World Aids Day 2011
December 1st is World Aids Day and we are wearing our red ribbons to show our support and to make a contribution to the fight to find a cure.
This is important for us all as more than 90,000 people in the UK are living with HIV and globally the number of peope is estimated at an incredible 33.3 million people. Between 1981 and 2007 more than 25 million people died from the virus. This makes it one of the most destructive diseases in history.
Researchers across the globe are searching for a cure and many scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment. A lot of work has also been done to raise awareness and uphold the rights of people who have HIV and AIDS, there are laws to protect people living with HIV and we better understand the condition and how it affects peoples’ lives. Despite this, there are still people who do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others from HIV, and stigma and discrimination are still a serious issue for many people living with HIV.
World AIDS Day reminds the public and Governments all over the world that HIV is still a serious issue and we need to continue to raise money for research, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.
Donating even just a small amount can have a very positive effect. And wearing the ribbon helps spread the word.
We are supporting George House Trust, the largest HIV Health and Social Care Charity in the North West of England, an organisation which supports people living with or affected by HIV and campaigns for the best quality of life for all people with HIV. Please visit their website for more information.