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AIDS Vancouver presents month long public awareness campaign to Vancouver City Council

We Care Red Ribbon Campaign

November 2, 2010 - Vancouver, BC: Vancouver will present its month long public awareness campaign the We Care Red Ribbon Campaign to City Council at 2pm today. The Red Ribbon is the symbol of solidarity and hope for those affected by HIV/AIDS. With weekly public outreach events the We Care Red Ribbon Campaign intends to promote two main themes throughout November: Safer Sex Practices and, Stigma: The Silent Epidemic - Breaking Down the Silence. The We Care Red Ribbon Campaign intends to inspire the Vancouver community to "Spread the Love, Stop the Virus."

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada between 2002 and 2008 there were approximately 13,365 people who had tested positive for HIV infection in British Columbia with approximately half of those people living with HIV in Vancouver.

November 2010 has officially been proclaimed Red Ribbon Month throughout the City of Vancouver by Mayor Gregor Robertson in support of this campaign.

What: AIDS Vancouver will present the We Care Red Ribbon Campaign to City Council followed by a showing of the We Care Red Ribbon Campaign Public Service Announcements.

Who: Mayor of Vancouver, Gregor Robertson
City Council
Richard O'Donnell Vice - Chair, Board of Directors, AIDS Vancouver Bradford McIntyre Director, Board of Directors, AIDS Vancouver Elizabeth Storbo, Secretary, Board of Directors, AIDS Vancouver Brian Chittock, Executive Director, AIDS Vancouver Fleur Cooper, Development and Communications Manager, AIDS Vancouver

When: November 1st, 2010. 2:00pm

Where:Vancouver City Hall, City Council Chambers, 453 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver V5Y 1V4

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Watch: RED RIBBON Month - We Care RED RIBBON Campaign - Video

Watch: Stigma: The Silent Epidemic. Breaking Down the Silence

Watch: HIV/AIDS PSA: Stigma: The Silent Epidemic. Breaking Down the Silence

Watch: HIV/AIDS PSA Safe Sex Just Use It

View: We Care Red Ribbon Campaign Calendar

For Media Enquiries or Interviews
Fleur Cooper
Development and Communications Manager
Direct: 604 696 4657
fleurc@aidsvancouver.org
www.red-ribbon.ca

www.aidsvancouver.org

City Of Vancouver
Corporate Communications
604 871 6336
media@vancouver.ca



About AIDS Vancouver

The first AIDS service organization in Canada. AIDS Vancouver was founded in 1983 as the first AIDS service organization in Canada. The agency was formed in response to an emerging disease that was starting to infect and affect local communities in Vancouver, specifically gay men. From our beginning, AIDS Vancouver evolved with the progression of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. This evolution has made our service delivery and program development relevant and innovative today.

While setting standards for excellence in program and service delivery, we work with policy makers to address complex legal, ethical and socioeconomic issues. The principles of Health Promotion, Harm Reduction, Community Based Research, Community Development and Volunteerism guide and direct us.

AIDS Vancouver-what we do.

Our mission is to alleviate individual and collective vulnerability to HIV and AIDS through support, public education and community-based research. Our mandate is Prevent Act Support.

AIDS Vancouver opened its doors in 1983 as the first AIDS service organization in Canada in response to the growing need for community health organizations to support individuals vulnerable to the epidemic.

Each year, over 7,000 people from all over the world are accessing some form of service provided by AIDS Vancouver. AIDS Vancouver continues to respond to the ongoing changing and challenging health care environment of HIV/AIDS and is fully dedicated to grow and respond to meet the needs of the community we serve. AIDS Vancouver strives to keep our programming innovative and relevant.

We offer a comprehensive range of services. Specifically, we have intensive and long-term case management, care teams (the only at home individual support program in the city), the only HIV positive nutrition focused grocery program in Vancouver for HIV positive individuals in need, confidential helpline, an information & resource centre providing materials in numerous languages to support newly arrived Canadians, as well as education, prevention and community outreach programs.
www.aidsvancouver.org

 


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