Programs in Preventing HIV AIDS
The AIDS Committee of Windsor has also been keen on educating the community on naloxone and opioids. Recently, the ACW hosted a campaign in Drouillard for people to learn more about opioids, the disadvantages of using opioids, and how to reduce cases of overdoses of naloxone until proper medical care is achieved. This workshop was an initiative taken by the Label Me Person committee to educate individuals that addiction can affect and be experienced by anyone, thus people should worry about attending to the problem rather than shaming and blaming the addict. The workshop addressed the different types of opioids and the wide range of the effects and medical care. The extensive kinds of naloxone and all its uses were also explored. This program was carried out to benefit people from different backgrounds and those that were interested in volunteering had the opportunity to do so.
Another initiative started by the AIDS Committee of Windsor to curb the spread of HIV is the Needle Syringe Program. This program makes sure to connect with people or reach them at the comfort of their homes without any judgments on the life choices they make. It also helps individuals on how to care for abscesses and wounds, how to prevent themselves from this disease, or how to live with people affected by HIV. This program also offers other services such as: How to use safe kits, teaching more about lubricants and CDs(condoms), educating people on preventive measures like not sharing sharp objects, or having unprotected sex.
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Due to the renewed dedication towards providing services and programs, the Windsor committee changed its name to (PPCS) Positive Pathways Community Services. Later on, the Executive director of the program Michael Brennan was of the idea that the organization is planning on stretching its community services and programs to work for and with the individuals. Expanding PPCS for the community is the goal. Michael said that the new program is a way of meeting the needs of people from different backgrounds making it a norm to the community looking to reduce the rate of stigma and spread of HIV.
Positive Pathways’ success has been overwhelming thanks to the involvement of a wide range of stakeholders, this includes people affected by HIV, LGBTQ groups, and those that abuse drugs. It stretches from African Countries to the Caribbean, and also the minority groups or marginalized groups, and even corporate support from the likes of Revco and others.
The stakeholders have focused on the name that will touch on people living with, at risk of, or affected by HIV one way or another to reduce stigmatization among people. This initiative shows how the agency is connecting people to essential service providers honoring the values in the programs. The service providers, staff, board members, and volunteers are always pumped to educate and implement HIV prevention measures, carrying out campaigns to kick out stigma, making it easy to access care and creating a safer environment for compassion, and connecting people to others for support. In 6 months, the facilities will change social media to promote the new and improved brand.
The Windsor-Essex October Health charts showed a drop in Hiv infections In the area. In 2021, 9 individuals were infected. As time goes by, each year registers an increase or a decrease. The average number of infections recorded in the last five years is twenty. According to the records from the health sector, infection rates rise and fall. Ahmed Wajid, the Medical health officer, once stated that a year would not be enough to predict what will happen in the future. There are improved efforts to prevent the increase of HIV in every country. People have been educated on how to stay safe and avoid any chances that will lead to contracting the disease.