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Saskatoon forum focuses on stories on combatting HIV and Hep C – APTN News

by ahnationtalk on February 20, 202072 Views

February 19, 2020

The Know Your Status HIV forum is taking place in Saskatoon.

Indigenous women in the province have some of the highest rates of HIV and Hepatitis C in the country.

One community is sharing its story on how its combating the viruses.

Dr. Ibraham Khan says the Big River First Nation, a Cree First Nation, identified the problem and is now taking action to address it. Know Your Status is a community and nurse led program that includes peer counselling and culturally specific programming.

Jack Rayne, chief of Big River First Nation, acknowledges there is still a ways to go.

But transparency both with his own community and other communities is helping rates decline, he says.

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