HIV and sexual health charity, Terrence Higgins Trust is calling for people in the Highlands 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 the Highlands on World AIDS Day, Saturday 1 December:

Friday 30th November, 11.00am – Midnight, Fundraising event
Bar Pivo, 38-40 Academy Street, Inverness, IV1 1JT
Throughout the day customers at Bar Pivo will be offered a condom and a red ribbon to show their support for World Aids Day. Information will also be available to raise awareness of HIV and reduce stigma, whilst raising money for the Terrence Higgins Trust.

Saturday 1st December – Cocoa Mountain Event
Cocoa Mountain, Balnakeil Craft Village, Durness, Lairg, Sutherland, IV27 4PT
Cocoa Mountain chocolates are truly special. They are all lovingly made by hand, using only the finest ingredients, without any additional preservatives. Proceeds from the sales of all chocolate on 1st December and at the THT stall in Eastgate on 2nd December will go to support THT. To find out more about Cocoa Mountain visit: www.cocamountain.co.uk

Sunday 2nd December, 10.00am -6.00pm – Terrence Higgins Trust Information stand
Eastgate Centre, Falcon Square, Inverness town centre
Come and find out about the sexual health services on offer in your area, or come and pick up a red ribbon and make a donation. Cocoa Mountain chocolates, and Christmas cards designed by local artist Kita MacKintosh will also be on sale with proceeds going to THT.

Ailsa Spindler, manager of Terrence Higgins Trust in the Highlands said: “HIV has been around for 25 years now and many people have lost partners, family or friends. This 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.”

For further information on World AIDS Day activities in the Highlands, please contact Terrence Higgins Trust on 01463 711 585.

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