World AIDS Day takes place on 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.
A survery conducted by the National AIDs Trust survey found that 1 in 5 think people think you can acquire HIV through kissing. Only 16% knew that if someone is on effective treatment, they can’t pass HIV on and can expect to live a long healthy life.
World AIDS Day is the perfect time for us to improve these stats and raise much needed awareness about HIV.
The aim of our World AIDS Day campaign this year is to reduce stigma, promote testing and therefore treatment and encourage preventative measures such as PrEP (HIV drugs taken by a HIV negative person to reduce the risk of them acquiring HIV). Today, we have been wearing red ribbons and displaying posters to help raise awareness of HIV and to reduce the stigma that still exists.
Watch this video, put together by our Sexual Health Bromley team, to learn more about HIV and help reduce the stigma:
At Bromley Healthcare we #RockTheRibbon! Our Sexual Health Bromley team have loved being able to get out to raise awareness of #WorldAidsDay today, fight the stigma surrounding HIV and inform people of the support and services available. They visited A&E at the Princess Royal University Hospital and went to various barbers and hair salons in Penge and Anerley who participate in the wisDOM free condom scheme.
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