Nova Scotia Advisory Commission on AIDS

Nova Scotia Strategy on HIV/AIDS


The provincial strategy on HIV/AIDS was developed by both provincial government and community groups and was released in December 2003. The Strategy is meant to improve Nova Scotia 's ongoing response to HIV/AIDS. The Strategy reflects the needs and concerns identified through discussion with various groups from across NS, including those directly affected by HIV/AIDS.

The Strategy calls for a united response to HIV/AIDS based on a population health and social inclusion approach. The Commission has worked with the NS Advisory Council on the Status of Women and others with knowledge in either gender and/or HIV/AIDS to include a gender-based analysis of the Strategy (PDF). This will help us to better understand the effect that gender has on HIV/AIDS in Nova Scotia . We are looking at how to update and expand the gender-based analysis to other aspects of social inclusion.

Overview of the Strategy

The Commission oversees the Strategy and works closely with policy makers, service providers, and Persons Living with HIV/AIDS (PHAs) and others affected by HIV/AIDS.  

The vision of the Strategy is to reduce the risk of HIV/AIDS by lowering the number of new HIV infections, and increasing the power of Persons living with HIV/AIDS (PHAs) to choose their own treatment path and have the best health and quality of life possible. 

The Strategy has four (4) goals that are implemented by six (6) guiding principles. This includes making sure that PHAs, their caregivers, and people most at-risk of infection play an important role in planning and implementing the services that affect them.

The Strategy has four (4) Strategic Directions with recommended actions for each. Working Groups based on the strategic directions were created to give advice and support. Connections to related projects have been identified or established. 

The Commission also established an Evaluation Subcommittee to work on the evaluation framework (PDF) and manage the evaluation process.