Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Trudeau Marks World AIDS Day, Says Fight against HIV Is 'Winnable'

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Trudeau Marks World AIDS Day, Says Fight against HIV Is 'Winnable'

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Justin Trudeau hoists World AIDS Day flag

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OTTAWA - The federal government has pledged more support for the fight against AIDS, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he's confident the battle can be won.

In marking World AIDS Day, Health Minister Jane Philpott announced the government will spend another $3.5 million on AIDS research.

That's on top of the $50 million per year Canada currently invests in HIV and AIDS research.

But Philpott said much more needs to be done to raise awareness about the disease and how to treat it.

She cited statistics indicating that one in five people in Canada who are HIV positive are unaware of their condition.

Of the 80 per cent who are aware, only 76 per cent are receiving treatment, but most of those being treated have seen the virus suppressed.

The aim, said Philpott, is to bring those numbers to 90 per cent by 2020. …

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