The AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia's mission is to promote and support the health and well being of persons living with and affected by HIV/AIDS and to reduce the spread of HIV in Nova Scotia
Official web site: http://www.acns.ns.ca
Here are some significant dates and events of the HIV/AIDS movement in Nova Scotia
- GaetanDugas was a resident of Metro Halifax from 1978-1982, and later gained notoriety as the first reported North American AIDS case, called Patient Zero
- Increasing outbreaks of uncommon pneumonia, cancers and other ailments among homosexual men in both Los Angeles & New York City causing doctors to become alarmed
- It is dubbed 'gay plague' and referred to as Gay Related Immune Deficiency (GRID)
- Outbreaks are re-named Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome or AIDS
- Transmission is linked to blood.
- First Canadian AIDS case is reported to the federal government.
- Gay Men's Health Association of Halifax forms
- Transmission is linked to sex
- American & French scientists discover the virus associated with AIDS; it is latter dubbed Human Immunodeficiency Virus or HIV
- What began as gay men's health crisis becomes MacAIDS? (Metro Area Committee on AIDS) and incorporates the same year
- A small group of HIV positive gay men begin to gather in a Halifax kitchen seeking personal and emotional support
- A test is developed to show the presence of HIV
- Canadian Red Cross begins screening blood in November
- MacAIDS? takes on a provincial focus and becomes AIDS Nova Scotia
- First Canadian AIDS Society Annual General meeting
- MacAIDS? launches its Get It Undercover campaign
- Teacher EricSmith is diagnosed
- A medication known as AZT receives approval as a treatment for AIDS.
- EricSmith goes public with his story after being removed from his teaching position by the government as it bowed to public pressure
- Nova Scotia Persons With AIDS Coalition (NSPWAC) is formed with its focus on support and advocacy
- Nova Scotia Task Force on AIDS is formed
- at the Canadian Conference on AIDS in Toronto, community groups organized to demonstrate lack of federal leadership which would lead to the development of a National AIDS Strategy
- First AIDS Vigil is held in Halifax.
- First Bid For Life Fundraising Auction is held
- First phase of National AIDS strategy is announced
- National Advisory Commission on AIDS (N.A.C.AIDS) is formed
- NSPWAC receives federal funding and opens its Halifax office on Gottingen Street
- First Names Project display in Nova Scotia
- NovaScotiaAdvisoryCommissionOnAIDS is formed
- A needle exchange begins at NSPWAC
- Valley AIDS Concern Group is formed
- Pictou County Women's Centre sponsors a Women and AIDS Project
- First Atlantic AIDS Network meeting held
- SteppingStone launches HIV/AIDS outreach program
- World Health Organization (WHO) reports that 10,000,000 people are HIV-positive
- Black Outreach Project is formed, funded and begins consultation process
- Pictou county AIDS Coalition is formed
- AIDS Coalition of Cape Breton is formed
- NS Provincial AIDS Counseling and Support Conference takes place at Oak Island
- On the Eve of World AIDS Day (November 30), local resident RandyConnors? and his wife JanetConnors? go public with their story of how Randy, a hemophiliac, became infected through receiving tainted blood
- Announcement of Women and AIDS Project is made on World AIDS Day
- The Men's Project is funded for a year.
- NS Women and AIDS Project receives funding
- George Moody announces approval for compensation funding making Nova Scotia the first province in Canada to compensate recipients of tainted blood
- Nova Scotia becomes the first place in the world to approve and compensate persons secondarily infected
- Global Network of PHAs (GNP) is formed
- Nova Scotia Strategy on AIDS is formed
- Canadian AIDS Society Annual General Meeting is held in Halifax
- The Men's Project is not funded.
- WHO predicts that an estimated 40,000,000 persons will be infected by the year 2000
- National AIDS Strategy - Phase II is announced
- JanetConnors? & RandyConnors? receive Human Rights Award - Oct. 29th
- Federal Government slashes funding and announces that, in Nova Scotia, only one provincial AIDS organization will be funded
- The Men's Project is funded for another year.
- Anonymous Testing begins in Halifax
- AIDS Nova Scotia (ANS) and NSPWAC move into the same office in September to begin the amalgamation process
- The Survival Training Program begins its research action project
- TerryMartin, long-time NSPWAC board member and educator dies
- GrantMacNeil?, long-time board member of ANS dies
- RandyConnors?, Dartmouth hemophiliac activist for a safe blood supply and compensation, dies
- The Men's Project Outreach Crew is formed, headed by NedMacInnis?, providing outreach to MSM in cruising areas.
- Canadian developed drug 3TC is approved as an AIDS treatment
- Combination Therapy is considered the current method of treatment
- Introduction of protease inhibitor drugs begin to show promising results in viral suppression
- Researched based Survival Training Project funded for a second phase
- Gay and Positive Men's Group (GAP Men) forms
- Names Project display in Pictou County takes place
- ANS and NSPWAC amalgamate to form ACNS on July 6th
- WilsonHodder launches his court challenge for same-sex spousal benefits
- The Men's Project is renamed the Men'Sex Project and takes on a bold new image under the direction of James Shedden.
- 1.3 million persons have full blown AIDS (18,000 of whom are Canadian)
- 4.5 million have died globally
- Survival Training Project begins its second phase-renamed the Art of Positive Living Program
- The Atlantic Regional Treatment Information Project begins
- Gay Men and Alcohol Project (GMAP) commences
- Community AIDS Treatment Information Exchange (CATIE) launches its internet site the network in May
- International Conference on AIDS announces approval of protease inhibitors as standard AIDS therapy
- By March, CATIE had delivered over 250,000 documents from its Internet site
- ACAP funds next phase of Men's Project and the third phase of the Women and AIDS Project
- ACNS begins its advocacy campaign for a third phase of the National AIDS Strategy. During the federal election, funding for this third phase was announced
- Phase III of the National AIDS Strategy begins
- ACNS chairperson WilsonHodder wins his court challenge to secure same-sex spousal benefits (May 26th) after the loss of his partner, TerryMartin, to AIDS
- WHO release its latest predictions that by the year 2000...10,000,000 people will have AIDS and 40,000,000 will be HIV positive
- Health Canada announces that future AIDS funding is to be 'A-based'
- The Men's Project is funded for it's final year.
- WilsonHodder dies peacefully in his home
- The List of Names is growing shorter
- ACNS prepares to receive a $30,000.00 cut in its federal funding from Health Canada
2002 & on...
- November: Moved to 1668 Barrington Street
HistoryProjectTodoList: should have some history of this organization here.