FREDERICTON (GNB) – The following statement was issued today by Health Minister Victor Boudreau on the occasion of World AIDS Day, Dec. 1:

Each year on Dec. 1 we celebrate World AIDS Day to honour those who have passed away from AIDS and those living with HIV-AIDS, and put the spotlight on awareness, prevention and education.

This year’s theme is Hands Up for #HIVprevention which explores the different aspects of HIV prevention and how they relate to specific groups of people, key populations and populations living with HIV.

HIV-AIDS is a global challenge. While New Brunswick experiences one of the lowest rates of infection in Canada, prevention and awareness must remain a priority for our province.

I urge New Brunswickers to get informed on how they can protect themselves against HIV-AIDS. Those who feel they may be at risk should consult their health-care provider. 

I thank AIDS Moncton, AIDS New Brunswick, AIDS Saint John, other community-based organizations and health-care providers across the province that offer treatment, education and support to those living with HIV-AIDS.

More information on HIV-AIDS can be found on the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health website.