Since 1993 the AIDS Committee of York Region has been working to improve the quality of life by raising awareness through community education and by providing assistance to those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

One of the best ways to advocate this illness as well as the surrounding barriers and challenges attached to it, is through the written word, and so…..

Welcome to the ACYR Blog, a blog created by the AIDS Committee of York Region, shared by its community partners, staff and volunteers, with the purpose of creating awareness and helping to end the stigma surrounding HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) and AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome). But also to help build public knowledge around things such as sexual health, hepatitis C, mental health, depression, addiction, poverty, homelessness, LGBTQ, healthy living, nutrition; the list is plentiful.

You’ll be able to read up on different stories from different authors, all looking to achieve the same thing; summarized with words like inclusion, health, diversity, support , equality, treatment, prevention, survival, and living.

This blog is meant to paint a picture and tell a continuing educational story. It is about communicating with one another, something we sometimes take for granted. We communicate every day to express thoughts, opinions, to ask questions, and to give information.
Communication is the foundation of much of our lives, a basic human right, and it is the best way to achieve those words I mentioned above. It is the best way to end stigma and overcome misunderstanding; to live full and healthy lives; to achieve happiness and unity.

So welcome to this safe, inclusive space where facts, opinions and experiences will be shared openly and honestly.

Mark is the Communications & Administration Coordinator with the AIDS Committee of York Region. Mark is also an Author and Blogger of Challenging Barriers and The BIST Blog. (Brain Injury Society of Toronto)