HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) is calling for people in Oxfordshire to get involved in World AIDS Day (December 1) this year, either by attending an all-day HIV testing service, 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.
On Thursday 2 December, THT will be running a special extended session of the ‘Fastest’ one-hour HIV testing service at its centre on Pembroke Street. The session will take place from 9.30am – 9.00pm, offering free, confidential HIV testing to local people. The process involves a simple finger-prick blood test, with results available within one hour.
The following events are also taking place in Oxford for World AIDS Day:
Wednesday 1 December (10.00am – 5.00pm): Street collection, city centre
THT staff and volunteers will have an information stand positioned in the city arcade, raising awareness of HIV, giving out red ribbons and asking for donations.
World AIDS Day Fundraisers
Tuesday 30 November (10.00pm – late): Poptarts, Charity fundraiser
Wednesday 1 December (8.00pm – late): The Castle Tavern, Charity fundraiser
Steve Jones, Regional Manager for THT, said: “THT’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 Oxford, please contact THT in Oxford on (01865) 243389.