More Than Half of North Americans Wouldn't Share Food with Someone Who is HIV+

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Casey House Reveals New Stats for World AIDS Day

TORONTO, Dec. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ - Canadian-based Casey House,

the world's only hospital dedicated to treating those living with HIV/AIDS, is igniting a conversation around the stigma that people living with HIV/AIDS experience in their daily lives. In partnership with Ipsos and Leger Research Intelligence Group,
their latest Smash Stigma Study found that 54% of Americans wouldn't eat food knowingly prepared by HIV+ chefs while of 70% of Canadians, if tested HIV+, would be nervous or ashamed to share their health news openly. 

This news comes off the heels of Casey House launching the world's first-ever HIV+ eatery, June's, which popped up in Toronto earlier this month. The 3-day pop-up restaurant took aim at the misconceptions around people living with HIV/AIDS by using cooks who were all HIV+. Given its success, Casey House is looking to expand June's into other markets.

The following spokespeople are available to talk about HIV/AIDS and World AIDS Day:

  • Dr. David C. Knox/Dr. James Owencan speak to the new treatments of HIV/AIDS, the holistic approach to patient care and the evolution of the disease from the crisis years to present.
  • Patients - We have brave individuals who are willing to share their compelling story of living with HIV/AIDS and the impact of stigma on their lives.
  • Casey House CEO, Joanne Simons - She can speak to the role Casey House plays on the international stage, the prevalence of stigma and the approach to the care.
  • Chef Matt BasileToronto chef who trained all the HIV+ volunteers and helped launch June's, the world's first ever HIV+ Eatery.

Additional Canadian-Specific Stats:

Canadian National Perceptions

  • Canadians are more likely to feel nervous or ashamed about sharing their HIV+ status than to believe HIV/AIDS continues to be a serious health crisis in Canada.
  • 70% of Canadians if tested HIV+, would be nervous or ashamed to share their health news openly

Canadian Geographic Differences

  • 55% of East Coasters somewhat agree that HIV/AIDS continues to be a health crisis in Canada crisis
  • 76% of East Coasters agree that they would feel nervous or ashamed to share health news openly if they were HIV+

Canadian Generational Differences

  • 79% of millennials agree that if tested HIV+, they would be nervous or ashamed to share the health news openly 
  • 71% of seniors (65+) believe that HIV/AIDS is a continuing health crisis

Canadian Gender Differences

  • Men are twice as likely to think HIV+ individuals are partially to blame compared to women
  • 71% of women and 70% of males would feel nervous or ashamed to share health news if they were HIV+

All campaign assets and additional statistics can be found here:

About Casey House:

Casey House is Canada's first and only stand-alone hospital for people living with HIV/AIDS. Through our innovative and comprehensive approach to health care, we remain one of the few places where people with HIV/AIDS can seek care without judgment. We are more than a place that saves lives, we are a place that speaks up, shines understanding through compassion, and empowers our clients to get better.

Although many people who live with HIV can manage their disease effectively with a support network and access to treatment, Casey House clients are not part of that majority and fall into the category of the 40% of people in Ontario not on treatment. They are vulnerable, seeking safety and need nourishment. Casey House will continue to provide unequivocal compassion to clients in need providing them with a holistic approach to their care and treatment.

Canadian Survey Methodology: A survey of 1,633 Canadians residents was completed online between October 10-13 using Leger's online panel, LegerWeb. A probability sample of the same size would yield a margin of error of +/- 2.4%, 19 times out of 20.

American Survey Methodology:A survey of 1,795 American residents aged 18+ was completed online between November 22nd and 27th via the Ipsos I-Say Panel. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll is considered accurate to within +/- 2.7 points, 19 times out of 20. 

SOURCE Casey House Foundation


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