British Columbia

AIDS Walk in Vancouver aims for stigma-free future

Despite advances in treatment for AIDS, people living with HIV still face discrimination and isolation.

People living with HIV still face discrimination and isolation, say advocates

HIV/AIDS awareness walks take place across the country, like this one in Montreal last year. Vancouver marks its 30th, Sunday September 20. (Kate McKenna / CBC)

Despite advances in treatment for HIV/AIDS, people living with the virus still face discrimination and isolation, according to advocates who are set to mark the 30th time an AIDS walk has been held in Vancouver.

"It's important to see how far we've come. The walk started to save people's lives, now it is a chance to empower people's lives," said event chair Val Nicholson in a release.

The Scotiabank AIDS Walk for LIFE will take place this morning starting at 11:30 a.m. PT at Sunset Beach in Vancouver's West End. Participants will walk a 6.75 kilometre route along the Seawall.

Organizers say this year the walk will focus on combating the stigma that they say many HIV-positive people still face in their day-to-day lives.

It will promote a new web site, hivanonymous.ca, which is an on-line platform for people who are living with HIV to anonymously talk about how difficult that is, and how they cope with it.

All money raised through the walk will be given to Positive Living BC's Community Health Fund.

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.