CAW Launches Comprehensive Booklet on HIV/AIDS

November 24, 2010, 2:52 PM EST


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The CAW has launched its new HIV/AIDS information manual entitled HIV/AIDS: A Worker's Issue, A Union Issue.

The booklet, launched in time for World AIDS Day on December 1, offers information on the face of HIV/AIDS in Canada, prevention and transmission, model collective agreement language and a wealth of other data.

"In the 30 years since HIV/AIDS became widespread and began to gain public awareness, we have not yet come to grips with this preventable disease," said CAW President Ken Lewenza. "Today, one in 500 Canadians is living with HIV/AIDS. But up to 30 per cent do not even realize. This means that many of us will have our lives touched in some way by HIV/AIDS.

"HIV/AIDS has affected tens of thousands of Canadians and their families, and millions of people throughout the world. Today, many of our CAW members are living with HIV/AIDS," said Lewenza. "Many of our members have family and friends with HIV/AIDS.  And yet, the silence and stigma surrounding the disease continues to prevent those who contract the virus from getting the support they need, and continues to be the major factor in the continued spread of infection." 

A copy of the booklet and poster will be sent out to all local unions and will be available at CAW Council December 3-5 and Quebec Council November 26-28. 

For more information or to download the new booklet or poster, please visit: www.caw.ca/humanrights

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