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NCJ Number: 121965 Find in a Library
Title: AIDS: The Community-based Response
Journal: Canadian Journal of Public Health  Volume:80  Dated:(May/June 1989)  Pages:S18-S20
Author(s): N I Clausson
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 3
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: Community AIDS groups in Canada are volunteer, nonprofit societies with a mandate to provide four basic services: education and information, prevention, support, and advocacy.
Abstract: Nearly all community groups operate AIDS hotlines to answer basic questions about AIDS, distribute clear and sexually-explicit brochures on how to prevent transmission of HIV, and offer support groups and one-to-one counseling for people living with AIDS or HIV infection. The obstacles to building an effective community response to AIDS still exist, namely homophobia, the moral issue of AIDS, and denial that AIDS is a problem. In an effort to ensure that the voice of community groups is heard nationally, the Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) was formed in 1986. CAS serves as a national lobby for its member organizations and carries out research in areas most relevant to the needs of its members. Community groups in Canada have succeeded by incorporating the following points into their education prevention, and support programs: adopting a nonjudgmental attitude toward the target groups served; targeting specific audiences in education and prevention programs; and ensuring that those providing support to the ill and worried receive support in turn. 2 references.
Main Term(s): Community service programs; Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS)
Index Term(s): AIDS/HIV prevention; Canada; Public information
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