The Regional Municipality Of York


Raise your hands up high

On December 1, World AIDS Day, strengthen HIV prevention by lending a hand

Newmarket – December 1 is World AIDS and The Regional Municipality of York encourages residents to learn the facts about the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), and join in the fight against HIV/AIDS by lending a hand to HIV prevention.

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS’ (UNAIDS) theme for World AIDS Day 2016 is Hands up for #HIVPrevention. To support this campaign, share what you feel is key to strengthening HIV prevention by writing words or sentences on the palms of your hands, snapping photos of what you have written and uploading the photos to social media using #WAD2016 and #HIVPrevention.

The simple facts:

  • HIV cannot be spread through spitting, kissing, biting, scratching, urine or feces
  • HIV is not spread through casual contact, such as hugging, holding hands or sharing cups and utensils
  • HIV can only be spread through contact with infected blood, semen, vaginal fluids, rectal secretions and breast milk

Prevention is critical:

  • Always use condoms correctly and consistently when engaging in sexual activity
  • Never share needles, syringes or any drug-injecting equipment

Get tested:

  • Speak to your health care provider
  • Attend one of York Region Public Health’s sexual health clinics for confidential and anonymous HIV testing at no cost
  • If your results are positive, talk to your health care provider about treatment and inform your sexual partner(s) about your infection to prevent further spread

York Region partners with the AIDS Committee of York Region (ACYR) to raise HIV/AIDS awareness and support HIV prevention, detection and treatment. ACYR is dedicated to helping York Region residents living with HIV. For more information about ACYR and to see photos from their recent Red for Change: Wear It, Hold It, Show It campaign, visit

For more information on sexually transmitted infections, testing and York Region Public Health’s sexual health clinics, visit or call Access York at 1-877-464-9675, TTY 1-866-512-6228.

The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local cities and town and provides a variety of programs and services to almost 1.2 million residents, 50,000 businesses and 580,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at

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Media Contact:
Melissa Pinto, Community and Health Services
The Regional Municipality of York
Tel: 1-877-464-9675 ext. 74016
After-hours: 905-806-1216,

York Region; World Aids Day; Hands up for #HIVPrevention The Regional Municipality of York en-US Media Release