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.
Sharron Keightley, Regional Manager for Lighthouse South London (part of Terrence Higgins Trust) 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?
Sharron continued: “Demand for our services in London 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 or by joining our e-campaign at www.tht.org.uk/campaign.”
Lighthouse South London are organising a variety of events to mark World AIDS Day. The Youth Team is preparing a special event for young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in conjunction with four other youth groups, which will take place in the Waterloo Action Centre from 6 to 10pm on World AIDS Day. Staff and volunteers are running information stands at World AIDS Day events in Bexley, Merton and at St Thomas’ Hospital. Later in the month, a jumble sale is being held on Friday 10th December at Lighthouse South London’s offices in Waterloo.
Terrence Higgins Trust is also working in partnership with Topshop to run a celebrity shopping evening at Topshop’s Oxford Circus store on Thursday 2nd December. From 6pm to 10pm, 10% of all sales will be donated to the charity.