HIV IS STILL HERE – AND IT'S ON THE MOVE
World AIDS Day is marked internationally on 1 December.
In 2016 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.
And a time when we acknowledge of the legacy of HIV in the Australian bleeding disorders community. This tragic episode affected many people in our community, especially the people who lost partners, family members, children, patients, colleagues and friends. It cannot be forgotten.
However, it is important also to remember the achievements of Australians in the bleeding disorders community affected by HIV – for example, the Mark Fitzpatrick Trust, named for a young Tasmanian boy with haemophilia who died of AIDS when he was 10 years old and recognising his mother’s work in HIV education to prevent stigma and discrimination. The Trust was set up by the Australian Government to provide special financial assistance to people with medically acquired HIV and their dependents.
IN 2016 HIV CONTINUES TO BE A PART OF OUR COMMUNITY'S EXPERIENCE
Some people with bleeding disorders live on with the challenges of HIV. They 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.