December 1 – World Aids Day

World’s AIDS Day is celebrated on December 1st.

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December 1st is an opportunity to harness the power of social change to put people first and close the access gap. Ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 is possible, but only by closing the gap between people who have access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services and people who are being left behind. Closing the gap means empowering and enabling all people, everywhere, to access the services they need.

World AIDS Day is observed on December 1 every year, reminding us that the fight against the AIDS pandemic is far from over. More than 36 million people have died since it emerged in the early 1980s. Today, 35.3 million people around the world are living with the virus, including 71,000 in Canada. Every day, 6,800 people are infected. Two researchers from the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) tell us

Facts about HIV/AIDS

Aids is one of the most important global public health issues in recorded history. Caused by infection with HIV, a person may experience a brief period with flu-like symptoms, before a long period with no symptoms. It renders the patient susceptible to infections like tuberculosis and certain cancers.

In the final stages of Aids, lung infections and a type of cancer known as Kaposi’s sarcoma are common.

HIV is primarily transmitted via unprotected sexual intercourse, contaminated blood transfusions, hypodermic needles, and from mother to child, via pregnancy, delivery or breastfeeding.

Sub-Saharan Africa remains most severely affected, with nearly one in every 20 adults living with HIV and accounting for nearly 71% of the people living with HIV worldwide.

There are around two million deaths from Aids each year, of which about 270,000 are children.

At the end of 2013, 11.7 million people were receiving ART in low- and middle-income countries, which is around 36% of the 32.6 million people living with HIV in these regions.

Since the beginning of the epidemic, around 78 million people have been infected with the HIV virus.

HIV is treated with antiretrovirals, which work by stopping the virus replicating in the body, allowing the immune system to repair itself and preventing further damage. Patients tend to take three or more types of antiretrovirals – known as combination or antiretroviral therapy.

Antiretroviral therapy prevents the onward transmission of HIV.

Progress has also been made in preventing mother-to-child transmission and keeping mothers alive. In 2013, nearly seven out of 10 pregnant women living with HIV – 970 000 women – received antiretrovirals.

 

For more information on HIV and Hepatitis C visit http://www.catie.ca

 

Alkaline Eats – Hearty Root Soup

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This is a great warming soup that only uses low acid and low alkaline root vegetables that are really great for you.

This is a great winter or spring soup!!

Hearty Root Soup

Ingredients

1 large celery root or celeriac cut into chunks
3 medium turnips cut into chunks
1 medium rutabaga (swede) cut into chunks
1 large onion cut into chunks
3 cloves of garlic crushed
Large handful fresh parsley, finely chopped
4 tablespoons olive oil
Celtic Sea Salt
4 cups vegetable broth – I make my own. You can also use a vegan brand or any other brand that does not have mushrooms in it. (Stay away from fungus!)

How to Make

In a heavy saucepan, sauté the onions and garlic in the olive oil, on a low heat, until soft.
Add the celery root, rutabaga and turnips and sauté for one minute.
Add the vegetable broth, place the lid on the saucepan and leave to steam for 8 minutes or until the veggies are soft but with a bit still nice and firm. We don’t want to over cook them.

Pour the mixture into a blender and blend the soup until well pureed. Add the chopped parsley. Pulse the blender twice to get the parsley mixed but not pureed so you still have a white soup but it will now be dotted with green parsley.

Pour into bowls and sprinkle with some Celtic Salt, olive oil and any left over parsley you may have.

** You can add more broth or even some almond milk for a creamier heavier soup.**