December 1, 2017 (Edmonton) – The Alberta Party Caucus is pleased to acknowledge World AIDS Day.
Founded in 1988, the proclamation is a chance to show solidarity with HIV-positive people and those living with AIDS, and to denounce the ignorance, fear and shame that surrounds the disease. More than 35 million people have died of AIDS worldwide, and millions continue to live with HIV every day. The Government of Alberta reported in 2013 (and again in 2015) that HIV cases in the province are on the rise. Many remain unaware of their status.
“HIV/AIDS in Alberta has a long history, although one that too often remains unacknowledged,” said Alberta Party MLA Karen McPherson, “one that hasn’t always been treated with sensitivity. In the 1980’s, many funeral parlors in Edmonton refused to take deceased AIDS patients.”
“Thankfully, here in Alberta we have a number of advocacy groups that support HIV-positive people. These organizations, including HIV Edmonton and HIV Community Link in Calgary and southern Alberta, deserve our support.”
“HIV Edmonton’s goal of zero stigma and zero new cases is attainable,” said Alberta Party MLA Karen McPherson. “We should all be working toward that.”
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