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. The review 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.

Review of Nova Scotia’s Strategy on HIV/AIDS: Looking Back and Moving Forward

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