There’s just one more thing before Christmas…

World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.  World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988.

More than 90,000 people are currently living with HIV in the UK and globally an estimated 33.3 million people have HIV.  More than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007 have died from the virus, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

Today, many scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, there are laws to protect people living with HIV and we understand so much more about the condition.  But despite this, people do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others from HIV, and stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with HIV.  World AIDS Day is important as it reminds the public and Government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.

This is work we hope to achieve all year round, by supporting people on an individual basis, delivering training and educational sessions and researching best practice and speaking with colleagues in the Health and Social Care industries.

Due to increased awareness of HIV and AIDS around this time each year, you’ll see many of our staff and volunteers out and around Leicester, and Leicestershire.  Here’s what we’re doing so far, if you would like any further information, please contact a member of Sexual Health Promotion team on 0116 2559995

17th November

Rumba Day & Night – Remembering Franco at the Plush Restaurant.  Jubilee Road, Leicester

18th November

Men & Music – promoting HIV awareness at the Western Pub, Western Road, Leicester

20th November

Living with HIV talk for Medical Students by LhivE at the University of Leicester

22nd November

International Human Rights Tour at the Guildhall Museum

23rd November

Launch of HIV Prevention England’s Testing Week

26th November

World AIDS Day displays at Leicester Library

27th November

Talk at Bradgate Hostel, Leicester

29th November

Information stall at Leicester Market

30th November

Information stalls at De Montford University, & University of Leicester with Sexpression

30th November

Celebrating 25 Years of Leicestershire AIDS Support Services at New Walk Museum

1st December

World AIDS Day Celebration, party and concert at the Y Theatre, Leicester

3rd December

Just4U – HIV Awareness session for students at Robert Smyth Academy, Market Harborough

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  1. Pingback: “…and it won’t go away.” 25 Years of Leicestershire AIDS Support Services | LASS