World AIDS Day is an international event to remember those who have diedof AIDS and celebrate the lives of those with HIV today. It has been running every December since 1988. This year World AIDS Day takes place on Saturday 1st December.
Terrence Higgins Trust, the UK’s largest HIV and sexual health charity, has a number of activities planned around this year’s event. The charity is also able to support journalists covering HIV stories for World AIDS Day, either by supplying key facts and statistics, lining up expert spokespeople or putting them in touch with case studies who are living with the condition. Key dates include:
Terrence Higgins Trust’s 30th Anniversary (26th November)
On 26th November 1982, London magazine Capital Gay ran a front-page article under the headline ‘US Disease Hits London’. It announced that four men, one of them Terry Higgins, had died of a mysterious new illness, which we now know as AIDS. Terrence Higgins Trust’s 30th anniversary campaign ‘Thanks Terry’ marks three decades of the charity’s work preventing the spread of HIV, and supporting those already living with the virus.
To learn more about services and support on offer at Terrence Higgins Trust’s Taunton Centre, please call: 01823 327 076.
National HIV Testing Week (23rd – 30th November)
This November, Terrence Higgins Trust will launch England’s first ever National HIV Testing Week. Funded by the Department of Health, the week aims to encourage communities at an increased risk of infection (gay men and Africans) to test more regularly for the virus. A number of events are already planned across England during the week, targeting people most at risk of HIV. Further details can be found at www.tht.org.uk/HIVtestingweek.
Stand Up Stand Out (1st December)
On World AIDS Day itself, Terrence Higgins Trust is calling on people to pledge their support for the 100,000 people in the UK who are living with HIV. Thirty years on from the beginning of the epidemic, HIV remains surrounded by a level of stigma unmatched by any other medical condition. To combat this, the charity is asking its supporters to be ‘loud and proud’ to raise awareness and funds to support people living with HIV.
Further details can be found at www.tht.org.uk/worldaidsday.