The message of World AIDS Day: help break the silence

'The fear of stigma leads to silence, and in the fight against AIDS, silence is death.' - NUPGE president James Clancy


Ottawa (24 Nov. 2006) – An estimated 40 million people are living with HIV throughout the world, a number that increases in every region every day. World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, is an opportunity for all of us to unite in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

This year, the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is marking the occasion with a poster that we invite as many people as possible to post in their workplace, community centre or church to help broaden the awareness of this global epidemic.

"Since HIV was first identified it has been a stigmatized disease," says James Clancy, NUPGE national president.

"The fear of stigma leads to silence, and in the fight against AIDS, silence is death. We all must work to break this silence. We hope our poster will prompt more individuals to speak up and encourage more public discussion about AIDS."

The National Union also encourages Canadians to donate to three very worthy organizations engaged in fighting HIV/AIDS around the world.

The HIV/AIDS Labour Fund has been established by the Canadian Labour Congress. Please make contributions payable to:

Canadian HIV/AIDS Labour Fund
2841 Riverside Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1V 8X7
Tel.: (613) 521-3400
Fax: (613) 521-8949

The Stephen Lewis Foundation is unique in its contribution to the global fight against AIDS. Please make contributions payable to:

The Stephen Lewis Foundation
9 Manchester Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M6G 1V4
Tel.: (416) 533-9292
Fax: (416) 533-8866
Or online at

The Masai for Africa Campaign provides support to the Tšepong Clinic in the southern African country of Lesotho. This campaign is one of the four projects Union announced at the National Union's 2006 conference "Building International Sisterhood". Please make contributions payable to:

The Masai Centre for Local, Regional and Global Health
409 Woolwich Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 3X2
Online at

More information:
World Aids Day Poster - 2006