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For nearly as long as HIV has been in Toronto, the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) has been here to help. Formed by a small group of community activists during the summer of 1983, ACT was a response to the hysteria surrounding an unknown illness. Little was known about AIDS at the time, but a terrible stigma was attached to those who had it, and nothing was being done to help them.
Since then, ACT has grown to be Canada’s largest HIV service organization, benefiting from the devotion of its accomplished staff, thousands of committed volunteers and the many thousands of people living with HIV who have and continue to form the backbone of the ACT community.
HIV AND AIDS ARE NOT THE SAME THING.
> AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.
> AIDS is caused by a virus known as HIV, or the Human Immunodeficiency Virus.
> Not everybody who has HIV has AIDS or will develop AIDS.
> AIDS results from an HIV infection that goes untreated for a long period of time.
> The earlier that someone who is HIV-positive knows their status and starts treatment, the better their long-term health outcomes.
OF NEW HIV DIAGNOSES IN ONTARIO, ABOUT…
> 60% are gay men and men who have sex with men
> 25% are people from African, Caribbean and Black Communities
> 13% are people who inject drugs
> 1 in 5 people newly diagnosed are female
IN TORONTO, MOST RECENT FIGURES…
> estimate that almost 20,000 people are living with HIV
> show 15% of new diagnoses were among women, and 85% were among men
> show gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men accounted for 65% of all new diagnoses
> show people who inject drugs accounted for 4% of all new diagnoses
> show people from African, Caribbean and Black communities accounted for 13% of all new diagnoses
ACT is committed to delivering programs and services across the HIV prevention, engagement and care continuum. We want our service users linked into HIV care and treatment, as well as emotional and social support services.