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 Suffolk this World AIDS Day and is asking local people to get involved in the following ways:

Saturday 1st December – 2pm to 5pm
Terrence Higgins Trust, 3-9 Arcade Street, Ipswich, IP1 1EX
Terrence Higgins Trust Suffolk will be opening the doors of its new building to members of the public. People can meet their local Terrence Higgins Trust staff, have a cup of tea and a cake, and learn more about HIV, other sexually transmitted infections and the work the charity does in Suffolk. There will also be activities and games to test people’s HIV knowledge.

Saturday 1st December – 2pm to 4pm
Suffolk LGBT Network, 97 Fore Street, Ipswich, IP4 1JZ
Terrence Higgins Trust Suffolk will be running a free walk-in rapid HIV testing clinic. As well as free, rapid tests with instant results, Terrence Higgins Trust staff will be on hand to answer questions about sexual health.

Saturday 1st December – 10.30am to 12.30pm
Trotman Court Reproductive Health Clinic, Lower Brook St, Ipswich, IP4 1BN
Terrence Higgins Trust Suffolk will be running a free walk-in rapid HIV testing clinic. As well as free, rapid tests with instant results, Terrence Higgins Trust staff will be on hand to answer questions about sexual health.

Saturday 1st December – 9pm onwards (free entry before 10pm)
Betty’s Nightclub, 10 Cornhill, Ipswich, IP1 1DB
Betty’s Nightclub will be holding a World AIDS Day celebration evening with entertainment from local singer Loran Shepherd. Selected drinks will be on offer for £2, with funds raised coming to Terrence Higgins Trust. The charity will also have a stall at the event.

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.

Rachael Toner, Service Manager for Terrence Higgins Trust in Suffolk, 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 Suffolk 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 Suffolk please contact Rachael Toner on 07765 190266 or sexualhealthsuffolk@tht.org.uk.

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