Canadian Restaurant Run by HIV-Positive Staff Aims to Smash Stigma
June's HIV+ Eatery.Casey House Foundation
/ Source: Reuters
A group of Canadian gourmets is hoping to smash misconceptions about HIV transmission one plate at a time by opening a pop-up restaurant run entirely by staff infected with the virus.
Located in Toronto, the restaurant called June’s on Tuesday was serving its first meals prepared by HIV-positive cooks to dispel any notion that food preparation can spread the virus.
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.
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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.
The survey was conducted by Casey House, a non-profit that planned the pop-up, or temporary, restaurant, said the group’s head Joanne Simons. Casey House provides health care for people with HIV/AIDS.
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.