World AIDS day – event at Redbridge Central Library and Museum
Our next event will take place on Friday 30th November 2018 between 12pm and 2pm at
Redbridge Central Library and Museum (Café and Foyer area)
This is an event to educate people about AIDS / HIV and a drop-in.
We’ll have a stall in the foyer and this is also a social event, an opportunity to have a chat and a coffee.
We are open to ideas for events and support that you would like to see.
We can also help point you in the right direction regarding any LGBTI+ issues you may have.
Light refreshments will be provided.
Our drop-in session is open to both supporters and members of the local LGBT+ community that live, work, socialise or study in Redbridge.
e-mail :- firstname.lastname@example.org
This is HIV testing week 17/11/18 - 23/11/18
About National HIV Testing Week
National HIV Testing Week (NHTW) is a flagship campaign to promote regular testing among the most affected population groups and to reduce the rates of undiagnosed people and those diagnosed late. This year, NHTW starts on Saturday 17th November 2018.
In the UK, the combination prevention approach to HIV means we are witnessing a substantial decline in HIV diagnoses for the first time.
However, the work must not stop here. There was a small increase in late diagnoses between 2015 (39%) and 2017 (43%), which means testing is still as important as ever.
WHAT IS WORLD AIDS DAY?
World AIDS Day takes place on the 1st December each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.
WHY IS WORLD AIDS DAY IMPORTANT?
Over 101,000 people are living with HIV in the UK. Globally, there are an estimated 36.7 million people who have the virus. Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.
Today, 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. Despite this, each year in the UK around 5,000 people are diagnosed with HIV, people do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others, and stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with the condition.
World AIDS Day is important because 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.