Founded in 1987, The Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR) aims to end Canada’s HIV epidemic by leading national strategies to increase prevention, testing, treatment and access to care — while simultaneously ending HIV stigma.
CANFAR is thrilled to announce table and ticket sales for the 25th Anniversary of Bloor Street Entertains is officially open! This 25-year milestone celebrates the incredible amount of support they have received from the CANFAR family, aiding their fight to stop the HIV epidemic in Canada. This past quarter-century has been marked by tremendous progress in educating the nation about HIV/AIDS, providing linkages to care, and funding research initiatives which have led to remarkable advancements in the scientific & medical fields.
Celebrate CANFAR’s achievements over the past 25 years, by taking a look back at how involvements and donations have positively impacted those affected by HIV. As they continue working towards their CANFAR 2025 campaign goal to eradicate the HIV epidemic in Canada within the next four years, each dollar donated directly supports funding research initiatives, getting HIV self-testing kits into the hands of those who need them most, destigmatizing HIV and breaking down barriers to ensure every Canadian has access to the resources they deserve.
Since 2016, Yorkville Village has been a proud venue partner of Bloor Street Entertains and we look forward to supporting the event once again on November 25th, 2021.
Here is a look back at past dinners:
Photography x George Pimentel
How You Can Help End The HIV Epidemic By 2025 — Virtually
Your donations help CANFAR promote the new self-testing kits — increasing access to both prevention and care, continued support to raise awareness with at-risk youth through their national awareness programming, and the fight against stigma.
Levels of HIV testing have plummeted since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic which almost certainly confirms the number of undiagnosed Canadians living with HIV has risen. Decreased access to healthcare services coupled with the stigma involved with getting tested are overwhelming factors contributing to lack of HIV testing.
CANFAR’s next step is to get these confidential, easy-to-use HIV self-testing kits into the hands of at-risk Canadians — knowing your status (and by extension, receiving proper treatment) is the most effective way to stop the spread of HIV.
This epidemic can be eliminated in Canada by 2025, but in order to achieve that goal, HIV self-testing kits must get into the hands of those who need them most.