December 01, 2017
Red Scarf Project visits Woodstock
World HIV/AIDS Day once again marked by the tying of symbolic red scarves
Oxford County Public Health is bringing the “Red Scarf Project” to Woodstock this year in honour of World HIV/AIDS Day on December 1.
This morning, staff tied red scarves, generously knit by volunteers, to trees and lamp posts in Museum Square to mark the occasion. Each scarf has a tag attached that contains information about the HIV/AIDS virus, along with information about how to get tested in Oxford County.The red scarves symbolize the red ribbons often associated with HIV/AIDS awareness. Anyone in need of a warm scarf is welcome to take one and is encouraged to keep the conversation going about the illness.
The Red Scarf Project was conceived six years ago by the Regional HIV/AIDS Connection in London and has since expanded to other centres in the region, including Sarnia and Stratford. It’s Oxford County’s fifth year participating in the project.
- World AIDS Day is marked on December 1 each year.
- 36.7 million people around the world are living with HIV/AIDS, and more than 1.0 million people died from AIDS-related causes in 2016.
- In Canada, more than 71,000 people are living with HIV, and 1 in 5 of them don’t know they are infected.
- The red ribbon symbol was first developed in 1991 and has become the universal symbol of awareness and support for those living with HIV.
- HIV testing is available through Oxford County Public Health.
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About Oxford County
Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario at the crossroads of Highways 401 and 403, Oxford County has a population of approximately 114,000 people across eight municipalities that are “growing stronger together” through a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government incorporated as the County of Oxford. Oxford County is emerging as a leader in sustainable growth through the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan and County Council’s commitment to becoming a zero waste community and achieving 100% renewable energy by 2050. Situated in one of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, agriculture is a key industry that serves as a springboard for some of the sustainable industries that are steadily diversifying the local economy. Oxford County offers a thriving local arts, culture and culinary community, as well as conservation parks, natural areas and more than 100 kilometres of scenic trails. The Oxford County Administration Building is located in Woodstock, Ontario. Visit www.oxfordcounty.ca or follow our social media sites at www.oxfordcounty.ca/social. Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at oxfordcounty.ca/strategicplan.
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