Why We Walk
The first-ever AIDS WALK to THRIVE has so many new features to get excited about…a music festival, health and wellness fair, new walk route, plus a food and cocktails area are just some of them! Get ready to walk (and take part in a day full of music, community and a lot of fun) on September 25, in support of people living with HIV.
A life with HIV/AIDS is just that—a life, which with a little bit of support, can help our members THRIVE. This year marks our 31st WALK. Things have changed for people living with HIV—and mostly for the better.
But that doesn’t mean life with HIV is always easy. The challenges are real: stigma, isolation, limited income, and the side effects of powerful medications depended on to stay alive. For too many, living with HIV means hiding from discrimination.
Stats on HIV/AIDS:
The rate of new HIV diagnoses in BC was 5.6 (261 cases) per 100,000 population, a slight decrease from 5.8 (267 cases) in 2013. (BC Center for Disease Control, 2014).
In 2014, there were 261 new cases of HIV reported in BC. It is estimated that as of 2014, 1 in every 400 people in BC is living with HIV (approximately 12,100 people). (Smart Sex Resource 2012).
Current treatment is available to help with all stages of the disease but there is no cure for HIV infection. This is why the battle against HIV/AIDS is a lifelong one.
There were 36.9 million people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide in 2014, 1.2 million people died of AIDS related illnesses worldwide in 2014, and a 129 low- and middle- income countries reported a total of 150 million people tested in 2014. (WHO, 2016).
WALK with us on September 25th, for strength, for health, and to THRIVE.
Where do the funds go?
All net proceeds raised by the Scotiabank AIDS WALK to THRIVE in Greater Vancouver become part of Positive Living BC’s Community Health Fund. The CHF reimburses low-income HIV-positive members with up to $25 a month for health expenses not covered by other plans. Even little things such as drinking filtered water and getting the right vitamins can determine the fate of someone with a compromised immune system.