There is no cure for HIV/AIDS
AIDS is “Aquired Immuno-Deficiency Syndrome”
You can't get HIV/AIDS from hugging someone who has the virus
If you have HIV, you cannot donate blood
The only way to know if you have HIV is by having a blood test
HIV+ means you have the human immunodeficiency virus
HIV- means you don't have the human immunodeficiency virus
Some people have HIV and don't know it
It could take 7 to 10 years before any symptoms of the virus begin to show
HIV is not a death sentence
HIV can be managed by taking medication that slows the virus
Viral load of HIV in your blood means how many copies of the virus there is in your body
People who have AIDS may loose weight rapidly
It can cost upwards of $120,000.00 a year for some of the medications to treat HIV
HIV is 100% preventable
High concentrations of HIV are found in blood, breast milk, semen and colostrum
Intravenous drug users who share needles are at a higher risk to get HIV than those who use a clean needle every time
Abstinence – not having sex
Practicing Safer Sex – using condoms or other latex barriers (e.g, dental dams, plastic food wrap, latex gloves, etc.)
Don't share sex toys
Don't share needles or equipment for injecting drugs such as spoons, saucers, rigs, etc. that greatly increase the risk of you getting HIV.
Protecting yourself against HIV can also mean protecting against unwanted pregnancy or in some cases, against transmitted infection (chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis etc.)
the highest rate of infection is now in Aboriginal youth and young women
Men who have sex with men (MSM) who have “situational sex' may be at a higher risk (in prisons)
You can get an anonymous HIV test, where your name is not mentioned and the results are only given to you.
Welcome to Healing Our Nations

The AIDS Task Force began in 1991 after two First Nation people from Nova Scotia attended an AIDS conference in BC. They were very concerned about the effect this disease may have on their home communities, so influenced others to educate First Nation communities across Nova Scotia about HIV and AIDS. Fifteen First Nation communities across the province quickly joined forces to begin their fight against AIDS forming the "Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq AIDS Task Force". All the Atlantic Provinces have since joined the cause. You may know us to be the Atlantic First Nations AIDS Task Force. However, since May 2000 our organization is now known as Healing Our Nations.


Our purpose is to educate First Nation people about HIV disease and AIDS. Knowing the risks associated with the spread of HIV and defining the myths and facts about AIDS is the first step to healing our nations. Eliminating the spread of AIDS in First Nation communities is not the only focus of our organization because we see this disease as only a symptom of a greater problem. Our goal is to help First Nation people rediscover their pride, traditions, and spirituality in an attempt to improve child development and eliminate family violence, substance abuse, depression, and suicide.