Sunderland Supports World Aids Day
Written by Katie Baggott on 1st December 2017
The 1st of December marks World AIDS Day, which is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection.
World AIDS Day has been on the 1st December every year since 1988, and the 2017 campaign aims to “End isolation, end stigma and end HIV transmission”.
Today, many show solidarity with the millions of people living with HIV worldwide, most people do this by wearing an HIV awareness red ribbon on the day.
THrIVe NE are a independent community group, based in the North East set up to support those who are living with HIV as well as their families and partners affected by it.
At tHrIVe NE, their aim is to support the development of people living with HIV to achieve their full potential in a safe and supportive environment.
Phillip Dickson, a dedicated member of tHrIVe North East spoke on Spark Breakfast this morning,
The fight to end the stigma surrounding AIDS is not just about the virus, more than 100,000 people are living with HIV in the UK.
HIV means you are more likely to live in poverty and more likely to have poor mental health.
You can also mark World Aids Day in your school; students will learn about what life is like with HIV and how to protect themselves.
Many people fundraise on World AIDS Day, it is a great way to support a fantastic cause.
It helps to champion the rights of people living with HIV and raises awareness of HIV.