16,880 Canadian Females are Living with HIV & AIDS

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World AIDS Day takes place on 1st December each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate
those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day. The estimate of 16,880 females living with HIV (including AIDS) represents 22.4% of the national total.

While all women are potentially at risk for HIV infection, women who belong to socially and economically marginalized populations face a number of inter-connecting determinants of health such as racism, (un)employment, homelessness, stigma and poverty, which adversely impact their risk for HIV infection and their experiences accessing diagnosis, care, treatment and support.