HIV and sexual health charity, Terrence Higgins Trust is calling for people in Oxford 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 the disease. In the UK alone, more than 70,000 people are living with HIV and over 7,500 are diagnosed every year.
The following events are taking place in Oxford on World AIDS Day, Saturday 1 December:
Fastest HIV testing, 10.00am-6.00pm, Terrence Higgins Trust, 43 Pembroke Street, Oxford, 0X1 1BP
On the spot HIV testing for anyone who visits the THT Oxford centre between 10.00am and 6.00pm. The clinic can give test results for HIV within an hour, whereas results from sexual health clinics can take several days. Tests are free and confidential for everyone. Pre and post test counselling and support will be offered and anyone who tests positive will be given full support in choosing a treatment centre. They will also be given information on the range of support services provided by THT and other local services including counselling, information, advice and peer support.
Street Collection, Oxford town centre
Terrence Higgins Trust volunteers, staff and service users will be braving the winter weather and taking to the streets across the city centre to fundraise for THT on World AIDS Day.
Steve Jones, Regional Manager of Terrence Higgins Trust Oxford says “For this year’s World AIDS Day we wanted to remind people about the services and support on offer in Oxford. There is strong evidence that some people come forward for testing very late, sometimes when they are already ill. We hope that by making it easier to have an HIV test, more people will come forward.”
If you’d like further information on any of the World AIDS Day events going on in Oxford, please contact Terrence Higgins Trust on 01865 243 389.