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
Rumba Day & Night – Remembering Franco at the Plush Restaurant. Jubilee Road, Leicester
Men & Music – promoting HIV awareness at the Western Pub, Western Road, Leicester
Living with HIV talk for Medical Students by LhivE at the University of Leicester
International Human Rights Tour at the Guildhall Museum
Launch of HIV Prevention England’s Testing Week
World AIDS Day displays at Leicester Library
Talk at Bradgate Hostel, Leicester
Information stall at Leicester Market
Information stalls at De Montford University, & University of Leicester with Sexpression
Celebrating 25 Years of Leicestershire AIDS Support Services at New Walk Museum
World AIDS Day Celebration, party and concert at the Y Theatre, Leicester
Just4U – HIV Awareness session for students at Robert Smyth Academy, Market Harborough
- The Influence & Effects Of Community HIV Testing for the African Communities in Leicester (lass.org.uk)
- Sharing Our Languages for World AIDS Day 2012 (lass.org.uk)
- Young Carers Affected By HIV Share Stories, Help Launch Resource (lass.org.uk)
- Living with HIV, The Virus That’s No Longer a Death Sentence (lass.org.uk)