HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) is calling for people in Sandwell 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.

In the run up to World AIDS Day this year, THT in Sandwell will be having an awareness drive by providing information on HIV and AIDS on posters in libraries across the borough. The following events are also taking place locally for World AIDS Day:

Wednesday 1 December (10.00am – 12.00pm): World AIDS Day Coffee Morning

At THT’s Sandwell centre (290-292 High Street), there will be a special coffee morning to provide information on World AIDS Day and how local people can best protect themselves against HIV. Guests will also have the opportunity to take a free, anonymous HIV test during the session, with the results provided within one hour.

Wednesday 1 December (10.00am – 2.00pm): Street Collections, West Bromwich High Street

THT staff and volunteers will be out in force in the centre of Sandwell, raising awareness of HIV, giving out red ribbons and asking for donations.

Jane Morel, Regional Manager for THT in the Midlands, 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 Sandwell, please contact THT in Sandwell on (0121) 270 0755.

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