Canada’s ministers conclude meetings at the 24th International AIDS Conference in Montreal

The Honorable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, made concluding remarks for the conference, during which he reaffirmed this canada Committed to meeting global HIV goals. He encouraged international partners to take joint action to reduce the stigma surrounding HIV, reach the undiagnosed and remove barriers to testing, treatment and care. He also highlighted canada Signing a global declaration on Undetectable = Untransmittable, calling on other countries to do the same. The declaration is the result of important discussions that took place at the Global U=U Summit July 28thth where dr. Teresa Tam, canada The Chief Public Health Officer attended and emphasized the importance of learning from those with real life experience and addressing health inequalities and the social determinants of health to reach populations disproportionately affected by HIV.

During the conference, Minister Duclos, along with the Honorable Carolyn Bennett, said, canada Minister for Mental Health and Addiction and Deputy Secretary of Health, almost announced 18 million dollars in funding to make decentralized forms of HIV testing, including HIV self-test kits, more widely available Canada. Additionally, culturally safe, Indigenous-led testing initiatives will support citizens living in northern, remote and isolated communities to ensure everyone has access to testing. This will help reach the undiagnosed by providing greater accessibility, privacy and convenience for HIV testing.

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canadathe Honorable David Lametti, also announced forthcoming public consultations that will begin in the United States October 2022 to modernize criminal law relating to non-disclosure of HIV status in the light of scientific evidence relating to the risk of sexual transmission of HIV. Finally, the Honorable Harjit Sajjan, Minister of International Development, also reiterated canada Commitment to the global HIV response through the announcement 15 million dollars for UNAIDS for 2023-2025.

these obligations Canadaalong with the important discussions that took place at AIDS 2022 with experts, policy makers and people with lived experience Canada and from all over the world will help to move forward canada Progress in national and global HIV response and empowerment canada Resolve to end HIV and AIDS as a public health problem by 2030.

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“HIV and AIDS are still health problems in Germany Canada and around the world. Globally, we had made progress since the 1980s, but the COVID-19 pandemic has put a damper on our efforts. We are grateful for all the expertise and knowledge shared at this conference, which served as a wake-up call to collectively resume our efforts to achieve zero new HIV infections, AIDS-related deaths and zero discrimination. Canada will continue to do his part and together we will achieve that HIV-free future.”

The honorable Jean-Yves Duclos
Minister of Health

“It was humbling and inspiring to see the HIV community gathering Montreal, and virtually, in recent days to share their stories of lived experiences and valuable perspectives on priorities for the future. Ending the stigma and discrimination surrounding HIV is key to reaching the undiagnosed, connecting people with resources for HIV prevention and treatment, and ultimately ending the AIDS epidemic. Our government is proud to support the Undetectable = Nontransmissible message that affirms that people who are HIV positive can live long, happy and healthy lives, and will continue to work with our partners to bring the Improving the quality of life of those living with HIV HIV purely Canada.”

The Honorable Carolyn Bennett
Minister for Mental Health and Addiction and Deputy Secretary for Health

“As the 24th International AIDS Conference concludes, I would like to thank the research community for continuing to follow the science and community service providers for leading the way to address barriers and stigma faced by people living with HIV/AIDS – to be at the forefront of the reaction all the time. HIV/AIDS affects us all, regardless of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion or socioeconomic status. This conference provides an important platform where advocates, experts and health officials from around the world come together to advance the global HIV response.”

The Honorable Marci Ien
Minister for Women and Equality and Youth

“Our government is committed to challenging and reducing the stigma and discrimination associated with HIV and AIDS. We support the work being done at home and abroad on this critical issue and are taking the necessary steps to ensure our criminal justice system keeps pace with scientific evidence and remains fair and effective.”

The Honorable David Lametti
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Fast Facts

  • On July 28thth, Canada has endorsed a call to action on Undetectable = Untransmittable, which commits to turning evidence into action and incorporating U=U into future programs and policies. Canada was the first country to publicly support the Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U) campaign in 2018 and continues to support this message.
  • On 29th of Julythannounced the Honorable Harjit Sajjan, Minister of International Development 15 million dollars for UNAIDS.
  • On July 27thththe Honorable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, announced upcoming consultations on criminal law responses to HIV non-disclosure. Consultations begin in October 2022 and will seek input from stakeholders and the public on how best to modernize the criminal justice system’s response to non-disclosure of HIV status prior to otherwise consensual sexual activity.
  • On August 1stSt, Canada overall almost announced 18 million dollars to make decentralized forms of HIV testing more widely available, including in northern, remote and isolated communities Canadato help reach the undiagnosed as a first step in connecting people to culturally safe prevention, treatment and care services.
  • The government of Canada recognizes that the contribution of community-based organizations is key canada Ability to meet global HIV goals, break down barriers and address systemic injustices. The government of Canada keeps investing $33.4 million annually to support community-based efforts to reach key populations and meet their needs for prevention, testing, treatment and support.
  • An estimated 63,000 people live with HIV in Germany Canada. Of these people, an estimated 1 in 10 are unaware of their status. In 2020, 1,639 newly diagnosed HIV cases were reported Canada. The government of Canada supports a comprehensive approach to combating HIV and other sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBI). Canada. Through its five-year action plan for STBBI, the Government of Canada has made significant progress on its commitments to reduce the impact of STBBI in Canada until 2030.

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SOURCE Health Canada

For more information: Marie-France Proulx, Press Officer, Office of the Honorable Minister of Health Jean-Yves Duclos, 613-957-0200; Maja Staka, Office of the Honorable Carolyn Bennett, Secretary of State for Mental Health and Addiction and Deputy Secretary of Health, 343-552-5568; Media Relations, Public Health Agency of Canada, 613-957-2983, [email protected]; Public Inquiries: 613-957-2991, 1-866-225-0709

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