Today is World AIDS Day

Red ribbon

Today is World AIDS day.

World AIDS Day is marked internationally on 1 December.

In 2017 the World AIDS Day national theme is HIV is still here – and it's on the move

This is a time to raise awareness in the wider community about the issues surrounding HIV and AIDS. It is a day to demonstrate support for people living with HIV and to commemorate those who have died. Wearing a red ribbon is a way that you can show solidarity and raise awareness of HIV.

A TIME TO REMEMBER

This is also a time when we remember the members of the bleeding disorder community who were affected by HIV when in the mid-1980s HIV was transmitted through some batches of clotting factor treatment product.

In 2017 HIV continues to be a part of our community’s experience. Some people with bleeding disorders live on with the challenges of HIV. Their personal stories remind us how vital it is to create a supportive and stigma-free environment for our community, and to acknowledge these individuals who inspire us by their positive attitude, resilience and determination to build a better future.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

  • Learn more about HIV in your community and share this knowledge with others
  • Take action to prevent transmission of HIV by promoting safe sex practices
  • Support and understand people in your community living with or affected by HIV
  • And uphold the right of people living with HIV to participate in the community free from stigma and discrimination.

 

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