When AIDS began Yorkton, the illness was a secret. There was not much information about HIV / AIDS or how it could be treated. People have died of this disease because they are spreading rapidly around the world.
Today, this is another story, people are able to live a long time after diagnosing AIDS with new treatment options.
One thing remained the same, people still need tests to know if they have or do not.
AIDS Yorkton shut down and hand over the flashlight to a new information program run by SIGN. It came with donating $ 740 to the new program because AIDS Yorkton closed its accounts and wanted to support the programs that are going on now.
Vivianne Lincoln with AIDS Yorkton said the decision to support the new SIGN program was natural because the program continues the work it has done many years ago.
The problem was partial at that time that people did not want to admit they could have AIDS, and Lincoln admits that they must fight to believe that it is something that could influence them.
"At that time, they just said it was a gay community that was spreading it. Of course the gay community was very involved, and people living with AIDS (PLWA) got involved, got out and educated, and I think it really helped get rid of this stigma. "
As in the past, there has been further stigmatization and the disease is now associated with intravenous drug users. Candace Nelson, a social worker at SIGN, said that while it is a high-risk group, it is still a disease that could affect people who are not necessarily at risk, so it is important for everyone to test. Though it is no longer the death penalty, the only way to treat it is if people really know they have a disease.
This region needs AIDS awareness because in the former Sunrise health area an epidemic has occurred, as Nelson admits, with an increase in the number of new HIV patients by 800% in 2016 – about 16 new cases compared to the current year when there were two. Part of the cause of this increase in patients was more extensive testing, she said, but it is also a clear example of why testing is required.
"One in five people does not realize they have it, they go through without realizing it. Once we have identified these people, they are in the care or at least in the care."
For Nelson, her job is to reach people to get into the test, and she does not understand why anyone would not have a test just to be safe.
"If you knew you had cancer, you would want to have a premature examination of your cancer, you will want to get early testing for diabetes, you want to get early hypertension tests, but for HIV, people would probably not have it, why would not you? testing and antiretroviral treatment? "
Getting money from AIDS Yorkton means that the program can do more offshore work, Nelson said.
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