STOP AIDS – What’s Your Status Campaign
The PHS STATUS Campaign was funded by the VCH STOP/HIV project as part of a 4 year Treatment as Prevention program
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From June 2012 – October 2012 The PHS Community Services Society collaborated with VCH’s STOP AIDS team in a HIV testing, treatment and education campaign in the Downtown Eastside Community (DTES). This program was a project linking peers within our DTES to information and resources that they need and are available to them within the PHS programs as well as special summer outdoor events.
Our objectives were to test and educate as many people from the DTES community as possible as HIV screening is an important part of preventative health care for everyone, and to link people living with a HIV positive status to all the resources and support that are available to them in their community.
HIV doesn’t discriminate. A new test makes it easy and accessible for everyone to know their status. So get tested, know your results in just 60 seconds and live a lifetime. Treatments now keep people who are HIV positive alive for a lifetime and prevent the spread of new infections.
Together we can radically stop the spread of HIV and AIDS through identifying participants who are positive. The earlier you learn your status and start treatment you significantly lower the risk of transmitting this disease to someone else.
Finding out your HIV status is positive used to be thought of as a death sentence. This is no longer the case because of pioneers in medical research like Dr. Julio Montaner and the BC Center for Excellence in HIV/AIDS who have developed a highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) for people living with the disease that can prolong healthy living for a lifetime and reduces the risk of HIV transmission. Along with this ground breaking research, a Point of Care test (similar to a test a diabetic would take) has the ability to screen for the virus in 60 seconds.