AIDS day walk in North Battleford aims to `banish that stigma’
AIDS day walk in North Battleford aims to `banish that stigma’

 By Julia Peterson  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter On World AIDS Day, advocates in the Battlefords gathered to raise awareness about how the virus affects people in their community, and how people can get help and treatment, if they need it. “HIV is completely preventable in today’s society, with all the advances in medication,” said Battle River Treaty 6 Health Centre’s HIV project coordinator, Cymric Leask. “But due to a lot of intersecting factors, especially due to COVID  in the past couple of years, our HIV numbers have skyrocketed.” In 2021, more than 200 new cases of HIV were diagnosed in the province, even while testing, treatment and outreach were reduced during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Saskatchewan has the highest rate of new HIV infections in Canada, and has

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