The Public Health Agency of Canada reports 1,833 new reported cases of HIV in 2022. An increase of almost 25% is felt in Estri.
We see it from our membership which has still seen a significant increase in requests for services this yearemphasizes La Réplique en Estrie CEO Valerie Samson.
The organization supports people living with HIV or AIDS in the region. In the past, La Réplique received fewer than ten new members per year. This year there are more than twenty people.
This is certainly a cause for concern when we talk about a disease like HIV, the situation with which is still quite stabilized. Everything was going well. We are now seeing a resurgence taking place and this is alarming. We really need to educate people about testing because there are no symptoms of HIV.
The pandemic was highlighted in the latest report, in part, because of the decline in screening and public awareness campaigns.
An alarming situation, but it does not surprise Dr. Réjean Thomas of the l’Actuelle clinic.
We don’t talk about BSTV anymore. We are talking about the fight against smoking. It’s about fighting cancer. We don’t talk about STIs and HIV anymore He said.
Saskatchewan and Manitoba top the list nationally with 19 and 13 cases per 100,000 people. Quebec ranks third, with a rate slightly higher than the national average of 4.7 cases per 100,000 residents, according to the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR).
CANFAR wants to end the national epidemic by 2025, an unrealistic goal for many players in the field. At La Réplique Estrie we are committed to 2030.
realisticaccording to Valerie Samson.
I believe we can achieve this goal through prevention, screening, support, harm reduction and cross-sector partnerships. she says.
According to Brigitte Marcoux.