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HIV-AIDS Strategy

Communicable Deseases
HIV in First Nations living on reserve
HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that attacks the immune system. Early treatment and culturally safe care and support help people with HIV live longer and healthier lives.

How common is HIV?
In 2016, the rate of newly diagnosed HIV was three times higher in First Nations living on-reserve than the overall Canadian population (The Public Health Agency of Canada and Indigenous Services Canada data, 2016).

What are the risks?

  • having sex without a condom
  • having sex under the influence of alcohol and drugs
  • having another sexually transmitted or blood-borne infection
  • getting a tattoo or piercing with unsterile equipment
  • borrowing or lending needles or other drug use equipment
  • being born to a mother with HIV

Reduce the risk

Prevention: Know how to protect yourself and others.
Testing: Talk to your health service provider about confidential testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections.
Treatment: Seek treatment, culturally safe care and support services.
People can be infected with HIV without knowing it. They may not look or feel sick, but they can still pass HIV to others.

For further information about this program please drop by the Health Centre or contact one of our nurses.
Tel: 819-723-2260
TFN Health Centre  
22 Algonquin Avenue
Timiskaming First Nation
Notre-Dame-du-Nord, Quebec - J0Z 3B0
Tel: 819-723-2260 - Fax 819-723-2272
Email: Reception
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