In the week leading up to World AIDS Day on Wednesday 1st December, Terrence Higgins Trust is urging everyone in the UK to recognise the impact of the HIV epidemic both here and across the world. Last year, more than 6,600 people were diagnosed with HIV in the UK, and the figure for this year is set to rise even further.
Perry French, Regional Manager for THT South in Eastbourne said: “Someone in the UK finds out they have HIV every 90 minutes, and it is now the fastest-growing serious health condition in the country. This World AIDS Day, take the time to think about your own sexual health, and also look at some of your beliefs about HIV – are you as well-informed as you think?
Perry continued: “Demand for our services in Crawley, Chichester and Worthing is increasing all the time and we need your support now more than we’ve ever done. You can help by wearing a red ribbon to show your support for people with HIV, donating time or money to Terrence Higgins Trust South or e-campaigning with us at www.tht.org.uk.”
THT South will be marking World AIDS Day in Eastbourne and Hastings this year with a series of fundraising and awareness events. On Saturday 27th November, THT volunteers and supporters will be rattling their collecting tins at Eastbourne train station from 10am to 2pm. On 30th November, THT staff will be running a talk for school pupils in Hastings, and local shops in Eastbourne will be collecting for the charity. The Hartington pub in Eastbourne are running a “Stars in Their Eyes” fundraiser for THT South and the Sussex Beacon that evening.
In Brighton on World AIDS Day, THT South are working with other local HIV organisations to stage a unique exhibition. “A History of HIV in Brighton & Hove” will illustrate the impact HIV has had in Sussex over the last 20 years. It will be held at the Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, from 2 to 6.30pm. Entry is free. Open to the general public and school groups, the exhibition will include a timeline of HIV from the earliest stages of AIDS scare stories up to the present day, illustrating the continuing number of infections alongside 20 years of personal recollections and media coverage.