As AIDS Walk funding takes dive, organizers shift focus to helping HIV survivors thrive (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)

An annual charity walk Sunday in support of people living with HIV in B.C. has changed its theme for 2016 to focus on boosting its benefactors’ health and happiness.

In its 31st year, the event has changed its name to the Scotiabank AIDS WALK to tHrIVe. Its goal has shifted beyond helping people to survive with HIV to helping them thrive, said Neil Self, chair of Positive Living B.C. 

“There’s a sort of misconception out there that HIV is over and you just need to take these pills and you’re fine,” said Self, who was diagnosed with HIV 27 years ago. “Unfortunately, that’s really not the case. For one thing, a lot of people affected by HIV have a lot of complex medical issues or complex social issues.”

Nick Eagland reports. Read full story here.