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Point Edward, ON - Lambton Public Health will be distributing 140 homemade red scarves across Lambton County during the first week of December.
The initiative is designed to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS in the local community.
The annual Red Scarf Project, which coincides with World HIV/Aids Day (December 1), encourages residents to wear and share the red scarves and to read and share the information on the attached HIV/AIDS card. Scarves are knitted, crocheted or sewn by community volunteers.
"An estimated 25% of those living with HIV in Canada are unaware of their infection, and that's why it's important to raise HIV/AIDS awareness and the importance of screening," says Barrie Anne Rayworth-Wilson, Public Health Nurse with Lambton Public Health. "If you see a red scarf hanging, share the scarf with a friend and strike up a conversation about HIV/AIDS."
Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). HIV causes people infected with it to have a weakened immune system. A weakened immune system means infected people cannot fight off common infections.
The Public Health Agency of Canada estimates 71,300 Canadians of all ages live with HIV.
Lambton Public Health offers free, confidential screening at three (3) Lambton locations.
160 Exmouth St.
450 Blanche St.
59 King St. W
For more information about preventing HIV infection or the Lambton Public Health sexual health clinic, call 519-383-8331 or visit www.lambtonhealth.on.ca.
Supervisor, Family Health
County of Lambton
519-383-8331 ext. 3548