HIV Education : Gay & Black Glossary

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HIV Education

The Problem

There is a problem of increasing HIV (Human Imumuno-deficiency Virus) among aboriginals and immigrant groups.

The Opportunity

The opportunity is to reach all population groups who are being missed by the current education materials written in English.

Example

A man explained to me that he had found no HIV material in his native Hindi language. He was totally ignorant of safe sex procedures, yet was having gay sex outside his marriage. Many gay and straight aboriginals don’t know even the basics. The usual written sources are not reaching them.

What I want to happen

Getting Involved

You can use this document as a model for a letter to your own Minister of Health. Cut and paste. Add your own ideas. It is best to phone. That gets the most attention. Next best send a snail mail letter. Next best, send a fax. Next best, send an email. Here is where to send them:
Province Phone/Fax Snail Mail Email
AB (780) 427-3665 tel
(780) 415-0961 fax
Gary G. Mar Q.C.
MINISTRY OF HEALTH
#323, 10800 — 97 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta
T5K 2B6
Calgary_Nose_Creek@assembly.ab.ca
BC (250) 387-5394 tel
(250) 952-3456 tel
(250) 952-2194 fax
(250) 387-3696 fax
Hon. Kevin Falcon
MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND
MINISTRY RESPONSIBLE FOR SENIORS
PO BOX 9050 STN PROV GOVT
VICTORIA BC V8W 9E2
kevin.falcon.mla@leg.bc.ca
MB (204) 945-3731 tel
(204) 945-0441 fax
Hon. Dave Chomiak
MINISTRY OF HEALTH
Room 302
Legislative Building
Winnipeg MB R3C 0V8
minhlt@leg.gov.mb.ca
NB (506) 453-2536 tel
(506) 444-4697 fax
Dr. Dennis Furlong
Minister Department of Health and Wellness
P.O. Box 5100
Fredericton, New Brunswick
E3B 5G8
wwwleg@gnb.ca
NF (709) 729-3124 tel
(709) 667-8409 fax
Honourable Roger Grimes, Minister Health and Community Services
Confederation Building
P.O. Box 8700
St. John’s, Newfoundland
A1B 4J6
rgrimes@mail.gov.nf.ca
NS (902) 424-3377 tel
(902) 424-0559 fax
Jamie Muir
Minister of Health
Department of Health
PO Box 488
Halifax, NS B3J 2R8
healmin@gov.ns.ca
NT (867) 669-2304 tel
(867) 873-0169 fax
Minister of Health and Social Services
Box 1320
Yellowknife NT
X1A 2L9
premier@gov.nt.ca
ON (416) 327-4300 tel
(416) 326-1571 fax
Deb Matthews
Ontario Minister of Health
Hepburn Block, 10th Floor
80 Grosvenor Street, 11th Floor
Toronto, Ontario
M7A 1S2
ccu.moh@ontario.ca
PE (902) 368-4900 tel
(902) 368-4900 fax
Hon. Jamie Ballem
Minister of Health
Second Floor, Jones Building
11 Kent Street
PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE
C1A 7N8
jwballem@gov.pe.ca
PQ/QC (418) 643-3160 tel
(418) 644-4534 fax
Madame Pauline Marois
Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux
Cabinet de la ministre
1075, chemin Sainte-Foy
15ième étage
Québec
G1S 2M1
ministre@msss.gouv.qc.ca
SK (306) 787-7345 tel
(306) 787-8677 fax
Hon. Patricia Atkinson
Room 302
Legislative Building
Regina, Saskatchewan
S4S 0B3
patkinso@health.gov.sk.ca
YT (867) 667-5811 tel
(867) 667-8409 fax
Don Roberts
Yukon Health Minister
MINISTER’S OFFICE
Yukon Government Administration Building
Whitehorse
Yukon
Y1A 2C6
don.roberts@gov.yk.ca

History

Politicians have historically dragged their feet on AIDs education so badly you could accuse them of trying kill off the affected gay, black or native popuation out of bigoted motives. For example, Ronald Reagan prevented his Surgeon General Everett Koop from putting out a warning about AIDs until 1988, three years after I got it. In the early 1980’s, Bill Vander Zalm of BC blocked all education about HIV in BC, though education about other STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) went ahead. The lack of official confirmation lead me to believe AIDS/Grid was nothing Canadians should worry about. I assumed it was just another case of hysteria in the Excited States of America. Republcan presidents Reagan, Bush 41 and Bush 43 have persisted in forcing abstinence only sex education on the Africans, knowing full well it is worse than useless at preventing disease. They have also blocked Africans from manufacturing their own cheap AIDS (Acquired Immuno-Deficiency Syndrome) drugs.

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