Four Toronto subway stations have flower stands on Monday and Tuesday for AIDS research. In Canada there are about 73,000 people living with HIV/AIDS. Twenty-seven percent of those are unaware that they carry the virus.
On the first day of spring every year daisies are sold to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS. On May 17 and 18 the daisies will be at four Toronto subway stations: Dundas, Yonge-Bloor, Eglinton and Queen's Park.
While treatments have advanced, making HIV/AIDS a treatable disease for many, there is still work to be done, researchers say. The side effects of the drug cocktails can be serious and they are not effective for everyone. AIDS is still fatal and there is no cure or vaccine.
CANFAR is Canada's only national organization dedicated to private funding in HIV/AIDS research. CANFAR raises awareness to generate funds for research for all aspects of HIV/AIDS. Founded in 1987 the organization has invested more than $16 million in research initiatives across Canada.