Raising Awareness on World Aids Day – Member’s Statement

Nov 30, 2023 | In the Legislature

Mr. Love: — Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Tomorrow is World AIDS Day. It’s a day to raise awareness of the AIDS [acquired immune deficiency syndrome] pandemic and to mourn those lost to it. And Saskatchewan has many to mourn. For years our province’s HIV [human immunodeficiency virus] rates have been among the highest in Canada — 2, 3, 4, 5 times the national average. In 2021, 237 people were newly diagnosed with HIV. That’s an all-time record. And amid these soaring numbers, that provincial government chose to restrict access to sexual education in schools, one of the proven best methods of lowering rates.

This isn’t just statistics. It’s about real people in our communities who deserve better. The government’s failure to implement robust strategies for prevention, education, and support services is simply unacceptable. That they’re cutting strategies already in place is inexcusable. It’s time for accountability. We need a government that acknowledges the gravity of this situation and takes concrete steps to address it. The absence of meaningful action to combat HIV/AIDS is a blatant disregard for the well-being of Saskatchewan residents. As World AIDS Day nears, I ask all members to join with me in calling for meaningful action to stop the rising tide of HIV in this province. AIDS is not over, and it never will be without action.