HIV and sexual health charity, Terrence Higgins Trust Cymru (THT Cymru) is calling for people in Swansea to get involved in World AIDS Day (December 1) this year, either by attending an event, making a donation to support local HIV services, or wearing a red ribbon to raise awareness.
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.
From Monday 29 November – Wednesday 1 December, THT Cymru staff and volunteers will be visiting schools and colleges across South Wales, with workshops to increase local young people’s awareness of HIV and how to guard against it.
Pete Clark, National Director for THT, said: “THT Cymru’s message for World AIDS Day this year is ‘HIV is everyone’s business’. Currently in the UK, one in four people with HIV don’t know they have it, and THT is committed to halving this rate within the next five years. To do this, it’s vital that we continue to raise awareness. We hope local people will get involved in some way, either by attending an event, making a donation, or just wearing a red ribbon.”
If you’d like further information on any of the World AIDS Day events going on in Swansea, please contact THT Cymru on (02920) 666 465.