Saturday, September 26, 2009

Are you at risk of contracting HIV?

Do you (or have you ever) have unprotected sexual intercourse (vaginal, anal or oral)?
Do you (or have you ever) share needles or equipment for injecting drugs?
Do you (or have you ever) use unsterilized needles for tattooing, skin piercing or acupuncture?
Do you experience (or have you ever experienced) occupational exposure to HIV in a health care setting?
If you have answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may be at risk of contracting HIV.
HIV/AIDS can affect anyone in society, regardless of their age, gender, sexual orientation or socio-economic status. However, stigma, discrimination, and violation of human rights make socially and economically marginalized groups and populations even more vulnerable to infection.
The Government of Canada, through the Federal Initiative to Address HIV/AIDS in Canada, is committed to developing discrete approaches to addressing the epidemic for eight specific target populations:
Gay men
Injecting drug users
Aboriginal Peoples
Prison Inmates
Youth at risk
Women at risk
People from countries where HIV is endemic
People living with HIV
The population‑specific approach results in evidence‑based, culturally appropriate responses that are better able to address the realities, which contribute to infection and poor health outcomes for the target population



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