by HIV/AIDS.
    Currently, there are approximately 58,000 Canadians living with HIV/AIDS
and it is estimated that 25% aren't aware of their HIV status. Every two hours
someone in Canada is infected with HIV, unfortunately thousands of Canadians
still face HIV-related stigma and discrimination. Today, women are two to four
times more vulnerable to HIV infection, youth has one of the fastest rising
infection rates, and aboriginal people are five times more likely to have AIDS
than any other Canadian. Unfortunately, thousands of Canadians still face
HIV-related stigma and discrimination. HIV/AIDS awareness is the first step
and the key to prevention. AIDS Awareness Week is the perfect opportunity for
people to reflect on how HIV impacts everyone in our community and to take the
time to learn more and offer support to people who are living positive.
    Several events are taking place around Calgary during AIDS Awareness
Week, including AIDS Calgary's Memorial Service, taking place at 2:00 p.m.
Nov. 30, at AIDS Calgary's new office, 110, 1603 - 10th Avenue S.W. Many of
the activities will include training opportunities for service providers. For
a detailed list of events taking place around Calgary, please visit
http://www.aidscalgary.org/events/aidsAwarenessWk.shtml.
    World AIDS Day is an opportunity to gain knowledge, understanding and
increase public awareness about HIV/AIDS and bring to light the realities of
what it means to live with HIV/AIDS. AIDS Calgary continues to advocate for
HIV/AIDS education and prevention in addition to providing informational
programs and services that support people at-risk for living with and that are
affected by HIV/AIDS.

    AIDS Calgary is a local not-for-profit AIDS service organization that
offers support services to individuals who are at-risk for, infected or
affected by HIV/AIDS and provides prevention and education throughout the
Calgary region. Our mission: To reduce the harm associated with HIV and AIDS
for all individuals and communities in the Calgary region. For more
information, please contact AIDS Calgary at (403) 508-2500 or online at
www.aidscalgary.org.





For further information:

For further information: Chris Huestis, Communications Analyst, AIDS
Calgary Awareness Association, (403) 508-2500 ext. 120,
chuestis@aidscalgary.org

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