World AIDS Day takes place on 1 December (Sunday) providing an opportunity to show support for the millions of people living with HIV worldwide.
Over 101,600 people are living with HIV in the UK and last year 4,453 people were diagnosed with the virus.
Not everybody is equipped with the facts on how to protect themselves and others, and stigma and discrimination remain a life-changing reality for people living with HIV.
We know that 1 in 5 people living with HIV say that they have needed help with loneliness. While, three-quarters of people living with HIV who report loneliness and isolation say they haven’t been able to find that help. The ‘Rock the Ribbon’ campaign aims to change that.
Rock the Ribbon encourages people to wear a red ribbon to show you stand in solidarity with people living with HIV, raise awareness, challenge stigma, end loneliness and isolation, and insist peer support is available for anyone who needs it.
For Information on HIV and AIDS, including prevention and treatment, visit the Knowsley Sexual Health Service website.