As part of World AIDS Day and to mark the close of AIDS Vancouver’s month long public education and awareness campaign, The We Care Red Ribbon Campaign, AIDS Vancouver will blitz Davie Street on December 1st with red ribbons to honor those who have lost lives and loved ones to this growing epidemic.
Organizers have promised that red ribbons will be tied to trees, lamp posts and anything else that stands along Davie Street during the day long blitz.
The We Care Red Ribbon Campaign has focused its efforts around the red ribbon, a symbol of solidarity and hope for those affected by HIV/AIDS. The month long campaign, which ran through November, included movie events, free hugs, public outreach events and even safe sex caroling.
The campaign has rallied Vancouverites to practice safer sex and to break down the silence that feeds the stigma that engulfs HIV/AIDS which according to the Public Health Agency of Canada has seen approximately 13,365 people testing positive between 2002 and 2008 for HIV infection in British Columbia with approximately half of those people living with HIV in Vancouver. In a report released in November 2010 by ManCount it was revealed that 1 in 40 gay men in Vancouver were unaware that they were HIV positive.