World AIDS Day takes place on 1 December (Wednesday) and this year marks 40 years since the first reported case of HIV.
Knowsley Council is lighting the Greystone Footbridge red, symbolising the Red Ribbon, a sign of compassion and support for people living with HIV.
There are over 105,000 people living with HIV in the UK and around 6,600 of these individuals are undiagnosed so do not know they are HIV positive
Not everybody is equipped with the facts on how to protect themselves and others, and living with HIV can bring with it significant discrimination and stigma. This impacts on poverty, mental health and wellbeing and can lead to people living with HIV feeling isolated.
Everything you do to support the day makes a difference; showing your support for and solidarity with people who are living with HIV by wearing a red ribbon, raising funds for the local charity Sahir House which helps fund their work to end new transmissions and stigma and ensure people living with HIV receive the support needed to live happy, healthy lives.
Join Merseyside’s virtual vigil
Everyone is welcome to join the Sahir House virtual vigil on 1 December, raising awareness of HIV and remembering those who have lost their lives to HIV.
Cllr Christine Bannon, Knowsley Cabinet Member for Health, said:
“On the 40th anniversary of the first reported case of HIV we’re sending out the message that we can challenge and remove the stigma that still surrounds HIV. You can show your support by wearing the red ribbon.”
Local sexual health information and advice is available at https://www.axess.clinic/