HIV and sexual health charity, Terrence Higgins Trust is calling for people in Swindon 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 since 1988, is dedicated to raising awareness of the disease.
Simon Nelson, Regional Manager for Terrence Higgins Trust said: “HIV and AIDS have been around for 25 years now and many people have lost partners, family or friends. Thankfully, the treatments available today mean deaths from AIDS related illnesses are now quite rare in the UK. This is an opportunity for the community to meet together, support each other and remember those who have died and to celebrate those who are living with HIV today.”
Simon adds: “HIV hasn’t gone away; in fact the figures are still rising. We really hope that people in Swindon will get involved in World AIDS Day this year. They could donate to the cause or even just wear a red ribbon to raise awareness. “
The following events are taking place in Swindon for World AIDS Day:
Wednesday 28th November – An open day for service users as a time of remembrance and reflection taking place from 9.30am-3pm. THT can also provide information and advice around sexual health and HIV, you can also pick up a red ribbon or make a donation to THT. Venue: Terrence Higgins Trust, Shaftesbury Centre, Percy Street, Swindon SN2 2AZ. Phone 01793 554 825 for details.
Saturday 8th December – The Swindon Women’s Group will be holding a special afternoon of celebration, reflection, remembrance and support for those women in our community who are living with HIV and those no longer with us.
Terrence Higgins Trust, Shaftesbury Centre, Percy Street, Swindon SN2 2AZ. Phone 01793 554 825 for details.