Note: this brief was originally published in 2018 and has been updated with recent developments in 2020.
In recent years, the Government of Canada has renewed a commitment to ongoing dialogue and constructive engagement with civil society in the response to HIV, hepatitis C virus (HCV) and other sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBIs). In 2019, in response to long-standing calls from national HIV organizations, and following consultation with provincial and territorial governments, researchers and community organizations, the federal government released a new Five-Year Action Plan on Sexually Transmitted and Blood-Borne Infections (STBBIs). This is a welcome development. But it must be accompanied by a commitment to correct the chronic underfunding of the HIV response that has dragged on for more than a decade.
Since 2004, a cumulative total of more than $123 million has been diverted or withheld from funding that was committed to this strategy. It’s well past time to adequately fund the fight to end HIV.