One Voice Many Faces: United to reduce HIV Stigma
Time to prepare for World AIDS day this coming Saturday, 1st December. This is a day when we reflect and consider those who are infected and affected by HIV. We remember those who have died from the pandemic over the years. We also celebrate the achievements and work of the year for HIV.
“Know your HIV Status” – it is much better to know – to live a long and healthy life whether you are positive or negative. Get a HIV test this week to put your mind at ease and to find out how to look after your status whatever it is. If we all know our status we will reduce the stigma and discrimination linked with HIV – it becomes something that affects us – not them.
We are working closely with Faith Leaders and pastors from many churches and beliefs to create support and knowledge about HIV. If you would like to be involved get in touch – we can all play a part to increase understanding.
We have these messages from Archbishop Desmond Tutu to inspire us this year.
A few dates for your diary today so that you can decide what you will do.
All these events are free and you are very welcome to come along:
National HIV Testing Week- 23rd to 30th November:
LASS are open for Rapid HIV testing everyday this week as usual – you get your result immediately. If you want to come for a test after 5pm, please phone to make an appointment. You can also get a test at the sexual health clinic at Leicester Royal Infirmary or you may ask your GP.
Thursday 29th November:
Leicester Market stall from 9.30 to 3pm – come along and get your red ribbon. We will have a 2 minute silence in the Market Square at 1.12pm led by Rev Jane Wood and Bishop Jonas Martinson.
Friday 30th November:
Launch of LASS 25 year history project from 5.30 – 7pm. Please contact us if you would like more information.
Saturday 1st December, 11am
“Moving from Darkness to Light” A service for World AIDS day at Leicester Cathedral. (Faith in People with HIV event)
Saturday 1st December, 7pm
LASS celebration party and music event at Y Theatre. Check our website or get in touch with LASS for tickets. Help us make it a World AIDS Day to remember!
If you would like to get involved with the many activities we are doing with different communities and groups contact us for more information.
For more information contact Celia Fisher: firstname.lastname@example.org.