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Ask Ate Anna by Linda PlenertHands up for #hivprevention

by Linda Plenert

Dear Readers:

WAD2016postersA3 Genderequality2 EnDecember 1st is World AIDS Day. According to CATIE, updated information shows an estimated 75,500 Canadians were living with HIV, and an estimated 2,570 new HIV infections occurred in 2014. This year Nine Circles Community Health Centre in Winnipeg invites you to participate in UNAIDS’ Hands up for #HIV Prevention Campaign for a chance to win!

The Hands up for #HIVprevention campaign explores different aspects of HIV prevention and how they relate to specific groups of people, such as adolescent girls and young women, key populations, and people living with HIV. The campaign also offers people a space to express their views on what they think needs to be done to strengthen HIV prevention efforts.

UNAIDS is asking people around the world to participate, so Nine Circles is encouraging individuals and organizations within Manitoba to join in, and will be offering prizes to sweeten the deal.

How to participate

1. Create a submission. There are a few ways to get involved. Pick one or a combination:

  • Submit a photograph of a word or short phrase written on the palm of your hand summarizing what we need to strengthen HIV prevention efforts here at home or around the world. For example: more condoms, empowerment, inclusion, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), rights for women and girls. The photo can show just your palm or your palm and face.
  • Submit a short video message (maximum 30 seconds) explaining what in your view needs to be done to reduce new HIV infections in our community.
  • Submit a photo or video of a display you’ve put up in your office or organization about HIV prevention. We’ve included links to resources and UNAIDS’ campaign materials to help you create your display.

2. Share your submission on your social media account(s).

  • Make sure to tag @ninecircleschc and use the #WorldAIDSDayMB hashtag. You can also upload your photo or video on the UNAIDS Facebook page to be a part of the larger campaign. Look for the event page specially created for the 2016 World AIDS Day #HIVprevention campaign
  • Ensure you’re entered in Nine Circles’ contest
  • E-mail a screen shot, your photo, or your video by December 16 to ninecircles@ninecircles.ca Winners will be chosen by random draw. We will award one prize to an individual and one prize to an organization, so in your e-mail, please include which category you are entering along with your name and/or your organization.

As an inspiration for your photo or video message, you might think about answering the following questions:

  • What needs to be done to reduce the number of new HIV infections?
  • How can we scale up resources for HIV prevention?
  • Who needs to be involved in designing and delivering prevention programs and services?
  • How can we make sure that HIV prevention programs and services reach the people most in need?
  • What policies or approaches need to change to strengthen HIV prevention efforts?

You can also go to: http://www.unaids.org/en/resources/campaigns/WAD2016/materials for more ideas.

Around the globe, including in Canada and the Philippines, HIV prevention continues to be an important issue. Ate Anna hopes readers – especially you younger readers on social media – will have some fun with this HIV prevention campaign. It’s also a good way to start a discussion among friends that can help create awareness.

Take care,
Ate Anna

Ate Anna welcomes your questions and comments. Please write to: Ate Anna, Suite 200- 226 Osborne St. N., Winnipeg, MB R3C 1V4 or e-mail: info@serc.mb.ca. Please visit us at www.serc.mb.ca.

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