HIV can affect anybody.

Those with HIV look like you and me. They are of diverse ages, came from diverse backgrounds, walks of life and relationship type. Many people who have it don’t even know, and NEARLY HALF of those officially diagnosed with HIV are already very ill, a trend called “late presentation” by those working in the field.

So what can I do?

Talk about it. It’s the best way to stop the spread of HIV. To get the conversation started, make sure you challenge your assumptions and learn the basic facts.

Let's challenge our assumptions about HIV:

Assumption: "HIV isn’t an issue for me - I am straight"

Fact: Most people contracted HIV from heterosexual sex.

Assumption: "People my age don’t get HIV"

Fact: This year, 44% of those diagnosed with HIV are 40+ years old.

Assumption: "HIV is not an issue in Manitoba"

Fact: Nearly 100 Manitobans are diagnosed with HIV each year. Some Manitobans are living with HIV and don’t know it. Anyone who is having sex or sharing drug use equipment should have HIV testing once a year.

Assumption: "My doctor has done blood work. I’m sure I’ve been tested."

Fact: HIV tests are not always provided with routine STI testing. Ask for an HIV test by name when you see your doctor or health care provider.

Assumption: "I am not at risk"

Fact: HIV Is a Manitoba reality. It is estimated that 1 in 3 HIV positive Canadians do not know they are living with HIV.

Learn the facts about HIV.

What is HIV - Basic Facts (Nine Circles)

Know the Real Risks - Activities and Risks

Find Out Where to Get Tested

Nine Circles Community Health Centre - Home Page