HIV and sexual health charity, Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) is calling for local people 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 locally for World AIDS Day:
Friday 30 November & Saturday 1 December
• Street Collections – Colchester, Braintree, Chelmsford, Southend-on-Sea, Basildon.
Staff and volunteers from Terrence Higgins Trust will be raising money, handing out red ribbons and providing information on the high streets.
Saturday 1 December
• Pamoja World AIDS Day – Southend-on-Sea.
Terrence Higgins Trust is working with South East Essex Primary Care Trust to target African businesses in Southend. The Pamoja (coming together) scheme promotes sexual health through businesses by providing free condoms, posters and sexual health information. Local businesses are then able to pass these resources on to their customers.
• Thinking of you service – Colchester
A remembrance service where 50 candlelit boats will be floated onto the lake.The University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ.
• Evening of Entertainment – Colchester
An evening of entertainment and music to raise awareness and funds at The University Bar, The University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ.
Victoria Gamble, Services Manager for THT in Colchester and Southend said “HIV has been around for 25 years now and many people have lost partners, family or friends. World AIDS Day is an opportunity for the community to remember those who have died and to celebrate the lives of those with HIV today. Even if they can’t attend we hope that local people will get involved in some way, perhaps donating to the cause or just wearing a red ribbon to raise awareness.”