Yup… our AGM is just around the corner! (Where did that year go?!!) We’ve got the time, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm but this year we’re working on a new place. So keep watching this space as we prepare to announce a new venue for our annual get together!
Friday, July 28th marks World Hepatitis Day in Canada and around the world. The AIDS Committee of North Bay & Area has an event planned for Thursday, the 27th. This year’s theme is “Know Your Status, Get Tested – Learn Your Options”. This event is designed to raise and increase awareness on testing and to encourage more people to get tested for HCV in hopes that by 2030 viral hepatitis will be eliminated. Mayor Al McDonald will be reading the official proclamation for World Hepatitis Day in North Bay. Free Hep C testing will be available as well as a free BBQ, games and prizes. All are welcome!
It’s known as the May 2-4 weekend. It’s also the unofficial start to the cottage season. But no matter how you look at it, in Ontario and right across Canada, May 22nd or Victoria Day is hopefully the first long weekend of the year where warm weather and good times come together. Oh, it also marks Queen Victoria’s birthday (officially May 24th). So we’ll wish her happy birthday and you a very festive and safe Victoria Day long weekend. And just a reminder, our office will be closed, because we’ll be off enjoying the holiday Monday as well!
Viral hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver caused by a virus. It is estimated that over 600,000 Canadians are affected by it although many, up to 25%, are unaware of their status. About 1 in 12 people worldwide has viral hepatitis. 1.4 million lives are lost to the disease each year. The disturbing aspect of hepatitis C is that there are no symptoms until the person’s liver has reached a state of serious damage. While there is still no vaccine to prevent hepatitis C there is a cure. The AIDS Committee of North Bay & Area will be holding a range of events over Hepatitis C Awareness Week around the North Bay area. Find the schedule here.
To assist and support all persons infected or affected by HIV/AIDS and/or Hepatitis C and to limit the spread of the viruses through education, awareness, outreach strategies and treatment.