“Are You Doin’ It?” Campaign Launched

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You may notice health care professionals in public places asking you “Are You Doin’ It?” in an effort to promote HIV/AIDS testing in the region.

It is all part of the Regional HIV/AIDS Connection’s push to get all sexually active Londoners tested for HIV/AIDS. The new campaign will target specific groups and the general public through “chalking the downtown” and freeze mobs.

“We know that about 30% of Ontarians living with HIV don’t realize it. Testing is the only way to know your status for sure, and other STIs as well as HIV don’t always present symptoms, so you could be living with it and not realize it,” says Director of Education at the Regional HIV/AIDS Connection Meredith Fraser. “Provincially,¬†testing numbers are increasing and that’s a good sing. It means campaigns like this are working and people are making regular¬†HIV and STI testing part of their health and wellness routine.”

In 2012, 843 people in Ontario were diagnosed as being HIV positive.

The “Are You Doin’ It?” campaign is a joint effort between the Regional HIV/AIDS Connection, The London-Middlesex Health Unit, London Intercommunity Health Centre’s Options Clinic, Fanshawe College, Youth Opportunities Unlimited and the Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy.

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