– AIDS Committee of North Bay & Area - 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 eduction, awareness and outreach strategies.

Ottawa Invests in HIV/AIDS Project for ACNBA

February 23rd, 2012 at 10:25 am

Nipissing-Timiskaming MP Jay Aspin makes an announcement on funding for ACNBA's community based project to increase awareness and improve access to health care services for people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS in the North Bay area.

Nipissing – Timiskaming MP, Jay Aspin visited AIDS Committee of North Bay & Area (ACNBA) offices today to announce funding for a new project being implemented through the agency.

“Through HIV prevention and outreach campaigns, this project will ensure residents of North Bay and its surrounding area have access to the information and resources they need to make informed decisions about their health,” said Aspin. “Our government commends ACNBA for their continued dedication to addressing HIV/AIDS at the community level and particularly among high-risk populations.”

The funding – of just over $166 thousand – will be phased in over two years and be used to further regional outreach and education strategies.

HIV Regional Outreach & Education Coordinator, Dennis Chippa, says it’s coincidental that a story in the Toronto Star regarding an HIV positive woman hiding in rural Ontario due to the stigma associated with the disease would appear on the day the funding for providing HIV education and outreach was made.

“One of the unique focuses of this project is addressing literacy needs. We’ll be going through our educational material and working on making it more user-friendly,” explained Chippa.

The funding is part of more than $72 million that the Government of Canada is currently investing through the Federal Initiative to Address HIV/AIDS in Canada.

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