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December 1 is World AIDS Day



To commemorate the lives of those around the world lost to HIV/AIDS, ACOL is holding two Vigils - one in Stratford on Tuesday, November 30. and one in London on Wednesday, December 1. Please follow the links for more information about each event or contact us at 1-866-920-1601.


Update about the renaming of ACOL



Dear Supporters:

Over the course of the many months, the AIDS Committee of London has been involved in the process of discovering a new name for the agency that can carry us through many more years of service delivery.

Selecting a new name for the agency has been a fascinating and rigorous process. We have approached it with the utmost care understanding that it is a critically important decision that will have profound impact on us as we move forward.

We are happy to say that we have chosen a new name which has been approved by the Board of Directors! The name and our new logo will be unveiled publicly during the evening of our 25th anniversary event on Saturday, November 27 and it will become official on January 1, 2011!

We would like to express our appreciation for all the submissions we received during the naming contest. The new name was not selected from the submissions list, but was arrived at through many subsequent focus groups and consultations with community partners, volunteers, clients, and staff.

Thanks for your continued support of our work!

Brian Lester, executive director AIDS Committee of London
blester@aidslondon.com









The Ontario Working Group on Criminal Law and HIV Exposure (CLHE) has launched a campaign calling on Ontario's Attorney General to immediately undertake a process to develop guidelines for criminal prosecutors in cases involving allegations of non-disclosure of HIV status. We encourage organizations and individuals to endorse the Call (see text below) to ensure a just, rational and consistent application of the law. For more information about the campaign, and to endorse, go to http://www.ontarioaidsnetwork.on.ca/clhe/

We believe that the use of criminal law in cases of HIV non-disclosure must be compatible with broader scientific, medical, public health, and community efforts to prevent the spread of HIV and to provide care treatment and support to people living with HIV. While criminal prosecutions may be warranted in some circumstances, we view the current expansive use of criminal law with concern.

We therefore call on Ontario's Attorney General to immediately undertake a process to develop guidelines for criminal prosecutors in cases involving allegations of non-disclosure of HIV status.



Guidelines are needed to ensure that HIV-related criminal complaints are handled in a fair and non-discriminatory manner. The guidelines must ensure that decisions to investigate and prosecute such cases are informed by a complete and accurate understanding of current medical and scientific research about HIV and take into account the social contexts of living with HIV.

We call on Ontario's Attorney General to ensure that people living with HIV, communities affected by HIV, legal, public health and scientific experts, health care providers, and AIDS service organizations are meaningfully involved in the process to develop such guidelines.





The 2010 Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life






The 2010 Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life happened Sunday, September 12 at Springbank Gardens, formerly known as Wonderland Gardens. The Walk is organized in partnership with AIDS Committee of London, John Gordon Home and Camp Wendake .
Funds raised support essential programs and services for people living with, affected by and at-risk for HIV/AIDS in our community.


2010's Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life in London raised over $42,000 for the three partner organizations proving that "The Walk will do us good!"
A heartfelt thanks to our all who sponsored this year's Walk, pledged a walker, walked the day of, or volunteered at the event. Next year's Walk will happen Sunday, September 11 once again at Springbank Gardens. Visit www. aidswalkforlife.ca for more information about the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life.







A Taste For Life




A Taste For Life, the signature fundraising event of the AIDS Committee of London (ACOL) raised just over $69,000 in 2010 to support programs and services for people living with, affected by and at-risk for HIV/AIDS in our community!


This year we enjoyed the participation of 35 owner-operated restaurants in London and area. A Taste For Life has captured the attention and philanthropic inclinations of people all over London and we thank our loyal supporters for their continued interest in our cause!



A Taste For Life also enjoys the strong support of the following:
TD Bank Financial Group
The London Free Press
Astral Media
Atv
London Downtown Business Association
Pin Point Publications
The Cooperators

We gratefully acknowledge your support and thank you on behalf of all those who benefit from the services of the AIDS Committee of London.











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Canada needs to make a commitment to fight AIDS!


If you agree that Federal funding cuts for HIV prevention are a concern in your community, we invite you to send a postcard to the Federal Government. Its free when writing to an elected official. See www.increaseaidsfunding.ca for more information.




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The AIDS Committee of London is a community-based, charitable organization providing HIV-related services  to people living with and concerned about HIV/AIDS in London and area.

Our service users include people living with HIV/AIDS,  their partners, family & friends, and those who are concerned about HIV/AIDS — anyone at risk for HIV, and anyone who provides services to people with, or at risk for, HIV.

All of our services are free and confidential.



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