ABOUT the Vancouver AIDS WALK
BC’s first AIDS WALK was held in Vancouver in 1986 at a time when people were dying from the disease. Thirty-four years later, a lot has changed, but we’re still walking to raise funds to support low income folks living with HIV in BC every day.
From 2015 to 2016 the number of new HIV infections in Canada grew by over 11% making 2016 the largest year over year increase since 1997 (SOURCE: Public Health Agency of Canada, 2016 HIV Surveillance Report) In 2016, 60% of all new HIV infections in BC were among men who have sex with men, and most new infections were found in Vancouver (SOURCE: BC Centre for Disease Control, HIV Annual Report 2016) These stats make it clear: despite what you may have heard, HIV has not gone away.
The Vancouver AIDS WALK is organized by the Positive Living Society of British Columbia. Founded in 1986 under the name BC Persons with AIDS Society, our organization was created by a group of people living with HIV to help empower themselves and others like them.
Today, Positive Living BC offers many vital support programs and services that benefit the lives of people living with HIV in BC. To learn more about Positive Living BC’s work, click this link.
Your IMPACT: The Community Health Fund
All proceeds of the 2019 Vancouver AIDS WALK go directly to low income people living with HIV in BC through the Community Health Fund (CHF). The CHF helps cover costs associated with living with HIV by providing reimbursement. To learn more about the Community Health Fund, such as who qualifies to access it and what it covers, click here.
Your decision to get involved with the Vancouver AIDS WALK directly benefits low income people living with HIV in BC – Your donations make a difference!!
Life with HIV isn’t easy. A lot has changed, but stigma, social isolation, and additional financial expenses associated with living with the virus have not gone away. That’s why we’re still walking after three decades – Join us now!
An HIV diagnosis is life changing, but it shouldn’t be life ending. Support the Vancouver AIDS WALK today and help low income people living with HIV in your community.
WALK with us on September 22nd, for strength, for health, and for life.