The ACT team prepare to lead off the Walk
In Toronto, 19,000 people are living with HIV, and one person in the city is newly diagnosed every day. The good news, however, is that new diagnoses are going down. The other good news is that treatment advances, new knowledge about the factors that lead to transmission and new prevention technologies allow us to envision a future without HIV. In the meantime, however, care, prevention and support services are still required for those living with, affected by and at risk for HIV.
That’s why the annual AIDS Walks across the country are an important way of raising awareness that HIV is still with us, to recognize that in Canada 21% of people with HIV are undiagnosed and that HIV-related stigma remains significant.
In Toronto, ACT, Canada’s largest community-based HIV service organization, is the beneficiary of the Scotiabank AIDS Walk Toronto. This annual fundraiser is important because only part of ACT’s programming is funded by government grants.
This year’s event took place on September 11, a warm and sunny Sunday. The photos in this post will give you a glimpse of the day.
If you’d like to donate to the important work being done by ACT, you can still pledge a Walker or make a donation here .
Former Toronto mayor Barbara Hall and husband Max Beck, long-time supporters of the HIV movement and of Toronto's LGBT community
Long-time HIV and LGBT activist Ron Rosenes (left), PositiveLite.com publisher John McCullagh (centre) and ACT executive director John Maxwell (right).
The Walk gets going down Church Street
The Walk progresses up Yonge Street
Pharmacist Dr Michael Fanous (right) and his team of HIV-negative and HIV-positive guys raising awareness about PrEP along the Walk route
Remembering a loved one at Toronto's AIDS Memorial
Participants share why they walk