Today is one of those days when I am only prepared to run one story on the blog so I am posting this and then stopping the blog for the day. That story is that the 1 December is World AIDS Day.
Lifted from a letter from the Terrence Higgins Trust, which is the largest voluntary sector provider of HIV and sexual health services in the UK:
Each year, on the 1 December, people across the world unite in the fight against HIV for World AIDS Day. This year we're asking you to join us in Standing Up and Standing Out for the 100,000 people living with HIV in the UK right now.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the death of Terry Higgins, the first man to die of AIDS in the UK. Over the last three decades, thousands of people across the country - of all ages and from all walks of life - have had their lives changed for the better thanks to his legacy and thanks to the help of our incredible supporters.
Yet, HIV still remains surrounded by a level of stigma unmatched by any other medical condition. Our centres all over the country still routinely come into contact with discrimination, disownment and prejudice. This isn't acceptable.
That's why this 1 December we're asking you to be as loud and proud as you like, do whatever it takes, whether it's taking on a sponsored challenge, hosting a fundraising event, or just wearing a red ribbon, please show your support. The funds you raise will help us spread the word that people with HIV need support, not judgement.
Stand Up, Stand Out, and together we can send HIV stigma back to the 80s.
At Terrence Higgins Trust we are working towards a world where people with HIV can live healthy lives free from prejudice and discrimination. The money you raise will help continue this vital work. So please Stand Up and Stand Out with us this World AIDS Day.
Find out more about fundraising on World AIDS Day here:
Read about the Terrence Higgins Trust here:
Make a donation to the Terrence Higgins Trust here:
Text "Thanks" to 70800 to donate £5.
UK government is failing gay men on HIV
My Director Peter Tatchell has written an excellent piece for World AIDS Day which I am highly recommending. In the piece Peter sets out how Britain is failing to tackle the spread of HIV among gay and bisexual men, and outlines the action that he thinks should be taken to address this. You can read the piece in Gay Star News (GSN) here:
Photo credit: http://www.poz.com/world_aids_day_12.shtml