At AIDS New Brunswick, education is one of our three main focuses. Education has the power to combat stigma, create safer communities, and even save lives. Despite the advances in testing and treatment of HIV and Hepatitis C, there is still strong misconceptions about these viruses in the general population.
According to a 2018 study titled “Canadians’ Awareness, Knowledge and Attitudes Related to Sexually Transmitted and Blood-Borne Infections,” 51% of Canadians surveyed said they wouldn’t use the services of a doctor or dentist living with HIV despite the risk of transmission being virtually non-existent. 68% of Canadians surveyed were also unaware of the existence of PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), an oral medication that reduces the chances of HIV infection by up to 99% when taken consistently.
If you want to learn more about HIV, Hepatitis C, or other sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBIs), visit CATIE (Canada’s source for HIV and Hepatitis C information), email us, call us at 1-800-561-4009, or visit us in-person.