World AIDS Day 2019 was on Sunday 1 December
World AIDS Day takes place on the 1st December every year. It gives us the chance to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for those living with the virus, and to remember over 35 million people who have died from a HIV or AIDS-related illness. Currently, there are over 101,600 people living with HIV in the UK, with 97% of those on treatment. This is great news!
However, despite how far we have come and advances in medical treatment, it’s still so important that HIV remains a priority to the government. If we let complacency slip in, then the clock could start going backwards. We need to ensure access to services, increase awareness, improve education and fight the stigma associated with living with HIV.
This World AIDS Day, as we stand together to remember the millions we have lost, we’re asking you to get involved to make our vision a reality.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HIV AND AIDS
Let’s clear this up! Sometimes the terms ‘HIV’ and ‘AIDS’ are used as if they mean the same thing, but they don’t.
HIV stands for Human Immuno-deficiency Virus, which means it’s just that, a virus. AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, and refers to a set of illnesses people with HIV can get if they don’t receive any treatment. However, advances in treatment mean that few people living with HIV in the UK now develop AIDS.
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?
You can show your support for people living with HIV on World AIDS Day by wearing a red ribbon, the symbol of HIV support, awareness and solidarity.
It’s also a great chance to get fundraising to support vital services. Check out our website for more information on fundraising for Terrence Higgins Trust https://www.tht.org.uk/take-action/fundraising
World AIDS Day may be once a year, however, you can support people living with HIV all year round. Join us on our mission to end HIV transmissions in the UK by 2030! Check out https://www.tht.org.uk/ for more information.
Free and confidential rapid HIV test clinic, Mondays 6pm-8pm @ 10-12 Orwell Place, Ipswich, IP4 1BB
Free and confidential Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea screening + c-card scheme, Wednesday 3pm-5pm, Friday 12pm-2pm @10-12 Orwell Place, IP4 1BB