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Indigenous communities across Canada taking part in free blood testing for HIV – CTV News

by ahnationtalk on December 2, 201992 Views

December 2, 2019

WINNIPEG — Across Canada Indigenous communities are taking part in free blood testing for HIV and Hepatitis C, as AIDS Awareness Week launches kicks off.

More than seven cities across the country are taking part in the 21st Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week. In Winnipeg, people are invited to a free, dried blood spot HIV test – similar to diabetes sugar tests.

In addition to the tests, the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network is launching a Métis and First Nations tool kit for HIV and AIDS, STTBIs, Hepatitis C and harm reduction.

“Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week provides the platform for Indigenous communities to make the difference toward meeting global HIV targets,” said Denise Lambert, chair of the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network board, in a news release. “During this week, Indigenous peoples across Canada will raise awareness about the critical role of community to inform culturally safe approaches to wholistic HIV testing, care and treatment. We will do so in a manner that reflects Indigenous cultures and traditional knowledge, and also the unique social, spiritual, economic and political needs of our communities.”

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