World AIDS Day, designated December 1st every year since 1988, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection, and mourning those who have died of the disease.
Every 3 hours a person is infected with HIV in Canada. One in three new infections are young people aged 15 to 24 and 23% of new infections are women. Three-quarters of the 2 million people worldwide who became newly infected with HIV live in Sub-Saharan Africa.
HIV and AIDS are not only health issues; they are also human rights and social justice concerns, economic challenges, and labour issues. Our union is proud to stand in solidarity with those infected and affected by the disease, and with organizations and workers who support people living with HIV and AIDS. CUPE stands for strong, healthy communities and workplaces for everyone.
CUPE National has produced a new poster, a policy booklet, a bargaining checklist and a health and safety fact sheet to help locals build awareness, promote discussion, and encourage action on the critical issues surrounding HIV and AIDS.