A Winnipeg men’s health clinic is honouring the Canadian AIDS Society, which is in town this week for their annual summit.
Our Own Health Centre, which has just opened its newest clinic in the Exchange District, has established an award for those that have made significant contributions to the wellbeing and health of gay and bisexual men.
Dr. Dick Smith is Medical Director and tells 680 CJOB the Canadian AIDS Society has played a crucial role in the fight against the disease.
“This organization has been going for 30 years; it’s been quite tireless in researching, getting detailed information from diverse groups of people and then filtering this back to the general public,” said Dr. Smith before presenting the award at a reception Tuesday evening.
The People Living with HIV/AIDS Forums and the Canadian AIDS Society’s Annual Meeting have both taken place this week in Winnipeg.
Executive Director of the Canadian AIDS Society, Gary Lacasse tells 680 CJOB the award is touching.
“Because we work hard, the whole movement, and this acknowledges the community offensive that we have and the community organizations across the country and what we bring to the plate and to the health care services,” said Lacasse.
While there is no cure for HIV and AIDS yet, treatment can allow people to live long and healthy lives.
However, Dr. Smith (pictured) urges that the fight must continue.
“We still have to fight AIDS, even if few people in Canada actually get that form of the disease anymore. Although it is not the horror it once was, HIV is still the most important health issue in the gay and bisexual community.”
Our Own Health Centre is a non-for-profit multi-disciplinary health clinic that opened its doors on McDermot in March. It’s Manitoba’s first clinic specializing in men’s health care while playing an important role in HIV care by identifying the infection and providing care for many other health issues.