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World AIDS Day 2013 Edition

« Objectif Zéro : Zéro transmission, Zéro préjugé, Zéro décès »

December 1 is World Aids Day. The theme chosen by the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux was inspired again by the World Health Organization. Accordingly, the Ministère is distributing a poster entitled "Getting to Zero: Zero transmission, zero discrimination, zero deaths" to Québec health institutions and schools.

Currently, close to 20,000 Quebecers are living with HIV and it is estimated that about 2 people a day get infected. These numbers are still high, even though efforts made to date are starting to bear fruit.


To reach the objective of "Zero transmission", individuals should adopt condoms use when engaging in sex. In addition, people should never share equipment used to prepare, inject or inhale drugs, or use non-sterile equipment for tattoos or piercings.

HIV-positive mothers should be monitored and given appropriate treatment to prevent transmission to their babies during pregnancy and delivery. In Québec, breastfeeding is not recommended.

To reach our goal of Zero discrimination, we have to set aside unfounded fears since these can lead to situations where individuals are stigmatized.

Although there is no risk of contracting HIV from a person living with HIV through daily activities, many people are nonetheless still concerned and fearful. Yet the risk of transmitting HIV is nil in the following situations:
• Kissing someone living with HIV
• Drinking from the same glass as someone living with HIV
• When a person with HIV coughs or sneezes
• Hugging someone living with HIV
• Working in the same office as someone living with HIV

To reach the objective of Zero AIDS-related deaths, access to screening and medical follow-up for people with HIV should be enhanced, and support provided to ensure they can adhere to treatment as best they can.
With currently available medical management and treatments, the life expectancy of a person living with HIV is almost the same as what it would be if he or she had not contracted HIV.
In Québec, the AIDS mortality rate has fallen sharply. However, about a hundred people still die of this disease every year.