Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Public Health

CPHA Commitment to the Canadian Strategy on HIV/AIDS Continues

Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Public Health

CPHA Commitment to the Canadian Strategy on HIV/AIDS Continues

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Recent statistics from Health Canada reveal that the battle against HIV and AIDS in Canada is far from over. While new infections continue to decline (2,104 in 2000 down from 2,989 in 1995), there is an increase in positive HIV test results among heterosexuals and among men who have sex with men. Estimates reveal a total of 48,014 reported HIV cases since 1995 and another 15,000 people who are unaware of their HIV+ status.

Over the past 12 years, CPHA has addressed HIV and AIDS in Canada through policy development, special projects and the Canadian HIV/AIDS Clearinghouse. Recently, continued funding for an additional three years was provided for the Clearinghouse and HIV prevention program.

As the largest information centre on HIV/AIDS in Canada, the Clearinghouse provides information on HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support to health and education professionals, AIDS service organizations, community organizations, resource centres and others with HIV/AIDS information needs. The Clearinghouse has a specific focus to support Canadian activities in the area of HIV prevention.

In 2000, the Clearinghouse filled 33,784 requests distributing over 557,000 documents. …

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