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Toronto Restaurant Has An All HIV Staff to Fight The Stigma

A Toronto restaurant by the name of ‘June’s Eatery’ is trying to smash the barriers about HIV transmission by opening up a pop up shop ran entirely by staff infected with the virus.

According to Telegraph UK:

Wearing aprons printed with such messages as “Kiss the HIV+ cook” and “I got HIV from pasta. Said no one ever,” June’s 14 HIV-positive cooks will be serving customers who prepaid to reserve their tables.

The idea of June’s came in response to a survey last month that found only half of Canadians would eat food prepared by someone with HIV.

HIV is spread when infected fluid enters the bloodstream, but not by sharing food, according to health authorities.

June’s will be open just two days, serving 200 customers who bought reserved tickets for C$125 ($98), Simons said.

The tickets sold out in less than two weeks and, with such strong demand, another restaurant run by HIV-positive staff may be in the offing, she said.

Since 2005, HIV incidence in Canada appears to be declining, according to a 2015 report by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

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