The ACOXXX book is part of the legacy project celebrating ACO’s dedication to HIV/AIDS over the last three decades and is available by donation. A free digital copy of the coffee table book is also accessible here for all to enjoy! 

ABOUT THE BOOK

Artistic and informative, this commemorative collection of images and stories from people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS is a keepsake that celebrates life and history.

The book is organized into four sections that highlight the past, present and future of HIV/AIDS through the lens of ACO. 

Beginning with the social and political climate of the early 1980s in Canada, it then takes us on a journey through the decades and presents game-changing moments in history and eye-opening statistics and infographics.

The heart of the book, however, is the intimate photographs and personal stories of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in our community. These individuals reflect the diverse groups that give life to the ACO, including LGBTQ, African, Caribbean and Black, Indigenous, people with mobility issues and people who use drugs.

The book concludes with pages of pictures, poetry, tributes and ACO’s future direction as we forge our way into the future.

25,000

PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV HAVE DIED IN CANADA SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE EPIDEMIC

3hrs

It’s estimated that every 3 hours,
a person is infected with HIV in Canada

35,650

Half of the 71,300 canadians living with HIV are men who have sex with men

12%

Aboriginal people make up 12% of new HIV infections in Canada

75%

The number of HIV-related deaths has dropped by 75% since the introduction of anti-retroviral therapies in 1996