November 28, 2011

York Region recognizes World AIDS Day

Education remains the best defence against HIV/AIDS

NEWMARKET ??" The Regional Municipality of York joins community partners and countries around the world in recognizing Annual World AIDS Day on Thursday, December 1.

Founded by UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS, World AIDS Day is observed every year on December 1 to honour and commemorate those who have been affected by HIV/AIDS. It is also a day to mark progress made and work that still needs to be done.

AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) is a disease caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which kills or impairs cells of the immune system and progressively destroys the body's ability to fight infections and certain cancers. The term AIDS applies to the most advanced stages of an HIV infection.

The facts about HIV/AIDS are staggering:

HIV prevention practices are critically important. Safe sex practices help prevent sexual transmission and sterile needles and equipment help prevent blood transmission. Mothers with HIV should avoid breastfeeding to prevent maternal transmission.

York Region Community and Health Services partners with the AIDS Committee of York Region (ACYR) to provide support and resources to people affected by HIV/AIDS living in York Region. For more information about ACYR events and services, please contact 1-800-243-7717 or visit

In addition, York Region has six Sexual Health Clinics located across the Region, offering a wide range of sexual health services in a confidential and non-judgemental setting. Services include sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment, birth control counselling, low-cost birth control options and the emergency contraceptive pill. The clinics can provide anonymous HIV and Point of Care testing where clients can obtain their results within minutes of being tested. Services at our clinics are available at no cost to York Region residents. A health card is not required.

For more information on Sexually Transmitted Infections, testing and the York Region Sexual Health Clinics, please call York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653 or TTY 1-866-252-9933 or visit


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Media Contact: Lisa Sposito, Community and Health Services, York Region
  1-877-464-9675, ext. 4106. Cell: 905-955-2533.
Founded in 1971, The Regional Municipality of York is made up of nine municipalities
and provides services to more than one million residents, 29,000 businesses and 495,000 employees.

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