There are now around 100,000 people living with HIV in the UK – more than ever before. World AIDS Day is an international event that has been running since 1988 and is dedicated to raising awareness of HIV and AIDS.

Terrence Higgins Trust has a number of events and activities planned in Brighton this World AIDS Day and is asking local people to get involved in the following ways:

Monday 26th November – Saturday 1st December
Brighton City Centre
Terrence Higgins Trust will be holding a number charity collections across Brighton to mark World AIDS Day. Collections will be held at various locations including Brighton train station, and local supermarkets.

Thursday 29th November – 1pm to 2pm
Terrence Higgins Trust Brighton Office, 61 Ship Street, Brighton, BN1 1AE
Staff and volunteers from Terrence Higgins Trust will give an overview of HIV in 2012. The session is open to anyone who would like to learn more about HIV in 2012. There will time for questions and answers from 2pm.

Friday 30th November – 2pm to 5pm
The Jubilee Library, Jubilee Street, Brighton, BN1 1GE
Terrence Higgins Trust staff and volunteers will be participating in the ‘Rise Living Library’, a unique event where members of the public can speak informally with ‘people on loan’. Members of Terrence Higgins Trust’s Positive Voices group will be on hand to talk to the public about what it’s like to live with HIV.

Saturday 1st December – 6pm to 7pm
New Steine Gardens, Brighton, BN1 1BP
A candle lit vigil will be held to reflect on World AIDS Day. Representatives from Terrence Higgins Trust will be reading names of people who lost their lives to HIV.

Saturday 1st December – 9pm onwards
Sub line, 129 St James Street, Brighton, BN2 1TH
Sub line will be holding a fundraising evening, entitled ‘Rouge’, with funds raised coming to Terrence Higgins Trust. The event will feature a raffle and staff from Terrence Higgins Trust will be on hand to provide condoms and advice.

People can also organise their own red themed event or sell red ribbons to raise funds to support people living with HIV. Visit www.tht.org.uk/worldaidsday for more information and fundraising ideas, to order your free box of red ribbons or to make a donation online.

Sue Peters, Regional Manager for Terrence Higgins Trust in the South, said: “A third of people with HIV in the UK say they have experienced discrimination because of their condition – this is something that urgently needs to change. By joining our Stand Up, Stand Out campaign this year, the people of Brighton have a chance to help us banish HIV-related stigma for good. There are so many ways to take part, from joining in one of our events, to planning your own activities, to simply making a donation or wearing a red ribbon to show your support.

“The funds we raise this World AIDS Day will help people with HIV access the support and services they need.”

For more information on World AIDS Day events or Terrence Higgins Trust’s services in Brighton please email info.brighton@tht.org.uk or call (01273) 764200.

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