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HIV/AIDS awareness

Calling all Knitters & Crocheters:

Oxford County Public Health is looking for local knitters & crocheters to contribute to the Red Scarf Project.

How you can help:

  • Create and donate a red scarf you have made to the Red Scarf Project
  • Scarves can be knit or crochet using red yarn to approximately 6 inches x 60 inches (15cm x 150cm)
  • Bring your completed scarf (or scarves) to Oxford County Public Health by November 21, 2014
  • When you submit your donation, please print and fill out this form.
  • Come out and help decorate Oxford County with red scarves on December 1 - World AIDS Day
  • Host an information session with your knitting group and help spread awareness about HIV/AIDS


Red Scarf Project

November 24 – December 1, 2014 is Canadian HIV/AIDS Awareness Week. red scarf

Public Health is creating awareness of HIV/AIDS issues and testing through the Red Scarf Project.

On December 1, Public Health staff will be tying red scarves to light stands in downtown Woodstock and Tillsonburg. The red scarves will have tags attached to them with information about HIV/AIDS and where people can get tested in Oxford County.

Those who are in need of some extra warmth are welcomed to take one of the scarves. All leftover scarves will be donated to a local charity.

The project is modelled after the Regional HIV/AIDS Committee's Red Scarf Project that launched in London in 2012.

HIV testing is available at the Oxford County Public Health sexual health clinic.

Facts about HIV/AIDS

  • In Canada, more than 71,000 people are living with HIV and a quarter of them don’t know they are infected.
  • 34 million people around the world are living with HIV/AIDS and more than 1.8 million people died from AIDS-related issues in 2011.
  • The red ribbon symbol was first developed in 1991 and has become the universal symbol of awareness and support for those living with HIV.