This year, we commemorate a World AIDS Day like no other. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has limited the time we have been able to spend together, however, we are all connected today as we reflect on how far we have come in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Our current context also brings with it many parallels to the early days of the HIV epidemic. Not so long ago, we anxiously monitored the rise and fall of new HIV case numbers around the world and carefully watched the daily updates on the spread of what was a lethal and barely understood disease. Today, those same uncertainties are being felt around the world as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. While the promise of a COVID-19 vaccine gives us hope of ending this pandemic, we have felt this hope before in the context of HIV. Despite the lack of an effective vaccine, great progress has been made in eradicating HIV thanks to the tireless efforts of our global communities.
On behalf of the Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR), I would like to recognize the dedication and accomplishments of Canadian researchers from across all HIV research disciplines and communities. Your collective commitment, discoveries and advancements have contributed to improving the lives of people living with HIV, also to the prevention of its transmission HIV/AIDS here in Canada and globally. Looking ahead, CAHR pledges to remain engaged and relevant, relying on what has become a hallmark of our association: a shared dedication, enthusiasm, and willingness to work together to achieve great success.
Carol Strike, CAHR President