The Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research is the only national organization in Canada dedicated to privately funding HIV and AIDS research.
Since our incorporation, CANFAR has raised more than $18 million for life-saving research and CANFAR-funded researchers have discovered:
- A key component of the drug treatment that is keeping many people alive today
- Findings that have nearly eliminated the risk of HIV transmission between a mother and her baby
- An HIV vaccine candidate that can reduce, and sometimes prevent, HIV progression
- Research that has progressed other areas including cardio-vascular diseases and cancer
HIV and AIDS around the Globe
- 34 million people worldwide are living with HIV.
- Globally, young women aged 15-24 are the most vulnerable to HIV infection, with rates twice as high as in young men.
- In 2011, 1.7 million people worldwide died from AIDS-related causes.
- In the past year, only 38% of men who have sex with men received an HIV test.
- Since the beginning of the epidemic, nearly 30 million people have died of HIV-related causes.
- In 2011, 330,000 children were diagnosed as HIV-positive.
HIV in Canada
- Currently, there are approximately 71,300 Canadians living with HIV, an 11% increase from 2008.
- More than a quarter of Canadians who are HIV-postive are not aware of their status.
- An estimated 6,380 Aboriginal people were living with HIV (including AIDS) in
Canada at the end of 2011.
- There are an estimated 16,600 women living with HIV (including AIDS) in Canada, accounting for 23% of the national total.
- A quarter of sexually-active teenagers admitted to not using a condom during their
last sexual encounter.
- More than half of Canadian grade 9 students wrongly believe there is a cure for AIDS.