Nova Scotia Advisory Commission on AIDS

The Review of Nova Scotia’s Strategy on HIV/AIDS


The Review of Nova Scotia's Strategy on HIV/AIDS: Looking Back and Moving Forward was released in November 2014. Theeview provides direction for a re-visioning and renewal of the Strategy within a changing policy, service, and funding context, which is toward an integrated model of HIV/AIDS policy, services, and funding with other sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBIs) and relevant co-infections and/or chronic conditions.

Some of the challenges identified in the Review are not unique to HIV/AIDS. The review makes nine recommendation to renew and improve Nova Scotia's approach and response to HIV/AIDS, as well as other STBBIs and related chronic conditions. With the support of the Department of Health and Wellness (DHW), the Commission developed and is implementing a stakeholder engagement strategy (SES) to engage critical stakeholders in addressing the fundamental questions and issues raised in recommendations 1 and 2 in the Strategy Review report so to facilitate "re-imagining and renewal" of the provincial response to HIV/AIDS, STBBIs, and relevant co-infections and/or chronic disease.

Addressing the fundamental questions within these first two recommendations - questions related to HIV/STBBI integration, accountability, stakeholder engagement, resources, and funding - will pave the way to addressing the remaining seven recommendations through a renewed strategy. To ensure the SES speaks to the interests of key stakeholders as it relates to these questions and issues the SES will focus on the following 5 inter-related strategic areas:

How to effectively address and reduce stigma related to HIV and other STBBIs will be explored within each of these 5 strategic areas.

Based on analysis and conclusions from the stakeholder engagement process, the Commission will recommend to the government a provincial approach for responding to HIV and other STBBIs and relevant conditions. This will include how to address the remaining seven recommendations in the Review report.