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How AIDS has changed: Chat with leading experts and an HIV-positive Canadian

Categories: Canada, Community, Health, World

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Bring your questions to our live chat Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. ET to discuss how HIV and AIDS have changed in the last several decades. (iStock)

Imagine that you have AIDS.

Now, what does this mean for the average Canadian? Is there a stigma attached? What treatments are available? How different would your experience be now as opposed to, say, 30 years ago?

Since 1985, more than 76,000 positive HIV tests have been reported to the Public Health Agency of Canada, according to the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT).

Within Canada, ACT says, Ontario has the highest number of positive HIV test reports; however, nearly 25 per cent of those with HIV do not know they have it.

It was World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, and we took a look back at just how much having HIV or AIDS has changed in the last few decades.

  • Canadian media personality and entrepreneur Shaun Proulx will discuss this with Live Online host Lauren O'Neil during a live chat on Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. ET, as well as his own experiences living with HIV and what it was like to announce it live on CBC Radio this fall.

  • Joining them is Daniel Knox, the director of development for ACT, which is celebrating 30 years as an organization of outreach, support and education for men and women living with HIV and AIDS.

As well, one of the world's leading HIV/AIDS experts shared the latest research and how it has changed during his distinguished career.

  • Dr. Stefano Bertozzi is a prominent global health scientist and health economist, who is dean of the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a senior fellow at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation where he has directed HIV and tuberculosis programs.

To join the chat, simply:

  • Click on "Sign In" inside the Spreecast window.

  • You will be prompted to connect with Facebook, Twitter or an email address. Choose one, sign in and follow the prompts to access the chat.

  • To ask the guest a question, click on the "Camera" button. One of our producers will send you a private message before bringing you up live.

  • To ask a text-based question, click "Submit Question," and type it in, or expand the window and join the live chat in the right-hand box.
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Tags: Canada, Community, Health, World

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