World AIDS Day takes place on 1 December (Tuesday) and 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 103,800 people living with HIV in the UK and around 7,500 of these people 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.
Join Merseyside’s online vigil
An online World AIDS Day Vigil will take place at 2pm on 1 December to raise awareness of HIV, and remember those who have lost their lives to HIV. It’s been organized by Merseyside charity Sahir House.
Cllr Sean Donnelly, Knowsley Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said:
Today 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/