African, Caribbean and Black Canadian HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Join the Afro-Canadian Positive Network and YouthCO for African, Caribbean and Black Canadian HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on February 7, 2020!

This year's theme is Stigma Creates Barriers! All of us can play a role in stopping HIV stigma and racism, and lift the barriers this creates when it comes to HIV. Stigma and racism make it hard to talk openly about HIV and our health, and without being able to have these conversations, we can miss out on the ways that community, peer support, medications to treat and prevent HIV, and information about sexual health can make a difference. Join us for this HIV awareness event and help us stop stigma and end prejudice towards those of us living with HIV. This free event is open to all people interested in learning more about HIV!

We will have food, activities, music, and performances that help celebrate African, Black and Caribbean cultures!

We will have transit tickets available at the event. If there are other ways we can make this event accessible for you, please let us know! If you have any questions leading up to the event, please email Jean @ or Sarah @

Youth living with HIV and their invited friends, families, partners, and allies are welcome to join YouthCO on February 8 for a celebration of self- and community- care, called Love Positive Youth!

About Afro-Canadian Positive Network:

  • We believe in fundamental human rights for all individuals (immigrants, refugees, and Canadians of African backgrounds) impacted by HIV/AIDS.
  • We envision a society that treats all individuals with respect, dignity and social justice.
  • Our central values include support, empowerment, education and advocacy.

We are a dedicated and supportive team of survivors, who are struggling to overcome barriers of language and stigmatization, to unite and uplift each other.  We establish networks for peer education and collaborative knowledge-sharing, in our particular culturally appropriate context (and languages, as Swahili, Amharic and English).

This event takes place on the ancestral land of Coast Salish peoples, including the Katzie, Tsawwasen, Stö:lō, WSÁNEĆ, Kwantlen, and Stz'uminus nations.

February 07, 2020 at 1pm - 1pm
Surrey City Centre Library - Room 120
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Will you come?

YouthCO's office is located on the unceded traditional territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh people. Our programs take place on unceded, ancestral, and traditional territories of many Indigenous nations across what is now called BC.

YouthCO believes that all youth have the right to accessible and affirming information about our health. We also know each of us has a unique relationship to our bodies, sex, sexuality, substance use, and harm reduction. For many of us, the words other people use for our bodies and their functions are not the words we use for ourselves. Throughout our website, YouthCO uses words for bodies and sex that we know will not reflect the full diversity of our communities. We have tried to, where possible, be as expansive with our language as we know how to while being as specific as possible. As youth leading the HIV movement, we too are learning about the best words for our experiences and do not do this perfectly. We invite any feedback about the language used on our website to help us move forward in the best ways for all youth in our communities!