People with HIV to lead World AIDS Day conference in Leeds

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To mark World AIDS Day (December 1), HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) has organised a free conference to give professionals from across Yorkshire a greater understanding of what it’s like to live with HIV. Positive Yorkshire & Humberside is a joint initiative funded by the Big Lottery Fund, and organised by Leeds Skyline, SHIELD, the Brunswick Centre, THT, and Yorkshire MESMAC.

World AIDS Day, which has been running every December since 1988, is dedicated to raising awareness of HIV and AIDS. In the UK alone, around 85,000 people are living with HIV and over 6,500 are diagnosed every year.

Positive Yorkshire & Humberside will consist of talks and workshops led by local people who are living with HIV, along with staff from regional HIV services.

Naomi McCulloch, Centre Manager for THT in Leeds, said: “THT’s message for World AIDS Day this year is ‘HIV is everyone’s business’. It’s vital that we continue to raise awareness not just among those groups at risk, but also those who may need to directly support people living with HIV. We’re delighted that the conference has proved so popular, and we hope that all those who have signed up – doctors, teachers, prison officers, even vicars – will benefit from attending the sessions.“

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